Thursday, December 22, 2016

Gold Miners Are Running Out of Metal: Five Charts Explaining Why

Gold's had a roller-coaster year, surging as much as 30 percent before giving up the bulk of those gains. But one trend has been consistent: mining companies are finding it harder to dig up more of the precious metal.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

For Sale: Prince's Minnesota Homes

The special administrator of the estate of the late music legend Prince has put several of the singer's Minnesota properties up for sale.

Read more... http://www.realestate.com.au/news/prince-nelson-massive-property-empire/

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Among the secrets of next-door millionaires: one house, one spouse

The way most Americans build wealth is no secret: save, invest, repeat. How average people keep their wealth, though, gets a lot less attention.

It boils down to how they handle risk. It's hard to accumulate wealth without taking some risks, but there are perils that "next-door millionaires" seem to avoid.

Read more... http://www.dallasnews.com/business/personal-finance/2016/08/22/one-secrets-next-door-millionaires-one-house-one-spouse

Mall developer Rusty Lyon, founder of Westcor, dies

Mall developer Rusty Lyon, founder of Westcor, has died after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, according to The Arizona Republic . He was 86 years old.

Lyon launched Westcor in 1964, and was responsible for many of the Valley's malls, including Scottsdale Fashion Square, Biltmore Fashion Park and Metrocenter.

Read more... http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2016/10/31/mall-developer-rusty-lyon-founder-of-westcor-dies.html

A frightful look back at the crash of Arizona commercial lender Mortgages Ltd.

The crash of Arizona's biggest commercial lender Mortgages Ltd. is still a nightmare for many.

The lender's nearly $1 billion collapse and its CEO Scott Coles' suicide in 2008 led to huge investor losses, too many foreclosures, a slew of lawsuits and fraud charges by regulators.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/11/06/frightful-look-back-crash-arizona-commercial-lender-mortgages-ltd/93173858/

Developer sues California panel for $490M over coastal land

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Developers have sued the California Coastal Commission for more than $490 million in damages for failing to approve a project that would have turned a 401-acre stretch of oil field overlooking the Pacific Ocean into a housing and retail development.

Rest more... http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/5/developer-sues-california-panel-for-490m-over-coas/

Friday, November 11, 2016

Is the mortgage credit box really loosening?

The Federal Reserve sent out a survey to senior loan officers, asking about the status of mortgage credit, if it was loosening and how many consumers are applying for the products.

Read more... http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38468-is-the-mortgage-credit-box-really-loosening

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

DR Horton Q4 2016 earnings

(Reuters) - D.R. Horton Inc, the largest U.S. homebuilder, reported an 18.7 percent rise in quarterly profit as it sold more homes at higher prices.

The company said it expects fiscal 2017 home sales to rise in a range of 8-13 percent.

Read more... http://www.businessinsider.com/dr-horton-q4-2016-earnings-2016-11

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Hong Kong raises stamp duty to cool feverish housing market

HONG KONG -- Wary of a looming housing bubble, the Hong Kong government introduced new measures on Friday evening in the hope of cooling the city's overheated residential market.

Read more... http://asia.nikkei.com/Markets/Property/Hong-Kong-raises-stamp-duty-to-cool-feverish-housing-market

What's On Your Personal Balance Sheet?

John Augustine: Since this past summer, one of our top recommendations to clients of the Huntington Private Bank has been the importance of having a personal balance sheet.

Read more... http://www.forbes.com/sites/wallaceforbes/2016/11/02/whats-on-your-personal-balance-sheet/#337c844861d4

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

US rental market analysis

Demand is drying up in the priciest markets.

On the surface, rents, when averaged out across the US, still rose in October, though way slower than during the landlord's golden days, with one-bedroom median asking rent up 1.5% year-over-year and two-bedroom rent up 2.5%, according to Zumper's Rent Report.

Read more... http://www.businessinsider.com/us-rental-market-analysis-2016-11

Monday, October 31, 2016

Buying a house in the spring? Here’s how to save your credit score through the holidays

There's not much time left before the malls are flooded with busy holiday shoppers. And for the yearlong planners, the shopping probably started a long time ago. A recent blog from VantageScore emphasizes the importance of making sure shoppers don't destroy their credit score right before the busiest home-buying season. 

