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Economic Statistics Reported for March 2014

Posted by Jeffrey Fugami on April 2, 2014 at 4:44am 0 Comments

Hello Members,

The supply and demand data for the month of March tend to support stable prices at elevated levels for now. With the Case-Shiller index at well over the fair value of 1 and interest rates ticking a little lower to stimulate demand, contrary supply data supports lower prices.

It is a pretty calm period for now but it may be the quite before the storm! I thought a cartoon may amuse you this month! Enjoy…

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Economic Statistics Reported for February 2014

Posted by Jeffrey Fugami on March 3, 2014 at 3:13am 0 Comments

Hello Members!

The demand for New Home sales was stronger during January!  However, the demand for Existing Homes and Pending Home sales was lighter and supply data was weaker which kept downward pressure on prices in check.   Overall pricing data was neutral with the Case Schiller index virtually unchanged at 165.69.  (see the attached)
 
The Consumer Price index ticked up and the 10 year bond yield ticked down which was a little…
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Louis Howard releases new book From Here To There on Amazon

Posted by Louis Howard on February 20, 2014 at 10:43pm 0 Comments

Louis Howard adds to to his accomplishments in real estate with the publishing of a new best selling book entitled From Here To There on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.



The book shares Howard's autobiographical journey from failure to success. The book commemorates Howard's 25 years as a real estate and new home professional. Howard shares the secrets of his success and accomplishments in achieving over a billion dollars in transactions, the first African American to be hired as an… Continue

Economic Statistics Reported for January 2014

Posted by Jeffrey Fugami on February 4, 2014 at 7:25am 0 Comments

Hello Members,

Congratulations to the Seahawks!  The year is starting off great for the us in the Pacific Northwest.  Hopefully, the housing market will be just as kind to us in this area.  Looks like there may be some headwinds ahead for the overall market.  The weaker supply and demand data shows a market that appears to be fatigued.   With the Case-Schiller index still at elevated levels, interest rates at relatively low levels and the Consumer Price Index flat, there appears to be…

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Jeff Larson Joins Bay Equity Home Loans Bellevue Office

Posted by Brad Toft on January 14, 2014 at 2:41pm 0 Comments

Bellevue, WA, 12/29/2013—Bay Equity Home Loans is pleased to announce that Jeff Larson has joined the Bellevue Branch, located at 170 120th Avenue Northeast, Suite 200.

Mr. Larson’s addition to the team at the newly opened Bellevue Branch exemplifies Bay Equity’s exponential growth over recent years, despite…

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Economic Statistics Reported for December 2013

Posted by Jeffrey Fugami on January 4, 2014 at 8:27am 0 Comments

Happy New Year Members!

Two notable statistics really caught my eye this time around.  New Home sales surged in October, but later fell a little in November and Housing Starts exploded in November.  The large increase in supply appeared to have mitigated the potential impact of the strength in demand on prices.  Although the Case Shiller index inched forward, the supply and demand factors had a "wash" effect.  (see the attached for additional comments and stats)

We are at a…

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Dr. Dan’s regimen to assure success in 2014 and beyond.

Posted by Daniel R. Levitan on December 25, 2013 at 12:36pm 0 Comments

Most economists and industry pundits agree that the housing market in 2014 will continue to improve but there is no doubt that we will still be faced with strong competitive conditions and cautious buyers.  My recommendation to my developer and…

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Economic Statistics Reported for November 2013

Posted by Jeffrey Fugami on December 2, 2013 at 5:50am 0 Comments

Hello Members,

Supply was up for the month as indicated by the stronger than expected Building Permit data and demand was weaker.  Also, Housing prices came in a bit weaker than forecasts. (see the attached)

However, the Case-Shiller Index was actually stronger, most likely due to subdued inflation which is currently at a lowly 1%.  This gets to the topic of conversation among a number of "talking heads" recently...Inflation.  So I thought it might be interesting for us to look…

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A great report that all new home sales professionals should check out

Posted by dave porter on November 4, 2013 at 9:17am 0 Comments

BDX report from HW on new vs used

This came from Hanley Wood and is called " Start Fresh, Buy New"  Damn good stuff.

Dave Porter

HomeStreet Bank

206-304-8228

dave.porter@homestreet.com

Economic Statistics Reported for October 2013

Posted by Jeffrey Fugami on November 3, 2013 at 1:56am 0 Comments

Hello Members,

Although some major supply data was not published because of the government shutdown, the demand data reflected some spotty lightness in prices.  The yield on the 10 year note dropped a bit and there was a sudden rush in mortgage applications towards the end of the month.  (see the attached).

Throughout the month there was continuous chatter from the "talking heads" about "bubbles."  So I thought it might be interesting to think about the life…

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