Reclaiming the City 8

When you look at housing starts across the country the story can quickly become depressing. So many subdivisions began with bright futures only to sit empty and unfinished. Maybe they’re waiting for a miracle or just someone with a dream. I don’t know. But I do know they highlight an […]


Small Changes Make Investors Nervous 1

Despite the tremendous strides we’ve seen from the real estate market we’ve got to always be prepared for small dips and changes. These might be seasonal, a reaction to other economic news, or just the natural trends that happen during a recovery. But one things is certain – hiding from […]


Real Estate Quiz 1

Sometimes it’s good to know how much you don’t know. If you think you know it all you’re fooling yourself and are going to hold yourself back in the long run. So if you’re missing information it’s a good idea to find out now. So to help you out I […]


Delinquency Rate Down 1

Delinquency and foreclosure have been both the toughest parts of the economy for the last few years and also the best part. I feel for the people who have been hurt and the economy is still figuring out how to right those wrongs. But some of the most positive gains […]


Mortgage Values at New High 1

The state of mortgages in our economy is something that we’ve all been watching. If you’re looking at the real estate market you know how important it is to see a healthy uptick in the number of new mortgages and their value. So it was nice to see that 2014 […]


Consumer Confidence Up 1

Are people moving back into high gear this year with confidence? Is the average consumer planning on a successful year or a tough one? These types of questions occupy everyone’s thoughts and it’s never really clear how things will play out. Issues like consumer confidence become the most crucial data […]


New rules for GSEs 1

The FHFA has decided to get a lot tougher with mortgage servicers, starting with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Among the newest hard-line approaches are new minimum financial requirements. This is going to mean some big changes but not quite big enough in my opinion. Some of the areas of […]


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Paris Rally Against Hatred 1

The tragic events in Paris have really been on my mind recently. I was so shocked by how close to home some violence can be and the images I saw will definitely haunt me for a while. We all are forced to confront needless hate at some point in our […]


Consumer Electronics Show Review 1

Everyone knows I’m a sucker for the latest gadgets and technologies. I love watching the latest innovations roll out. But this year’s from at the Consumer Electronics show was a bit disappointing. Maybe 2015 holds more surprises but it’s not getting me all that excited just yet. Some of the […]


State of My Union 6

All the political commentators I’ve seen yapping away on television seem to be focused on making the most outrageous predictions. Not just in general but specifically on what the President is likely to say in his State of the Union address. They love to quote the same hot topic issues […]