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The Mueller Development in Austin Texas

March 6, 2008

When the Robert Mueller Municipal airport closed down in 1999, plans began to be laid for one of the most ambitious building projects Austin has ever seen. All told there was 711 acres of prime real estate up for grabs, and the city knew that what happened to the land would be hugely important forRead More

More Buyers Simply Choosing to Default on their Home Mortgage

March 5, 2008

As mortgage rates from subprime loans are beginning to reset and interest rates in general are beginning to increase due to the credit crunch, home owners are beginning to default in greater and greater numbers.  Many are simply abandoning attempts to pay back the money, and are simply letting their credit rating absorb the damage,Read More

What will Washington do about the Subprime Crisis in 2008?

March 1, 2008

The subprime crisis still rocking and rolling these days.  In terms of the crisis’ primary component, it is expected to actually grow in scope during 2008:  The number of subprime-related foreclosures expected to occur this year will actually outpace the numbers from 2007. The bottom line for the economy, in many ways, is that whileRead More

What the Fed Will Do with Interest Rates?

February 28, 2008

“Whirlwind of activity” is a favorite cliché of journalists.  During most economic upheavals the press likes to use the phrase to describe what’s been going on at the Fed.  It’s descriptive, and it gives a certain sense of excitement that “bureaucrats held a lot of tense meetings” just doesn’t seem to communicate.  But if aRead More

Federal Reserve’s Residential Real Estate Report about Credit Market

February 24, 2008

With US housing foreclosures making headlines the world over, it should come as no surprise that banks have tightened their lending guidelines for the residential real estate market.  That being said, the Federal Reserve’s recently-published survey of bankers that specialize in residential real estate reveals some interesting information about the credit market that feeds theRead More

US Government Passes Stimulus Package including Tax Rebates

February 22, 2008

During 2007, it was the real estate market that seemed to be determining the fate of the economy.  A number of events gripped the economy during the year.  There were the write-downs that much of the financial industry was forced to endure due to subprime loans that ended up being securitized into a liquid formRead More

Mortgage Application Numbers Take a Dive

February 22, 2008

Weekly numbers are hardly ever reliable.  Whether its for sports, economics, or politics, it’s always hard to spot a trend using statistics from just one week.  There’s usually too much “noise,” or random movement of data to spot a genuine trend.  That’s why markets rarely react to weekly unemployment or housing numbers with the sameRead More

2007 4Q Commercial Real Estate Industry Numbers Not Looking Good

February 9, 2008

While final numbers on the value changes in the national commercial real estate market during the fourth quarter are not yet in, MIT has released an important study on the subject.  The Transaction-Based Index follows the values of the nation’s major pension funds’ Commercial Real Estate holdings. In the third quarter of 2007, MIT reportedRead More

Tighter Credit Market Reported for National Commercial Real Estate Industry

February 8, 2008

The Federal Reserve recently completed its “2008 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices.”  It is a much-awaited quarterly survey of the opinion of banking executives that specialize in lending for the real estate market.  While the results were expected to suggest a tightening of loan requirements throughout the industry, the results forRead More

The US Economy in 2008 and What it Means for the Real Estate Market

January 30, 2008

Signs of economic turmoil have become too obvious to ignore.  2007 saw the greatest one-year drop in the value of the national real estate market since the great depression, according to the Commerce Department’s new numbers.  There is certainly no consensus among economists as to whether we are in a recession – the International MonetaryRead More