Category: Holmes on housing

Perching in rental: Part 2, how long will they perch?

10 September, 2010 (10:53) | Caretakers, Holmes on housing, Home tending, Homeownership, Housing, Recession, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, US News | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post, using an interesting if reasoning-by-anecdote article in Business Reader by housing skeptic Keith Jurow, established that at least some young couples who could well afford to buy a home are choosing to be renters for an indefinite duration, probably the shorter of […]

Perching in rental: Part 1, who perches and why?

9 September, 2010 (10:59) | Caretakers, Holmes on housing, Home tending, Homeownership, Housing, Recession, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, US News |

By: David A. Smith   It is a capital error, housing consultant Sherlock Holmes ought to have said, to mistake a shift in perceptions for a shift in reality, as demonstrated by this otherwise intriguing article in Business Reader by prolific bearish prognosticator Keith Jurow:   There is a far-reaching change occurring now which threatens […]

Inflation is the young’s revenge …

4 November, 2008 (10:52) | Essential posts, Holmes on housing, Markets, Policy, Theory, US News |

“If revenge is a dish best served cold,” said Holmes, “then inflation is a dish long marinated.”   Fearing the worst, Watson folded the Times and composed himself in the attentively placid pose appropriate for the straight man.  “Yes?”   Watson knew a disquisition was about to begin   Holmes unlimbered his long legs.  “Inflation […]

Finance type: the House of the Three Mortgages

18 May, 2007 (09:57) | Asset management, Government, Holmes on housing, Housing finance |

“Holmes,” said Watson, turning a five-pound note between his fingers, “I’ve been thinking back to our visit to your brother Mycroft and that extraordinary bank — I should say, investment bank — of which he is a director.”   The carriage of a banker: Mycroft Holmes   Holmes looked up from the Times, where he had been […]

Securitization: the Adventure of the Top-Sliced Lender, Part 1, the slice

23 April, 2007 (09:38) | Finance, Holmes on housing, Securitization |

London that April was endlessly blanketed in fog thick as treacle, dampening my mood. My old Afghan war wound ached, the more so because my friend Sherlock Holmes, whose housing-finance deductive expositions I have periodically chronicled, was off in hot pursuit of what he mutteringly called the Adventure of the Nine Guaranteed Keys, leaving our […]