Read more... http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38415-buying-a-house-in-the-spring-heres-how-to-save-your-credit-score-through-the-holidays

Banks Are Hoarding $2.4 Trillion of Bonds

If the world's biggest economy is really on the upswing, then why are America's banks stockpiling a record amount of ultrasafe bonds?

After all, jobs are back, the Federal Reserve is close to raising interest rates again and growth has perked up after a sluggish first half. But instead of ramping up lending to keep up with deposits, banks are plowing into U.S. government and related debt at the fastest clip since 2014.

Read more... http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-30/banks-amass-2-4-trillion-hoard-of-bonds-as-bofa-leads-stampede

Sunday, October 30, 2016

What Fannie Mae’s new credit reporting means for would-be homebuyers

Fannie Mae just made some major changes to the credit reporting industry. If you're like me, and don't have much of a debt history, it can be difficult to build credit. With the use of trending credit data, that could become much easier.

Read more... http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38195-what-fannie-maes-new-credit-reporting-means-for-would-be-homebuyers

Saturday, October 29, 2016

These are Tesla’s stunning new solar roof tiles for homes

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk wasn't kidding when he said that the new Tesla solar roof product was better looking than an ordinary roof: the roofing replacement with solar energy gathering powers does indeed look great. It's a far cry from the obvious and somewhat weird aftermarket panels you see applied to roofs after the fact today.

Read more... https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/28/these-are-teslas-stunning-new-solar-roof-tiles-for-homes/

How This Election Will Impact The Housing Market

It's no secret that our country as a whole has some deep concerns about our current presidential election. It doesn't matter if you like one of the candidates or dislike them both, everyone seems to have concerns about how this election will impact the economy and the nation.

Read more... https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.inman.com/2016/10/25/how-this-election-will-impact-the-housing-market/amp/

Seniors Brace For Smallest Social Security Increase on Record

Let's start with the good news. For the more than 60 million people who receive Social Security benefits, they will get a cost-of-living increase in 2017. This is positive considering there was no increase in 2016. Here is the bad news. The increase is expected to be around 0.3 percent, the smallest increase on record.

Read more... https://www.google.com/amp/www.foxbusiness.com/politics/2016/10/17/seniors-brace-for-smallest-social-security-increase-on-record.amp.html

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hilton unveils sale of 25% stake to China's HNA

HNA paid $6.5bn (£5.3bn) for the stake previously owned by Hilton's biggest shareholder Blackstone.

Chinese companies have increasingly been investing in tourism-related businesses overseas as more Chinese citizens travel abroad.

Read more... http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37748673

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Inflation: next year's ticking time bomb

The last time sterling fell off a cliff we were in the midst of global financial crisis from 2007 to 2008. The currency shock sent inflation shooting up to 5.2pc, abruptly squeezing on real living standards.

Read more... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/10/22/inflation-next-years-ticking-time-bomb/

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

26K SF mixed-use development taking over historic Roosevelt Row buildings

More major development is coming to downtown Phoenix's Roosevelt Row.

Desert Viking Development has announced plans for a mixed-use project on 501 E. Roosevelt St., between Fifth and Sixth streets, totaling more than 26,000-square-feet.

Read more... http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2016/10/19/26k-sf-mixed-use-development-taking-over-historic.html

Monday, October 17, 2016

South Florida is ripe for Chinese homebuyers

Wealthy Chinese buyers have been buying so many homes in the United States that they are the top foreign country purchasing property in the U.S - for the fourth year in a row. Those home sales totaled more than $27 billion.

Rest more... http://www.businessinsider.com/south-florida-is-ripe-for-chinese-homebuyers-2016-10

FRB: Speech with Slideshow--Fischer, Why Are Interest Rates So Low? Causes and Implications

I am grateful to the Economic Club of New York for inviting me to speak today. My subject is the historically low level of interest rates, a topic not far from the minds of many in this audience and of many others in the United States and all over the world.1

Read more... https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/speech/fischer20161017a.htm

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Prefab housing turns focus on small homes

Author Sheri Koones believes that prefab houses (or "prefabulous," as she calls them) are the homes of the future. She's written five books about them.

In the new "Prefabulous Small Houses" from The Taunton Press, Koones focuses on modestly sized homes and cottages, between 350 and 2,500 square feet.

