Eye on iBuyers

Last year we saw a lot of headlines about the iBuyer segment of the real estate market, and so far 2019 has been no different. On tap for 2019 is even bigger news from some of the biggest players. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what in the area of all-cash, fast closings, from …Read more

State Job Growth — January 2019

Axioms are truths, and my primary Axiom is that Jobs Are everything to the economy.  Period.   That is also my speech topic for 2019. Dramatic swings in employment data are not uncommon – just look at the comparison of 304,000 net new jobs created nationwide in January 2019 compared to  the miniscule 20,000 net new …Read more

Real GDP Growth by State — Q2 2018 to Q3 2018

Performance metrics are keys in every business.  Having grown up on a sheep ranch, one of the very important metrics measured was the average daily gain of sheep.  Since all of the livestock were exposed to the same feed conditions, it was important to identify the genetics that provided the best performance (average daily gain).  …Read more

Average Income Tax Refunds by State — 2018

Tax season is upon us once again.   The one universally liked item about income taxes are tax refunds – occurring when an individual has an excess of taxes withheld from their paychecks.  The average income tax refund in 2018 was $2,727 according to the Internal Revenue Service.   This year is different since most Americans filing …Read more

Top-Marginal Corporate Income Tax Rates by State 2019

Tax season is upon us, but there are more taxes to consider than just personal income taxes.  Most states also collect corporate income taxes, although this source  accounts for just an average 3.38 percent of state tax collections and 2.24 percent of state general revenues. The following table (from the Tax Foundation) shows the top-marginal …Read more

Dr Glenn Mueller’s Q4 2018 Commercial Real Estate Cycles Report

This is the latest installment of the Must Have quarterly report for those in commercial real estate   For me this is the most timely read quarterly information regarding Commercial Real Estate — Dr. Glenn Mueller’s Real Estate Cycles Q4 2018 report.  The report contains valuable for office, apartment, retail, industrial and hotel commercial real …Read more

Big Ideas from the Big Apple – Inman Connect New York 2019

Part 2 – Hacker and Capital Connect – Where Tech and Funding Meet For dealmakers, the two most important days at Inman Connect New York 2019 were Monday and Friday. Monday brought the real estate tech crowd together for a full day of sessions and networking. Fast forward to Friday when the analysts and venture …Read more

Big Ideas from the Big Apple – Inman Connect New York 2019

Part 1 – Brokers, Agents and Disruptors Inman conferences have a history of good discussions on timely topics, and this year was no exception due to recent changes in the market. While it’s impossible to cover five full days of wide-ranging discussions in a single blog post, here are the highlights that directly reflect trends …Read more