Tag Archives: real estate market

Like Real Estate And Mortgages Before, NYC Taxi Medallion Prices Crash!

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Some old adages for investing go that ‘nothing goes up in a straight-line’, that ‘you don’t want to be the last one standing when the music stops’ and that ‘bulls and bears make money but pigs get slaughtered’! Investors in real estate and mortgages learned this lesson the hard way heading into, and then following, the […]

Rising Rates Won’t Kill The Stock Market Rally, But What About Real Estate? (Chart)

Will an increase in borrowing costs bring the hammer down on homebuyers or, at these levels, is that concern much ado about nothing?

With the Janet Yellen-led Fed raising the fed funds target range while signaling more hikes may be in the immediate future, will rising rates kill the stock market rally? And, by the same token, will the rising mortgage rates that will accompany the Federal Reserve tightening policy bring the hammer down on the real estate market through […]

Is The US Real Estate Market Facing A New, Post-Financial Crisis, Chapter Of Moral Hazard?

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With the US housing market having recouped most of its pre-financial crisis price levels (exceeded in some markets) in conjunction with the Federal Reserve having engaged in ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) for an extended period of time, is the market once again facing a moral hazard? First, how would one define moral hazard vis a vis the real […]

2016 Real Estate Market Forecast (Infographic)

How do title insurance agents view the prospects for real estate in 2016? A survey conducted by First American, one of the major title insurance underwriters, reveals the thoughts and prognostications of those businesses that are in the trenches of real estate transactions namely title agents. What This Infographic of The Real Estate Sentiment Index […]

Is High-End Real Estate Getting Soft?

The answer to the question will depend on the location of the home but, some anecdotal evidence is pointing to an answer of yes! Anyone who knows about real estate knows that the three most important factors concerning the attractiveness of a property are location, location and location! For high-end markets like the one in New […]

Does The Decline In The U.S. Home Ownership Rate Portend A Problem?

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  Summary: With various housing statistics suggesting different things concerning the overall strength of the real estate market, which will ultimately prove to be correct? Or will the fact that the rate of household formation spiked in the 4th-quarter of 2014 when compared to 2013 mitigate this issue and lead to a home buying surge? […]

Why is the price of crude oil so damn low?

The price of crude oil is currently one of the big news stories that both financial market AND geopolitical analysts are paying close attention to! Where is the bottom in the price of crude oil, when will it arrive, what message is the sharp and steep decline telling us and what if any impact will it have […]

Eye On The US Economy: Week Of December 8th, 2014

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The US Economic Calendar For The Week Of December 8, 2014 Assuming that the majority of Americans would like to keep an eye on their money, the US Economic Calendar for the week of December 8, 2014 is a great guide for anyone to have at their disposal! With economic and political uncertainty currently more […]

Your Money: Week of September 29, 2014

Under the assumption that most Americans would like to keep an eye on their money, the US Economic Calendar for the week of September 29, 2014, is a great tool to use! The economic calendar for next weeks key economic releases holds what may be some helpful clues concerning the strength of the US economy and the direction that interest rates may […]

US Economic Calendar: Week of March 31, 2014

Follow @Hallmark Abstract Service US Economic Calendar for the Week of March 31, 2014 For real estate investors, potential home buyers worried about mortgage rates or current home owners looking to either refinance or sell, the economic data to be released in the upcoming week will most certainly have some degree of impact. This data could […]