Read more... http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161001/entlife/161009982/

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Social Security: 5 common mistakes to avoid

Decisions about Social Security give people fits, which isn't surprising.

It's a complex program. People must make long-term decisions without knowing how the future will unfold. Plus, the Social Security Administration doesn't always explain the rules clearly and consistently.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/consumers/2016/09/23/social-security-5-common-mistakes-avoid/90506704/

Why my Arizona property tax bill – and probably yours, too – increased this year

If you aren't too happy with what you owe, it's too late to protest.

I just saw my property tax bill, and it's up 8 percent from last year.

You'll be getting your bill again soon, too, if you haven't already. 'Tis the season for metro Phoenix homeowners to find out what we owe for schools, fire and library districts and other county and city services.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/09/25/property-taxes-maricopa-county-arizona/90793542/

Investors can beat the Fed at its own game: Here's how

No matter what the Federal Reserve does with interest rates this week, investors should already know the game plan.

Investors are braced for rates to rise, if not this month, soon. Higher rates aren't toxic to all stocks. Energy stocks like Helmerich & Payne (HP), materials stocks like Nucor (NUE) and health care stocks like Humana (HUM) have actually performed relatively well during periods when the Fed is raising rates going back to 1971, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from S&P Global Market Intelligence that looks at current members of the Standard & Poor's 500. These types of stocks are in stark contrast to those in the consumer discretionary sector, like Mattel (MAT) and Ford (F), in addition to financials like Lincoln National (LNC), which have tended to lag when the Fed is hiking rates.

Read more... http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2016/09/21/investors-fed-federal-reserve-stocks-interest-rates/90700860/

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Americans got raise last year for first time since 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans finally got a raise last year after eight years of stagnating incomes.

The typical U.S. household's income rose 5.2 percent in 2015 to $56,516, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. Even with the solid gain, that remains below the median household income of $57,423 in 2007, when the Great Recession began. The median is the point where half of households fall below and half are above.

Read more... http://finance.yahoo.com/news/americans-got-raise-last-first-144054438.html
Americans got raise last year for first time since 2007

Sunday, September 4, 2016

8 projects to watch in Grand Canyon University's Phoenix expansion

Grand Canyon University will welcome a record 17,500 students to west Phoenix this semester on a campus that's rapidly growing.

Construction projects worth millions of dollars are underway. More dorms, parking garages and a soccer stadium are ready for students at the campus at 33rd Avenue and Camelback Road. Other developments stretch east to Interstate 17, including a renovated hotel and office complex.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2016/08/22/8-projects-watch-grand-canyon-university-phoenix-expansion/88964342/

Tartesso sale: $80M Phoenix land purchase could produce 40,000 homes

A California investor has paid $80 million for more than 10,000 acres west of the White Tank Mountains in Buckeye that could sprout nearly 40,000 new homes.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/09/02/west-phoenix-land-sale-40000-homes/89748362/

60 Percent of Guests Would Pay More for a Vacation Rental With a Smart Home Feature, August Home Study Reveals

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Short-term renting is a burgeoning business and global growth is projected to hit $51 billion by 2020*. August Home Inc, the leading provider of smart locks and smart home access products and services that make life more simple and secure, today released the results of a new study, Short-term Rentals: Smarter Hosting with Smart Home Technology. The study provides new insight into the growing appeal of short-term rentals and how smart technology plays an important role in delivering an experience that rivals that of hotels.

Read more... http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160802005777/en/60-Percent-Guests-Pay-Vacation-Rental-Smart

Metro Phoenix starting to grow up instead of out

Karen Wang is buying a condo in the new 14-story Portland on the Park development in downtown Phoenix.

Her new home is going up on a prime piece of land next to Margaret T. Hance Park that was a dirt parking lot when she moved here from the San Francisco Bay Area for culinary school 12 years ago.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/08/07/metro-phoenix-starting-grow-up-instead-out/87302308/

Metro Phoenix had 4th-highest rise in rental rates in U.S., but 10K new apartments are on the way

It's getting pricier for the convenience of calling your landlord when the AC breaks, the internet is down or the swimming pools needs cleaning.

