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Brad Hunter: The 2017 Housing Market Forecast

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Brad Hunter: The 2017 Housing Market Forecast

From Brad Hunter (formerly of MetroStudy) at HomeAdvisor: The 2017 Housing Market Forecast The 2017 housing outlook is one of diverging trends. HomeAdvisor’s forecast calls for single-family housing to rise at a rate similar to the 2016 rate, but for multifamily construction (apartments and condos) to fall, as the recent apartment boom finally winds...
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Thursday: ISM Mfg, Auto sales, Unemployment claims, Construction Spending

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Thursday: ISM Mfg, Auto sales, Unemployment claims, Construction Spending

A few comments from Steven Kopits of Princeton Energy Advisors LLC: “OPEC today struck what increasingly appears to be a historic deal, with both cuts and participation well in excess of earlier expectations.  Total OPEC cuts, compared to OPEC production as recorded by secondary...
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You May Be A More Important Real Estate Investor Than You Think

You May Be A More Important Real Estate Investor Than You Think

Small is Big! If you own one investment property you are a significant investor and contributor to the American economy.  The engaged (as opposed to “aspiring,”) real estate investor population is estimated to be at 11.1 million individuals and companies.  Together this tier of investors...
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Possible Policy Impacts on Housing

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Possible Policy Impacts on Housing

On Friday I posted a few 2017 housing forecasts. I’ll add more forecasts soon. Some of these forecasts may be revised due to the Presidential results and also due to the possibility of higher mortgage rates. Here are some preliminary thoughts on several potential...
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November 2016: Unofficial Problem Bank list unchanged at 173 Institutions

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November 2016: Unofficial Problem Bank list unchanged at 173 Institutions

This is an unofficial list of Problem Banks compiled only from public sources. Here is the unofficial problem bank list for November 2016. Changes and comments from surferdude808: Update on the Unofficial Problem Bank List for November 2016.  During the month, the list remained...
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Five Economic Reasons to be Thankful

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Five Economic Reasons to be Thankful

With a Hat Tip to Neil Irwin (he started doing this a few years ago) … here are five economic reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving … 1) Low unemployment claims. The number of new claims for unemployment insurance benefits is at the lowest...
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A Few Comments on October Existing Home Sales

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A Few Comments on October Existing Home Sales

Earlier: Existing Home Sales increased in October to 5.60 million SAAR First, these October existing home sales closed escrow before the recent increase in mortgage rates (rates started increasing after the election). Also, the recent increase in mortgage rates will probably have little impact...
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Personality Types and Real Estate Investing

Personality Types and Real Estate Investing

A few years ago, I was chatting about financial freedom with a close friend.  My friend was very interested in becoming financially independent, and really wanted to discuss how she could increase her wealth. However, when I shared my journey to financial independence, she...
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Some earlyThoughts on the Impact of the Trump Economic Policies

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Some earlyThoughts on the Impact of the Trump Economic Policies

Just a few thoughts about the economic impact of the Trump plan … First, in broad brushes, the Trump economic plan seems to be:1) Renegotiate trade deals and / or impose tariffs.2) Stricter enforcement and control on immigration, and the deportation of illegal immigrants.3)...
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