US Vacancy Rates by Metropolitan Areas

Nice bit of info porn via the WSJ, covering the official Census Bureau 2007 vacancy rate.

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There’s also several audio interviews with economists and professors who cover this subject . . .


Housing Markets: A Vacant Look
Matt Phillips, Susan McGregor, Kurt Wilberding

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  1. ChangJ commented on Mar 23

    The Northeast and SoCal is surprisingly lower than I imagined.

  2. John Borchers commented on Mar 23

    This is what happens when you build homes that aren’t needed. They were just flipped from investor to investor.

    Any of these ranges, even 1% is very high. 1 in 100 homes vacant is unheard of in recent times as the WSJ article suggests.

  3. JustinTheSkeptic commented on Mar 23

    They forgot to include, Spain, England, Ireland, Austrailia, and Hong Kong????

  4. AGG commented on Mar 23

    Kind of reminds me of a an agar filled petri dish in the early stages of bacterial infestation. Fungus growth also is analogous.
    To me, a vacancy means a space someone has which isn’t marked to market. Mark the space to market and the vacancy disappears. This isn’t just about people walking out on houses; this is about speculators and landlords clinging to dream world price structures. Oh well, they’ll get it eventually.

  5. Florida commented on Mar 23

    Looks like Orlando is hosed.

  6. Lord commented on Mar 23

    The south and west at least have population inflows to help, if not now then eventually, though places like Florida will take years. The rust bowl may never recover.

  7. JustinTheSkeptic commented on Mar 23

    Wow! I have been reading the AP news on yahoo, and it looks terrribly dire out there, we might get a “feel good” rally, but this isnt’ going to end well. Fundamentals trump technicals when reality finally sinks in. This isn’t your average Bear….Booboo!

  8. Aaron Krowne commented on Mar 23

    Wondering if its possible that vacancy rates are reported on the low side due to speculators who bought second properties and lied saying they were primary homes to get cheaper financing and tax writeoffs? The California vacancy numbers seem suspiciously low, for one.

  9. JustinTheSkeptic commented on Mar 23

    Barry, I’m just wondering when you gurus are going to take a look at what is really going on, on main street and not inside your studios?????????????

  10. Justin L Tindall commented on Mar 23

    Perhaps then you’ll realize that there is something that trumps, wall street…..and the FED.

  11. gunthestops commented on Mar 23

    JustinTheSkeptic<------what is your point--Do you know something that no one else knows--you have some crystal ball that tell you the future???????? What I find funny is those special people that think they can see into the future are usually the most clueless! But keep up the good work--lol

  12. CDizzle commented on Mar 23

    info porn = cool presentation of interesting data, I believe.

    Here in St. Louis, 1.7% may not be high relative to other metro markets, but it sure is high relative to a multi-generational average in the local market. Our inventory of new homes has declined over the past 3 months, but that is primarily because no one is building and some inventory is being liquidated (especially those built by now-defunct builders).

  13. Albuquerque real estate commented on Mar 23

    ChangJ, you couldn’t be more correct. Florida was hit the worst; I actually moved there right before the big bubble burst happened and after it happened I moved right back (I was literally there less than 1 year).

  14. johnnym commented on Mar 24

    Barry, this is a great chart. One look at FL and OH and you know that the bailout train will be cranking up shortly; think incumbency insurance and electoral votes in the mother of all election years. Holy cow. There are other hot spots I know, but none more “electorally pivotal.”

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