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Toronto Apartment Rental Prices Haven’t Dropped

While housing prices rise and hopeful homebuyers in Toronto and Vancouver complain about the housing crisis apartment rental prices in Toronto.

And then there are those who don’t have the strength to get up off their sidewalk grates and jump for joy about the latest government program announced. What really is ridiculous about this is that our government is squeezing housing supply raising housing and apartment rental prices and then dressing themselves up as some kind of superhero.

Federal Government’s view of Millennial homelessness? Comfortable and hydrated

Amost on cue, jumping on the housing crisis easy button is our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. With tired, worn out solutions pulled from history books, Trudeau is planning to spend $40 billion over ten years. He made the announcement during a recent photo shoot for media.



The forecast is for higher rents, more homeless people, more social problems, and stressed low wage Canadians occupied more with staying alive than helping boost Canada’s GDP. And our growing numbers of foreign students will wondering whether Canada’s lack of student housing should make them choose the US instead.

According to Covenant House, “over the course of the year, the number of young people who spend some time homeless in Canada is as many as 40,000, and on any given night, there may be up to 7,000[1] homeless youth.”

Toronto Apartment and Condo Prices Rise

Prices for apartment rentals in Toronto are heading toward heights you’d normally associate with New York, Los Angeles or the Bay Area of California. Yet, they have much higher wages.  The CMHC’s report on rental properties shows a drop to a 1.1% vacancy rate, and it’s likely a good portion of those available units are high priced. The average rental price has risen to $1,296 per month, up 4.5 %.

“The Toronto rental market is out of control,,,And because of that, rents are shooting through the roof. You go to a showing in some parts of town, you’re going to have a lineup around the block,” said Geordie Dent, executive director of the Federation of Metro Tenants Associations  (from CBC news report).

According to TREB, the average rent for one-bedroom condominium apartments in the TREB market area was up by
11.2% to $1,976 in Q3 2017 over the same period last year. The average two-bedroom condominium apartment rent was up by 7.7% over the same period to $2,607. You can view TREB’s chart below.




As a CBC report suggests, the big issue of 2018, 2019, 2020 elections could be housing affordability, particularly rent prices.  The CBC coverage is very good actually and acknowledges the good and the bad, however not much is said about how we got in this hot water.

 

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A lot of voters rent. This isn’t something Prime Minister Trudeau has addressed seriously during his whirlwind, jet setting, global tours, but it’s an issue that will be waiting for him every day he arrives at his office until the election. The forecast is for a very tight election race because the only ones who might vote for Trudeau are the status quo crowd. It’ll be an interesting year coming up in Canadian politics.



Screen Capture courtesy of CBC

It’s housing, immigration, political pandering, and economic incompetence that will see Justin Trudeau leave office. Support for wages, housing and homelessness will not be coming rom foreign multinationals doing business here.

Seriously, Landlords are the Cause of Low Vacancy and Homelessness?

Incredibly, the CMHC is blaming rental increases on rogue, profiteering landlords. That seems to completely discount their brand new report of record low vacancies.  Does CMHC read its own PR??

Landlords are not government agencies the last time we asked, and they are allowed to make a profit like the Canadian banks, Ontario Hydro, etc.

According to a CBC report, Trudeau’s national housing program will focus on chronic homelessness. The government says they will manage this professionally and reduce the number of homeless by 50% within the next 10 years. Of course, half of them will be dead within 10 years, so in theory, Trudeau’s vision is sound. Mark 1 for the PM.

Tip of the Iceberg: What Might Really be Coming in the Next Ten Years





The new Federal housing program plans to spend $2.2-billion on homelessness but will delay that until the spring of 2019. That means 2 more freezing cold winters for the homeless.

To understand the issue better, let’s remember that we’re in boom times right now. If the economy falls back into recession, the number of homeless and poverty level people falling through the cracks will rise. Will billions of tax dollars earmarked be enough to deal with a recession?

What have the governments of Ontario and Canada been doing to the housing industry?  Strangling it. Only by freeing up developers and land, and creating big tax incentives will the problem be eased.

Canada’s New Housing Plan?

The new national housing plan announced by Trudeau has these objectives:

  • Building 100,000 new affordable housing units
  • Repairing 300,000 affordable housing units
  • Cutting chronic homelessness by 50 per cent
  • Protecting 385,000 households from losing an affordable home
  • Providing 300,000 households with financial assistance through the Canada Housing Benefit
  • Removing 530,000 households from housing need

The proposed housing would built over 10 years likely won’t accommodate the homeless now, let alone those who will be entering that world over the next decade.

