July 12, 2008

Is PANIC finally here?

96 comments:

obama's angelic choir said...

no; but people are starting to tell me: "folks are losing a lot of money in the stock market!" well, those flippers who thought they'd make out like a bandit or those equity loans holders who thought they'd make out like a bandit by investing it in the stock market might be feeling a little heat now!

my grandmother doesn't know what she's going to do this winter if the oil bill keeps going up.

John said...

I think we're getting into the FEAR stage right about now... but from here on in things will probably accelerate so PANIC isn't too far away... round about election time... or war with Iran...

Anonymous said...

Fear has finally arrived!

Anonymous said...

Denial in Seattle still.

That will be their greatest downfall and grind their REIC community to a screeching HALT.

And who the fuck is still buying 4 dollar lattes?

New MS operating systems? Old one works just fine.

Nordstroms? Yeah...sure.

Boeing? Who needs new planes when routes are being pared to the bone? Sure, they may be able to make a slightly more fuel efficient plane, but if you can't afford to run the airline already...HOW ARE YOU GONNA AFFORD NEW PLANES?

Amazon? I can go to the damn library.

Seattle...

YOU ARE FUCKED!

Mike said...

Between fear and desperation.

American Idol still on so most of the masses clueless as usual.

-Mike

Anonymous said...

It's fear here. Finally denial is dead. I don't see that optimism of rebound just a month ago.

Anonymous said...

I was watching on the news a bunch of members from the Hussein Obama base getting pissed off because a local charity, which gets donation from farmers/stores and gives away the food, was running low on donations.

You should see all the obese welfare queens complaining on camera that there wasn't enough free food. They had a bunch of kids with them, showing their bags full of baguettes, produce, canned goods, gallons of orange juice, etc. All free but wasn't enough, according to them. They interviewed a fat Hispanic lady full of babies who was bitching in Spanish because she didn't speak any English.

Oh man, I think it's getting ugly out there. Fear is definitely here.

Anonymous said...

i still see mostly denial in the sf bay area even though prices have declined. tech money has helped people keep the faith. but i do see a lot of people starting to worry about their jobs. when tech stocks start to hurt more the local economy will decline and it will become real. i give it less than a year to get to fear.

NME said...

Not quite yet - still early desperation. But panic may be around the corner.

Anonymous said...

The bell curve now spans
fear(fat tail)
desperation(bell peak)
panic(leading edge)

ksfq said...

I think Bay Area is in state of fear. It seems iPhone will not save the housing market.
Wall Street is definitly in fear stage - maybe even entering desperation/panic mode.

I'm kinda in panic mode. I think our financial system has systemic problem and needs repair. Not bailouts. Repair.

Anonymous said...

. . . and they're queuing up to buy iPhones - dumb fucks! Should be buying 1oz gold coins.

Roscoe said...

Tampa is still in Denial. The realtwhores have juggled the numbers so they can go to the local media and talk about how the inventory has declined from 24 months to 15 months.

I've seen a lot of houses pulled off the market to become rentals, but I haven't seen many genuine sales around me.

Agent 99 said...

I panicked at the end of the euphoria stage...Good thing, too. Closed my brokerage account, sold 2 houses, moved my 401K (the safest thing they had was Mortgage backed securities), bought gold, bought some foreign currency, added my husband's name to all my accounts (FDIC insures them to $200K), paid off the house, planted a garden and bought a Honda CRX. Everything's ok, except the deer ate my green beans.

It's a Wonderful Life Bank Run:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Er69b4HMl8

Anonymous said...

OH NO!

We are still in the anxiety phase!

At 3pm, The Plunge Protection Team pushed the DOW back above 11k;

FNM was trading up at one point! Can you believe that! That doesn't sound like fear, except on the short's side!

They haven't even begun to print, Keith. Inflation is only around 10% Hyperinflation is a far off distant threat at this point.

No, we have A LONG WAY TO GO!

Anonymous said...

Only fear................

Anonymous said...

Fear in the government. Desperation maybe by the election. The general american is at the stage of puzzlement - not really denial. Just clueless. They will hit fear when the government hits desperation, since the government being desperate will send a signal that there is something to fear.

Anonymous said...

It's still denial here on Cape Cod.

While every indicator shows that people must drop their asking prices much more, they still seem to think that this is only going to last a few months longer.

I know people who are worried that they can't sell. I talk to them and they still think if they hold on one more year, they'll take a little loss and then all will be fine.

I don't have the heart to tell them they are going to get smoked out...badly.

They are the one's holding up the whole log jam.

