U.S. Commercial Property Prices Drop for First Time in Six Years

U.S. Commercial Property Prices Drop for First Time in Six Years

U.S. commercial real estate prices dropped in January for the first time since 2010, a sign of weakening demand by investors after a six-year rally that pushed values to records.
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The Central Economic Fallacy of the Century

The late Murray N. Rothbard once published a major article titled “Ten Great Economic Myths.” Included on Rothbard’s hit list were the notions that deficits are the cause of inflation and that economists can accurately forecast the future.

One myth that he didn’t cite dominates Washington today: that the economy can be successfully “managed” from some central point. This idea underlies, directly or indirectly, all of the others Rothbard mentions.

Unfortunately, society’s intellectual, political, and economic “mainstream” still accepts what should be called the Central Economic Fallacy of the Twentieth Century. The “mainstream” just doesn’t get it. Thus, we continue to see a basic progression. First, government subsidizes x or regulates y to correct for some government-diagnosed problem z. Unwanted side effects result, and z, assuming it exists, often grows worse. Government intervenes again to fix the side effects and redouble its efforts to battle z. More undesirable side effects result. And the process continues, with government growing inexorably as interventions accumulate. More and more of the economy is micromanaged through increasing webs of subsidy, regulation, and quick fix. The logical end result, as Ludwig von Mises has shown in great detail, is socialism.

Read the whole article.  The author makes a lot of sense.

Top Affordable U.S. Housing Markets

This article in Realty Times by Phoebe Chongchua lists the most affordable and the least affordable housing markets in the U.S.   An interesting statistic from the article is that over 70% of homes in the U.S. are affordable to families earning the national median income of $64,000.

The most affordable community:  Indianapolis.  Followed up by Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Mich.; Dayton, Ohio; Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa.; and Akron, Ohio.

The least affordable markets:  San Francisco; Honolulu; Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, Calif.; and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Redwood City, Calif. Topping this list, once again in the fourth quarter of 2009, is New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.-N.J.

I have just summarized the highlights.  Go read the whole article.  Some very interesting information.