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    Saturday, March 25, 2017   /   by Jeff Ross

    How Low Supply & High Demand Impacts the Real Estate Market

    Some Highlights:

    The concept of Supply & Demand is a simple one. The best time to sell something is when the supply of that item is low & the demand for that item is high!
    Anything under a 6-month supply is a Seller’s Market!
    There has not been a 6-months inventory supply since August 2012!
    Buyer Demand continues to outpace Seller Supply! ...

    Monday, March 13, 2017   /   by Jeff Ross

    Higher Fed Rate is Around the Corner

    by Jeremy Collett
    March 10, 2017
    Guaranteed Rate

    Positive employment picture likely means March hike
    With ADP and the U.S. jobs report showing big job gains in February, the stage is likely set for an interest rate hike at the March 14 – 15 policy meeting. On Wednesday, ADP’s employment report claimed that businesses added 298,000 new jobs last month. Two days later, the Department of Labor cited a 235,000 increase to nonfarm payrolls. This number was bolstered by the largest jump in a decade for the construction sector, which is currently running hot due to unseasonably warm weather.
    Overall, both reports were in line with what the markets have seen over the past several months. Despite the positive numbers—except for hourly earnings, which were sluggish at only .2 percent growth—the report fell short of delivering the blockbuster job report many were expecting, which could have potentially driven rates to much higher levels. While markets have been re ...

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017   /   by Jeff Ross

    2017 Home Sales Start a little Slow, Why?

    By Jeff Ross
    Realty Executives of Flagstaff
    February 2017

    As you will see with the attached, Home Sales for the month of January started on the slow side with  a -7.4% drop in the number of homes sold. As we have mentioned, this will be all homes, single family, townhomes, condos and manufactured homes.
    Home prices climbed slightly, with the Average rising 2.16%, and Median rising 4.35%.
    For Single Family Homes
    We sold -18% fewer homes in January compared to January 2016, Average prices climbed to $419,654 compared to the prior year of $415,527. Median prices rose 12% to $375,000.
    What is Median Price?
    Definition. Median means "in the middle". So, with regard to SOLD Price, this means exactly half of homes sold are above this price and exactly half are below.
    The WHY?
    When you look at homes priced up to $299,999, we sold -14% fewer homes, and have -28% fewer homes on the market.
    Homes priced from $299,999 to $499,9 ...

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017   /   by Jeff Ross

    Our 2017 Economic Outlook: A Paradigm Shift in the Making

    Our 2017 Economic Outlook: A Paradigm Shift in the Making
    By Scott S. Eggen
    Executive Vice President – Director of Capital Markets
    PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company
    We are more than halfway through the first quarter of 2017, and we are still holding our breath to see how President Trump’s proposed policies will impact the U.S. economy. There is much to feel optimistic about, especially a renewed commitment to stimulate the economy through tax reform, infrastructure investment and regulatory relief. But these policies will take some time to enact and show results. In the meantime, it’s smart to stay alert and vigilant – much about 2017 feels like uncharted waters.
    Here are some of the key indicators and trends we at PrimeLending are monitoring closely:
    ·         Experts predict GDP (Gross Domestic Product) will continue a modest increase in 2017. Strengthening consumer spending, spurred by steady wage anr ...

    Monday, February 20, 2017   /   by Jeff Ross

    US Housing Market Is Moving into 'Buy Territory'!

    According to the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, the U.S. housing market has continued to move deeper into buy territory, supporting the belief that housing markets across the country remain a sound investment.
    The BH&J Index is a quarterly report that attempts to answer the question:
    In today’s housing market, is it better to rent or buy a home?
    The index examines the entire US housing market and then isolates 23 major cities for comparison. The researchers “measure the relationship between purchasing property and building wealth through a buildup in equity versus renting a comparable property and investing in a portfolio of stocks and bonds.” 
    While most of the metropolitan markets examined moved further into buy territory (16 of the 23), markets like Dallas, Denver, and Houston are currently deep into rent territory. In these three markets, it is estimated that renting will top homeownership 7 ou ...