Potential buyers are not playing a game of chicken.

They just aren't buying.

So, I am starting to see a little sweat.

That's going to turn into buckets soon.

Reporting from NYC said...

The NYC metro area is still somewhere halfway between denial and fear. There are many retirees eager to sell and downsize, especially on Long Island and Queens. Many of them and their realtores are in denial of the crisis .Asking prices range from $300K-$600K for a 1400 sq ft ranch. Prices vary depending on neighborhood and lot size.

Please visit Long Island Bubble from the links on the right. Prices are creeping down on Long Island, slowly but uncompromisingly. Good luck selling sheeple! With gas at $4.999 more of you will have to leave behind your SUVs and minivans and oooh nooo ride the Long Island BUS with all the illegal aliens and scum...

Zyzyx said...

Fear/desperation Keith.

Panic comes when the bill comes in. BTW, Blogging from Riga, Latvia.

Rom said...

Not even close to PANIC yet. FEAR is just starting. Need even more layoffs before we see the fear.

Anonymous said...

I work with engineers, generally smart people, very good with numbers, logical thinkers -- but most of 'em don't understand the fundamentals of all this. Some got in trouble with houses. Most don't understand how to prepare for retirement. For lack of wisdom, they haven't focused their intellects on the world of money.

I see some anxiety, some denial...very little apparent fear or panic. Maybe they hide it.

Tanker said...

I think most people are somewhere between denial and fear. They can see that there is something terribly wrong with the economy but they don't understand why. They will hit genuine fear once the job losses really ratchet up.

As for the stock market, it will hit real fear in the coming weeks when the financials reprt Q2 losses. The market won't hit panic stage until the bank failures get into full swing.

Anonymous said...

Most people still don't understand what's going on.

Anonymous said...

still in denial, but the tide is changing.

Sheeples are just starting to notice. Wait till oil hit $4.50 a gallon. . . . .

Anonymous said...

Denial in Europe

Fair in the US

Anonymous said...

Anon said:

"Seattle...
YOU ARE FUCKED!"

You forgot to mention the worst traffic in the Western Hemisphere and the most ignorant low-skilled drivers anywhere.

But on the bigger picture, You are correct.

Anonymous said...

"At 3pm, The Plunge Protection Team pushed the DOW back above 11k"

Thank God I'm not the only one thinking in PPT terms.

Time for Bushco-Cheneyburton to engineer terrorist attack so we stop paying atention long enough for them to fuck us again.

Milton Friedman is smiling in hell right now...

Anonymous said...

Fear. Moving toward desparation. We still need a trigger to tip us over into panic.

You'll know it when the price of all asset classes collapse (including gold and oil) and the deflation kicks into high gear.

Could be a week from now, but more likely 6-9 months.

Anonymous said...

Western Colorado is still in denial. Loads of angry young men in pick up trucks earning big $$ in the oil patch. Many of them piss away their money on drugs and hookers, but quite a few bought houses way to big for their paychecks using the liar loans. Until they blow out of town (good riddance) the RE people here will continue to claim that our market is "different". Plenty of houses on the market priced over the $417K jumbo loan limit, and they aren't selling.

Gas is $4.25, headed for $5. Several stores and restaurants open 10+ years have closed and the owners mentioned slowing sales. One said he'd seen hard times in the '80s and didn't want to go through all that pain again. The developers for Walgreens (over)paid $1.25M for a store pad site and it looks like that deal is now on hold.

No real fear yet, but it's coming this Fall.

wings said...

Anonymous said:

You should see all the obese welfare queens complaining on camera that there wasn't enough free food.

They had a bunch of kids with them, showing their bags full of baguettes, produce, canned goods, gallons of orange juice, etc. All free but wasn't enough, according to them.

They interviewed a fat Hispanic lady full of babies who was bitching in Spanish because she didn't speak any English.
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Exactly!

It's never enough and their attitude is 100%, total entitlement: give me, give me, give me NOW! Damn it!

I remember seeing some fat welfare entitlement queen with 10 kids on Oprah. She got $10K of free money a month and a really nice free, new, free house.

She trashed it in less than a year, they showed pictures of it, and she was bitching for more.

Of course she was just knocking out babies and had a sub-100 IQ. Of course she was an amoral wh*re and arrogant fiend.

But this sh*t is what they take 40% of my paycheck for.

I'd rather the Military Industrial Complex got my tax dollars so we can employ some engineers, soldiers and have a strong national defense.

I want these illegal alien, arrogant America haters sent back now!

