Tag Archives: Inflation

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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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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Market Forces At Work

It’s a funny thing this economy of ours; this system of capitalism where the free market drives the movement, prices and value of goods and services.  With real estate, too many homes means prices drop; not enough, prices rise.  The … Continue reading

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Thoughts On The Latest Case-Shiller and Prices

When the real estate market was at its lowest point, prices had to by definition do what?  Either stay flat or rise.  After all we’re talking about the lowest point.  For argument sake, let’s say that low point was in … Continue reading

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The Good Old Days

Last night I put on the original Great Gatsby with Robert Redford.  It’s not a particularly good movie really.  I guess it’s just a story that doesn’t translate from the page to the screen.  What struck me however, was this … Continue reading

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Thoughts On Interest Rates And Housing

Mortgage rates have risen 1.10% since May and while 1% may not sound like much, it represents an increase of 67% and that does sound like a lot.  Effectively rising interest rates means a home buyer can afford less and … Continue reading

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Something To Keep In Mind

Yesterday was an interesting day for anyone involved with real estate.  Whether you’re a Realtor, mortgage broker, buyer or seller, the events of May 28 were pretty incredible.  As is the story on the last Tuesday of every month, the … Continue reading

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Legend Of The Fall, Or How Nate Shapell Made A Million Bucks In A Morning

Before I was a Realtor selling resale homes, I was a builder’s representative; I sat at a model home complex and sold tract homes.  I was fortunate to have married into a family that worked for a large home builder … Continue reading

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Houston, We Have A Problem

What happens when there are no homes to sell?  Seriously, have you ever stopped to consider what would happen if there were literally no homes to sell and no homes to buy? It seems ludicrous to even think about such … Continue reading

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The (not so) Little Engine That Could

As I read the Los Angeles Times this morning about the lackluster GDP numbers revealed yesterday, I started thinking about what might make those numbers really pop; what could single handedly effect job growth and as a result, personal income, spending, government … Continue reading

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