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Categories: real estate

Dangers of Homes -- or Homebuilders -- as Investments

Posted by: Ben Steverman on April 08

On the New York Times' Economix blog, Harvard economics professor Edward Glaeser points out that home values don't necessarily increase. Like stocks, Houses are assets, too, but it’s a mistake...

Bankrupt General Growth Properties Says It Will Be Fine--Maybe

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on April 16

Apropos of one of my colleagues' posts yesterday on the future of retail, now comes news that mall giant General Growth Properties (GGP) has filed for bankruptcy protection. The company's...

Implications of John Hancock Tower Auction Grim for Commercial Real Estate

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on April 01

The most iconic building on the Boston skyline, the John Hancock Tower designed by I.M. Pei, sold at auction yesterday for $661 million to bargain hunting investors Normandy Real Estate...

Have We Reached Real Estate Bottom's Yet?

Posted by: Lauren Young on March 26

Have we reached the bottom? Today's lead story on focuses on the stock market rally: equities are up 20% since the low. But what about real estate, which dragged...

Real estate trusts taking the cash out of their dividends

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on March 18

I don't have to tell you that 2009 has been a horrible year for real estate investment trusts -- and we're only in mid-March. The SPDR Dow Jones Wilshire REIT...

What Does the Fannie/Freddie Takeover Mean for You?

Posted by: Lauren Young on September 08

The Federal National Mortgage Association (FNM), nicknamed Fannie Mae, was a depression-era institution created to make homeownership affordable for the working-class. Freddie Mac (FRE) was created in 1970 to provide...

The Housing Theory of Everything

Posted by: Ben Steverman on February 25

The stock market reacted strongly to new numbers on existing home sales on Feb. 25. That reaction caught my attention, because it seemed bizarrely out of proportion to some flimsy,...

Take a Break from Housing Worries

Posted by: Ben Steverman on December 26

The fate of the U.S. real estate market is crucial for the direction of the economy next year, and every week seems to bring some new sign of the pain...

Will CME housing futures prove prescient?

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 23

Front-page story in today's Boston Globe: Housing Prices Put at or Near Low Amount of further drop expected for Boston area real estate by August 2007, according to the Chicago...


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