I want these overfed welfare queen prostitute vultures to put on a Burger King cap and start serving me fries instead of sitting on their fat asses screaming for more government sh*t and threatening to burn down LA if they don't get what they want.

If the Red Chinese Communist People's Liberation Army hit our shores tomorrow and threw these welfare slobs a chicken in their pot, they'd be on their knees for the commies.

They own no allegiance accept to their overfed, fat bellies. They probably don't even love their kids accept for the fact that each one is good for some more food stamps and an extra $100 to blow on cigs and a new TV to watch the Jerry Spring show.

Go to Walmart and see them swarming like...well, you know like what.

Think I'm making it up?

Watch old footage of the LA riots of the early '90s.

If it were to happen again in LA, it would be ten times worse because they've got ten times more third-world, illegal scum down there now.

This country is really country fried!

Adam SlowHand Smith said...

Yeah, I'm voting for FEAR this last week: oddly enough, we haven't seen the panic selling on Wall Street, and the volumes have been relatively light, without the massive sell-offs in capitulation stage.

The VIX (volatility index)has remained low, and people don't know what to expect, but aren't panicking (yet). Gold has moved up, but it's still well below it's recent peak in Feb.

When we see a 400-point plunge in the market, with massive volume selling, THEN we'll be in a confirmed panic mode. This might occur as soon as this week on Monday, once the double-whammy of IndyMac bank failure AND talk of takeover of Freddie/Fannie start to hit people's consciousness.

HOWEVER, the market has such a strong intrinsic bias to the upside, you have to be REALLY CAREFUL betting against the trend: as quickly as the market can fall, the relief rallies can be quick, too! It's amazing that people try to catch falling knives by buying into the financials, but then as they say, the great motivators are greed and fear: no one can resist a "bargain" (even if the thing doesn't have a snowball's chance of returning a ROI).

BigDaddy said...

South Florida will remain in a permanent state of denial. In my development, there are two foreclosures. Both FB's are trying to short sale their houses. Both are about $150,000 under water. Both are still asking above market prices. There are six other houses for sale in the neighborhood, with almost a $150,000 range, from $350,000 to $500,000. So, yes, there are many FB's that think they should get 2005 prices.

The problem with MANY FB's is that they are so underwater in their houses, they can't lower their prices, or if they want to try and short sell, the banks won't let them. That's why you have one house selling for $350,000 and down the street another similar house selling for $450,000. It's absurd.

Keith, if you really want to see something shocking, go to this site by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York:

http://www.newyorkfed.org/mortgagemaps/

Anonymous said...

We hung onto Denial for forever, and according to Phil Gramm, we're losers for not staying there. But thank god people are truly not dumber than oxes and have moved to FEAR. You can tell by the fewer people in the malls, restaurants and driving on the streets. Albeit there are even SUV's too. People are definitely in the FEAR stage and I agree with "John 9:13 am" that PANIC isn't too far away. It took forever to get out of Denial and now we are going to hyper drive into Panic.

Anonymous said...

"my grandmother doesn't know what she's going to do this winter if the oil bill keeps going up"

You do what grandchildren in other cultures have always done, you lend a hand if you can. Kind of like the one they she gave your parents decades ago.

It's a new paradigm, a new time, maybe even a new way of thinking.

If sweet goes to $200.00 a barrel, which it may do, there are going to be alot of grandmothers in the same fix.

As a grandad I offer to extend my home to any cute ones who can bake.

Tyrone said...

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bottom feeder in philly said...

No way man! We are still between denial and fear. Panic won't occur until the end of the spring market in 09. Right now % rates are still low. As they rise monthly payments will as well. That will make homes even more unaffordable, and cause a negative impact on pricing. Desperation should occur in around 2010, when I plan on buying a bunch of cash flow cookie cutter townhomes at significant discounts. Then the market should remain flat for the next 5 to 7 years. Good news on housing won't occur until 2015 or so. As an investor this will be the best buying opportunity of my lifetime. The smart ones will capitalize on desperation. You will just have to play the landlord game for a while till you can sell for a profit.

Anonymous said...

my grandmother doesn't know what she's going to do this winter if the oil bill keeps going up.

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do what all americans do these days...demand the government help 'em out. barack will give her free oil along with free health care, free house, free car. everything will be free in obamaland. no need to worry just blindly vote for socialists and all will be well, i promise.

Lost Cause said...

Most perople are oblivious to IndyMac & the other Macs. A large number of people don't even know about conditions in the housing markets.

There are vasts amounts of people who will parrot whatever Fox News tells them to say.

