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Till the last of the marrow is sucked from your bones

By willywonka follow willywonka   2019 Jul 13, 4:43am 363 views   2 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    

“Where the American Dream Goes to Die”: Changes in House Prices, Rents, and Incomes since 1960 by Region & Metro

How out-of-whack is the discrepancy in growth between incomes, rents, and house prices?

The “San Francisco Housing Crisis,” as it’s called on a daily basis, is an extreme. But housing costs in major urban areas in the US have been eating up more and more of household incomes, as house prices and rents have soared and as incomes have crept up painfully slowly. In many cities, not just San Francisco, this condition is now called a “housing crisis” where families with median incomes can no longer afford to rent or buy adequate housing, or where too much of their income is spent on housing, with not enough left over for other things. They have no savings, they barely make it to the next paycheck, and they can’t help the local economy because housing saps their spending power.

Just how out-of-whack this discrepancy between income versus rents and house prices has become over the years is depicted in a new study with long-term charts, released by the research department of Clever Real Estate. Based on Census data going back to 1960 for median household incomes, median gross rents per month, and median house prices, all adjusted for inflation, it shows that nationally, incomes since 1960 have risen just 16%, while rents have risen 72%, and house prices have soared 121%:

But the national values above reflect everything thrown into one bucket, from the more affordable areas to the biggest housing bubbles. So we will separate them out by region and metro – and there are stunning differences.

All values in the charts are indexed to 1960. The charts only include data for the depicted years: 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2008, 2010, and 2017. The data for the years in between those years are not included. For example, if in one metro, the housing bust bottomed out in 2012, the low point falls between the data points of 2010 and 2017 and is not depicted. But you get the idea.

The West: house prices & rents v. household incomes.

In the West — a vast diverse region that spans Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming — the median house price, adjusted for inflation, soared 195% since 1960. And rents, adjusted for inflation rose 72%. But household incomes adjusted for inflation ticked up only 26%.

The growth rate (vertical axis) is on a different scale in the charts. For example at the chart above it tops out at 150% growth from 1960; in the chart below, it tops out at 200% growth from 1960; in one chart further down, it tops out at 550% (yup, San Francisco):
1   Patrick   ignore (1)   2019 Jul 13, 7:20am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Eventually, all empires overreach and there is violent rebellion by those who have been trapped and exploited by the elite.

When it happens here, those who are fighting for their lives against the elite will be called "racists" and "Nazis" just because those are the worst terms the elite can call them.

But it's really all about the elite sucking the marrow from the bones of everyone else.

They are doing it in three main ways :

1. Housing debt
2. Unpublished medical prices
3. Student loan debt
2   willywonka   ignore (4)   2019 Jul 14, 7:27am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Patrick says
Eventually, all empires overreach and there is violent rebellion by those who have been trapped and exploited by the elite.
When I was in biness school, modeling maximum wealth extraction from a public company with sufficient earnings was all the rage. Basically, zero a company's earnings to zero by loading it up with debt used to offer existing shareholders a premium above the current share price. So if a company were to have $50 million in earnings, you would add $50 million/loan interest rate in payments to zero out earnings. Maybe that would mean borrowing enough to offer the requisite amount of shareholders, 51% for example, $70/share. You pay your firm extraordinary management fees, maybe pull an inflated salary as an officer, and then it goes BK. Ooops! Mitt Romney stuff, basically.

So now it seems this is being applied to citizens. Let's extract as much of their current and future wealth as possible. Here, sign sonny's student loan application,... right there. Of course, $60k is what people pay for a new quality car. 10 year loan should do it, unless you want to fall behind.

When costs rise greater than earnings, you get to zero earnings, and even below via loans and loan commitments. Sucking away your future wealth. A lot of folks on are aware and not lured by the pitch. And many seem quite skilled at navigating in any environment. But even these folks can be impacted, for example, by rising costs of medical care, spousal debt, or even, signing for student loans

Folks might rise up, or they might try to ensure they stay ahead of the extraction, or they might just get stoned, old, and have someone else pay for their care, in what could be a terrible facility, depending. Good health is your best investment, regardless of financial wealth.

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