The Economic Watch – BACK TO A NEW NORMAL, AGAIN

by Mark Schniepp

Are We Back To Normal Again?
Many people will argue that the economy has
Are We Back To Normal Again?
Many people will argue that the economy has
not returned to the condition it was in prior
to the Great Recession when it was easy to
buy or rent a home, employment was full, and
household incomes were higher. Retirement
account contributions and pensions were more
generous, expense accounts were fatter, business
travel more frequent, and Christmas parties more

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Home prices soared in 2013 and that momentum pushed into 2014. The market leveled off after the first 7 months of 2014 and plateaued. We figured that housing values had overcorrected downward and the appreciation spike during the recovery was therefore warranted. The plateau did not last long because the pace of price appreciation has now ramped up again. Why? Read more (PDF)…

9 Red Flags to Watch for When Picking a Real Estate Agent

Pass on agents who are family members and those who have never bought or sold in your neighborhood.

The proliferation of online real estate information makes it easier than ever to be an informed consumer when buying or selling a home. Yet the digital revolution has done little to lessen the importance of choosing the right real estate agent to work with you.

The right agent can help you buy your dream house or sell your existing home quickly. The wrong agent can botch the transaction, leaving you with egg on your face and nowhere to call home.

Despite the high stakes, many buyers and sellers give little thought to choosing an agent, whether they’re buying or selling. Read More >>>