You know that oil and commodities are next to collapse. I say that by February 2009 you will start to see the freefall.

Anonymous said...

Sheeples are just starting to notice. Wait till oil hit $4.50 a gallon. . . . .

July 12, 2008 3:16 PM


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My favorite thing about HP is idiots here who give financial advice and don't know the difference between the price of oil and the price of gas. Kinda like when I hear morons talk about reducing the debt and are really talking about the deficit or vice versa.

So please I'm sitting on pins and needles, what other fantastic advice to you have for me?

Anonymous said...

Fear in general.

Desperation in the government.

And Desperation in bubble zones.

SeattleMoose said...

The average state is in FEAR right now...however "special" Seattle is still in denial.

"It won't happen here...its too beautiful"
"So many people want to live here"
"We have Boeing / MS/ Amazon/ REI/ Nordstrom/ Starbucks"
"We have limited space for development"
"My RE agent told me we are at bottom"
"We have the most educated work force in the country"
"The views are to die for"
"Our downtown is hip"
"There are a lot of MS millionaires here"

And the list goes on and on.....ad nauseum.

The arrogance up here is unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

Maybe for us but Joe Sixpack still has no idea what's going on. You can just ask any average Joe on the street what they think of the economy and they'll be like:

"What? Huh? Did you see the Lakers game last night?"

here come the judge said...

Don't underestimate the public's ability to hang on to Denial. I was listening to Kudlow on the radio this morning, and he said he thought being an optimist was "doing the Lord's work" (yes, he actually said that).

We still haven't even arrived at Fear yet. It may get here next week, but PANIC is nowhere in sight.

There is still a long way to go down.

Anonymous said...

Once the implications of Freddy-Fannie sinks in over the weekend, fear will be solidly established.

It won't be so much about these GSE's, they'll be nationalized, it will be more about the hopelessness of the entire economy that the condition of these enterprises points to with total clarity.


Markets will become completely unstable and unhinged going forward

k.w. - Southern Ca. said...

Panic is coming, but we're still only in the early stages of this financial melt-down.

As more people's wallets get pinched, we'll start hearing more and more "open" complaints from people.

This problem will work itself up the income ladder, and regardless of profession or where people graduated from, does not make them immune.

Here in HB. Ca, I'm hearing and seeing more apprehension/fear building, with many streets beginning to look like used car and boat lots.

fast actin tinactin said...

>Fear in general.

>Desperation in the government.

>And Desperation in bubble zones.


But denial in public.

Anonymous said...

Denial with a sprinkle of fear.

i've had it said...

The Feds went into Panic stage last summer, but only showed "Concern" to the public and conveyed "Confidence" to us so the American people would not panic...and they are still doing this today. They know how fucked we are but won't say it b/c they don't want Panic!

The people are somewhere between Denial and Fear, though certainly some us are in Panic...and hopefully making a lot of money from this situation by shorting relevant stocks, and buying commodities and forex.

Don't know when Panic will come. Even if Fed and Fran tank next week, I'm not sure this will send the country into Panic since I think joe sixpack's psychology is driven primarily by unemployment and inflation. As long as these numbers look good -- that is, there's still no major impact on them like losing their jobs -- I think they will remain in ignorance or denial. The real inflation rate (not the lies the govt. publishes) could move joe sixpack bit into the fear stage but I'm not sure it's enough to cause him to panic.

I think we have a ways to go before true general Panic sets in, but it could be right around the corner given the way the financials are going. If there are runs on the commercial banks then there will be panic, especially if Citi and other big ones start to go under.

At minimum, Panic will definitely be here in Fall 2009 or Spring 2010 when all those Option ARMs and ALT A's start resetting. We are already screwed today, but we will be categorically screwed once these toxic loans rear their ugly heads.

Pompous S Monson said...

Anon said:

"Boeing? Who needs new planes when routes are being pared to the bone? Sure, they may be able to make a slightly more fuel efficient plane, but if you can't afford to run the airline already...HOW ARE YOU GONNA AFFORD NEW PLANES?"

Planes always need to be replaced just like cars or anything else.

The new 787 is projected to have a 20% fuel savings. That's huge. With $150/bbl or $250/bbl oil, the plane would eventually pay for itself.

"And who the fuck is still buying 4 dollar lattes?"

No one, that's why Harbucks is closing 600 stores.

"Amazon? I can go to the damn library."

Amazon sells a lot more than books. The library rarely has the popular titles on the shelf.

WA state exports more than any other state. It has the 2nd largest port in the country. WA state will far better than most of the rest of the country.

Anonymous said...

