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Looking Forward to 2009

While the economy is clearly in miserable shape, there is plenty of positive news for housing. Falling prices and falling mortgage rates have made housing much more affordable, and declining construction and mothballed new home communities have made housing much …

Mortgage Terms Create Urgency To Buy

Today’s low mortgage rates and low down payment levels are the best selling tools you have if you are selling homes that meet the FHA or Freddie/Fannie criteria. Qualified buyers who are focused on price might miss out on the …

Tampa: It’s All About the Jobs

Tampa, Fla., was once both a place and state of big builder bliss – the availability of land combined with strong job and population growth fueled a steady rise in permits from 1991 all the way through 2005. Today, that …

The Battle for Survival in 2009

2009 is going to be a battle, so surround yourself with the people you want next to you in the foxhole. We don’t know what precise skill sets you need because every company’s needs are different. But, we can share …

The Early Stages of a Downward Spiral

The U.S. economy is in the early stages of a downward spiral that is going to take significant government intervention to avoid double-digit unemployment rates, as occurred in the early 1980s. The stock market has certainly opined on how tough …

The Times They Are A-Changin’

It’s Official: A Democratic Sweep… Now What? Although the parties in office play only a small role in the performance of housing, we are often asked about the historical impact of the party in office. We analyzed the last 50 …

Bad Moon Rising?

What Can We Expect from Congress? Legislation is impactful to the cyclical nature of this business. And today, there are critical issues on the horizon that will affect the next leg of this cycle. Here is our take on the …

Fort Myers: Finding Bottom, But With A Crash Landing

The Fort Myers housing market can be likened to a roller coaster ride over the last six years. The market emerged from nowhere to become a top-10 housing market as a wave of investors drove up home prices, and builders …

Are Consumers Paying Down Debt?

Consumer borrowing declined for the first time in more than 10 years, which is a possible indicator that they are reining in their spending and getting their own personal balance sheets in order. As noted by the Federal Reserve this …

Running With the Devil

Inside the Bailout: What We Get vs. What We Need The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA), signed into law on Friday, was adorned with billions of dollars in earmarks. Still, it seems there was little room for home …