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  Who Will Buy the Houses to Sustain the Real Estate Market? The current real estate recovery is characterized by higher home prices driven by low inventory and high demand relative to the existing inventory. The demand is driven by Fed induced low interest rates that has invited speculators to ...
08/06/2013
The Dark Side of Rising Home Prices “I guess I don’t buy your premise, its a pretty unlikely possibility, we have never had a decline in housing prices on a nationwide basis ” Ben Bernanke July 2005 responding to a question that housing prices might come down. Bernanke was correct in saying at t...
07/30/2013
  According the National Association of Realtors, pending home sales fell In June from last May and May's sales were revised downwards. Perhaps its time for NAR to ramp up the ad campaigns- its never been a better time to buy OR sell a home! Click here for some famous make you cringe NAR ads.
07/29/2013
      “Right now may actually be one of the best times to buy a home” National Association of Realtors 2006 Marketing Campaign  As it turned out when that statement was made, it was probably the worst time to buy a home.  Promoting home ownership as a primary real estate marketing ploy is a mista...
07/27/2013
  With rising home prices many are claiming there is a real estate recovery. While prices may be increasing and in some areas have exceed the 2005/06 price levels, the volume of homes sold is no where near what it was in the mid 2000's. Home prices have risen in large part because of cash buyers ...
07/27/2013
  “I don’t think the Fed can get interest rates up very much, because the economy is weak, inflation rates are low, if we were to tighten policy, the economy would tank.” Ben Bernanke testifying at the House Financial Services Committee last week.   With those words Ben Bernanke confirmed what w...
07/22/2013
  What do the following brands have in common?: Apple, Oracle, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Dell, Gateway, McDonalds, Wendy’s, In-N-Out Burger, Subway, Napster, Blackberry, Ford, Dreamworks, Mrs.Fields Cookies, Famous Amos Cookies and Kroger Supermarkets. Need more hints? add these brands: Tumb...
07/21/2013
  Yesterday Detroit, threw in the towel and declared bankruptcy. They’ll be endless pieces of analysis on why and what’s next for the motor city. While you are sifting through them all, pondering whether a Detrexit is possible in the city that never sweeps (hat tip@ @FriedrichHayek – TakingHayek...
07/19/2013
  Axel Merk (@AxelMerk) of Merk Investments made this point on Twitter “Why are there blogs, when there’s Twitter? 140 characters plenty to summarize Bernanke.” I agree but couldn’t resist banging out a blog post anyway. I tweeted a few times my summary of Bernanke’s testimony this way: @AxelMerk...
07/17/2013
    Since the beginning of the Great Recession, dating back to the “green shoots” days of early 2009 and recovery summer of 2010, there has been a crowd of analysts, journalists and pundits searching for signs of an economic recovery. One group of analysts sifts through the data and determines mo...
07/15/2013
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