Rents are on the rise in metro Phoenix, particularly in infill hot spots in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/08/28/metro-phoenix-had-4th-highest-increase-rent-rates-10000-apartments-underway/89300052/

Tempe leaders want mature downtown, not high-rise student housing

As the Tempe skyline continues to grow, there is one type of high-rise that city leaders don't want to see: student housing.

The Tempe City Council recently shot down two proposals for student housing high-rises, saying they didn't fit the vision of downtown Tempe.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2016/06/30/tempe-leaders-want-mature-downtown-not-high-rise-student-housing/86185758/

Roberts: Get ready, Phoenix. A 20% property tax hike headed your way

Just a few months after raising water and sewer rates and boosting the city's sales tax, the Phoenix City Council on Friday appears poised to hike property taxes by nearly 20 percent.

Expect to fork over an extra $51 a year if you live in an average Phoenix home ($191,000).

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2016/06/30/roberts-get-ready-phoenix-20-property-tax-hike-headed-your-way/86561478/

Phoenix golf course eyed for redevelopment as 100-acre Ahwatukee Farms

A shuttered Ahwatukee golf course would be redeveloped with houses, a community farm and a Montessori school, under a new vision for more than 100 acres of contested land in the Phoenix neighborhood.

Developers have begun their pitch for Ahwatukee Farms, a redevelopment of the former Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club.  The site has been at the center of a land-use battle since the course closed in 2013.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/ahwatukee/2016/08/15/phoenix-golf-course-eyed-100-acre-ahwatukee-farms-development/88411720/

Phoenix Frank Lloyd Wright House could be donated to community foundation

A home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at the center of a years-long controversy in Phoenix's Arcadia neighborhood could be donated to the Arizona Community Foundation, a representative of the organization said Tuesday.

Megan Brownell, chief brand and impact officer for the foundation, said in an email that the owners of the 1952 David and Gladys Wright House "offered the home as a charitable gift." The organization provides funding to various entities and provides leadership on community issues, according to its website.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2016/08/17/phoenix-frank-lloyd-wright-house-arizona-community-foundation/88880134/

Solid gold: Inside Michael Phelps' Paradise Valley home

Swimming legend Michael Phelps has a posh Paradise Valley home to relax at after winning his 28th Olympic medal in Rio.

The Santa Barbara-style house in the pricey metro Phoenix enclave was purchased for $2.53 million late last year, according to public records.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/08/22/solid-gold-inside-michael-phelps-paradise-valley-home/89123120/

Saturday, August 27, 2016

JP Morgan and Silver

Estimated value of physical silver and silver mining shares owned and/or controlled by JPMorgan is between approximately $9-$11 billion.

Read more... https://smaulgld.com/jp-morgan-silver/

Friday, August 26, 2016

JIM ROGERS: The US dollar might turn into a bubble

The US dollar coud hit bubble levels as investors seek safe havens, according to legendary investor Jim Rogers.

"The dollar is going to get overpriced," Rogers said in an interview with Real Vision TV released Friday, "and the dollar might even turn into a bubble, depending on how bad the turmoil is."

Read more... http://www.businessinsider.com/jim-rogers-the-us-dollar-might-turn-into-a-bubble-2016-8

Credit Bureaus Are Making Lenders Buy Trended Data They Don t Need

Talk about jumping the gun.

Equifax and TransUnion have stopped offering traditional credit reports, replacing them with the more expensive trended credit reports that Fannie Mae plans to start using, but that other investors don't.

Read more... http://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/news/origination/credit-bureaus-are-making-lenders-buy-trended-data-they-dont-need-1085492-1.html?utm_medium=email&ET=nationalmortgage:e7472659:3925073a:&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily%20briefing-aug%2026%202016&st=email&eid=16e805c5ca93b965a2235b123b9dc1af

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

HSBC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch use Hyperledger Project for blockchain trade finance

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HSBC and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) are using a blockchain prototype to streamline the paper-heavy world of global trade. The consortium used the Linux Foundation open source Hyperledger Project blockchain fabric, supported by IBM Research and IBM Global Business Services.

Read more... http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/hsbc-bank-america-merrill-lynch-use-hyperledger-project-blockchain-based-trade-finance-1575269

Sunday, August 7, 2016

On the farm or farm-to-table? Demand for housing near South Mountain could change rural vibe

Subdivisions, hundreds of homes and a farm-to-table restaurant project are slated to transform a part of south Phoenix known for its agrarian history.

