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Canadians Outpace California Buyers in Maricopa County

Canadian home buyers have been taking advantage of their increased purchasing power in the warm-weather Phoenix market. The percentage of Canadian home buyers in Maricopa County has been on the rise since 2007 and now account for a larger sales …

Energy and Innovation Sells Homes

When was the last time you sold 10 homes within 2 weeks of opening, followed by national press about how fantastic your homes are? When was the last time crowds spent more than one hour walking through your models because …

Oil Spill Impact: Houston is No Detroit

While the fate of deepwater drilling continues to be debated, uncertainty grows about the Houston economy, which has a level of dependence on oil and energy-related industries. Given the fact there is a lot of interest in this discussion (and …

62% Homeownership on the Horizon

Our recent experiences in D.C. confirm that homeownership is clearly a value that is promoted by most politicians. They are in for a rude awakening, however, and a legacy that they will not be proud of. 8 million homeowners are …

GSEs to Lose Tens of Millions Tomorrow

While officials are gearing up for tomorrow’s meeting on GSE reform, the GSEs are losing millions of dollars every hour. Why? Because home prices are falling again. We have a solution. Recent Market Changes: When the tax credit expired on …

The Beginning of the Recovery

In March 2008, we rolled out an educational video on housing cycles that ended with, “Remember that every down cycle is the beginning of the next up cycle.” We talked about the 3 factors that needed to be in place. …

Home Price Data is Very Misleading

There are great home price tools today to help you with the decision you are making. However, Case Shiller (CS) and median prices are not the right ones. Executive decision makers want to know whether prices are trending up or …

You’ve Got to Keep Improving… and so do we.

We are pleased to announce that we are joining forces with all 8 members of Sullivan Group Real Estate Advisors, effective today. Tim Sullivan and his very experienced consulting team will boost our already stellar U.S. consulting practice. Enhancing our …

The $6 Million Gamble

Builders make a $6 million gamble every time they start a new home community. A 75-home community that costs $80,000 per home to build equates to $6 million in construction costs. If the builder builds anything other than the homes …

The New Liar Loan

Does anyone really think that homeowners can afford to pay 60% of their income for housing? Apparently, the architects of the latest loan modification program called HAMP do. Government officials are touting that they are saving the housing industry by …