Housing is just one aspect of a miserable problem brought on by Free Trade and globablism. Even when housed, millions of Canadians still need food, medical services, and jobs. As more Canadians plunge into minimum wages, pushed out of the workforce by retirement, foreign competitiveness, factory automation and artificial intelligence software, the picture is not so nice.



If the Liberal governments had focused on building new houses, condos and multi-tenant buildings, the pro-housing response wouldn’t have been needed. Now Trudeau’s going to plow $40 billion tax payers dollars into another band aid solution.

Screen Capture courtesy of TREBhome.com

It’s another sad act from a government that thinks it’s still 1980. Every decade, including the era of his father, we’ve had the same “government administration and red tape” programs that create crises and then pretend to solve them with expensive government programs.

Having no government at all would be cheaper and more effective. Not that we’re ungrateful for marijuana legalization and methadone clinics.

If government was out of the way, the Toronto housing market would heal and thrive. So would the real estate markets in Vancouver and Calgary.

Check out TREB’s 3rd Quarter Rental market report.

TREB REntal Market Report 3rd Quarter 2017 TREB 3rd Quarter 2017 Rental market report courtesy of Trebhome.com




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Boca Raton & Palm Beach – The Beverly Hills of Florida

A World of Unimaginable Luxury and Lifestyle Might Be Just Right for You

It’s easy to sing the virtues of America’s paradise state. If anyone can appreciate the beauty, elegance and potential of Florida, it would be a Canadian suffering through another snowstorm. The cold, isolation, lack of social and leisure activities leaves us asking; “Is this all there is?”

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From my Uncle’s Florida youth stories to my sister’s family’s success in the Sunshine state, to my own vacation experiences, I think a life in Florida would be time very well spent. So I’d like to introduce you to a place you may not have heard much about. A land of palm trees, ocean views, and endless leisure time activity. It was the vision of an American who believed everyone should live in paradise (No, it’s not Walt Disney or Donald Trump).

I want to believe that the cold, snow and traffic congestion along with the endless taxes will go away, but we know they won’t.  It’s better to try another city in a beautiful state. I hope this post makes you aware that you have options. And in this place, you’ll enjoy a profoundly different lifestyle and not really have to give anything up.




Is South Florida in your Future?

Rolls Royce Ghost
Don’t worry, you can get your Rolls tricked out too! Pic courtesy of exoticslimited.com

The state’s population has risen quickly beyond the state of NY. Many of Palm Beaches new residents are from NY which is why some call South Florida, NY’s 6th borough.

Just the word Florida conjures up images of luxurious palatial homes, palm trees swaying in warm breezes, sparkling swimming pools, expansive stretches of sandy beaches, and seas of boats moored in harbors. It’s where luxury living has been elevated to its limit and also where foreign real estate buyers purchase a home only because they need its Yacht moorage.

Take a quick look at the real estate forecast for Palm Beach County and for Miami Dade County and how this area is booming, with an even more optimistic outlook for employment and business.

Top Reasons to Move to South Florida

And the warm colors, latin calypso music reverberating from posh restaurants where you can eat anything imaginable is sure to captivate most of us in the cold Northeast and others from the UK, Russia, or Germany. The idea of moving here isn’t so outlandish anymore even for those with families. The south Florida invasion continues. The benefits continue to pile up higher than another Upstate NY snowstorm. It’s time to consider your move.

Of all the places in South Florida to move to, Palm Beach might be the very best choice. From Golf to tourist attractions, to incomparable waterfront luxury homes, all you’ll need is a good Palm Beach Realtor to get the process started. Take a good look at the Florida housing market in 2018.

Top 10 Reasons to Move to Palm Beach

Here’s my top 10 tongue-in-cheek reasons to move to Palm Beach:

  1. warm weather all the time (they complain to city hall when it gets below 70)
  2. you’ll sleep better after a day of tennis, golf, fishing, windsurfing, talking or shopping
  3. you don’t have to eat the same food again for 5 years
  4. you can’t jog the full length of the beach (you’ll have to take the bus back)
  5. swimming pools are mandatory (bring lots of pool noodles)
  6. no state income tax (the Democrats want this place banned)
  7. no inheritance tax (bring your kids and grandkids and it pays for itself)
  8. private schools galore for your kids (you won’t have to see them anymore and they’ll actually turn into decent citizens)
  9. endless beaches, blue sky, turquoise waters, sun umbrellas and relaxation (you’ll faint from a lack of pain)
  10. you can drive your boat everywhere (make sure you get your boaters license at the convenience store)
Condos in Downtown Boca Raton FL – photo courtesy of bocaratonflhotels.com

The Nouveau Riche Are Here Too

When you see the average closing prices of properties, no state tax, no inheritance taxes, and low cost of living, you’ll understand why half of New York hightailed down here to Palm Beach County.

