Rethinking the American Dream (CNN): is renting government owned foreclosed property the real future?


The bailout will permit the government sponsored gang of “Banksters” to keep control of all foreclosed property and rent it out to “we the people.”  Obamacare will provide mandatory health insurance, and if you don’t buy it, they will insure you go to jail.

So here, in brief summary, is the new America: (1) we rent and do not own our living places, (2) the government will provide food, shelter, and medicine from cradle to grave, (3) you can go to jail if you do not agree to participate in governmentally socialized medicine, (4) you must carry “real ID” at all times to move around the country and to prove your welfare compliance and the exact address your current government-sponsored housing, (5) you will not be allowed to own guns or express yourself in any way, shape, or form without governmental scrutiny.  Is this Freedom? God Bless America!

Renting: The new American dream?

By Paul R. La Monica, editor at large, CNNMoney.com

Apr 15th, 2010

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The American dream of home ownership has turned out to be the American nightmare for those who could never really afford a home in the first place.

Many borrowers are now in deep trouble as home prices have plummeted and the payments on bubble-era adjustable rate mortgages have shot up. Foreclosures are still continuing at an alarming pace.
rent or buy?

If the so-called Great Recession has taught us anything, it’s that buying a house is not a divine right. It’s a privilege to be earned only after you’ve saved up a nice chunk of cash for a down payment and are in a healthy enough financial position to keep making those monthly mortgage payments.

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So for many consumers, renting is not necessarily the worst thing in the world. That’s worth keeping in mind now that some experts think home prices are close to bottoming and fixed mortgage rates are still fairly low.

Sure, we’ve all been taught that buying real estate is the smartest thing you can do in order to build wealth. That’s probably still true for the long haul.

But like with any investment, you should only make a purchase if you can afford the near-term hit that comes from doling out all that money now. Plus, you have to be able to stomach the possibility that the value of the house may actually fall over a short period.

And guess what? It seems many people are in fact coming to the realization that, for now at least, it makes more sense to rent instead of buy.

Jerry Davis, senior vice president of property operations for UDR (UDR), a Denver-basedreal estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and manages apartments, said that before the housing market collapsed, about 25% of the company’s renters that moved out of apartments did so because they were buying a home.

Now, only about 12% are moving out to purchase a home, and in some of the harder hit real estate markets, such as California, Davis said that fewer than 10% of movers are buying a house of their own.

“Even though prices have come down, you’re not seeing a big exodus of renters to buy homes,” Davis said. “Buying a house used to be the way to get rich, but people are afraid to jump back in.”

In addition, banks also appear to have learned lessons from the housing crash. Many remain reluctant to give mortgages to even the most credit-worthy consumers.

“It was Shakespeare who wrote that when home prices are declining, neither a borrower nor a lender be,” joked Edward Leamer, chief economist for the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index and professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Simply put, many consumers just aren’t buying the notion that the economy is getting better. For many, the stock market rally does not make their daily lives any easier. Consumers are more interested in the job market improving than the Dow or S&P 500 hitting highs.

“This is a frugal recovery. People are more reluctant to buy homes as they would in a normal recovery,” Leamer said. “If you don’t have a job or are worrying about your job, you’re not going to buy a home. That’s the ultimate statement of optimism about the future.”

Add that up and it’s reasonable to expect a rental boom that could last for some time. That’s not lost on Wall Street. Shares of UDR, for example, are up 20% this year.

Other apartment REITs have also surged this year and an analyst at RBC Capital Markets upgraded UDR, BRE Properties (BRE), Camden Properties Trust (CPT) and Apartment Investment and Management (AIV) last week, citing their growth potential.

Thomas Toomey, CEO of UDR, said that favorable demographics will also probably drive more people to rent than buy. He pointed to the increasing number of retiring Baby Boomers who may look to downgrade from bigger houses to apartments.

He also said that record-high college enrollment levels are a boon for UDR and other apartment owners. Most recent college graduates, particularly those finding work in cities, are not in a position to buy a home.

Toomey added that cities are also interested in building more apartments closer to where people work for environmental reasons.

“So if you look toward the future, it’s not just demographics and people making a conscious decision of whether they can afford a home that will lead to more renters. Cities want more apartments for younger and older generations,” he said.

Of course, that’s exactly what you’d expect the head of a company that owns apartments to say. But I also agree with him. And I’m curious to hear what you think.

One response to “Rethinking the American Dream (CNN): is renting government owned foreclosed property the real future?

  1. I think this observation is spot on Charles. I own property, but judging the way jobs are –in short supply, thanks to corporations –with our government’s help, sending jobs to China with union representation at an all time low, downsizing of the middle class, few can afford to buy a home at 10$ ph wages.

    In fact, these revelations are telling that banks foresee that property values will not increase in the forseeable future. So it makes sense to rent. I always thought buying a home was not always the best option and now it seems more apparent it will be the only option left for all the reasons you mention in the article. Good article, thanks for posting it. It echoes what I believe is the new housing market.

    PS: glad you took the Inspector Smith commentary off your list. And I see Orly still going at it like a clueless twit that she is. And the courts are slamming at every opportunity.

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