Market Commentary – Tue, Jan 03

Market Commentary – Tue, Jan 03 – 10:34 AM ET  The Bond markets are starting the New Year lower today after strong economic data from China and Germany and is helping to lift the Stock markets this morning. The S&P 500 Stock Index, the most closely watched indice in the U.S., was unchanged in 2011. …

Uncovering Hidden Treasures: Finding Stability in Unstable Times

My husband and I always operated under the premise that each house would be a stepping stone to the next bigger, better home. Our first house was purchased with an ARM loan, and we sold it about a year before the balloon payment was due. This house was never supposed to be our long-term home, but a stepping stone for a few years. We viewed buying and selling a house like trading cars, and it was often easier, in fact, than buying another car.

Gold, Guns or Real Estate?

Today’s historic low real estate prices in Raleigh North Carolina and the surrounding areas along with similarly low rates have made homeownership the best tool or hedge against inflation the average person can use to protect themselves from the imminent rising prices. If you have been waiting for the bottom, this loan officer is going on the record as saying THIS IS IT! Of course we will have no way of knowing that to be true until we look back six months from now and see that I was right, but by then it will be too late and you will have missed the best opportunity to have bought real estate in easily 30 or more years!