Category: Real Estate Realities Podcast

Areas where the biggest housing shortage between buyers and what they are looking for exist.

housing shortageToday we are going to discuss the top 10 metro areas where there is the biggest disconnect between what kind of homes buyers are looking for and what is available in the inventory of that metro. This is a housing shortage story that focuses on the market for each home – put into the categories of starter homes, trade-up homes and premium homes. The numbers are pretty interesting and can help calibrate you to where the greatest level of demand is for these different home types.

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Are the best places to live the best places to invest?

best places to liveUS News has shared their top 100 best places to live in the United States. We are going to run through the top 20 and then spend a little extra time looking at the #1 location. Also, we will see where areas from previous lists have managed to make their way onto the top of this list.

Many of the things that make these the best places to live might just translate into great places to invest!

We are also going to take a few minutes to talk about some creepy debt numbers that sound a little to familiar. We will discuss why and why that is a bad thing!

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A tech boom means jobs – which means more demand for housing!

tech boomTech jobs are a big deal. If you can find a market where it is expected to see a growth in tech jobs, that can indicate growth that will make real estate in those areas rise! If that tech boom arrives, you can expect rents and prices to go up.

So today, we will see if we can’t see over the horizon a little bit by reviewing some data that indicates 5 cities that are going to see a tech boom this year!

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Some folks watching Canada sure seem to think it has cured their housing bubble

housing bubbleRemember that tax we talked about in Vancouver last year? Well, it is back in the news and some folks now think it was a great idea. They even think cities like London and San Francisco should consider the same thing to deal with their housing bubble.

However, I think they are missing the fact that what they claim is curing their problems could end up causing what they are trying to prevent! We talk about that on todays show.

Plus, I will bring you up to date on my own journey of financing a remodel on a property I am looking to sell later this year.

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We are checking out realtor.com and they cool hottest real estate markets tool!

hottest real estate marketsThat’s right, it’s time to check in with realtor.com and see their rankings of the hottest real estate markets! We will review the top 10, but that is not all! This tool from realtor.com has been improved and will let you drill right down to the county level to get a better idea of what is going on. So follow the link in the show notes to this amazing tool and get a handle on how your favorite communities ranked!

We will also take some time to check out the new Case Shiller data that shows us that home prices are officially back at or above their peak. We will consider if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

The consumer confidence numbers are out. Let’s see if folks are feeling better about things and also contrast that with other numbers we have covered over the last few weeks.

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