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2011 

Write a blog they'll come back to. Sounds easy, right?  Truth is like anything else, it take practice and some planning. So how do you write a blog your audience will want to come back to? Here are some tips for writing those postings:Remember, a posting is not about selling you. Even though ...
01/31/2011
One of the most requested flyers I produce for Realtors and customers is a chart that  uses the datea from Freddie Mac's weekly interest rate survey, which comes out on each Thursday. It shows the annual average since 1990 and then breaks down the quarterly average for 2010. The 4th Quarter o...
01/31/2011
Experts tell us a marketing plan is key to sustaining the success of a business over the long term. But most small businesses see such a plan as a "nice-to-have" instead of as the crucial document it is. It's good to look at the state of your enterprise every year, so why not kick o...
01/31/2011
Forbes is listing their predictions of the top 10 markets that will rise and fall in 2011. Check out this article on MSNBC.com to see what Forbes is predicting: Where home prices will rise, fall the most in '11 If I can ever help you or your customer with financing or questions about financi...
01/31/2011
Forecasting Federal Reserve policy changes in coming months The Fed's statement coming out of last week's meeting continued to tout their view that the Funds Rate needs to stay at its rock bottom level until the recovery picks up considerably. This week's economic reports shouldn'...
01/31/2011
The Federal Reserve has a dual mandate of controlling inflation and supporting job growth. What happens with the Fed Funds Rate depends on what's going on in those two areas, which bracket this week's economic news. Monday, we get the Fed's favorite inflation gauge, Core PCE Prices, e...
01/31/2011
For the week ending Jan. 28, 2010, the Dow ended down 0.4%, at 11824; the S&P 500 was off 0.5%, to 1276; but the Nasdaq dropped just 0.1%, ending at 2687. Bonds prices were helped by some well-received auctions Wednesday and Thursday, followed by the flight to safety on Friday, courtesy of fa...
01/31/2011
Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 -- RECAP: Just as we were all set to celebrate an eight-week winning streak for the stock market, Friday treated us to the biggest one-day drop in months, with the Dow falling 166 points on fears over Egyptian unrest. As oil prices rose, investors seeking safety sold off the...
01/31/2011
Last week was packed with housing market data and the news does keep getting better even though the media hasn't caught on quite yet. Wednesday saw December New Home Sales UP 17.5%, blowing away forecasts with a 329,000 annual rate. The supply of new homes dropped to 6.9 months and the new ho...
01/31/2011
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