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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

RE Executives: The Boom that won't Bust

by Calculated Risk on 4/20/2005 10:04:00 PM

At the Milken Institute Global Conference 2005 in LA, several Real Estate executives argued that there is no real estate bubble. A few comments from the "Real Estate: Investing for the Future" panel:

"We're in a market with real depth and real legs on it," said M.D.C. Chief Executive Larry Mizel.

"The big boom of the last 10 years was not seen all through the United States," KB Home Chief Executive Bruce Karatz said. "There's a supply-and-demand balance that I think will stay good for many years."

"The housing bubble has been created more by the business press than reality," said Sam Zell, chairman of Equity Office Properties Trust and Equity Group Investments LLC. "You can't have a crash without oversupply."

I will address the supply issue in a future post. But the final comment from the article is worth highlighting:
"The executives pegged the southwestern U.S. and Florida as best real estate buys"
Enough said.