Category Archives: Demographics

Housing, Rising Rents, and the Decline of the Middle Class

The end of every month is, for a data hound like me, my favorite part of the month.  Case Shiller home sale report, the National Association of Home Builders data around home-starts and permits pulled and the National Association of … Continue reading

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Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

In 1897 while traveling London, an article came out that Mark Twain had died.  When asked by a reporter about this and his health, Twain replied, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” So why this quote for a … Continue reading

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Five Reasons You Should Buy a Home Today

With the real estate market slowing due to rising rates and a lack of affordability for a growing segment of the population, it’s easy to find reasons to put any home purchase plans on hold.  The most common mantra is … Continue reading

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Masterpiece, Winslow Homer and the Art of Real Estate

Growing up, one of my favorite games was Masterpiece.  It was always an adventure trying to determine which pieces of art I liked, which were valuable, and which were forgeries.  The real estate market, in times of uncertainty, is much … Continue reading

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Lions, and Tigers and Oh Yes, Da Bears

In 2011 I wrote an article entitled Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!   In it I discussed the consumer confidence as being a drag on what could be an improving housing landscape.  We had just seen that the number … Continue reading

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Market Snapshot – May 2022

Year in and year out spring is Southern California’s strongest market.  Spring brings out the most buyers and the most sellers.  And May 2022 is no different.  Inventory is rising to meet the increased demand. One way in which things … Continue reading

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Rising Rates: What to do?

With interest rates expected to rise even further in the coming months, would be homeowners find themselves in search of options and solutions.  For many, especially Millennials who’ve never experienced rising rates, this is a time of great concern when … Continue reading

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The Inventory Crisis in Housing

There isn’t enough housing for the population.  Spoiler alert: That’s the end of this story.  I thought I might start this article with the conclusion, a literary trick often used by storytellers to build suspense.  Alas, there is no suspense … Continue reading

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A Trip to the Moon

As I look back on the year in real estate with an eye towards 2022, I am reminded of Georges Melies’ famous 1902 movie, A Trip To The Moon.  Despite being 120 years old, the movie holds up because it … Continue reading

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Selling Real Estate During a Pandemic – Are You Kidding Me?

I have been selling real estate for a long time.  I have seen recessions, stock market crashes, speculation and finance driven real estate crashes.  I’ve seen booms and busts, sold new tract homes and resold custom estates.  I however, wouldn’t … Continue reading

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