“The Big One” for Real Estate

Subtle Clues, Time’s Up

‘Sometimes it seems as if the market hangs in the balance by the weight of a feather.’: Wyckoff, circa 1910.

Is this the big reversal to the downside?

Before we get to that answer, let’s review two recent market pivots (including today).

A Day To Remember

Back on May 4th, the post with the same title, linked here, was to be used for reference on a go-forward basis.

The post has a linked article, whose comment section could be surmised as the bourgeois rebuke of a 78-year-old fund manager.

That manager was quoted as saying, “It’s the biggest bear market of my life”; to which the younger crowd responded with derision, effectively saying the old man’s a dolt, an idiot, a doofus and needs to retire.

Now that time has passed, let’s remind ourselves when the quote was published with the daily (IYR) chart below.

Not only did IYR, not close higher after that, it never printed higher either. It was the top of the pivot reversal, to the day.

The 23.6%, Retrace

Then we have this report just days ago, showing IYR’s price action coming back to a (very weak) Fibonacci 23.6%, retrace.

The daily chart repeated below, showed the ‘risk’ on a short position as approximately 1.04-pts (not advice, not a recommendation).

Risk Narrows Even More

As a result of today’s new daily low and lower close, one can (theoretically) reduce the risk of a short position even further (not advice, not a recommendation).

The risk is now defined as the distance between today’s close (IYR: 93.32) and Friday’s high of IYR: 93.96

A subsequent push above Friday’s high negates the short and would likely indicate a potential move to a 38.2%, retrace.

Subtleties of The Market

A lower daily print and marginally lower close (IYR down just – 0.39-pts.) does not look like anything of consequence.

We’ll see about that, at the next session.

Stealth Crash?

Lastly, we have this and especially this.

Could we be right in the middle of a historic crash and not even know it?

Of course, it’s never for sure, until it’s over.

However, if shorting opportunities are being spotted, entered, and managed correctly, probabilities are that one will already be positioned short when ‘the big one’ hits.

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Active: Positioned short via SRS (SRS-22-01), with stop at SRS: 16.38

Recession First … Depression Next

The Last Place To Be … Real Estate

The most illiquid of all ‘assets’: Real Estate

Two quarters of negative GDP (even with cooked books) equals recession.

Next up, full-blown depression.

Some would argue (like J.B. and Dan) that we’re already in a depression … we skipped the recession part altogether.

Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

Anyone who thinks the Fed’s going to ‘pivot’ because the numbers are weak, does not understand (or won’t admit to) the real purpose of the entity; but I digress.

The Strategy

Way back in December of 2020, this post was released which discussed ‘Genesis 41’, specifically.

It was an intuitive assessment; we’re in a phase where corn and grain (i.e., the food supply) are potentially more important than ‘stacking‘ silver or gold.

Over the ensuing year and a half, how correct, that has proven to be.

Then, nine-months ago, was this post, presenting the ‘elephant’; a massive population decline whose repercussions would last the lifetimes of anyone reading.

Now, we have this. A report that confirms the elephant.

It’s all starting to hit the mainstream, although the language is still being couched to not cause undue panic. Good luck with that.

So, what’s next?

The Danger Point: Real Estate

While mainstream press and money managers alike struggle to figure out the obvious, we have price action itself telling us the next likely direction of the market.

During an economic downturn there are many places not to be such as semiconductors, airlines and other low margin businesses, restaurants and so on.

However, the most illiquid of all, is real estate. It does not matter how bad one wants to sell, if there is no buyer, there is no sale.

Real Estate IYR, Weekly Chart

Last week, real estate IYR, closed right at the Fibonacci 23.6% retrace as shown.

Getting closer in on the daily, it’s marked up to show the risk from a shorting perspective (not advice, not a recommendation).

Real Estate IYR, Daily Chart

In this case, the risk on a short position is defined as the distance from last Friday’s high (IYR: 93.96) to that same week’s high of IYR: 95.0

Let’s add, Friday’s action saw IYR, retrace a Fibonacci 76.4% (the most available) of the entire move for the week.

The Summary

Amazon (AMZN), ProLogis (PLD), and Real Estate IYR, are joined at the hip.

Now the economy’s imploding, massive warehouse space is not needed.

Ditto that for employees as well.

ProLogis is already down – 31.2%, from its all-time highs set just this past April.

We’ve already shown PLD, has a nasty habit of going straight down during a market route.

Last time, PLD, crashed over – 84%, in just two months.

It’s likely to be worse, this time around.

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Dumpster Fire … Real Estate

Price Reductions, Accelerating

From a technical perspective, it’s a disaster.

The last post showed price action had nowhere to go but down.

