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Schedule for Week of Mar 4, 2018

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Schedule for Week of Mar 4, 2018

The key report this week is the February employment report on Friday. Other key indicators include the January Trade deficit, and the February ISM non-manufacturing index and the February ADP employment report. —– Monday, Mar 5th —–10:00 AM: the ISM non-Manufacturing Index for February. The consensus is for index to decrease to 58.8 from...
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Market Update

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Market Update

Friday:• At 10:00 AM, University of Michigan’s Consumer sentiment index (preliminary for February). The consensus is for a reading of 99.5, down from 99.9 in January. Click on graph for larger image. By request – following the market sell off today – here is a stock market graph. This graph shows the S&P 500...
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Passive Real Estate Investing

Passive Real Estate Investing

Definition of Passive Real Estate Investing Passive real estate investing is a way to invest in real estate to augment income considerably well without having to necessarily stress out one’s self. You are not actively involved in generating profits or income from real estate; you are a passive investor. What Is Passive Real Estate...
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Wednesday: GDP, Pending Home Sales, Chicago PMI

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Wednesday: GDP, Pending Home Sales, Chicago PMI

Wednesday:• At 7:00 AM ET, The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index. • At 8:30 AM, Gross Domestic Product, 4th quarter 2017 (Second estimate). The consensus is that real GDP increased 2.5% annualized in Q4, down from the advance estimate of 2.6%. • 9:45 AM: Chicago...
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All About Real Estate Investing For Beginners

All About Real Estate Investing For Beginners

How Difficult Is Residential Real Estate Investing Residential real estate investing is more than just buying a home or looking for an investment property. Do you think it is easy to predict success in the residential real estate world, where circumstances keep fluctuating every now and then? To some extent, the possible hindrances can be controlled with...
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Monday: New Home Sales

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Monday: New Home Sales

Weekend:• Schedule for Week of Feb 25, 2018 Monday:• 8:30 AM ET, Chicago Fed National Activity Index for January. This is a composite index of other data. • 10:00 AM, New Home Sales for January from the Census Bureau. The consensus is for 600 thousand SAAR, down from 625 thousand in December. • 10:30...
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Oil Rigs “Oil rig counts take a breather”

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Oil Rigs “Oil rig counts take a breather”

A few comments from Steven Kopits of Princeton Energy Advisors LLC on Feb 23, 2018: • Total US oil rigs took an anticipated breather this week, +1 to 799 • Horizontal oil rigs were up, +1 to 697…• The oil price continues to recover • If rig count additions continue on our forecast trajectory,...
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How To Get Real Estate Financing

How To Get Real Estate Financing

It’s never too late to start a business and investing in real estate can be a great decision. Before diving in and building a business in real estate it’s good to know certain aspects of real estate investments, aspects that can be essential for its success such as how to get real estate financing....
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House Prices and Inventory

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House Prices and Inventory

This will be an interesting year for housing. With the tax changes – and rising mortgage rates – a key question is: What will be the impact on housing? The answer is no one knows for sure. For the possible impact of tax changes on housing, see: Question #10 for 2018: Will the New...
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Las Vegas: Record Convention Attendance in 2017, Visitor Traffic off Slightly

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Las Vegas: Record Convention Attendance in 2017, Visitor Traffic off Slightly

During the recession, I wrote about the troubles in Las Vegas and included a chart of visitor and convention attendance: Lost Vegas. Since then Las Vegas visitor traffic recovered to new record highs. However, in 2017, visitor traffic declined 1.7% compared to 2016, but was still 8% above the pre-recession peak. Convention attendance is...
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