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Tax Bill Signals Big Gains For Real Estate Market

Tax Bill Signals Big Gains For Real Estate Market

In the wake of Republican-led tax bill being pushed through the house and senate in rapid-fire fashion, commercial real estate is poised for big gains. Though there are some disparities between the current House and Senate versions of the bill, it looks like the commercial real estate market will fare better than the residential...
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Sunday Night Futures

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Sunday Night Futures

Weekend:• Schedule for Week of Dec 10, 2017 Monday:• 10:00 AM ET: Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey for October from the BLS. From CNBC: Pre-Market Data and Bloomberg futures: S&P 500 are up 3, and DOW futures are up 23 (fair value). Oil prices were down over the last week with WTI futures...
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How To Buy Turnkey Rental Properties

How To Buy Turnkey Rental Properties

When it comes to real estate, you’ll find widely divergent opinions about its importance in an investment portfolio of an individual. Investing in a turnkey rental property is among the best investments you could make today in the US real estate market. The value of your turnkey rental property may increase to make it profitable for you...
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AAR: Rail Carloads decreased, Intermodal Solid in November

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AAR: Rail Carloads decreased, Intermodal Solid in November

From the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Rail Time Indicators. Graphs and excerpts reprinted with permission. In November 2017, like in October 2017, U.S. rail traffic had both a glass-is-half-empty and a glass-is-half-full feel to it. It’s half empty because total carloads were down 0.9% (11,442 carloads) in November, their fifth straight year-over-year monthly...
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2018 Housing Forecasts

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2018 Housing Forecasts

Towards the end of each year I collect some housing forecasts for the following year.  This is an update (I’ll gather several more). First a review of the previous five years … Here is a summary of forecasts for 2017. It is early (just nine months), but in 2017, new home sales will probably...
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Update: Framing Lumber Prices Up Sharply Year-over-year

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Update: Framing Lumber Prices Up Sharply Year-over-year

Here is another update on framing lumber prices. Early in 2013 lumber prices came close to the housing bubble highs – and prices are once again near the bubble highs. This graph shows two measures of lumber prices: 1) Framing Lumber from Random Lengths through November 2017 (via NAHB), and 2) CME framing futures....
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Turnkey Property Investing

Turnkey Property Investing

Turnkey property investing may seem an unknown term for the investors who are new into real estate investing. The definition of turnkey property can be simply put as a potential income producing property because it has already been fully rehabbed, usually by a specialized turnkey real estate company, and can be put on a rent for a passive monthly...
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Schedule for Week of Dec 3, 2017

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Schedule for Week of Dec 3, 2017

The key report this week is the November employment report on Friday. Other key indicators include the October Trade deficit,  and the November ISM non-manufacturing index. —– Monday, Dec 4th —–No major economic releases scheduled. —– Tuesday, Dec 5th —–8:30 AM: Trade Balance report for October from the Census Bureau. This graph shows the...
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Personal Income increased 0.4% in October, Spending increased 0.3%

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Personal Income increased 0.4% in October, Spending increased 0.3%

The BEA released the Personal Income and Outlays report for October: Personal income increased .1 billion (0.4 percent) in October according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Disposable personal income (DPI) increased .1 billion (0.5 percent) and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased .4 billion (0.3 percent). …Real DPI increased 0.3...
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Tuesday: Case-Shiller House Prices, Richmond Fed Mfg, Jerome Powell Fed Nomination Hearing

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Tuesday: Case-Shiller House Prices, Richmond Fed Mfg, Jerome Powell Fed Nomination Hearing

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Flat as Markets Get Back to Business Mortgage rates were almost perfectly unchanged today as markets returned to full force following the extended Thanksgiving break . Bond markets (which dictate mortgage rate momentum) had been consolidating in a narrower and narrower range...
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