The real shocker however, is that most of the buyers now are young, in their 20s, 30s and 40s.  Current residents are wondering how they will be able to handle all these new shuffleboard players.




And they’ll all be rubbing shoulders with some of the wealthiest business owners around the world at exclusive clubs and resorts. Boca Raton and Palm Beach are for powerful business connections. You’ll be glad you brought your golf clubs and polo stick and made the move to sunny Florida.

Another important benefit of buying condos or homes in South Florida, is buying them as a rental investment property.  This is one of the best cities for rental income.  Should you not want to live here just yet, you can rent your place out at crazy rental prices.




While spectacular, opulent living is the order of the day in South Florida, it might be at its peak in the city of Boca Raton, in Palm Beach County which is safely up the highway from the greater Miami area. At the right spot, you’ll enjoy the common sites of Lamborghinis and Rolls Royces cruising the streets while yachts slide by in a nearby waterway.  And while the ultrarich might live in the Palm Beach country area, Boca Raton is the place they prefer.

“There’s a casualness about Boca that surprises people,” admits Michele Bellisari, a realtor who moved here from Canada with her parents in 1978. “It’s not as snobby as people think. At the end of the day, we’re all working here, raising our families just like everyone else.”  — excerpt from floridatravellife.com.

A Californian named Addison Mizner called Boca Raton the sunporch of America.  His dream was to create the world’s most architecturally beautiful playground. He was refering to the spectacular miles of palm lined beaches that now draw hundreds of thousands of tourists to the the Palm Beach area. Mizner planned it all from boulevards to palm mansions to city hall to the polo grounds. It would represent the ultimate in American lifestyle.

Boca Raton FL, the playground of millionaires.  You might be it’s next lucky resident. There are 3800 homes for sale in Boca Raton. Could it hurt to check them out? Check out the prices. Surprised?

Cities Near Boca Raton Average Price
Boynton Beach $222,000
Coconut Creek $150,200
Coral Springs $313,100
Deerfield Beach $141,300
Delray Beach $169,100
Parkland $579,500
Pompano Beach $173,000

 

A Short Video introduction to Boca Raton’s culture and lifestyle

Homes for Sale In Boca Raton FL

There’s a home for every budget here in Boca Raton. Starting at $25,000 and quickly rising to $18,000,000.

What does a $6 Million dollar home look like in Boca Raton? This home below isn’t one of the most expensive on the market, yet these 2 pictures tell us a lot about living here. Panoramic waterfront views, resplendant palms, soaring 20′ ceilings, spacious poolside patio and chef’s kitchen make it very special. See all the listings on my client’s website: homesforsalefl.com

Boca Raton Home For Sale: 500 E Alexander Palm Road, Boca Raton, Florida

A pleasant introduction to the unique architecture of Boca Raton

And you’ll want this beautiful estate in Boca Raton if only for the tennis!

Right on the waterway with your own dock and amazing waterfront views. Watch yachts go by, don’t wave to them, pretend not to notice and keep reading your book.

Magnificent waterfront luxury home in Boca Raton




And what you’ve always wanted a luxury condo in Boca Raton next to the ocean and the Boca Raton Resort Golf Course

Living in Palm Beach County. Gotta Love It!

Ready to Start Looking for your new Lifestyle in Boca Raton or Palm Beach Florida? My client Michael Goldberg, a Palm Beach Realtor™ with great insight into the market is ready to help. Keep in mind that Michael knows about Palm beach homes for sale  and Boca Raton homes for sale which aren’t on the MLS. This is common in exclusive communities in South Forida.  It’s who you know!




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The US Massive Debt with China and the $20 Trillion Nightmare

OMG: US Debt with China: $1 Trillion + $360 Billion Per Year Active Trade Deficit!

You don’t hear much about the massive US Trade deficit on the major TV networks.  NBC, CNN, CBS, or ABC rarely mention the insidious debt with China and Mexico.  You’d think that a number like $20 Trillion (estimated shortly), $61 Trillion Total Sovereign debt, and a $1 Billion per day deficit would be CNN’s headliner every single day.