In that post, a trading channel was identified on the weekly chart.

Now, this week, with the action from the past three sessions and possibly a fourth (today), the channel is being confirmed.

Then, we have this:

Price Reductions Accelerating … At Record Pace

As if on cue, to support the assertion from Tuesday’s gold update; specifically:

“We should expect market events to reach never before seen extremes.”

We’re getting that same ‘never before extreme’, in real estate; presenting itself as accelerating price reductions.

At time stamp 5:20 at this link, we can see a graphical presentation of that collapse.

To borrow a quote from Dan at i-Allegedly: ‘Anyone who thinks price reductions are going to taper off, are kidding themselves’.

We’re just getting started.

Real Estate IYR, Daily Close

It’s about fifteen minutes before the open and IYR, is trading down nearly – 2%, in the pre-market.

That action confirms the declining channel shown.

As a result of this week’s apparent pivot (identified in the last post), a new channel appears to be emerging.

This one’s more aggressive.

If the new channel ‘sticks’, real estate trouble’s happening faster than most would expect.

Pulling out a little farther on the chart shows the downside potential.

Declining at nearly – 95%, annualized hardly seems possible.

Nearly everyone has been lulled to sleep with the orderly decline of the markets thus far.

In non-related but nevertheless connected event, the situation world-wide is moving faster, not slower.

It does not matter these events are completely fabricated (as was The Speck).

The effects of the fabrication are real.

Wyckoff Analysis Leads The Way

This week’s reversal off of last week’s trend lines confirms their existence.

Price action itself is leading the way; this is the crux of Wyckoff analysis.

The market itself defines what’s important.

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Predatory Lending = Collapse

The Top, Is In

Just like the last bubble but worse.

That’s the assessment from agents in the field on the imminent real estate implosion.

Interest rates have risen dramatically, applications have evaporated, properties not moving as before, prices are dropping, lenders deploying the last resort; Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARM).

When the ARMs, show up in force, it’s over.

Technical & Fundamental

Over the past several days, the real estate situation has been assessed from both a technical (chart) perspective as well as the fundamentals.

The bottom line (below), is so long, it may have to be covered in several posts.

  • On a weekly and daily close basis, IYR has contacted underside resistance.
  • On a weekly and daily close basis, IYR has contacted the right side of a downward trading channel.
  • Multiple gap-fills at IYR, 91 and 94. Volume declines over – 22.5%, on the second gap-fill.
  • Multiple rising wedge breaks on multiple time-frames signal a potential drop of – 41.5%, from current levels.
  • Trading volume contracting (as price is rising) on multiple time frames, indicates potential lack of trader commitment to higher prices.
  • Financial press gets in the game (with several reports), saying ‘now is the time to buy’.
  • As highlighted above, once the Adjustable Rates dominate, the top is in.
  • This top may be far worse than ’07 – ’08, as debt levels are much higher, consumer is tapped-out and there is a massive ‘elephant’.
  • That elephant is now going mainstream with the resultant effect of unprecedented population decline/disablement.

So, let’s get started.

Real Estate IYR, Weekly Close

Un-marked chart.

Test of underside resistance

Zoom of underside contact.

Right side trendline.

Zoom of contact points.

Trading Channel

Wedge Break: Daily Chart

Zoom of break and test

Wedge Break: Weekly Chart

Note:

A measured move to 55-area, gets IYR, back to 2020 lows. That’s a reasonable expectation for an initial leg down.

If we use Prechter’s assessment concerning bubbles (manias), price action eventually retraces every bit (sometimes more) of the entire bubble move.

That puts the ultimate destination of IYR, somewhere in the vicinity of 14.0, or lower, representing a decline of – 88%.

Closing Argument

Remember this gold breakout?

It was going to be $3,000/oz., in months, not years.

Gold-O-Mania was coming. You could even sign up and pay money to read the group-think of the imminent launch.

Well, obviously at this point, $3,000/oz., is nowhere in sight.

Gold (GLD) is even lower now than it was then. On top of that, the ‘changing of hands’ assessment has not been negated; prices continue to grind lower.

Having the financial press cheerlead at the exact wrong time, is an (almost) necessary component to identify a lasting reversal.

As we can see here and here, the financial media’s position is, we’re heading higher. There is ‘real buying’ (whatever that is) for the first time in weeks.

However, from the chart evidence presented above (and we didn’t even get to ‘gap-fills’, ‘multiple wedges’, ‘contracting volume’ … maybe later), it’s hard to present that price action will somehow move significantly higher.

Price action behavior above, appears to point to an immediate or very near-term downside reversal.

Summary

Lastly, we have this from Activist Post: Real estate housing crash in progress.

