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Fundamentals Matter

Forget the fundamentals at your own peril!

I was reminded this last weekend of the importance of the fundamentals. In my travels, I came across a property that had been on the market far longer than it should be. Once I got inside, it was clear why the home had not sold. It was also clear that if the listing agent had an honest conversation with the seller, those issues could be dealt with and the place would sell in short order, for over asking price. We will take some time to chat about those fundamentals and how important they are no matter how hot your market might be.

Townhomes are making a resurgence, we will talk about whether that is a good or a bad thing.

House prices are up. Personal income is also up, but we will discuss why that is not completely good news.

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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, you realize that they want to de-emphasize actual credit issues and focus on payment history. There is an important difference since what they suggest is basing credit scores and lending decisions on whether or not you pay your power bill on time… or your rent. Ideas that to my mind, really tell you nothing about whether or not that person is a good credit risk.

We will also talk about the latest building numbers – which are not horribly encouraging.

This weeks poll!

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Veteran Buyers Are A Great Bet!

PLUS: Prices in the west are nuts.

Today we will take some time to look at a report that takes a closer look at veteran buyers. The bottom line is that sellers and agents should both be relieved and enthusiastic to get VA buyers! We will take a look at just a few of the reasons why this is true.

Just as we predicted, the luxury market has hit decline. We will review some of the numbers and see where that market is getting hit hardest.

Home prices in general are up across the country to the tune of 6.7%.

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Did A Coal Mine Canary Just Kick The Bucket?

PLUS: Fastest ways to improve your credit score

aReal-Estate-Realities-Podcast-Logo-9-1400The old reliable canary. Way back in the day, you took one into a mine with you so that if the air got fouled, the canary would keel over first and warn you to bad things afoot! In the wonderful world of real estate, I like to keep my eye on a variety of markets that kind of serve as a different kind of canary. One that hints at bad things coming in the world of real estate for buyers, sellers, investors and real estate entrepreneurs. Today we will talk about some interesting news out of one of those areas and see what we can learn from a very interesting turn of events.

We will also talk about your credit and ways to get to work repairing it fast.

There is also more data on how much prices have increased. It’s as crazy as usual, but we will look at the numbers.

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Where are you going to find the highest home sales?

Plus: Some thoughts on savings trends

aReal-Estate-Realities-Podcast-Logo-9-1400In todays show we are going to look into the crystal ball and try to see what areas of the country are going to see increased home sales that lead to appreciation and more real estate health. Being able to figure this out ahead of time is what we are all about! By reading these tea leaves, we can help guide our attention to the areas of the country that are likely to give us the greatest opportunity to enter into a market that has not yet started its ramp up.

Plus, we will talk about the latest savings trends that can give us a little insight into whether or not most people are financially preparing for the important events in their life, like saving for a down payment on a home! We might also learn a few things about the importance of having a plan for saving ourselves!

Home prices are up and construction spending has also increased in January. One other interesting bit of data is that appraisals have increased for the 5th month in a row!

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