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Is there a real-estate bubble in the US?

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  • Zhou, Wei-Xing
  • Sornette, Didier

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Using a methodology developed in previous papers, we analyze the quarterly average sale prices of new houses sold in the USA as a whole, in the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West of the USA, in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia of the USA, to determine whether they have grown at a faster-than-exponential rate which we take as the diagnostic of a bubble. We find that 22 states (mostly Northeast and West) exhibit clear-cut signatures of a fast-growing bubble. From the analysis of the S&P 500 Home Index, we conclude that the turning point of the bubble will probably occur around mid-2006.

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  • Zhou, Wei-Xing & Sornette, Didier, 2006. "Is there a real-estate bubble in the US?," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 361(1), pages 297-308.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:361:y:2006:i:1:p:297-308
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2005.06.098
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    Econophysics; Real estate; Bubble; Prediction;

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