Be careful. If you read the article, can you see the ruse?

It’s been discussed before on this site. That is, the real purpose of the Fed.

All is going according to plan.

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Real Estate … ‘Train Wreck, Ahead’

Channel Confirmation

Does it really matter if IYR’s channel is at -99%, or -93.5%?

The sector’s going down fast; that’s the important part.

Unless there’s some kind of decisive, high-volume break to the upside, we’ve got IYR in a confirmed trading channel, declining at approximately – 93.5%, on an annualized basis.

The morning gap open in IYR, was higher as expected; sated in the pre-market report.

However, instead of reaching the 100%, ‘a-b-c’ target, where wave ‘a’ would be equal to wave ‘c’ (a common occurrence), the gap higher only reached a 61.8% target: indicating significant weakness.

The daily chart, has the situation as of 11:30 a.m., EST

Real Estate IYR, Daily

One thing that’s not happened yet … there is no new daily low for IYR.

It has not posted below yesterday’s low of 93.70.

That’s about the only factor that remains as potential upside for the sector.

If yesterday’s low is penetrated, then it weights probability significantly to the downside (not advice, not a recommendation).

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Saved By the Bell

Closer Look At Real Estate

No sooner than yesterday’s report was released, IYR price action broke upward through its down trendline.

However, the action remained weak with successive attempts to move higher being thwarted.

The sector closed down for the day.

That’s the way of the markets … set ups materialize, come to fruition or fade away.

It’s 20-minutes, before the open; IYR shows higher action.

Based on the bid/ask spreads, we can see on the hourly chart below, action may be about to complete an ‘a-b-c’ corrective move.

Real Estate, IYR Hourly Chart

The area of interest is identified by the magenta circle.

The second chart shows that action with the Fibonacci projection.

Closer-in with Fibonacci ‘a-b-c’ projection

Recall, the rule of alternation says, ‘last time is not this time’.

Price action from yesterday’s session was choppy and overlapping. Today looks to open sharp gap-higher and thus, fulfills the ‘alternation’.

Summary

Obviously, it’s what happens after the open, that’s important.

A swift retrace/reversal and posting an hourly down bar would point probabilities to continued downside for the day.

If we get upward buoyancy instead, we may be in for a protracted upward test.

The hard-stop for the current DRV-22-02, position is unchanged at DRV 45.64 (not advice, not a recommendation).

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Real Estate … Critical Mass

Struggling to Break Out of Wipeout

It’s still early in the session and it looks like real estate’s in serious trouble.

A change of events putting IYR declining at – 99%, annualized.

Several charts of real estate IYR, are presented below; not the least of which is the location of the first ‘DRV’ (3X inverse, IYR), entry.

Strategy, Tactics and Focus are the three tenets laid out by Livermore, Wyckoff and Loeb respectively.

Strategy: The real estate sector is ‘finished’ for this bubble go-round. Look for significant medium to long term trading (position) opportunities.

Tactics: Use Wyckoff analysis to identify the exact location where risk is least; The Danger Point

Focus: Significant trading opportunities are rare. When one is found, it must be used to its fullest extent.

This site presents the method above, in real-time.

The first chart of IYR shows the location of the initial DRV entry (not advice, not a recommendation).

Real Estate IYR, Daily

Positioning short this sector has been fully documented here and here.

As a result of yesterday’s action, also anticipated and documented here, the sector may have pivoted into a sharper trend; a trend declining at – 99%, annualized.

Is that a hyperbolic statement? Not if it happens.

As this post is being created, we’re going to look at the hourly chart of IYR (below) and show that price action is struggling to stay away from that -99%, trendline.

IYR: Hourly Chart

We’re at the top of the hour (11:00 a.m., EST) and the hourly candle may have just confirmed the new trend.

Summary

As said many times on this site, when or if, a major break occurs, there will be no getting in or out (not advice, not a recommendation).

At this juncture, now fifteen minutes past the top of the hour, price action is still struggling.

If it continues lower, does not break the trendline and prints below last week’s low of 92.89, it’s a serious event; more confirmation of the new down-trend.

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It’s a Minefield !

Intentional Distraction ?

Is the objective to create as many news stories (fake or not), along with incessant and contradicting market analysis with the objective: Shut down and distract even the most disciplined trading professional?

The market’s going up, it’s going to crash, it’s in a short squeeze, Goldman ‘says’, then ‘says not’ and on it goes.

If memory serves, the propaganda during the 2007 – 2008 meltdown, wasn’t nearly this bad. Of course, that was before the Smith-Mundt act was repealed … but I, digress.

