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1 Why the housing meltdown is hurting the US economy Jon Haveman Principal February 13, 2008

2 What’s going on? Yet denial still runs strong Survey of Professional Forecasters

3 What is a Recession?  Economic Growth is all about trends and bends Trends are long run growth trends driven by demographics productivity and policy Bends are short run fluctuations driven by some imbalances Imbalances have to be large, rapid and sustained  A recession is a bend 2 quarters negative growth rule confuses the symptoms with the disease Shock to economy causes rapid changes, factor markets can’t clear: Unemployment rises, capacity utilization falls Recovery is a given, but the process is painful

4 Trends and the 2001 ‘Bend’ US Corporate Profits US Business Investment Log Run Growth 3.1%

5 2001: An odd cycle No Housing Cycle No Consumer Cycle Just one big investment cycle

6 How did California fare?

7 A slow recovery in SJ?

8 2000 was unusual, not today

9 Local Growth 20052-Yr 1246175.3% Construction32552.2% Manufacturing3343011.3% Computer2784718.6% Wholesale trade69653.7% Retail trade62641.9% Information1381326.1% Finance and insurance40364.8% Real estate and rental and leasing140562.9% Professional and technical services169113.7% Administrative and waste services2913-1.0% Educational services17402.0% Health care and social assistance51514.4% Arts, entertainment, and recreation6640.0% Accommodation and food services19972.3% Other services, except government1539-0.3% Government6206-1.8% Local Output (GSP) Growth 03-05 Q4 20073 Yr Ch Total, All Industries924,83348,967 Construction48,7004,400 Durable Goods159,933-1,500 Computer and Electronic115,633-867 Wholesale Trade39,7334,833 Retail Trade88,2332,567 Information40,7677,133 Internet Service Providers20,0676,200 Financial Activities37,2671,267 Professional, Scientific108,10010,267 Computer Systems48,3335,300 Administrative Support53,967633 Educational Services32,4673,233 Health Care74,3677,067 Leisure and Hospitality77,8677,467 Government98,8332,300 Local Employment Growth 04-07

10 So what’s happening today? What’s right? Current national numbers: we are NOT in a recession

11 GDP / Employment

12 Industry has been stable.

13 Consumers: Weak, but not recession weak

14 Financial Markets? Turbulent but Solid Fundamentals

15 So what’s happening today? What’s wrong? Housing!

16 Transactions: Drop started in late 05

17 What does residential construction mean to the economy? Not Much

18 The 3 parts of a housing bubble 1. The transaction cycle The collapse of the pyramid 2. The building cycle The loss of jobs 3. The price cycle The impact on financial markets and consumer spending

19 Reason # 2 The Mortgage Markets Bernanke May 2007: “About 7-1/2 million first-lien subprime mortgages are now outstanding, accounting for about 14 percent of all first-lien mortgages.1 So-called near-prime loans--loans to borrowers who typically have higher credit scores than subprime borrowers but whose applications may have other higher-risk aspects-- account for an additional 8 to 10 percent of mortgages.”

20 The housing markets Beacon Economics % Agg Value Share Nation % Agg Value Share Nation NEVADA21.0%2.7%DELAWARE5.8%0.2% CALIFORNIA13.5%33.7%ILLINOIS5.8%3.0% ARIZONA12.8%3.5%NEW YORK5.8%5.1% FLORIDA11.4%10.2%MICHIGAN5.7%1.9% UTAH9.8%0.8%MINNESOTA5.7%1.3% COLORADO9.7%2.2%TENNESSEE5.6%0.9% HAWAII9.0%0.8%NEW JERSEY5.5%2.9% GEORGIA8.5%2.4%CONNECTICUT5.3%1.1% MARYLAND8.1%2.8%NEW MEXICO5.2%0.3% IDAHO7.8%0.4%NORTH CAROLINA5.2%1.3% WASHINGTON7.7%2.5%NEW HAMPSHIRE5.1%0.3% DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA7.7%0.3%INDIANA4.9%0.8% TEXAS7.5%3.6%OHIO4.8%1.5% VIRGINIA7.5%3.0%MASSACHUSETTS4.8%2.0% OREGON7.3%1.2%MISSOURI4.8%0.8% RHODE ISLAND6.5%0.3%WYOMING4.5%0.1% SOUTH CAROLINA6.0%0.7%OKLAHOMA4.4%0.3% Subprime / Alt A by state as share of State Est. Value of Homes (1010 data only)

