In academics, it’s often taught that home prices should in the long run move in line with rents. After all (it is argued) home purchase may be viewed as akin to prepaid rent. Multiple websites (including this CNN Money page) highlight current and historical price/rent ratios. The popular “rules” … Read More
The two trends of a) tightening bid/ask spreads and b) nearly no trading early in the month, continued to play out in the first half of March. As highlighted in the table to the right, bid/ask spreads have inched in across most regions and contract expirations. Bids (aggregated across a … Read More
This is the time of year when many research teams make their forecasts for home prices (or HPA, home price appreciation) for 2015. What weight should you give those forecasts, are they corroborated by others, and what do you do if you agree (or disagree) with them?
I would argue … Read More
The table to the right shows the outright markets (bids, offers and mid-market levels) for the Q14 and Q15 (Aug 2014 and Aug 2015) contracts for all 11 regions in … Read More
I had promised in the monthly recap for February to update a table of the HCI/CUS (10-city index) calendar spreads for the November expiration series. Here you go.
Understanding calendar spreads is critical to trading housing futures, as the spreads a) serve as a great tool for expressing views on … Read More
Anyone wanting to weigh in on the debate as to where home prices are headed for 2014 should have this candle bar graph in mind. I’ve taken this page from the February Recap (see Reports Section) and updated quotes through earlier today (March 5th). The bars represent the bid-offer spread … Read More
With the February release of the Case Shiller #’s for December 2013 only a few days away (Tues. 2/25 8:15 AM Chicago) I thought that it might be a good time to review quotes for the expiring Feb ’14 (G14) contract. Recall that the settlement prices for the G14 contracts … Read More
In what was a very gratifying (to me) set of actions, one (or some?) trader seems to have taken my comments on the Feb ’14/’15 calendar spread for the HCI contract (CUS 10-city index) and expanded that approach into two-sided calendar quotes on all ten regional contracts for the Feb … Read More
The LAX market has been one with the tightest bid/ask spreads over the last few weeks. There have been both outright trades (LAXX16) and calendar spread trades (albeit only one lots). Today, I’ve posted (table below) stale prices on the outright and calendar spread markets so that traders can see … Read More