It’s unlikely the swamp people will want to help – Pic courtesy of Salt Lake Tribune

Instead, CNN and the rest spend all day attacking Donald Trump.  But then, Trump did say he was going to drain the swamp (including judges).

Unfortunately, Trump is launching another debt-driven campaign which may overheat the economy and grow the debt at more than $1 Trillion per year. Since it’s going into infrastructure spending with private participation, it’s not as toxic as Obama’s debt.  However, Trump did say he wanted all shelves filled with nuclear bombs which is pretty much insanity.




As a result, he’s paying the price in the media for doing good deeds. Let’s hope he gets these things done before he’s impeached for conflict of interest. Because the US is in big debt trouble and Trump is the only one with a solution. And how ironic it would be if the US becomes seriously indebted to Mexico!

Yet, it’s a taboo topic lurking in the dark. But when interest rates rise, this villian will walk through the curtains and into the limelight.  Are China and Mexico taking advantage of the US?  The huge debt won’t go away. Rising interest rates to pay the interest on the debt could get out of control. That could impact the housing market and whether people buy homes.

There’s no bubble / crash in foreseeable future, especially with Trump beginning to take control, and as we see investment funds arrive back in the US. The stock market is at a record pace.  Families and individuals need homes. Perhaps what’s at stake is who will be the landlord and who will be the renter. There’s big money in rental property investment and the Chinese have been buying. However, due to Trump’s actions, the Yuan will plummet and Chinese investment will soon be a thing of the past.




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Forecasting the Economy:  Where Should you Work, Invest and Live in the Next 10 Years?

So why don’t we look at the debt’s source, the numbers, the process, and consider what will happen if Donald Trump does manage to improve the situation.

You’ll find some eye-opening data, infographics, links and commentary in this post. Make sure everyone knows! It’s your civil duty. This post will be constantly updated so please bookmark it and share with your contacts.




Ultra wealthy Chinese. Photo courtesy of Ozy.com

And although Americans assume everything is good right now with “full employment” there’s a big “debt catch” with Obama’s legacy. With $500 Billion overall deficit in 2016 and almost $20 Trillion overall, the spirit, vitality, hope and wealth of the US is persistently eroded. The reason for the media silence is denial, and the so-called economic expert’s inability to make an emotional impact with Americans.  There is no coincidence that the deficit has coincided with America’s slide into despair the last 20 years.

The US National Trade Deficit with China was $4 Trillion since 2000 — and a Growth Rate of 300% in the last few years

“Our nation stands at the crossroads of liberty. Crushing national debt, rampant illegal immigration, insane business regulations and staggering national unemployment are pushing our nation into unchartered territory.”  — James Lankford from Brainy Quote.

US Trade Deficits with The World

Graphic Courtesy of PBS.org

6 of 20 Trillion Dollar Debt is Owned by Foreigners

Some suggest China may even threaten or blackmail the US over trade sanctions by calling in that debt. Doubtful, but how was this debt situation allowed by the US government?

 

Please Share this Post with others. Everyone around the world should know about the US national debt and deficit. This is something no 4 year job recovery can eliminate.




I think it really scares us that we’re staring at $20 trillion in debt, not knowing how our grandchildren will repay it,” says Bob Kuck, a retiree living in a gated community in Sarasota, Florida  — from CNN’s report: Is anyone worried about America’s $19 trillion debt? by Heather Long.

Of all the threats that America faces, it’s the quietest one that could bring the country down. Some may wonder if it’s too late for the US government to do anything about. And before Trump became President, he recognized how miserable the prospect of dealing with this gigantic national debtload is, grow the housing and investment outlook, and bring back good paying jobs. But he took the challenge anyway. It’s either heroic or suicidal.

Millennials and Gen Z’s Will be Paying the Bill

Tens of millions of millennial students having already been wrung through the US college educational system. They spent 4 to 7 years for an expensive education they’ll barely use along with a a whopping $1 Trillion in government backed student loans.  They will be paying for all of it and Gen Z’s will be joining them. But don’t worry, Trump’s got a plan for you.

The purpose of the education system has been to create great jobs for teachers, not for educational efficiency and productivity.

As Trump brings jobs back, the question is whether these stressed out, indebted, wrongly educated workers can step up to the plate. I think we’re all optimistic the kids will bale us out. And what Americans can’t do, you can easily immigrate to fill. Make America Great will be the slogan of Millennials shortly, but they’ll never forget all the debt.




