Detroit Housing Market Hit Bottom!


By Patrick   Follow   Fri, 9 Mar 2012, 6:18pm   2,807 views   22 comments
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Actually the Detroit housing market market hit bottom in 1968.

It's still there, at the bottom.

Realtors have been saying it's the bottom in Detroit for 44 years now. They're right, but it's sure a good thing you didn't buy when they started saying that.

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  1. waiting_for_the_fall


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    1   6:32pm Fri 9 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike  

    it will hit bottom when they pay me to take the house.

  2. bubblesitter


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    2   8:27pm Fri 9 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike  

    Look at the bright side - It is actually new bottom every day. :)

  3. thomas.wong1986


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    3   9:05pm Fri 9 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    During the 60s Detroit was making some of the best cars for the US and the world. From Ford Mustands avg 200K units a year, and Chevy Cameros for 750K units between '67-'69 alone.

    http://www.housingbubblebust.com/OFHEO/Major/MidWest.html

    Of course recently prices have fallen well beyond '68 prices adjusted for inflation.

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    4   9:06pm Fri 9 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    it's the location that counts

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    5   3:31am Sat 10 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike   Protected  

    Detroit 2012 = Silicon Valley 2020

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    6   11:36am Sat 10 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    dunnross says

    Detroit 2012 = Silicon Valley 2020

    haha. You beat me to it. I was not sure when will that happen,but 2020? may be. Everyone living in Detroit during the boom time thought the same way as current BA residents think.

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    7   11:44am Sat 10 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    It makes me sad that nobobdy has the guts to trade greencards to a million chinese in exchange for commiting to live in detroit for ten years.

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    8   12:00pm Sat 10 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    dunnross says

    Detroit 2012 = Silicon Valley 2020

    Dont count on it. A LOT of scum from New York sick of the rancid festering swamp they turned it into are flooding into the SFBAY. The rat vermin that destroyed this country from Wall St are coming to SFBAY to start the process all over again.

    The USA is finished, the middle class is finished, the public schools are finished, and it will be HAVE and HAVE NOTs.

    Unfortunately for us, the HAVEs want SF and Peninsula real estate. These rats will borrow from the taxpayer (via the GSEs) and drive up prices and rents using our own money , and then inflate us away.

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    9   12:03pm Sat 10 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Mick Russom says

    A LOT of scum from New York sick of the rancid festering swamp they turned it into are flooding into the SFBAY.

    Really? can you provide some more information? first the Chinese and now Nyers?

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    10   2:05pm Sat 10 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    The interesting bit is the high end market of vegas and detroit is pretty close. Gradually the median is getting closer as well.

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    11   3:44pm Sat 10 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    dunnross says

    Detroit 2012 = Silicon Valley 2020

    Larry Ellison pretty much stated as much and assisted on shrinking SV companies and employment.

    Thanks Larry! you the bomb!

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/09/07/BU87317.DTL&ao=all#ixzz1olD3Br5q

    Q: What do you think Silicon Valley is going to be like in five or 10 years?

    A: It's going to be a lot more like Detroit than like Silicon Valley. The great news is we're going to be the molecular biology hub for the world, but we will have more competition -- in San Diego, in Boston, in Tel Aviv. But the gestation period of a company in molecular biology is very different from that of a software company. The returns will be slower in coming, so the whole metabolism of the valley will have to be retuned for that industry.

    Update: Biotech didnt work out all too well. It certainly does not aid in commerce as air transport, technology, rail roads, internet and many other economic booms provided.

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    12   4:36pm Sat 10 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    I remember Robocop was set in "New Detroit".

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    13   4:55pm Sat 10 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    bubblesitter says

    first the Chinese and now Nyers?

    Don't forget Syrian prince.
    Overpriced real estate is much better than getting killed there.

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    14   5:48pm Sat 10 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

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    15   8:46pm Sat 17 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    unstoppable says

    It makes me sad that nobobdy has the guts to trade greencards to a million chinese in exchange for commiting to live in detroit for ten years.

    That's brilliant! But I don't think you could keep those immigrants in Detroit. They would escape.

    I recall that the Lebanese fleeing civil war in Lebanon actually prospered in Detroit. They were armed, and generally bad people to mess with. Owned all the gas stations, convenience stores, etc. Maybe we should invite Iraqis to Detroit.

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    16   8:52pm Sat 17 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Patrick says

    Maybe we should invite Iraqis to Detroit.

    Not a bad idea. Something is better then nothing.

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    17   9:14pm Sat 17 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    We should learn a lesson from Detroit, but i think many would just rather ignore it and move on...

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/03/-this-entry-is-cross-posted.html

    Detroit: A Boom Town Goes Bust

    CENSUS -- March 23, 2011

    For almost a half century last century, Detroit was a boom town. Between 1910 and 1950, few cities grew faster, were wealthier, were more attractive to those seeking success than what became known as the Motor City.

    Sixty years ago, car makers from Chrysler to Cadillac, Studebaker to Dodge had plants in or near the city limits. There were hundreds more parts plants, steel mills, foundries and parts depots, where the products built in Detroit factories were sorted and sent on to the vast networks operated by the auto companies across the country. People in all parts of the city could walk to work, or take a streetcar or bus. Some of them chose to drive, because they earned enough to afford to vehicles they were making (something their parents and grandparents might not have been able to do).

    Professor Boyle says that in Detroit's glory years, from 1910 to 1950, the city was a boom town, equal to any of the gold rush towns of the American West

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    18   9:19pm Sat 17 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    That's what Houston will look like in 30 years.

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    19   9:38pm Sat 17 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Patrick says

    Maybe we should invite Iraqis to Detroit

    Detroit already has a huge Iraqi population. In 2008 alone about 14,000 settled there. When I was passing through it appeared to be a stronghold. Not sure why they are attracted to Detroit and Dearborn, but they are already there by the tens of thousands and have been for some time.

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    20   10:23am Mon 19 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    With high unemployment, the last thing we need is more immigrants.

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    21   10:37am Mon 19 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    zzyzzx says

    With high unemployment, the last thing we need is more immigrants.

    If the homeowner isn't insulted by your offer...you didn't bid low enough!!!

    We're in a tough situation.

    We need population to increase to sustain our economy, but we don't have enough high paying jobs to accommodate the current population.

    Eventually our standard of living will have to go down, it's inevitable.

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    22   11:14am Mon 19 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    I read somewhere the city was planning to bulldoze huge blocks and turn it into farmland??

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