Mobile Phone Web Usage.

Cell Phone Usage Survey Results

PTC Computer Solutions conducted a survey of a random group of individuals to ascertain the types of services people are using their cell phones for.  PTC Computer Solutions makes research and demographics a significant part of their marketing strategies for all of their clients and this information was to assist in ascertaining the importance of the cell phone in the community as a whole.  There was no specific demographic cross-tabbing of the demographic to the usage or efforts to delineate between the demographic differentiators and the raw usage information, so it is important to note that this data is specifically for understanding what people are doing on a daily or […]

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Parker Associates has expertise in the Canadian Real Estate Development Market and Trends.

Oh Canada!

Marilynn and I frequently travel back to our homeland of Canada to visit friends and relatives. But, the impact of the recession restrained our travel habits, and our trip to eastern Ontario this month was our first experience in Canada since 2006.  We were amazed at the changes. Although our 12-day motor trip to and from the Buffalo airport only included the small portion of Canada encompassing the vast area of metropolitan Toronto, this is the sector of the country exhibiting the strongest impact from the growing economy.  Yes, while the United States became mired in economic distress, our neighbor to the north has maintained a steadily increasing economic growth […]

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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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