$360 Billion per Year! $1 Billion per Day

The US National Debt with China alone has now grown to $360 Billion per year. In a 6 year span, that is $1.6 Trillion, $4 Trillion since 2000. Just to pay the interest on that debt is a sizable chunk of US GDP.

Donald Trump says he’ll tackle it, but the last time I saw a mouse attack a Lion, the outcome was not favorable for the mouse. The picture the media presents of China is still one of impoverished yet diligent and deserving workers glad to have a job. But China’s not like that anymore. China is rich.

China’s robot factories are growing fast which has raised concerns about millions of layoffs of Chinese workers. Only a smaller number of engineers and technicians might be needed. Now they may have unemployed robots as well.

Chinese workers assisting robots. Photo courtesy of hangthebankers.com

Why Is the US National Debt so High?

The persistent trade deficits are a big reason. Obama/Clinton never talked about it, in fact, Obama spent $8 Trillion in the terrorist aftermath. A good portion of that handout was never traced. They don’t even know where that money went. The debt to China directly is now over $1 Trillion. Now China is able to buy up property and companies here like it’s a fire sale.

Another reason for the debt is Free Trade. While free trade was a theoretically good idea 20 years ago when I was studying International Business and Trade in college, it’s no longer so. Today, it’s a losing business concept for the US.

The fact US investment dollars are going to former third world countries to benefit their economies and creating jobs for them instead of in the US is bad enough. Further, these countries (China, Mexico) manipulate their currencies to keep an ongoing and artificial trade advantage. As Trump suggests, they play the currency markets like Candice Swanepoel plays the fiddle. China isn’t so genius at it though. They just demanded it.

I have to say that I’m saddened that Richard Branson invited Barack Obama to Necker island, and that he’s also asked the UK government to reconsider leaving the EU.  The UK has it’s own massive deficit, which deserves its own blog post. This picture tells it all. The UK had to leave the EU. Brexit was a survival decision not a new vision for the UK.

Game of Monopoly: China Won. Let’s Start Over Again

Graphic courtesy of Wikipedia

When free trade theory was idealized and touted strongly decades ago, they didn’t consider the effect of currency manipulation and the ongoing human rot that occurs with overspecialization. And they wouldn’t admit to where it would lead.




The game of monopoly is the same. Inevitably, one player claims everything. In the real world, countries make excuses for cheating and not being fair.  Worse, countries can specialize themselves out of existance. When countries have no options left, amidst cheating, it can lead to wars.

Choose Your Economic Theories Well

The economic theories of specialization and economies of scale works wonderfully, until the rising countries have all the investment money and a continuous way of beating the falling countries. If the free trade situation persists, countries like the US and the UK will continue to collapse. They collapse because their overspecialized workforce/businesses get caught in trade and technology circumstances, the same way an unemployed worker in Ohio or Michigan finds themselves suddently without a job through no fault of their own and their home is valued as worthless.

When countries grab up a monopoly on technology, distribution, investment flows, jobs, skills, education, etc., it’s unfair. Right now, Americans have limited job opportunities. And should an American want to be an engineer, or other high tech workers, they may have to move to Mexico or China.

Each country should have a well rounded economy for true economic health and prosperity

Some like the Democrats, want this situation to continue forever. The fact is, the skilled, sustainable, good paying jobs must return to the US, if only to pay the national debt.

Further Reading:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikepatton/2016/03/28/u-s-debt-is-heading-toward-20-trillion-where-its-been-where-its-going-and-why/

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/why-americas-debt-bomb-wont-explode-yet-12963

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2017-01-31/3-student-loan-reforms-to-expect-under-trump

What are your thoughts on the jobs outlook for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020? Is free trade about to transition to fair trade?  Will the housing sector survive the fight with the deficit or is a housing crash inevitable? Is buying gold a good hedge strategy?

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Housing Market 2017 – Latest News on US Real Estate Market Report

US Housing Market Report

If you haven’t read this post on the US housing market outlook for 2017 to 2020, please give it a good read. If you’re a home buyer, rental property investor, or you’re wondering where the best job prospects are for 2017 and beyond, there are several in depth reports on this blog with links to various data sources. This is helpful information to both investors and homebuyers. And you’ll find more in this report of best cities for real estate investment.

Too many of us have little insight into macroeconomic factors. We may have found such topics a bore in our youth, and the way reports are presented online, no one ever attempts to read or understand them again. How about we simplify them so we can can understand the US housing market 2017.  but these have immense influence over home prices, sales, mortgage rates, and whether anyone can afford to buy. One such macroeconomic factor is demographics. The fact that so many Millennials are reaching their home buying years now through to 2027 means there will be fundamental demand for homes and that puts huge upward pressure on home prices. Prices are already rising in what is the longest US economic expansion cycle ever.




