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What to Expect From the Housing Market in 2019

Homebuyers & Sellers Hesitate Changes in mortgage rates may cause homebuyers and sellers to hesitate about jumping into the market, while renters benefit from higher homeownership rates. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home in 2019 – or find the perfect rental – it helps to know what you’re up against. Fortunately, Parker Associates and PTC are always actively on top of the latest market trends. The recent US News report indicates a few key aspects to what we can expect in 2019.  In many markets, the trend of a low volume of homes on the market compared to the number of buyers that has been fueling bidding […]

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Prius or Pickup

The Psychology of Sales In a recent book available on Barnes & Nobles website by Marc Hetherington and Jonathon Weiler, researchers have defined how the answer to four questions can define the psychology of the individual.  They consider these four questions critical in defining the purchasing decisions of that individual moving forward. If you had to buy a new car, would you be more likely to choose a Prius or a Pickup? When you imagine your favorite meal, does it feature classic American dishes like meatloaf and mashed potatoes?  Or, do you crave more exotic fare, like chicken curry, Padt Thai or Kefta? When you turn on the radio, do […]

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Simplify & Focus

The 20 Slot Rule: How to Simplify Your Life and Maximize Your Results Warren Buffett’s “20-Slot” Rule is one to help simplify and focus.  Here it is: When Warren lectures at business schools, he says, “I could improve your ultimate financial welfare by giving you a ticket with only 20 slots in it so that you had 20 punches—representing all the investments that you got to make in a lifetime. And once you’d punched through the card, you couldn’t make any more investments at all.” He says, “Under those rules, you’d really think carefully about what you did and you’d be forced to load up on what you’d really thought […]

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The Seuss Strategy

Making Constraints and Keeping to them In 1960, two men made a bet. There was only $50 on the line, but millions of people would feel the impact of this little wager. The first man, Bennett Cerf, was the founder of the publishing firm, Random House. The second man was named Theo Geisel, but you probably know him as Dr. Seuss. Cerf proposed the bet and challenged that Dr. Seuss would not be able to write an entertaining children’s book using only 50 different words. Dr. Seuss took the bet and won. The result was a little book called Green Eggs and Ham. Since publication, Green Eggs and Ham has […]

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The Feds & Housing

Feds may scale back Housing Mortgages in 2019 The federal government may scale back its mortgage market role in 2019. Mark Calabria was nominated to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He wants Uncle Sam out of the market. Two big steps he could take: Raise lender fees, Cut conforming loans’ size. The GSEs charge lenders a fee to back their mortgages on the secondary market. Upping those could make other financial institutions more attractive buyers for lenders. The GSEs can buy only loans of a certain dollar amount, known as conforming loans. Private lenders try to stay below that limit, as they […]

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How to Motivate Yourself

Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do No matter how generally motivated you are, all of us have some tasks that we don’t want to do. Maybe we find them boring, pointless, draining, time consuming, annoying, or anxiety producing. So how do you get moving in these types of situations? The first step is to recognize that getting motivated doesn’t mean that you have to experience a particular feeling, like excitement or anticipation. Instead, motivation is simply one or more reasons you have for acting in a certain way. You can decide to do something without ever getting excited about it by finding a personally meaningful why. For example, you […]

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Improve Sales Through 3D Printing

Leveraging 3D Printing to Sell New Homes With the continued advancements in 3D Printing, it’s become something to consider when developing a marketing plan to boost your sales.  Traditional media formats are still useful, but consider the new potential in 3D Printing. Costs of 3D Printing continue to decline as well making it an affordable way to display your products and give a vision to your prospects.  Our team at PTC Computer Solutions has looked at various printers and has some ideas for you. Just as a paper printer can recreate a document based on electronic files, a 3D printer can create a to-scale model of a planned property based […]

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2019 Tech & Telecom

Things to Watch For It’s going to be an interesting year, no matter what happens. But, there are some things that our team at PTC Computer Solutions along with the Kiplinger group definitely feel are going to be prominent to watch for in 2019. Take a look at what we think. Telecom for Businesses Businesses will soon have a shot at choosing their own toll-free number…for the right price, of course. For the first time ever, the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) will auction toll-free numbers…17,000 of them starting with 833. Previously, digits were given on a first-come, first-served basis, so landing specific ones was difficult. Some numbers will go for […]

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Website Mistakes

When Hosting Websites, Avoid These Pitfalls With client services, it can often seem like you’re riding an income roller coaster that you can’t escape. Some months you’re flush with cash and in others, you’re barely scraping by. It’s a tough and very stressful place to be, which is why so many designers and developers are on a quest to end the feast or famine cycle by adding recurring revenue to their businesses in the form of monthly website support and maintenance. Website maintenance plans are great for business, but … Adding website support and maintenance services to your business generates recurring revenue, improves cash flow, provides breathing room, maximizes client […]

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Expected Best Bets for 2019

Yes, It’s that Time of Year Again At Parker Associates, we thought we’d start our prognosticating early. After all, it’s what we do. So, we’ll get started looking at 2019 right now. Where should developers and investors focus their attention? In a recent PWC survey and interviews, the best bets suggested by the results can be made in the following areas. Warehousing and fulfillment Warehousing and fulfillment represent the top development prospects among survey respondents. With increased need for last-mile delivery and e-commerce facilities, logistics and fulfillment continue to be a major opportunity for creating value. As tenants look for increasingly larger spaces, vacancy rates are tightening and rents are […]

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