Parker Associates is well versed on the world's infrastructure.

Infrastructure Disaster

For the past five years, the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young have sponsored an annual report on infrastructure in the United States and around the world.  The ULI then sends spokesman Ed McMahon to its regional meetings to summarize the report.  Ed is a great speaker and presents the dismal state of U.S. Infrastructure in piercing fashion with the aid of excellent data illustrated in clear graphics.  For those of us in the real estate development industry, his message is shocking. The condition of American infrastructure – roads, bridges, water lines, sewage treatment plants and dams serving the primary economic centers – is deplorable.  What’s worse is that […]

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Parker Associates is well versed in the real estate development of China.

Amazing China

During May of 2011, Marilynn and I spent almost three weeks in China, re-visiting places we had toured on our prior trip in 2000 as well as visiting new places. On this trip, we visited ten cities and traveled over 4,000 miles in China. Our overall impression was of a country full of energy, extending from the endless pattern of skyscraper buildings rising in almost every city, dwarfing the crowds of well-dressed and young-looking employees hurrying to and from work; and the fast trains and fast vehicles speeding through the countryside on new roads and rails and bridges; and on to the busy farmers, both male and female, toiling in […]

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Florida Jobs Outlook Market Data.

Florida Jobs Outlook

Florida Jobs Outlook An April report by Wells Fargo predicts “a major rebound” in Florida employment generation, sparked by tourism and hospitality industries. In ranking states by regional competitiveness, Florida scored first in the Wells Fargo study. Contact Parker Associates at www.parkerassociates.com for more information or email us at info@parkerassociates.com.

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The housing outlook from Parker Associates.

Wall Street Journal Reports Pending Price Bottom

After a fall of 31 percent from the 2006 high, housing prices are estimated to be approaching bottom, according to a Wall Street Journal article quoting the S&P;/Case-Schiller national composite home price index.  “Housing prices will bottom in 2011” states Scott Simon, managing director at Pimco, who correctly predicted the housing crash in 2007.  However, the article cautions, do not expect to return to the glory days of 2005 and 2006.  Modest price recovery is the consensus of most money-management experts.  Contact Parker Associates for more information at info@parkerassociates.com. 

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Housing price projections moving forward from Parker Associates.

New Home Price Projections

New Home Price Projections In preparing revenue projections for budget planning, many builders rely upon past trends to forecast price increases for future years. This method turns out to be very misleading after the enormous price fluctuations of 2004-2011. A ten year trend of average price changes from 2001-2010 produces an overall average of 2.7 percent, whereas the ten years of steady growth from 1994 through 2003 provides an overall average of 4.7 percent (median of 4.4 percent) – a 74 percent differential, within a range of 3-6 percent. The 1994-2003 period following the recession of 1990-91 is a reasonable model for recovery from the 2007-09 recession despite the lingering […]

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Parker House conglomerates to understand the housing market and research data.

Housing Outlook

Housing Outlook NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe indicated that the building industry soon should be seeing tangible signs of improvement. Speaking at the Annual Construction Forecast Conference in April, Crowe cited positive factors such as affordability, favorable mortgage rates, tiny inventories of newly-built homes, declining vacancy rates, and pent-up demand caused by delayed household formations. “By the end of 2012, I expect new-home sales and starts to be back to where they were around the beginning of the recession in late 2007,” Crowe stated. He was even more positive about multi-family demand, projecting a 23 percent increase in 2011 starts, followed by greater gains in 2012. Contact Parker Associates at […]

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GDP Experts on data and market research, Parker Associates.

Gross Domestic Product Growth

Gross Domestic Product Growth Positive signs of economic recovery were reported by U.S. GDP growth in the first quarter of 2011. Despite the limitations of poor weather, high gasoline prices and slower consumer spending, strong job increases reinforce other factors supporting a sustainable economic recovery. Substantial private-sector contributions to economic expansion continue to increase the prospects for 2011 growth. Contact Parker Associates for more information at info@parkerassociates.com.

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Development opportunities are what we are experts in.

Profit Opportunities Still Available

Profit Opportunities Still Available Despite the length of the Great Recession and its lingering tail, development opportunities of unusual value still come to Parker Associates on a weekly frequency.  If you are in the real estate investment market, please contact one of our senior associates to review our files on available opportunities. “Tell us of your primary interest area and we will respond promptly,” Parker Associates Senior Associate Chris Parker.

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The Magic Number is a novel by Dr. David F. Parker.

PTC Communications publishes The Magic Number

PTC Communications is an editor and publisher of the arts. PTC Communications, a subsidiary of PTC Computer Solutions and Parfam, Inc., has published The Magic Number.  The memoir of David F. Parker – The Magic Number – is finally available for purchase. After several years of editing and going back and forth with publishers, we have finalized the book and it is available at blurb.com for purchase. If you have any interest in the life and times of David F. Parker (you may even be in the book!), get online and purchase your copy. Signed copies are available directly from the author.  Go to www.ptccommunications.com or www.parkerassociates.com or email sales@ptccommunications.com […]

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Urban Sprawl is one of the professional expertises of Parker Associates.

SPRAWL, A New Definition

DEFINITION OF SPRAWL.. Over the past few years, many writers have confused urban development sprawl with density – the lower the density, the greater the sprawl.  Others have simply used sprawl to describe any type of urban development they personally find distasteful.  The word has become a cliché for a wide variety of urban conditions without specific definition. Webster’s Dictionary describes sprawl as “to spread or develop irregularly” —  a definition that applies to a great many urban areas at any density.  The linear blight caused by major city streets suffering from unregulated peripheral development, both old and new, is likely to be accepted by most observers as fitting the […]

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