Anon July 12, 2008 3:16PM:
" 'Sheeples are just starting to notice. Wait till oil hit $4.50 a gallon. . . . .'

Anon July 12, 2008 5:21 PM:
"My favorite thing about HP is idiots here who give financial advice and don't know the difference between the price of oil and the price of gas."

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Considering gas is already $4.50/gal in many places, given the tense 3:16 PM used I'd say he's talking about oil, either crude or fuel oil (though I think even off-road diesel's above $4.50).

$4.50/gal puts crude at $189/bbl. Which will mean gas prices of at least $5.30 for regular, and close to $6 for premium in places like California.

Hopefully the standard digital pumps are capable of handling prices above $9.999/gal, otherwise there won't be any gas for sale at all. It looks like in the early part of next decade we're going to find out one way or the other.

Anonymous said...

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We are now on the Fast Track,

Denial is going to Fear Quickly!

Desperation is just around the corner!!

This is going to be moving very quickly!


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Anonymous said...

Sacramento, despite the plunging house prices, is still in denial but edging closer to fear. A few knife-catchers have entered the market, so "everything's all OK now." There are reportedly "multiple offers" on houses less than 250K.

Meanwhile, I am comparing prices to the rent I pay and I still can't get the numbers to work out. I can't figure out who is buying these places.

People seem to think that inflation is going to keep the price of their home from going down any further, but that only works if wages keep up with inflation. I don't know how incomes in Sacramento are going to go up when the largest employer in the area (the State) is 15B in the hole. State workers lucky enough to keep their jobs will have to absorb the 4.75 gas cost on their own without a cost-of-living raise. Those who lose their jobs will be leaving the area or flooding the local market with low-cost labor.

By the way, wings, I don't need to watch old footage of the LA Riots because I was there. What I recall is all the otherwise reasonable people who had opinions like yours before the riots. Let's see, an economic downturn plus open contempt towards the struggling poor and working classes.... It's easy to talk about rioting in the streets if you haven't lived through it.

Anyone who thinks that they will be able to hold off a riot with guns, canned goods, and water might want to talk to some former Korean grocers from South LA.

Anonymous said...

As many astute observers have already reported, there still is a lot of denial out there - unbelievable. I live in Tampa and have been very actively looking at real estate recently. I'm a renter who mistakenly thought there would be some really good deals out there by now. Frustratingly, valuations in my area are still way too high even after a reported 17% drop in prices. There might be an inkling of panic by a few desperate homeowners who bought in the boonies a few years ago, but still it's spotty at best. The biggest obstacle for me, however, is outrageous property taxes. It's been a number of years since I last owned a house, and I just can't believe how much property taxes have gone up (not to mention how expensive insurance has become). Either taxes and insurance are going to have to fall A LOT, or house prices are going to have to drop significantly. I highly doubt that insurance and taxes will fall by much, if any - so guess what has to happen.... And by the way, I have a good income, easily able to make a 25% down payment, and 0 debt. So if I'm not buying yet then who is?????

TV news said...

"Let's see, an economic downturn plus open contempt towards the struggling poor and working classes...."

Or maybe open contempt from the "struggling poor" for pesky notions like laws and morality? People like you who rationalize lawless behavior are just amazing. It's always someone else's fault and there's never any room for personal responsibility. Crawl back into your hole douche.

401K Panic said...

Question:

What is a safer choice for my 401K:

PIMCO Total Return Bond Fund - PTRAX

or

Merrill Lynch Retirement Preservation Trust Stable Value Fund?

PANIC said...

Here I am sir ... present and accounted for ...

bickerer said...

NEWS FLASH!!!!!!!!!

NAR economist Lawrence Yun is optimistic home prices will stabilize in the next five months and begin to recover next year.

Anonymous said...

We are definitely moving out of denial and into fear.

I think the government and the Fed are in Panic mode right now trying to figure out how to hold all this shit together for another 4 months until the election (BTW - they can't).

I think the news regarding Fannie and Freddie are HUGE and will have an enormous negative impact on the markets and housing this next week. I'm just waiting with baited breath to see what their plan is to help the GSEs on Monday (whatever it is, it won't work).

Jymkata

Anonymous said...

I would have to say it is between denial and fear here in southern CT. I rent in Greenwich, and most people here have plenty of financial cushion. That said, the news has been advertising that the local food bank is running low on inventory due to a large increase in demand. If this is happening in an area with one on the highest median incomes in the country, we are truly screwed...

Mark in San Diego said...