The Baseline Road corridor — between roughly Central Avenue and 40th Street — is sparking development interest on sites that once were plant nurseries, gardening companies and groves. Decades ago, people knew the area by its acres of colorful flower gardens near the base of South Mountain that since have disappeared.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2016/08/02/phoenix-south-mountain-agrarian-lifestyle-suburban/87539190/

Canadians, investors poised for big profits selling metro Phoenix homes

It could be sell time for two big groups of metro Phoenix homeowners.

Many Canadians and institutional investors bought bargain foreclosure homes in the Valley during the crash. Now, they are poised to make a lot of money on metro Phoenix housing.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2016/07/24/canadians-investors-poised-big-profits-selling-metro-phoenix-homes/87355636/

REITs are on an amazing roll, but how long can it last?

Almost everything seems to be going right for REITs these days, which is a little worrisome.

Real estate investment trusts have benefited from the recovery of commercial properties. REIT shares generally trade in the stock market, so they have rebounded nicely as stock prices have hit records.

Read more... http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2016/07/22/reits-real-estate-investment-trusts-dividends-risk-price/87048828/

Blackstone Tenants Get a Shot at Buying Their Rental Houses

Melissa Suniga and her mother had been renting a three-bedroom Phoenix house for less than a year when their landlord, Blackstone Group LP's Invitation Homes, gave them the chance to buy it.

Read more... http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-05/blackstone-s-tenants-get-a-chance-at-buying-their-rental-houses

Low Supply Lifts Housing Lot Prices To a Record

A house under construction in Louisville, Ky. Median single-family lot prices were $45,000 last year, surpassing the previous peak of $43,000 at the height of the housing boom in 2006.

The prices home builders pay for single-family lots hit a record high in the U.S. last year, a sign that a scarce supply of developed land is pushing up the cost of new homes.
Median single-family lot prices were $45,000 last year, surpassing the previous peak of $43,000 at the height of the housing boom in 2006, according to an analysis of the most recent census data by the National Association of Home Builders.
Read more...Low Supply Lifts Housing Lot Prices To a Record - WSJ

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fannie Mae posts $2.9B profit in 2Q; paying $2.9B dividend


FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, the sun sets behind the Fannie Mae headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fannie Mae reported net income of $2.9 billion from April through June, down from a year earlier as low interest rates brought losses for the mortgage giant on its investments.

The second-quarter results released Thursday marked the 18th straight profitable quarter for the government-controlled company.

Read more...Fannie Mae posts $2.9B profit in 2Q; paying $2.9B dividend | The Seattle Times

Monday, July 18, 2016

Scottsdale pays $4M for desert home, lets seller stay rent-free for life

Scottsdale taxpayers will soon be the owners of a secluded home surrounded by the city's expansive McDowell Sonoran Preserve, but only one resident will have the ability to live there.

The Scottsdale City Council on July 5 unanimously approved a $4 million purchase of the five-acre property — more than $1.4 million above the city's appraised value — including a provision in the contract allowing the seller to remain there for the rest of his life.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2016/07/18/scottsdale-pays-4m-desert-home-lets-seller-stay-rent-free-life/86981714/

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Gundlach in jeopardy of losing ‘Bond King’ crown

Bond King" Jeff Gundlach may be losing his fixed-income mojo! A recent Fortune.com article reports that the prominent bond guru, who founded DoubleLine Capital, is underperforming his peers and the benchmark Barclays Aggregate Bond Index.

The DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund DBLTX, -0.09%  is among the bottom tier of comparable funds, according to recent ranking of bond funds compiled by Morningstar.

Read more... http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gundlach-in-jeopardy-of-losing-bond-king-crown-2016-07-15

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Germany Sells Bonds With Negative Yield at Auction

When it comes to bond yields in Europe, it seems there is no such thing as too low.

Germany on Wednesday became the first country in the eurozone to sell 10-year debt with a negative yield at an auction, effectively ensuring that investors lose money over the life of the bond.

Read more... http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/07/14/business/dealbook/germany-bonds-negative-yield.html?_r=0&referer=http://lnkd.in/

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