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Ho-Hum Case-Shiller…

As kids are often quoted, “Bor-ing…”  It’s the last Tuesday of the month and Case-Shiller posted the numbers from November.  No surprises; prices down, sales up; blah, blah, blah. When I was selling homes during the 1990’s and buyer’s were … Continue reading

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Ben Bernanke’s Big Blunder

Let me begin by saying I’m not a Ben basher, on the contrary I like the Fed Chairman.  But last month’s announcement that he intends to keep rates low for the next two years was nothing short of disastrous for the … Continue reading

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Case-Shiller’s Latest

As is the case on the last Tuesday of every month, the Case-Shiller Index is published with commentary by Standard and Poor’s.  For the 8th consecutive month, the index posted a decline.  “‘There is very little, if any, good news … Continue reading

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Time To Buy or Time To Refinance

Buy your home now or at least begin your search in earnest.  If you are an aspiring homeowner, or planning to move up or down, you really want to get off the fence.  If you are staying put and haven’t … Continue reading

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And Now For The Good News

It’s been a week of less than great news for real estate.  Flat pricing and declining sales numbers cast a pall over much of the housing industry.  Home repossessions were up; home starts were down and rates shot up in … Continue reading

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QE2, Bonds and The Fed’s Real Plan

For those of you that have been following this blog, you’ll recall a couple of weeks ago I suggested that QE2 would either cause rates to go down or cause them to go up, so in either case, you would … Continue reading

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Bubble, Bubble, Toil And Trouble

I watched the most insightful interview on CNBC today.  It was an interview with Jeremy Grantham, and investment adviser and someone, if you had to look to for crystal ball-like predictions, you would be fairly safe entrusting.  Grantham is very … Continue reading

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Jobs, Inflation, Cheap Money and Notes From The Trenches

As I wait for the all important Pending Homes sales number from the National Association of Realtors today, the Jobs report has just come out.  The job creation numbers today point to a modest and continuing recovery.  Inflation remains around … Continue reading

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QE2 Sets Sail, But Many Are Left On The Dock

The Federal Reserve announced yesterday a $600 Billion infusion of capital into the economy.  The intention is to keep interest rates low to stimulate borrowing and spending.  However, the freer money supply doesn’t address the need for freer lending standards.  … Continue reading

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A Week To Watch

There are two big things happening this week.  The election, which looks to bring us back to a divided government and the Fed’s Quantitative Easing II.  The election will have no immediate impact on housing,  but does potentially play into … Continue reading

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