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U.S. Real Estate Market

The U.S. housing market has come under pressure as housing starts have stagnated since the end of 2013, interest rates are poised to rise this year, and first-time buyers are missing from the housing market. Buyers Missing From U.S. Housing Market In February of this year, first-time home…

While the U.S. real estate market is showing some encouraging signs, there continue to be concerns towards a possible real estate crash in Mainland China. The Chinese government has been trying to corral the price increases in housing with some success. My feeling is that the short-term risk…

Readers of Profit Confidential have made their voices heard on the topic of rapid inflation. In our recent survey, over 2,000 of our readers said they believe we are experiencing rapid inflation closer to 10%, while the official government Consumer Price Index (CPI) states that inflation is at…

A few months ago, I wrote about the U.S. real estate market changing from a “buyers’ market” to a “renters’ market.” This is evidenced by the fact that home prices, on average, have fallen by 32% since 2006, while rents have risen 20%, on average, since that time…

Along with municipalities struggling in this country, I’ve been warning readers about another potential debt catastrophe. Student debt in America has crossed the $1.0-trillion mark. Student loan debt is now larger than the country’s total credit-card debt (source: Consumer Bankers Association). So much for encouraging consumer spending. The…

There has been a lot of talk about all the cash U.S. corporations have accumulated since the credit crisis hit in 2008—about $2.0 trillion stashed in corporate America’s bank accounts. From the White House to the average American, encouraging businesses to spend the cash they have accumulated due…

For the past four years I’ve been singing the same tune… The U.S. economy cannot recover unless the U.S. housing market recovers. As a past “real estate man,” (in my life), I’ve never seen an economic recovery unaccompanied by a real estate market recovery. There was a lot…

In a secular bear market, which is where I firmly believe we are today, there are three phases: A phase I bear market (often referred to as the first down-leg) brings stock prices crashing down. From its high of 14,164 in October 2007, the Dow Jones Industrial Average…

There are two key variables that continue to hamper the country’s economic renewal—the housing market and jobs growth. Unfortunately, while both are showing some encouraging signs, I feel it will still be several years before we see sustained strength in both. Without jobs or the confidence of getting…

Is this an alarming picture? The government has thrown trillions of dollars at saving the economy. Bernanke’s Fed has pulled rabbit after rabbit out of the hat to jump start the economy, keeping interest rates artificially low and significantly increasing the money supply. But, despite all the good…

If you live in Atlanta, San Francisco, or Tampa, the recent news was clearly not what you wanted to hear, but then you probably already know the dire situation in your housing market. The key Case-Shiller 20-city Index showed these three metropolitan areas experienced the largest decline in…

Falling Chinese real estate prices are becoming a big concern…and the after-effect could reach America. Sixty-six million people live in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen and these four big cities are seeing the price of homes softening. Chinese real estate prices could fall as much as 20% to…

Greece’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2010 was only $304.87 billion. The proposed Greek “bailout” by the European Union includes about $180 billion in cash and a 50% cut in Greece’s debt. This is equal to more than one year’s GDP for Greece. It’s a huge bailout. It’s…

Things are looking up for the economy again. Unfortunately, things are not always as they seem. The U.S. Commerce Department said that the U.S. economy grew at 2.5% in the third quarter—the fastest pace in a year. Moody’s Investor Services last week raised the corporate ratings of both…

There was finally some good news on Tuesday after the latest reading from the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index of 20 major metropolitan areas in the United States showed a bounce from the recent lows. In March, the housing market had fallen to a double-dip recession. The April reading…

If you are a buyer, the current housing market continues to afford good opportunities, whether as a principal residence or as an investment property. If you are looking for beachfront housing in Florida, there may not be a better time than to buy now. But then the housing…

“When in doubt, look at the charts.” The above has been my motto for years. I believe that stocks and the stock market are leading indicators. They tell us what is going to happen with specific industries, various prices and the economy six to 12 months out. One…

This year will mark the worst for the U.S. housing market, as foreclosures rise and prices fall. But don’t expect prices to climb back up anytime soon. Let’s start by looking at the stark facts: About seven million mortgages in the U.S. are now in the “late payment”…