housing

12/14/14: Stocks or Real Estate – Which is a Better Investment?

12/14/14: Stocks or Real Estate – Which is a Better Investment?

In a recent article published by CNBC, famed economist Robert Shiller (yes, that Robert Shiller of the oft-referenced Case-Shiller index) is quoted as saying he thinks stocks are a better investment than real estate over a lifetime. REALLY??? That’s like kicking a sleeping dog.   So we got up off the couch and decided to do …

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8/3/14: Clues in the News – Banks, Millennials, the Middle Class and Interest Rates

8/3/14: Clues in the News – Banks, Millennials, the Middle Class and Interest Rates

U.S. home ownership is around a 19 year low…banks are lowering their standards for jumbo loans…millennials aren’t buying houses…and the middle class is moving inland to more affordable markets. Other than that, there’s not a lot going on. 😉 But what do all these headlines mean to everyday real estate investors? Behind the shiny silver …

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7/22/12: A Midsummer Investor’s Dream – Housing, Jobs, Consumer Confidence and Economics

7/22/12: A Midsummer Investor’s Dream – Housing, Jobs, Consumer Confidence and Economics

Bad news for housing can be great news for investors.  But it means seeing a bigger picture and exploring the dichotomy of mainstream news and main street reality.  Alas, we thinketh such contemplations requireth aid.  But fear not! Behind the microphones to help you sorteth it all out: The Bard of broadcasting , host Robert …

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1/30/11: Forecasting the Future – Real Estate Industry Predictions for 2011

1/30/11: Forecasting the Future – Real Estate Industry Predictions for 2011

Experts predict prices will either rise or decline. It’s that time of year where we like to take a look at what all of the real estate pundits are predicting for the upcoming year.  Obviously, predicting the future is an inexact science….well, okay.  It’s actually not science at all.  More like alchemy. But it’s always …

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11/21/10: Real Estate Economics – Interviews with the Federal Reserve and National Association of Realtors

As we’re guiding our real estate sailing ship through the choppy economic seas of the past few years, we’ve learned the wisdom of having a lookout watching the horizon for threats and opportunities. We also like to compare notes with other sailors – especially those whose lookout platforms are higher up than ours.  They can …

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