The National Housing Scorecard for December 2016

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has just released its overall US housing market health report for December 2016 and here are the findings:

  1. Sales of previously owned (existing) homes rose again in November (sales up .7%)
  2. Sales of existing home were up 15.4% from a year ago.
  3. Homeowner equity grew sharply
  4. Purchases of new homes were up slightly in November (were down in October).
  5. Underwater borrowers continued to decline in number (down 74% since 2012)
  6. Obama’s programs continue to help struggling homeowners.

New housing Starts: Privately-owned housing starts in December were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,226,000. This is 11.3 percent (±10.4%) above the revised November rate of 1,102,000 and is 5.7 percent (±12.0%)* above the December 2015 rate of 1,160,000.

Except for the increase in foreclosures, the report isn’t too bad — sales are up and prices are up yet there are signs that everyone is waiting to see what President Trump decides what to do. Were Obama’s policies more just to mitigate the situation his administration created? And will Trump’s drain the swamp clean up strategy leave the door wide open to economic growth in all states and cities burdened by the Democrat’s administration? We’ll need to keep an eye on how investment money flows and how long ailing regional markets might be regaining their strength in the years to come under Trumps new rules.

Home prices are rising faster than incomes, so this is likely to slow demand from buyers as affordability becomes an issue. Still from this we can see a strong demand for multi-unit residential dwellings and other rental properties. See which cities are best for rental income investment.

A factor that’s plaguing many cities who have foreign real estate buyers — Houses held off the market. See this report on foreign ownership of land in Los Angeles.

Home Equity is Up – Will this generate optimism, confidence, and more spending?

 

10 Top Factors in Housing Market Demand

Here’s 10 key macroeconomic factors to keep in mind before you invest in any particular city market across the US.

  1. demographics – how many immigrants and Millenials/Gen Xers are buying and how many babyboomers are selling?
  2. economic confidence – the mood of buyers and sellers?
  3. outlook – the general incomes and employment rates of Americans
  4. housing availability – how much resale and new construction units are available
  5. mortgage rates – how high are mortgage interest rates
  6. credit – how available are home loans and refinancing
  7. immigration trends – where are people leaving and going to
  8. consumer debt – home much debt overall are consumers/homebuyers carrying
  9. cost of living – how much are earnings and savings eroding or increasing
  10. govenment programs – how is government assisting with buyers – Freddie Mac, HUD, Fannie Mae




You can read even more explicitly about housing market factors in the Los Angeles Real Estate report. The stock market is another factor that can affect a home buyers decision and timing. Investment money can move from stocks to real estate thus putting upward pressure on home and condo values.

Price Trends: Before you make the decision to buy a home or sell your home, get some deep insight into these big data trends. In only 4 years, the average home price has risen $45k and as Zillow suggests, it will climb into 2017.

Mortgage Rates

Where are interest rates and mortgage rates headed?

Screencapture courtesy of http://longforecast.com/usmg/mortgage-rates-forecast-for-2015-2016-and-2017.html

Hot Economies – But Which are next

Read the best cities to invest report and you’ll see that cities such as Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco may not stay hot. Regional economic outlooks change. While Detroit and Warren Michigan looked really awful with the disappearance of their auto manufacturing business, they might now be the darlings of the real estate investment world. The San Francisco and Bay Area apartment rental market remains scorching hot, but will it remain so if the tech sector slides?

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The Trump Effect on Housing and the Economy

Over the last month there’s been a lot of hype and scare mongering regarding President Trump’s forecasted policies.  Certainly a number of factors could reduce demand for housing in the states of Florida, Texas, and California by removing millions of illegal aliens. The latest furor over mortgage rates surpassing 4% is not panning out as influential.

A recent Fox News report shows that prospective buyers would benefit more by buying than renting:

Under Trump’s plan, the amount of tax-exempt income for single filers may soar from $6,300 to $15,000, and the exemption for married couples could rise to $30,000. If that happens, fewer people would need to file itemized deductions and take the mortgage interest deduction.

If this is true, it would stimulate home construction and reduce upward pressure on rents which you know are out of control in some cities. Home construction would stimulate further economic activity which it always does.  You can read more of Fox’s report here: http://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/2016/12/06/heres-how-trumps-tax-plan-could-affect-housing-market.html

 

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