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Inflation and the housing market

Lets talk about how inflation effects the housing market

inflationInflation is the invisible tax. Nobody comes and takes your money. Instead, they make the money you have worth less than it was. We will chat about its effects on the housing market and how it should influence your investing strategy.

Plus, we talk about mortgage rates (they did exactly what I told you they would in yesterdays show), homebuilder confidence and some interesting stats about what builders are actually doing.

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Is this what will kill our market?

A look at some very scary bank stuff

Today we are looking into something that I have been tracking for a while. The big scary word to connect it all is Derivatives. What is really nuts is that these derivatives sound amazingly like the same instruments that caused us so much trouble in the real estate bubble. The financial crater could be HUGE as derivatives make up hundreds of TRILLIONS of dollars and what is worse is that all the big banks are heavily invested in them. So we will take some time to try to understand what they are, who are using them and what kind of risk they represent to our economy and of course, our real estate market.

I realize that this topic is kind of out there, but I like to try and point out what I think are potentially the biggest threats to your prosperity and this definitely qualifies.

We will also talk about some fresh off the presses numbers for Houston that will be an interesting addition to what we talked about yesterday.

Plus, another drop in the modification rate at fannie and freddie that some of you may be able to take advantage of!

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The Fed And Interest Rates

PLUS: Consumer Confidence

There seems to be some confusion out there about consumer confidence. Some research shows it going up and others show it going down. Of course, the folks at the Fed are hot to focus on the ones that say confidence is up. However, they are also seeming to buy in to a pretty rosy picture of the economy that might not fit with what we have seen over the last couple of quarters. We will chat about this and see if we can come up with what makes sense.

There will also be some chatting about GDP and Inflation – you know, all that really sexy stuff. Keep in mind that these numbers absolutely effect you and we will discuss them a bit and discuss why.

We will also talk a bit about the price to rent ratio.

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Will the Fed bring on NEGATIVE interest rates?!?!

What would negative interest rates mean for real estate?

This week, the head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, indicated that she would be willing to consider negative interest rates. For those of you who keep track of such things, you know that the European Central Bank did the same thing back in June – and that has not worked out so well. This is the kind of strategy that lives in what I call the “Crazy crap we should never consider doing” bucket.

So what happens if the United States embraces negative interest rates? Where would you put your money? Where would it make sense to put your money? Does this make it easier or harder to buy real estate? Does it effect real estate values? Whether you are a buyer, seller, investor or real estate entrepreneur, you should be considering how these kinds of actions by the Federal Reserve would effect you! After all, knowledge is power and I like to help you turn it up to 11!

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