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Signs Of Long Term Devaluation Real Estate

Continuing our research into the Real Estate market and our expectations over the next 6+ months or longer, we want to point out the disconnect between the current US stock market rally and the forward expectations related to the real economy.  Our researchers believe the current data from Realtor.com as well as forward expectations suggest a major shift related to “at-risk” real estate (both commercial and residential).

Unlike the 2008-09 credit crisis, the COVID-19 virus event is quickly disrupting consumer engagement within the global economy and disrupting spending activities.  Spending is shifting to online, fast food, and technology services for those that still have an income.  For those that have lost their jobs, spending is centered around surviving the COVID-19 virus event and hoping to see new opportunities and jobs when things open back up.

The coronavirus-fueled economic downturn is hitting homeowners hard. And the worst may be yet to come.

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2008-09 REAL ESTATE PRICE COLLAPSE CHART

The biggest difference between 2008-09 and now is that the Real Estate sector is not the driving force behind the economic collapse – it is part of the collateral damage of the COVID-19 virus event related to failed consumer businesses, loss of jobs, disruption to the consumer economy and the destruction of income for many.  Yes, for a while, some people will be able to keep things together and “hold on” while hoping the economy comes back to life quickly.  Others won’t be so lucky.

The one aspect of all of this that people seem to fail to understand is the shift in consumer mentality related to the shifting economic environment.  Right now, consumers are dealing with the shock of job losses, the virus crisis itself and what the future US and global economy may look like.  Many people fail to understand that we really don’t know what the recovery process will become or when it will start.  Yes, we are making progress in trying to contain the COVID-19 virus, but the process of rebuilding the global economy to anywhere near the early 2020 levels is still many months away and full of potential collateral damage events.

MULTI-SECTOR PRICE TREND CHART (DAILY)

To help illustrate how the markets are reacting to the optimism of capital being poured into the global economy vs. the reality of the Consumer and Financial sectors, this chart highlights the SPY (BLUE) current price activity vs the NASDAQ 100 Financial Sector (GREEN) and the Consumer Discretionary sector (GOLD).  The SPY recently disconnected from a very close correlation to the other sectors near mid-April – about 2 weeks after the US Fed initiated the stimulus program.  The S&P, NASDAQ, and DOW Industrials have benefited from this disconnect by attracting new investments while the Consumer and Financial sectors have really started to come under moderate pricing pressure.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS:

We believe this disconnect is related to the perceived reality of certain investors vs. other types of investors.  Institutional traders may be pouring capital into the US major market indexes while more conservative traders are waiting out the “unknowns” before jumping into the global markets.  We believe the extended volatility will create waves of opportunity as capital rotates between sectors attempting to find new opportunities for quick gains.

We also believe the unknown collateral damage processes will present very real risks over the next 6+ months as the markets seek out a real bottom.

A recent MarketWatch.com article suggests a new mortgage crisis in inevitable given the disruption to the US economy and consumer’s ability to earn income and service debt levels:

Pay attention.  These recent rallies in the US major indexes may not be painting a very clear picture of the risks still present in the US economy.  It is almost like speculation is driving prices higher while economic data suggest major collateral damage is still unknown.  We suggest reviewing this research article for more details:

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Part III – Is the Fed Too Late Prevent A Housing Market Decline?

So, the reality is that based on our modeling system and our research, there are only two ways that the US Fed (and likely the global central banks) can navigate out of this inflation killing debt glut that has sunk the global markets into a quicksand-like economic malaise; either A. reduce debts dramatically across the board (all nations) in an attempt to allow for some level of future growth/inflation opportunity, or B. find a way to push GDP out levels to 2x (or higher) that of current debt levels.  A is much more difficult to negotiate and navigate – but it may be an option sometime in the future.  B is the more likely option with a transition into some type of new 21st-century economic model that assists in advancing the build-it, sell-it model.

In the last, Part II, a section of our research, we showed you a chart of our US Fed modeling system and where we believe the US Fed should be targeting rates currently.  The one thing that was a bit different than our original model, created in 2013, was the election of President Trump and the EU, US/China trade wars.  This could complicate things a bit in the future, but overall the model continues to perform well.

Our research suggests that given current global market factors, we are looking at a very narrow pricing structure for US fed rates that are completely dependent on consumer activities (consumer optimism and activity, perception of the economic opportunities and supply/demand price equilibrium).  Which is why we believe the next 15+ months could be very interesting for global traders and consumers.

We use a simple tool to track the levels and scope of the changing markets in various areas of the US and have noticed a dramatic increase in the numbers of Foreclosures and Pre-Foreclosures in various prime markets over the past 12+ months.  Take a look at some of these maps.

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In each one of these maps, there are more than 500+ current active Foreclosures and/or Pre-Foreclosure listing.  These are prime real estate areas like Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA, New York City, NY, San Francisco, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Chicago, IL and Newark, NJ.  Either the market is changing or the consumer is changing because affordability is sky-high.

The law of supply and demand dictates that when the price gets too high and affordability is beyond the scope of the average buyer, then price MUST fall to levels that support healthy buyers and re-balance the marketplace.  This type of price reversion has happened many times in the past, but this time we believe the US Fed may just let the dust settle and allow these foreclosures to funnel through the traditional channels (banks and financial institutions.

We do believe the US Fed is slightly behind the curve in terms of rate levels and actions.  The Fed waited till 2016 to begin raising rates when our model suggested rates should have been raised in 2013.  Additionally, the Fed raised rates above the 2.25% upper boundary of our modeling system.  The Fed recently began to decrease rates from the 2.5% level which we agree with.  The Fed target should be between 1.5% to 2.0% at this point and levels should fluctuate up and down within this range for the next 4+ years – gradually settling near 1.25% near 2024.

Again, there are only two outcomes that can dramatically alter the path without our modeling system – dramatic debt reduction or dramatic GDP increases.  Possibly, we may see a combination of both of these over the next 10+ years, but our belief is that the US Fed is trapped in a low growth, mild inflationary mode waiting for GDP to increase while attempt to PRAY that no asset bubble pops.  The reality is that bubble will pop and price levels will revert to find “true value” before any real GDP increases begin to take form.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS:

It’s going to be an interesting 10+ years, folks.  Get ready for some really big price swings in almost all the global markets and various sectors.

Real Estate has already run through the price advance cycle and the price maturity cycle.  There is really only one cycle left to unfold at this point which is the “price revaluation cycle”.  This is where the opportunity lies with select real estate ETFs which we are keeping my eye on to profit from falling real estate prices.

I can tell you that huge moves are starting to folding not only in real estate, but metals, stocks, and currencies. Some of these supercycles are going to last years. Brad Matheny goes into great detail with his simple to understand charts and guide about this. His financial market research is one of a kind and a real eye-opener. PDF guide: 2020 Cycles – The Greatest Opportunity Of Your Lifetime

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