Here in SD, the near epicenter (with Phoenix and LV), we now have knife catchers trying to snap up condos at "great" prices. . .sure, a 500K one bedroom now selling for 300K sounds good, but Pets.com sounded good at $50 when it had been $200!!. . .there is some panic in the working class neighborhoods, where every 5th house is in foreclosure, but in the upper-middle class areas, people think the market will come back in a year. . .but. . .unemployed people don't buy houses, and SD has a "service economy" (and of course the Navy, but they don't earn enough to buy a house). . .the airport is going through 10 to 15% flight reductions in September, and the hotels are already hurting. . .restaurants are hanging in by a thread. . .it's going to be a long cold winter (as cold as it gets here).

Nick said...

"Let's see, an economic downturn plus open contempt towards the struggling poor and working classes...."

This is different than open contempt for fat useless people that do nothing but eat and watch Oprah and still manage to bitch that 40% of my hard-earned paycheck goes into a pool of funds that I have no control over that gets distributed to fat useless bitchy people. I'm with tv news; can it, douche.

Anonymous said...

You would think the causes for trepidation would be extremely obvious to all, but we just got a letter today from a CFA advising us that real estate was the best performing market class and ..what couldn't he guide us to a more rational perspective?

Is oblivious the stage before denial?

Anonymous said...

Despiration is just starting.

All these BS bailout plans are just attempts to reassure everyone, never mind that they won't work and will ultamately make things worse, it's all about staving off the panic.

The longer it's delayed the worse it will be.

Fun times ahead.

k.w. - Southern Ca. said...

This is the danger of over-speculation, especially with housing, prices go way beyond the reach of the majority of incomes.

When the majority of income earners are having problems servicing their loans, that's when things get really nasty - we're at the beginning of that point now.

This entire thing is like one ugly soap-opera playing out.

More and more houses up for sale/forclosure here in HB Ca., and I'm sure San Diego is no better - one more over-speculated region about to face some hard reality in market pricing.




Mark in San Diego said...
Here in SD, the near epicenter (with Phoenix and LV), we now have knife catchers trying to snap up condos at "great" prices. . .sure, a 500K one bedroom now selling for 300K sounds good, but Pets.com sounded good at $50 when it had been $200!!. . .there is some panic in the working class neighborhoods, where every 5th house is in foreclosure, but in the upper-middle class areas, people think the market will come back in a year. . .but. . .unemployed people don't buy houses, and SD has a "service economy" (and of course the Navy, but they don't earn enough to buy a house). . .the airport is going through 10 to 15% flight reductions in September, and the hotels are already hurting. . .restaurants are hanging in by a thread. . .it's going to be a long cold winter (as cold as it gets here).

JAWS said...

I'm in Las Vegas and I swear, it's still just "denial", but my friends in CA are starting to hear "fear" at the door. What is it going to take anyway. I'm starting to see dried up front yards in LV, probably somebody about to bail.

Anonymous said...

"my grandmother doesn't know what she's going to do this winter if the oil bill keeps going up"

I i'll make a prophecy that gradma will sell her place and move in with you or one of her friends....sorry but no guarantees she can stay in ther house until she dies. this of course will add another house to the inventory.



Macaca

Anonymous said...


my grandmother doesn't know what she's going to do this winter if the oil bill keeps going up.


Move down south where the cost of living is cheaper?

Anonymous said...

Jose Six Pack is feeling it now with the construction industry grinding to a halt. Jose is still getting the wlefare checks for his family though.

Juwan Six Pack is sitting at mama's home with his homeboys while his 6 children by 6 different women are running around in the streets.

Anonymous said...

Keith, if you really want to see something shocking, go to this site by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York:

http://www.newyorkfed.org/mortgagemaps/


Thanks for the link.

Anonymous said...

ThIt's always someone else's fault and there's never any room for personal responsibility.

It's called the Democratic party & Hussein way.

Anonymous said...

my grandmother doesn't know what she's going to do this winter if the oil bill keeps going up.


Move down south where the cost of living is cheaper?


I always tell everyone to move to Seattle and Portland, OR. I tell them that everyone is rich over there and they live in a paradise. Oh, and by people I mean lots of Hispanics, illegals, Californians, etc. You guys who live in those two cities will have lots of company in the next few years.

Anonymous said...

Still in the fear stage.

Anonymous said...

There's panic in the stock market, and fear in the housing market.

I see quite a few homes in my area putting the finishing touches on before listing for sale.

TubGirl said...

No way. NO WAY.

The vast majority are still totally deluded.

The bulk of those who even acknowledge a problem will tell you that the worst is behind us!

