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3 Keys to the Housing Market

Things to Know in Today’s Housing Market. A lot is happening in the world, and it’s having a direct impact on the housing market. The reality is this: some of it is positive and some of it may be negative. Some we just don’t know yet. The following three areas of the housing market are critical to understand: interest rates, building materials, and the outlook for an economic slowdown. 1. Interest Rates One of the most important things to consider when buying a home is the interest rate you will be charged to borrow the money. In our recent post we posed the question, “Are Low Interest Rates Here To […]

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Competitive Advantage of Canada as summarized by Parker Associates.

The Competitive Advantage

William J. Ferguson, CEO of Ferguson Partners Ltd, the prestigious international management and executive placement firm headquartered in Chicago, has written a new book entitled Market Discipline. It describes opinions of Canadian investment executives on the reasons behind the stable growth of that country’s economy and real estate industry during the disastrous Great Recession in the United States and globally. As president of REALpac, the Real Property Association of Canada, Ferguson enjoyed access to Canada’s industry leaders in providing core input to this new book, which is sub-titled “The Competitive Advantage: Lessons from Canada’s Real Estate Leaders”. The book begins with lauding the wisdom of Canada’s bankers in giving priority […]

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Giving is one of the great feelings. Give housing.

On Giving . . .

On Giving . . . Again this year, Marilynn and I watched the two-hour “CNN Heroes” television program that honors individuals from around the world, who give their personal energy and limited resources to helping others in need.  Topics range from a grey-haired women in Nepal who devotes her energies to rescuing children from prison terms served with a convicted parent, and then taking care of them in her own home (2012 Top 10 Hero of the year), to a former addict in Butte, Montana who operates a rescue mission for homeless drug addicts. The activities of each of these compassionate “heroes” is presented in a brief giant-screen pictorial before […]

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