Category Archives: Real-Estate

SRSously?

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Want to see a financial instrument that’s been carving out a series of higher highs and higher lows later, and has enjoyed a 15% appreciation since early August? Believe it or not, it’s that poor old battered beast we haven’t spoken about in years, the double-bearish ETF SRS:

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To be sure, SRS has been viciously destroyed for years now, having peaked on a split-adjusted basis at $16,408.77 (yes, I’m serious) and presently trading at a level 99.8% lower than that. All the same, as my post earlier today about softening Palo Alto house prices suggested, we may well be past the peak of this particular bubble.

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I haven’t done many real estate posts lately, although, as an update to this one (in which an empty dirt lot was being offered for $10 million) I’ll mention that although the For Sale sign seemed to linger longer than usual, it was supplemented with a SOLD sign yesterday. So I guess the Chinese are still buying.

I’ve become quite inured to the lunacy of Silicon Valley real estate, so not much surprises me anymore, but I saw a full page color ad this morning in Gentry magazine (which is a free magazine they distribute around here, packed with a combination of real estate ads, for the tech zillionaires, and plastic surgery ads, for their vain spouses) that demands a post. So I’m writing it, you lucky so-and-so.

The color photographs of this nearly $5 million property featured the most blase, ordinary, McMansion style place you could imagine, but the headline was……. (more…)