This is just the evolution of "there is no problem."

PANIC will be seen when people admit the scope of what's occurring.

ProRealator67 said...

"Maybe for us but Joe Sixpack still has no idea what's going on. You can just ask any average Joe on the street what they think of the economy and they'll be like:

"What? Huh? Did you see the Lakers game last night?""

Hey STUPID. The Lakers didn't play last night.

And all this doom and gloom is hallucinatory. Or maybe YOU know more than Mr. Gramm, a PHD!!!!

You guys keep trying to talk down the economy. America can't even hear you because we're all too busy picking up bargains and waiting to get rich off of your panic.

YoungExec2B said...

I think we've just crossed over into fear. That is, if the public really knew what all this meant for them, they'd be scared.

Maybe instead of fear, we should say "slack-jawed ignorance"?

Anonymous said...

Keith, you've got to make a separate thread for this article. It shows how US is worse than just "normal" socialism, because it is socialism tilted to solely benefit the corporatocracy/super-rich. "Privatization of profits, sozialication of losses"...and we all US tax payers once again fell for it.

http://blogs.ft.com/maverecon/2008/07/time-for-comrade-paulson-the-pull-the-plug-on-the-fannie-and-freddie-charade/

QUOTE 1:

"There are many forms of socialism. The version practiced in the US is the most deceitful one I know. An honest, courageous socialist government would say: this is a worthwhile social purpose (financing home ownership, helping my friends on Wall Street); therefore I am going to subsidize it; and here are the additional taxes (or cuts in other public spending) to finance it.

Instead the dishonest, spineless socialist policy makers in successive Democratic and Republican admininstrations have systematically tried to hide both the subsidies and size and distribution of the incremental fiscal burden associated with the provision of these subsidies, behind an endless array of opaque arrangements and institutions. Off-balance-sheet vehicles and off-budget financing were the bread and butter of the US federal government long before they became popular in Wall Street and the City of London."

QUOTE 2:

"So let’s call a spade a bloody shovel: nationalise Freddie Mac and Fannie May. They should never have been privatised in the first place. Cost the exercise. Increase taxes or cut other public spending to finance the exercise. But stop pretending. Stop lying about the financial viability of institutions designed to hand out subsidies to favoured constituencies. These GSEs were designed to make losses. They are expected to make losses. If they don’t make losses they are not serving their political purpose.

So I call on Secretary Paulson, Chairman Bernanke and Director Lockhart to drop the market-friendly fig-leaf. Be a socialist and proud of it. Come out of the red closet. The Soviet Union may have collapsed, but the cause of socialism is alive and well in the USA. Granted, the US version of socialism is imperfect thus far. The federal authorities have mainly intervened to socialise the losses in the financial sector while allowing the profits to continue to be drained off into selected private pockets. But that is bound to be an oversight. It surely cannot be the intention of such committed Marxists to target taxpayer-funded largesse solely at the very rich and at a few favoured, electorally sensitive constituencies. Fannie and Freddie are, or will be, safe in the hands of comrades Paulson, Bernanke and Lockhart."

Anonymous said...

California foreclosure "surge": Up 327% from '07 levels

Jz2tduncThe number of California homes lost to foreclosure in the first quarter surged 327% from year-ago levels -- reaching an average of more than 500 foreclosures per day -- DataQuick said in a report, warning that the widening foreclosure problem could "spread beyond the current categories of dicey mortgages, and into mainstream home loans.

Up 327% said...

California foreclosure "surge": Up 327% from '07 levels

Jz2tduncThe number of California homes lost to foreclosure in the first quarter surged 327% from year-ago levels -- reaching an average of more than 500 foreclosures per day -- DataQuick said in a report, warning that the widening foreclosure problem could "spread beyond the current categories of dicey mortgages, and into mainstream home loans.

Anonymous said...

The beginning stages of Fear. The financial media (esp. CNBC) is still in late stage Denial, but they are always behind the curve. We are not even close to desperation yet.

Anonymous said...

You people need to get out some more. I spent the afternoon on my boat. Lake was packed as usual with boatd, sea-doos, etc.

Some depression indeed.

You people need to get out in the real world some more and stop getting all your world view from a blog frequented by paranoid people.

Anonymous said...

I think some sellers are entering the Fear stage in Seattle. Let's wait until Fall arrives.

Anonymous said...

Fear yes.

But Panic, no.

Anonymous said...

Not even past Anxiety.

Living in boston area. No one I know has lost their job, except for one airhead who fell victim to a merger but immediately found a similar job. Friends, family and I chuckle about our 401k losses and falling home prices and soaring property taxes and heating costs to make ourselves feel better about it, but everyone still believes all will right itself eventually.

