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Our blog is a collection of news, articles, advice, and other commentary on real estate and the economics driving the market.  We pick the most pertinent information and share it with you, adding our take on what it means and why it’s interesting.  We hope you find it useful for keeping track of the market, trends, and economic forces shaping the real estate industry.

January 23, 2019

The real estate and equity markets are walking a tightrope this year.  Both will strive to maintain their balance on an economic foundation that is shifting.

On one end of the tightrope is a hot (but cooling?) US and global economy.  Strong jobs growth and consumer conf...

September 8, 2018

The scarcity of affordable housing is a concern across most of America today.  And it’s not just a problem for low-income earners anymore.  Housing affordability issues are creeping up the income scale, reaching the middle-class in many areas.  The causes include high...

June 18, 2018

It’s midway through 2018 and the economy continues to perform well, housing prices are rising, and the Fed is raising interest rates.  What does this mean for home owners, buyers, sellers, and real estate investors?  One way we assess the likely effect of rising rates...

April 11, 2018

A recent report by Fannie Mae, ‘Multifamily Metro Outlook: Dallas Winter 2018' provides a positive outlook for multifamily investing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro region.  Dallas’ strong fundamentals are evident in its population growth, job growth, rent growth, and l...

March 1, 2018

Two weeks ago, I attended the Best Ever Real Estate Conference in Denver. The conference ended with a debate about where we are in the real estate market cycle:  are we at or past the market peak or  is there still room to grow?  In the “for” camp was Jorge Newbery and...

January 23, 2018

The Milken Institute, a nonpartisan and nonprofit think tank that focuses on increasing global prosperity, recently released their Best Performing US Cities list for 2017.  The list ranks US cities by growth in jobs, wages, salaries, and technology output over five yea...

January 12, 2018

“The Texas economy is firing on all cylinders going into 2018,” said Dallas Fed economists.  Employment growth is expected to increase to 3% from 2.5% in 2017, according to the Fed's latest forecasts.  This equates to approximately 366,000 new jobs in 2018, up fro...

December 8, 2017

Well, maybe not everyone is watching yield curves. But the smart money is keeping an eye out for a yield curve inversion. What’s that? It’s when interest rates on long-term investments, like 10-year treasuries or bonds, are paying a lower rate than the short-term ones....

December 2, 2017

Even though the economy appears to be strong right now, GDP and productivity growth, two key economic indicators, remain stubbornly below long-term averages.  Some of this below trend performance can be explained by restrictive land use regulations, says the National B...

The Dallas Fed’s latest economic indicators point toward continued strength for the state of Texas.  The Fed found solid job growth, a record low unemployment rate, strong business financial performance, and optimism from its business sentiment surveys.  The following...

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