August 15, 2006 |
Bearish real estate economist Christopher Thornberg, who says the Southern California housing market is a bubble beginning to pop, has left UCLA Anderson Forecast to strike out on his own. Thornberg, 38, will continue to teach economics at UCLA but will no longer be part of the quarterly Anderson Forecast on the economies of California and the nation. "I wanted to start my own business and do things I wasn't able to do before," said Thornberg.
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December 16, 2009 |
So here I am at the Beverly Center, looking at a pair of $228 jeans from Bloomingdale's, and I can't remember my duty as an American: Am I supposed to buy these overpriced trousers and everything else in sight to help fuel the economic recovery? FOR THE RECORD: Steve Lopez column: In Wednesday's Section A, Steve Lopez's column referred to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. —where Jack Kyser is chief economist -- as the Los Angeles Economic Development Council.
August 25, 2007
Mortgage: Christopher Thornberg's Op-Ed piece on Friday about Fannie Mae (the Federal National Mortgage Assn.) and Freddie Mac (the Federal Home Loan and Mortgage Corp.) said that Fannie Mae had been around for nearly 60 years. It has been nearly 70 years since it was formed in 1938.
September 1, 2007
Re "Fannie and Freddie, old and new," Opinion, Aug. 24 In his conclusion to an otherwise informative article, Christopher Thornberg resorts to advocating a very untenable position. He strangely claims that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have become the opposite of what they were because they are now part of the safe market. Fannie and Freddie have always been part of the safe market. They provided liquidity, but not for speculative or risky mortgage seekers, only for the creditworthy ones.
July 12, 2013 |
If you haven't heard, another major housing development in Los Angeles has been substantially scaled back as a result of local interest groups and the support they receive from populist politicians. Casden West L.A. was planning to build more than 600 housing units with 160,000 square feet of retail space in West Los Angeles on the new Metro Expo Line. Yet after years of wrangling with various groups, the current plan calls for the retail space to be shrunk by 90% and the number of residences reduced by 7%. Of the residences, more than 10% will have an "affordable" status, meaning other units will be priced commensurately higher to subsidize them.
September 18, 2005 |
Will the real estate bubble burst? And, if so, when? Those were the big questions at a UCLA Anderson School of Management conference on real estate and the California economy, held Thursday at the Skirball Cultural Center in West L.A. The answers are not that simple, a bearish Christopher Thornberg, senior economist of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, told housing developers, lenders, academics and representatives of affordable housing programs.