Open Forum (8/11-8/17)

By Dave Fratello | August 11th, 2008
Time to open it up anew.

We begin with some statistics helpfully placed in the Easy Reader (current edition) by way of a paid ad by a major local realty concern:


June 2008 home sales: 116 (-36.3% YOY)

Inventory: 720 homes (12-month high)

Months' supply: 6.2 (up from 3.2 in June 2007 – based on closed sales in each month)

A lot of people will call 6 months' worth of inventory "normal" or even a buyers' market.

Against those downbeat notes, there was this silver lining: median price for all beach cities was down 1.1% YOY, at a time when LA County was down 23.9% for the same period. The advertorial speculates that this fact has something to do with greater relative demand for higher-priced properties.

Are we weathering the storm, or are the clouds just now gathering?

Also, this bit of intriguing information – Fannie Mae, which is getting pummeled again, now has a stock value ($8.40 at close Monday) last seen in early 1991. It's now 10% of the peak value from earlier this century – i.e., a few years ago. That grim comparison is before we adjust for inflation, which wouldn't be pretty.

And Fannie is supposed to help rescue everyone else.

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