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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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Buying vacant land – what to think about

When buying vacant land, due diligence is the key!

buying vacant landUSNews published an article recently about the most important Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to buying vacant land. We are going to run down that list and expand on what they have to say. In fact, we will even completely disagree with one of their points and suggest a path for success.

We are also going to quickly discuss the disconnect we are currently seeing between what sellers believe their home to be worth and what appraisers are saying. Then we chat about mortgage rates and we will break down what you should be thinking about as we try to anticipate changes in the mortgage rates before they happen.

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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.

This weeks poll!

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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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4 Ways Location Can Work For You And Against You

Plus, What Is Scaring Non-Homeowners The Most?

aReal-Estate-Realities-Podcast-Logo-9-1400In todays show we are going to go over a few locations that can be a good thing – but also too much of a good thing! It is all about finding the sweet spot in real estate. So before you make that purchase, be thinking about how the things you cannot change about the property will effect your ability to sell it down the road. As a seller, this list can help you focus the attention of buyers on the best qualities of your home and really expose what makes your home fantastic!

We will also discuss what is holding back non-homeowners (IE: potential buyers!) from jumping into the market place. We can use this info to try and figure out ways to draw these folks in by addressing their worries ahead of time in how me market our homes.

Home prices took another jump in the usual places.

The Fed has specifically come out and said that negative interest rates are on the table. This should concern you. It is bad.

I also wonder into the weeds regarding the presidential election. Yeah, sorry about that.

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