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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Kawamoto unloading

I had heard several weeks before the homes started hitting the market that Japanese Billionaire Gensiro Kawamoto was going to sell some of his Kahala and Hawaii Kai holdings…but whats the impact?  It remains to be seen.  The upper end of the market in Kahala has been pretty stagnant and all of Kawamoto’s homes are in bad condition.  So if you buy a big tear down on Kahala Ave for $2.5 Million bucks so still have to rebuild or rehab the house for another cool million.  Since only 3 homes over $3 Million have sold in the past 6 months in Kahala… whats the absorption rate on a dozen of these homes…we shall see.

Kawamoto newspaper article

Posted by Trevor Benn on May 15, 2010 at 12:51 PM
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Friday, May 07, 2010

Turmoil on the stock market should spell lower interest rates.

Here’s a article from a CNBC contributor today:

On Friday May 7, 2010, 1:29 pm EDT
For those of you who consider me far too ‘glass is half empty,’ here’s a little bright side to the near 1000-point drop in the Dow yesterday: Investors fled to the 10 year Treasury, driving the yield way down and pulling down the rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage right along with it.

The yield came up a bit, but at one point yesterday you could get a 30-year fixed rate mortgage for 4.5 percent with no points. How’s that for housing stimulus?? So was it just a blip on the radar? Not necessarily.

“More than anything, it means mortgage rates will stay close to the 5 percent mark a bit longer than was forecast a week or so ago,” says Greg McBride of He admits it’s probably a temporary blip, but “mortgage spreads are widening because bond investors are nervous about anything that doesn’t carry a U.S. government guarantee.” If the situation in Greece were to become a global contagion, he adds, that could keep U.S. mortgage rates down.

We saw a big run up in mortgage purchase applications last week, toward the end of the home buyer tax credit, but refinances were down. This move in the 30-year could juice both those readings in next week’s survey. Of course it’s temporary, but so much of the housing market now is based on consumer confidence, so if this temporary blip eases the expected-falloff from the end of the tax credit, that would be an unexpected bonus.

Posted by Trevor Benn on May 07, 2010 at 11:03 AM
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