Heating oil costs this winter might start to drive us down the slope quickly, especially if it spikes towards $6 or $7 per gallon.

Out at the peak said...

Fear in Northern California.

Stuck in So Pa said...

Here's a good one for a new thread Keith! I would say this one is right at ANGER!

I just read where some A-hole went to sell his flip-hovel, and shot his original realtor to death when a second realtor told the 73 year old fliptard that his millstone was worth less than he paid for it a couple years ago.

Kind of like the dumbasses shooting their stockbrokers during the Dotcom melt down.

http://tinyurl.com/62qfej

This was the original article, follow-ups started to fill in the details!

I can see this snow balling with copycats. Next it will be the sheriff’s deputies getting taken down when they come a-knocking!

Anonymous said...

"...$10K of free money a month...they take 40% of my paycheck..."

I bet this is the same guy who said gas is 1% of people's incomes; what fun to pull absolute horseshit right out of your ass.

"...Think I'm making it up?..."

We know you are.

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R O F L M A O

That was the BEST of the BEST; who said admin. has no sense of humor?***

"...Crawl back into your hole douche...I'm with tv news; can it, douche."

HOW MANY knuckle-draggers can you fit on this site, Keith?

"...The longer it's delayed the worse it will be..."

Ain't it a hoot? I'm kinda glad for the delay; need more time to prep and welcome an even lower bottom.

michael said...

banks are in panic mode i amd sure behind closed doors. those doors are being opened though.

but...the sheeple home sellers in the northern va mode are in denial mostly.

Peter T said...

We have definitely passed denial, as only fools won't acknowledge that it could become really bad. Is it only fear or already desperation? I tend to the former, but with a bail-out of Fannie and Freddie being tried and, probably, failing, we would securely be in desperation and maybe already in panic - Fannie and Freddie were seen as rock solid outside housing bubble blogs, with their lon rates only a few basis points above treasuries.

Anonymous said...

I'm living on the cos sin curve, currently in euphoria shorting financials, long oil and gold.

Don't be a Dope in Seattle said...

@agent99 - thanks for posting the link to "It's a Wonderful life".

Born in 1969.
Graduated in 1987 from high school - recession.

Ducked into college.

Graduated in 1991 - recession.
Ducked into Japan as an English Teacher.

Came back in '96. Ended up picking a little software engineering by 2000.

Recession.

Thankfully, was working as a network admin and moved in 2001 into an operations role in a major financial institution.

In between tickets, began to browse the internets.

Eventually found housing panic sites.

Late 2004, bought a house for 165,000 that was 30,000 undervalued.

Currently - still employed by same institution which is running at about $5/ share down from $45.

But...if I get laid off, I'm due a major severance package/ pension pay-off/ etc, etc which can last me 29 months without tapping into my 401K.

Which is percolating along nicely with massive gains due to your advice to buy gold and short financials (bought into the ETC (SKF? sp?)).

My plan? Wait for everything to go belly-up. Then, cash out my 401K (yes taking the hit) to buy someone else's house cash down.

With a big lot that's just beyond city limits so I can have chickens and goats.

And let my current house get fore-closed on, if it comes to that . (Although, I'll try to get in a renter).

BTW, my co-workers are driving me crazy by complaining non-stop about their losses in their 401K's.

It's all about mass psychology.

It has NOTHING to do with fundamentals in times like these.

Anonymous said...

anon 11:47:

You and other here are so typical of the crybaby atmosphere. You work for someone else and complain you don't get enough. Work for yourself instead and you won't believe how much better it is. Even if you don't make significantly more money, just knowing your future is determined your you and not someone else is priceless.

Anonymous said...

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I am shocked at the amount of Denial still out there!

I have seen people lose their home because they wouldn't lower the price

One example in Rancho Mirage, Ca.
A home listed for $1.195m. They had purchased it for $900k two years ago, they owed $730k on it.
They wanted every dime of that $1.195
The bank took it and sold it for the amount of the loan $730k


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Anonymous said...

The banks are still in denial. I tried to buy a REO on the 17th hole and the bank demanded the full price of the 100% LTV mortgage that was taken out in 2005 with no room for negotiations. I said see ya. I bet the house will be sitting empty for another two years. Idiot bankers.

J at IHB and HFF said...

Obama's Angelic Choir, your grandmother and everyone else might want to lower their heating bills with some of these techniques:

http://tinyurl.com/5mvq5p

Thank you.