There are even a few unfortunate dolts that don’t’ even know anything’s happening at all.

Take a look at Dan’s (i-Allegedly) latest video here.

He talks about the number of people contacting him to say ‘it’s not that bad’, or ‘real estate’s going much higher’, or ‘whatever’ as Dan likes to say.

He does present from the (ethical) sales professionals a recognition, real estate’s ‘finished’ for this go-round.

Even while we get reports like this one, where sentiment is so bad, a rally is imminent, the trading objective must be to remain focused on the data … price bars and volume.

That’s what we’re going to do as outlined below.

Real Estate IYR, Daily Chart

The un-marked chart.

Now, let’s get to the ‘force’ behind the rebound of the past four trading days.

The tiny blip circled, was all there was for upward energy from yesterday’s move.

Price action inched up just over 1%.

Looking at the situation from a trading channel standpoint, we see yesterday’s action got just outside the well-established trend lines.

So, we have a little ‘blip’ outside the trendline on minimal volume and force.

The news story linked above (repeated here) says a ‘short squeeze’ is imminent … at least for the tech stocks.

What about the rest of the market? Is real estate going to breakout as well?

That actual (IYR) data says, anything can happen; however, with such anemic upside performance, the expectation is for IYR, to resume its downward trend.

Positioning

It’s about forty-minutes before the open and we already have DRV, pre-market activity.

Because the (bid/ask) spreads are so wide in both IYR inverse funds SRS, and DRV, pre-market activity is rare.

Nonetheless, 3X inverse DRV, is trading higher at +0.79 points or +1.71%, indicating that IYR will have a lower open.

That means, the DRV low of yesterday (DRV 45.64) would make a good stop location for any positioning (not advice, not a recommendation).

Summary

Wyckoff analysis is independent of the news or the financials. He discovered as early as 1902, that prices are moving from a ‘force of their own’ having nothing to do with fundamentals.

The action itself will point to the next likely outcome.

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Before The Open

Real Estate To Gap Higher?

It that’s the case, the first hour of trading will be the most important.

There are times, it’s rare, when a Head & Shoulders pattern will be violated, negated.

The most famous of those, was way back in 2002, when a clear H&S pattern showed the S&P was set for a major decline.

It didn’t happen. Price action ‘miraculously’ reversed; then went into another bubble in 2007 – 2008.

Years later, it was revealed it was the Fed (or those benefitting from them) that halted the H&S collapse and manipulated the market higher.

How much better for all of us, would it have been if the S&P had washed out in 2002.

Well, here we are with real estate IYR, in a similar position.

Real Estate IYR, Daily Chart

The chart has Fibonacci retrace included as well as the pre-market bid/ask spreads (noted by the orange arrows).

At this time (forty minutes before the open) IYR, shows gap-open higher; potentially into the 23.6%, retrace.

The First Hour

To maintain the short position via DRV (not advice, not a recommendation), I’m looking for a near immediate reversal of the gap-higher open (if it happens) … ideally, posting an hourly reversal bar.

Opening action like that (or similar) would indicate prices can’t be sustained at elevated levels and we’re likely to continue lower to the measured move from the last post.

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Real Estate … Test & Reverse

Probabilities Are High, For Lower Action

Real estate’s in the … well, it’s in the outhouse; we’ll leave it at that.

Today was the day where IYR had the opportunity to build on any momentum gained over the last two trading sessions (Thursday, Friday).

Today, the index posted a new daily high within about fifteen minutes after the open.

Then, it spent the rest of the day trying to move higher.

Additional new highs weren’t happening; about a half-hour before the close, price action began to fall away.

That’s where we are now.

IYR Daily Close

The next chart makes the situation more clear.

There’s a Head & Shoulders top, a neckline, break of the neckline, test and reverse.

The fundamental pressures continue to build.

Interest rates remain elevated but even if they come down, it’s already in the works; buyers don’t qualify, layoffs are starting in earnest and it’s all unraveling … very, very fast.

This very same scenario has been played out in history; over and over, bubble after bubble.

We’re now in a multi-year, to multi-decade decline (if it ever recovers).

Measured Move

The chart above shows a measured move target in the area of 83.5, for IYR, providing that price action continues its decline.

The chart in the prior post, had a Fibonacci projection to the 80.5 area. So, the targets are similar.

Actually, this is what we want.

If we can use different analysis methods to come up with essentially the same target, it increases the probability of meeting that target (not advice, not a recommendation).

Positioning

The DRV position remains active; DRV-22-02.

If IYR posts a new daily high at tomorrow’s session, it points probabilities to either a protracted choppy test, or a rebound to higher levels; if either of those scenarios take place, the position will likely be exited.

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