The housing market is in something of its own recession as mortgage rates have surged. If the economist consensus is right about an existing home sales report due later in the morning, then sales will have fallen 28% from their peak.
That’s why the arrival of the seventh annual UBS global real estate bubble report rings different, coming at the start of a period of retreat rather than during a wave of excess.
“The willingness to pay for owner-occupied homes is likely to take a hit. In cities with strong population growth, such an adjustment could manifest in the form of a prolonged stagnation in nominal purchase prices. But as real estate markets rarely trend sideways, this is not the most likely outcome,” says the report.
Since the UBS report is a global one, only five U.S. markets are analyzed: Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and New York. The bad news is, all five are overvalued. The good news is, none are called a bubble risk. Save Miami, the other cities haven’t seen price growth as strong as the nationwide average, UBS points out. And income growth has been exceptionally strong, though strained affordability will likely start taking its toll, the report cautions.
Globally, the market that seems to be most in a bubble is Toronto, followed closely by Frankfurt, UBS says. Adjusted for inflation, price levels in Vancouver and Toronto have more than tripled in the last 25 years.
“In such overheated markets, with already very stretched housing affordability, the recent rate hikes by the Bank of Canada could be the last straw that broke the camel’s back. New buyers and owners during mortgage renegotiations not only need to pay higher interest rates but are also required to provide more income to qualify for a mortgage,” said UBS.
The UBS ranking is based on five factors: price to income, price to rent, the change in mortgage-to-GDP ratio, the change in construction-to-GDP ratio and the relative price of the city to the country.
U.S. stock futures
were mostly lower as Treasury yields rose and Tesla results disappointed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury
reached 4.14%. Crude-oil futures
climbed over $86 per barrel.
slipped 6% in premarket trade after the electric car maker’s third quarter margin and revenue came in shy of estimates. The miss didn’t affect CEO Elon Musk’s confidence, who says there’s a path for Tesla’s valuation to exceed more than Apple and Saudi Aramco combined, as he also said a stock buyback of up to $10 billion was under consideration.
Musk also said he’s overpaying for Twitter
but excited about the social-media service’s potential.
shares skidded after the insurer said it’s expecting a third-quarter loss, on catastrophe losses from Hurricane Ian as well as rising bodily injury and physical damage coverages. IBM
however rose after the technology giant upgraded its sales growth view for the year.
European telecom equipment makers Ericsson
each slumped after their results. Thursday’s set of earnings includes results from AT&T
The economics docket features weekly jobless claims, the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index, and after the open, both existing home sales and leading indicators.
raised its offer for Swedish Match
to $15.7 billion and separately agreed to pay $2.7 billion for U.S. rights to IQOS heated tobacco products from Altria
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