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7 Ways to Determine Your Property’s Value

7 Ways to Determine Your Property’s Value

Real estate values estimation has several uses ranging from sale listings of real estate and analysis of investments to property taxes and insurances. However, it’s particularly necessary when it comes to real estate sales and passive investing. After all, the value of a property is not just based on the initial payment made or...
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Schedule for Week of Nov 26, 2017

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Schedule for Week of Nov 26, 2017

The key economic reports this week are the second estimate of Q3 GDP, and New Home sales for October. Other key indicators include Case-Shiller house prices for September, the November ISM manufacturing index, and November auto sales. —– Monday, Nov 27th —–10:00 AM ET: New Home Sales for October from the Census Bureau. This...
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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 several years ago) … here are five economic reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving … 1) Low unemployment rate. The unemployment rate declined to 4.1% in October.  The unemployment rate is down from 4.8% in October 2016 (a year ago), and is down...
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Sunday Night Futures

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Sunday Night Futures

Weekend:• Schedule for Week of Nov 19, 2017 Monday:• No major economic releases scheduled. From CNBC: Pre-Market Data and Bloomberg futures: S&P 500 are down 3, and DOW futures are down 23 (fair value). Oil prices were down over the last week with WTI futures at .55 per barrel and Brent at .54 per...
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Oil Rigs “Rigs counts took a breather this week”

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Oil Rigs “Rigs counts took a breather this week”

A few comments from Steven Kopits of Princeton Energy Advisors LLC on Nov 17, 2017: • Rigs counts took a breather this week • Total US oil rigs were flat, +0 to 738 • Horizontal oil rigs eased back, -1 to 636…• On Wednesday, I suggested that excess inventory draws in the US and...
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Thursday: Unemployment Claims, Philly Fed Mfg, Industrial Production, Homebuilder Survey

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Thursday: Unemployment Claims, Philly Fed Mfg, Industrial Production, Homebuilder Survey

Earlier from the NY Fed: Empire State Manufacturing Survey: General Business Conditions Index Fell Eleven Points Business activity continued to grow strongly in New York State, according to firms responding to the November 2017 Empire State Manufacturing Survey. Though the headline general business conditions index fell eleven points from the multiyear high it reached...
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“Mortgage Rates Sideways to Slightly Higher”

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“Mortgage Rates Sideways to Slightly Higher”

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Sideways to Slightly Higher Mortgage rates were unchanged to slightly higher today, keeping them in line with their highest levels in more than 2 weeks, depending on the lender . Bond markets (which underlie mortgage rates) were in slightly better shape this...
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Schedule for Week of Nov 12, 2017

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Schedule for Week of Nov 12, 2017

The key economic reports this week are October housing starts, retail sales and the Consumer Price Index (CPI). For manufacturing, October industrial production, and the November New York Fed, Philly Fed and Kansas City Fed manufacturing surveys, will be released this week. —– Monday, Nov 13th —–No economic releases scheduled. —– Tuesday, Nov 14th...
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Hotel Occupancy Rate decreases YoY

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Hotel Occupancy Rate decreases YoY

From HotelNewsNow.com: STR: US hotel results for week ending 4 November The U.S. hotel industry reported mixed year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 29 October through 4 November 2017, according to data from STR. In comparison with the week of 30 October through 5 November 2016, the industry...
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CoreLogic: House Prices up 7.0% Year-over-year in September

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CoreLogic: House Prices up 7.0% Year-over-year in September

Notes: This CoreLogic House Price Index report is for September. The recent Case-Shiller index release was for August. The CoreLogic HPI is a three month weighted average and is not seasonally adjusted (NSA). From CoreLogic: CoreLogic US Home Price Report Reveals Nearly Half of the Nation’s Largest 50 Markets are Overvalued CoreLogic® … today...
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