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Fed Chair Powell: The Outlook for the U.S. Economy

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Fed Chair Powell: The Outlook for the U.S. Economy

Note: You can Watch Live on YouTube, At the Economic Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois From Fed Chair Jerome Powell: The Outlook for the U.S. Economy Unemployment has fallen from 10 percent at its peak in October 2009 to 4.1 percent, the lowest level in nearly two decades. Seventeen million jobs have been created...
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Housing Shortage Puts U.S. Real Estate Sales At All Time Low

Housing Shortage Puts U.S. Real Estate Sales At All Time Low

The American real estate market could be headed for trouble. According to Reuters, the number of houses sold in the U.S. during December 2017 have come in at an all-time low. The National Association of Realtors reported the decline after a three-month-long increase in housing sales. Residential housing sales dropped by 8.2%. Additionally, single-family...
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Where Are We in the Housing Cycle?

Where Are We in the Housing Cycle?

Ten years ago we published Strategies to Navigate 5 Stages of the Housing Cycle.  To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of those analyses, we are sharing the graphic we produce each month that shows where 33 major markets are positioned in that cycle. Read the rest of Where Are We in the Housing Cycle?  »...
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Fannie Mae Study: More Baby Boomers To Enter Retirement With Mortgages

Fannie Mae Study: More Baby Boomers To Enter Retirement With Mortgages

Recent studies have found that saving for retirement has become a bit of a financial afterthought, as more Americans are actually saving for an upcoming vacation than they are for economic security in their golden years. In fact, a 2017 NerdWallet survey found that 56% of young women between the ages of 18 and...
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Cities Offer Tax Breaks To Amazon As HQ2 Competition Draws To A Close

Cities Offer Tax Breaks To Amazon As HQ2 Competition Draws To A Close

Online retail giant Amazon Inc. has received multiple offers of tax breaks as a part of the company’s national competition for Amazon’s second headquarters. According to Reuters, the HQ2 competition came to an end on Thursday, October 19, and will include up to 50,000 new jobs and a $5 billion investment for the winning...
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Don’t Blame The Millennials: Seniors Who Age In Place May Be Contributing To Housing Recovery Issues

Don’t Blame The Millennials: Seniors Who Age In Place May Be Contributing To Housing Recovery Issues

The aging in place movement has prompted many seniors to look to the future and make changes so that they can remain in their homes and live full, uninterrupted lives. But even though the movement has allowed many seniors to have a better quality of life, it’s arguably had another unintentional effect: it may...
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The Top 3 Residential Real Estate Trends of 2017

The Top 3 Residential Real Estate Trends of 2017

Due to seasonal changes in demand, the housing market is difficult to pin down. And with today’s ever-changing political and economic climate, it’s even more exhausting trying to get a clear picture of what’s to come. That being said, so far in 2017 one thing has been very clear: supply is low, demand is...
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Why Professional Stock Traders are Terrified

Why Professional Stock Traders are Terrified

According to the VIX index — which is known as the “Fear Gauge” — investors are feeling calmer about the stock market than they have in 25 years. This “Fear Gauge” is at it’s lowest since 1993. And professional traders are scared out of their mind. Why would that be? Read the rest of...
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Inflation, Low Rates, and Home Appreciation

Inflation, Low Rates, and Home Appreciation

The combination of inflation and low mortgage rates usually leads to much higher compounded rates of home appreciation.  For owners of property, high rates of inflation and appreciation are welcomed and appreciated.  For buyers or tenants, however, the skyrocketing purchase and rental prices are not liked much at all. Read the rest of Inflation,...
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Demographic Strategies for Real Estate Investors

Demographic Strategies for Real Estate Investors

Sweeping changes in the nation’s demographic makeup will have profound effects on the nation’s housing industry, according to “Big Shifts Ahead: Demographic Clarity for Businesses,” a new book by authors John Burns and Chris Porter. They argue that broad demographic shifts will reshape housing in America in the next decade, creating new opportunities for...
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