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U.S. Light Vehicle Sales increased to 17.7 million annual rate in August

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U.S. Light Vehicle Sales increased to 17.7 million annual rate in August

Based on a WardsAuto estimate, light vehicle sales were at a 17.72 million SAAR in August. That is up 2.9% from August 2014, and up 1.3% from the 17.5 million annual sales rate last month. Click on graph for larger image. This graph shows the historical light vehicle sales from the BEA (blue) and an...
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Tenants Find it Cheaper to Rent Than to Buy

Tenants Find it Cheaper to Rent Than to Buy

In most areas of the country, homeownership costs more than renting.  Many economists with calculators claim the opposite, but the calculations and conclusions are often highly misleading.  As is often the case, the devil is in the details. We recently reviewed one highly publicized...
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Vehicle Sales Forecast for August: Over 17 Million Annual Rate Again

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Vehicle Sales Forecast for August: Over 17 Million Annual Rate Again

The automakers will report August vehicle sales on Tuesday, Sept 1. Sales in July were at 17.5 million on a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis (SAAR), and it appears sales in August will be over 17 million SAAR again. Note:  There were 26 selling...
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Vehicle Sales Forecasts for August: Over 17 Million Annual Rate Again

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Vehicle Sales Forecasts for August: Over 17 Million Annual Rate Again

The automakers will report August vehicle sales on Tuesday, Sept 1. Sales in July were at 17.5 million on a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis (SAAR), and it appears sales in August will be over 17 million SAAR again. Note:  There were 26 selling...
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Financing Your Real Estate Investments | Podcast

Financing Your Real Estate Investments | Podcast

In this episode we talk to Aaron Chapman, an 18 year veteran in the mortgage industry with a focus on real estate investors. Some of the topics we discuss include: The investor’s mindset and why that’s important. The landscape of mortgage loans for investors....
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AIA: Architecture Billings Index indicated expansion in July

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AIA: Architecture Billings Index indicated expansion in July

This was released last week while I was on vacation. Note: This index is a leading indicator primarily for new Commercial Real Estate (CRE) investment. From the AIA: Architecture Firm Billings Continued to Rise in July Business conditions at U.S. architecture firms continued to...
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Black Knight’s First Look at July: Foreclosure Inventory at Lowest Level Since 2007

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Black Knight’s First Look at July: Foreclosure Inventory at Lowest Level Since 2007

From Black Knight: Black Knight Financial Services’ First Look at July Mortgage Data: Foreclosure Inventory Down 24 Percent Year-Over-Year; Lowest Level Since 2007 According to Black Knight’s First Look report for July, the percent of loans delinquent decreased 2% in July compared to June,...
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Rent Inflation Shows No Signs of Letting Up

Rent Inflation Shows No Signs of Letting Up

Landlords keep cranking up rents, with annual increases far outpacing price growth elsewhere in the economy, according to recent data released this summer. Rents in May were up 3.5% from a year earlier, while a gauge for overall consumer prices showed no growth according...
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2012: Calling the House Price Bottom

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2012: Calling the House Price Bottom

Note: CR is on vacation, and I will return on Sunday, August 23rd. In 2005 and 2006, I was researching previous housing bubble / busts to try to predict what would happen following the bursting of the housing bubble. So, in April 2008, when...
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