21 The inevitable meltdown…

22 Worst is to come…

23 The Price Correction has begun LA -9% SD -13% SF -7.5%

24 Yeah- so who cares?

25 Consumer Savings Beacon Economics

26 The Home ATM Beacon Economics

27 Some New Vocabulary…  Intaxication!: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.  Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.  Cashtration: The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time. Source: Washington Post's Mensa Invitational

28 Summer GDP Growth Surge: Illusion Beacon Economics

29 Can Exports / Business Spending Save the Day? Beacon Economics

30 The State? Already there Previous Dec 07Years TotalDec06Dec05 California 6.1%4.8%5.1% Southern California Los Angeles-Long Beach5.5%4.5%5.1% Santa Ana-Anaheim4.6%3.5% San Diego-Carlsbad5.3%4.1% Riverside-San Bernardino6.7%5.1%5.0% Oxnard-Thousand Oaks5.7%4.4% Bay Region East Bay5.4%4.4%4.7% San Francisco-San Mateo4.6%3.9%4.2% San Jose-Sunnyvale5.5%4.5%4.9% Santa Rosa-Petaluma5.1%4.0%4.2% Central Valley Sacramento-Arden-Arcade6.2%4.8%4.7% Stockton9.7%7.3% Vallejo-Fairfield6.1%4.7%5.0% Fresno9.7%7.5%7.9% Bakersfield9.4%7.2%7.5% Modesto10.2%7.8%7.9% Visalia-Porterville9.8%7.9%8.3%

31 Local Consumer Spending

32 Can we avoid it?  NO  Federal Reserve pushing on a string with consumers Important role to play in financial markets  Fiscal stimulus $150 billion of tax rebates vs. $2 trillion in real estate losses

33 Economic Forecast Beacon Economics  Recession starting now Q4 or Q1 academic- depends on NBER Negative growth through Q3 08 Doldrums in 2009 Recovery 2010  Medium downturn Worse if financial losses add up to more than expected Worse if inflation creeps in to the economy

34 Forecasts

35 SJ Commercial Market Demand?  Weak Economy Business spending follows consumer spending  Weak employment Slowing in finance, professional services, IT Office space takes a hit  Weak local spending Housing and weak labor market Retail takes a hit  San Jose on periphery, not epicenter Hit less hard than the state Not a lot of new supply  The big problem: commercial investors Highly leveraged investments Falling cap rates Small weakness implies big problems

36 San Jose Cap Rates: Too low ResMBS first to go ComMBS is next…

37 Summary Beacon Economics  Recession is here… Consumer weakness coming to light Business weakness to start on profit issues Exports will not be able to carry the day Labor market figures sending a clear signal Debt markets a mess  What kind of recession? Not huge, 2% decline followed by period of doldrums Might get worse—depends on financial markets

38 DON’T PANIC!!! Expansions are for growth Recessions are about market share Heed our warnings and get into a position to exploit the recovery when it comes!

39 Beacon Economics is an independent consulting firm providing a variety of economic support services to clients across the Western US. Our Services Include  Custom Presentations for Public and Private Events  Litigation Support and Damage Estimation  Regional Economic Outlooks and Conferences  Market Analysis and Forecasts  Cost-Benefit Analyses  Public Policy and Development Studies For more information Go to: www.BeaconEcon.com E-mail: Jon@BeaconEcon.com Call: 415-336-5705 Jon Haveman and Chris Thornberg are


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