American’s and their Real-Estate market…

Interesting piece in the Economist: American housing – Map of misery. Can’t say I care too much, but it does define the relationships between rents and mortgages in more eloquent economic terms that I have 😉

A better measure of housing fundamentals is the relationship between house prices and rents. This is a sort of price/earnings ratio for the housing market: the price of a house reflects the discounted value of future ownership, either as rental income or as rent saved by an owner who lives in the house.

—Chinese Version—

衡量关于房地产的基础经济情况:房价和租金的关系。你可以理解这个比例有点像股票的市盈率:一套房子所有权的价格表示贴现值的未来所有权。这个所有权代表房子可以赚的租金或者这个房东可以节约的房租。

当然,你还要考虑:

-利息的比例
-通货膨胀的比例
-其他的因素

但是可以用这个比例来判断这段时间是否适合买房。

And in case you were curious about that map…

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UPDATED: 2008/05/15 – Added Chinese Translation and Considerations…

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