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More data today on how we might be remaking the housing bubble

housing bubbleMore stories today that all seem to relate to one another. They fit together with past topics we have covered that leave me wondering what is going on with how much debt is being willingly and even happily taken on by consumers – and it looks like folks are willing to take on lots more and potentially feed a housing/debt bubble. As I have said before, it feels just a little bit too familiar. So are we resurrecting the housing bubble that kicked us around so horribly in 2007? Sadly, it looks like we might. Lets look at the latest numbers and see where we are.

Alternative Credit Scores – That Ignore Credit

Measuring credit by not measuring it Just when we thought the crazy train could not pick up any more speed – Congress starts pushing the idea that Fannie and Freddie should change the model they use to evaluate the credit worthiness of borrowers. Of course, when you read what you want to do, …

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Magnet States – State to state migration means changes in housing!

magnet statesWelcome to it folks. Today we take a look at magnet states – the ranking of states in terms of folks moving in and out. We will review the most moved to states and the least moved to – meaning they are seeing more people leaving than coming. Plus, we will spend some time discussing the states that had the biggest changes in their ranking on this list, since that might just suggest a change in the market in that state.

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A cost effective home remodel intended to earn more in the sale than it costs me!

home remodelWelcome to the end of the week folks! I have made some decisions on the cost effective home remodel of my property that I am preparing for sale. My goal is to invest X in the remodel and have the payoff in terms of sales price equal X plus as much as possible. Today I am going to run down some of my latest decisions that are intended to maximize the quality of the remodel while reduce the miscellaneous costs and headaches.

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Could another debt bubble bring a real estate downturn?

debt bubbleA very interesting look at stats relating to consumer confidence and real wage growth. It could be a sign that the public in general is really more confident than they should be. The big question is, could this lead to a debt bubble that threatens the overall economy and real estate?

There is also some interesting news on what graduates and students think is going to happen with their student loans – a big part of what just might be creating a debt bubble.

The latest numbers on the GDP are disappointing.

Luxury real estate is taking a big hit – we called it.

Home prices have reached new heights in many areas.

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We run down the list of items that caused failing escrows

failing escrowsSome of the old favorites made this years list of the top items to delay or kill an escrow in 2016. You can still take steps to protect yourself with most of these, so lets check them out and come up with a plan to minimize the effect. Don’t let your transaction become one of the failing escrows.

We also chat a bit about interest rates and how they are NOT the boogey man folks are blaming right now. Pending sales took a big dip, we will discuss it and try to put it into perspective.

Notice number of home sales (Green bar) – when comparing same months year to year, we see comparable activity – despite differences in interest rates over the last two years.

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