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Good News In The Employment Numbers!

It has been a long time since the employment numbers looked this good

unemployment numbersFor years now we have been talking about the employment numbers. Plenty of games have been played over the years with how they are calculated. Plus, we have been finding that the kind of jobs being created are not what we would hope for. Well, the most recent employment numbers are actually telling an encouraging story – and I could not be happier to be able to finally share a happy opinion when it comes to employment! After all, if you want a healthy real estate market, one of the things you need to start with is a good employment market.

We will also talk about the odds of the Fed doing a rate hike in March.  Not all the news is entirely good. We have some numbers on the average size of debt being taken on and some other lending trends that are also likely to make things worse before they make it better.

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The Fed WILL Raise Rates!

 

No doubt in my mind that the Fed will raise rates in December 2016!

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That’s right folks, I am as sure as I can be that the Fed is going to raise rates this December. So lets take some time to talk about the effects and talk through some possible scenarios that might come our way when the Fed raises rates.

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Horrible Jobs Numbers

PLUS: No rate hike from the FED

Todays show will be about setting a stage. We are going to look at the labor numbers and a few other statistics and sprinkle it around like intellectual candy corn. Why? Because we want to figure out the level of risk that is hovering over the horizon. How far out can we anticipate the direction our employment landscape is going. This will mean looking at more accurate unemployment numbers and also looking at the change in what kinds of jobs are out there. Plus, how will technology play a part in the future employment world? We will take a broad look at all of that and see if we feel better or worse about our prospects. Bring tissues.

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Attack Of The Killer Property Taxes!

PLUS: The FED Decides Not To Raise Rates

It is time to update the rankings of states with the highest and lowest property taxes. Will New Jersey manage to hold on to the title of the state with the highest property taxes? Maybe, maybe not, but they are still the most moved away from state in the union, so they will always have that!

The Fed decided not to raise rates. Not much of a surprise there. I am betting they won’t do it any time this year.

Realtor Magazine has shared 3 trends they expect to see this season. Could they be earth shattering? Revolutionary? Amazingly insightful and though provoking? Probably not, but we will check them out anyway.

There is also a whole lot of rambling about how the fact that we are seeing the highest level of pending sales since May of last year is floating around as a great sign things are awesome. We might just chat about why that is kind of stupid to make a big deal about.

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Is This All The Gen X’rs Fault?

PLUS: Landlords Beware The Accusation Of Discrimination!

Some interesting research has come out that might just shed some light on the low inventory we have been seeing. At the center of the case being made is that the Gen X folks are not doing what typically happens. Since their natural home progression was interrupted by the downturn, they are not selling their homes to upgrade to bigger homes as past generations have. The idea is kind of interesting and definitely worth taking a closer look at.

The fine folks over at Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have written up a paper in which they assert that landlords would be in violation of the Fair Housing Act in cases where they do not rent to a tenant because of their criminal history. It is exactly the kind of bureaucratic over reach that we should all be aware of by now. The point is to basically attempt to extrapolate any action into something that relates to race or some other protected category which then give the government the right to tell you what you can and cannot do with your property. Oh, and of course you are guilty till proven innocent on this one, so there is that going for you.

We will also take a look at current interest rates – we are seeing them hovering at a 3 year low!

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