Hiring A Virtual Assistant: What To Look For And What To Expect

During these times of increased remote work, online schooling for the kids and a slew of other daily activities that are new to most of us, the time to hire a virtual assistant might be now. We all want to be more productive, but the constraints of time and the length of your to-do list can seem overwhelming … even …

Stocks Have Third Straight Down Week – Market Update

I feel like I’m not fully awake yet as I write this morning. It’s been a bit of a sluggish start to the week. It’s not unlike my sports teams recently, but I digress. After a bit of a sluggish start, the economic reports were a better than my football and baseball teams yesterday, so that’s a good thing. Headline …

Federal Reserve Press Release In Plain English – September 2020

Let’s get this out of the way: The Federal Reserve didn’t change short-term interest rates. Nor do they expect to do so before 2024. This and some targeted purchases in the bond market likely mean low mortgage rates for the foreseeable future. If you’re in the market for a mortgage, Freddie Mac also showed the rates industrywide are at their …

Mortgage Rates Again Fall To Record Lows – Market Update

  As a baseball fan in Detroit, I can’t help but feel that my team is participating in a race to the bottom right now. They gave me so much hope earlier in the year, and now that the rubber is meeting in the road, it’s just not coming together. There’s always next year. The other place that seems to …

5 Ways Agents Can Stay Competitive As Housing Market Remains Hot

Customarily, your business would be winding down by this point in the summer. The buying season typically slows before school is back in session. However, this year is anything but normal, and the housing market is reflecting that fact. While schools debate reopening and parents stress over how they’re going to get through more remote learning, homes are flying off …

Tech Leads Drop In Stocks Market Update

It’s kind of a gray day in Detroit. It’s pouring. The stock market kind of matched today’s ugliness at the end of last week. What goes up must come down. Headline News As usual, this report includes analysis from Econoday.1 Let’s touch on these reports! ISM Manufacturing Index One of the most-followed manufacturing indexes posted its best number since January …

Acting Tips That Can Help Sell Homes

When William Shakespeare said “all the world’s a stage,” he was really onto something. Regardless of whether you consider yourself a thespian or you haven’t the slightest clue what a Tony Award is, being a good actor on- and offstage can serve you greatly in many areas of life, including real estate. What Does Acting Have To Do With Selling …

Federal Reserve Will Allow Inflation To Run Higher – Market Update

Momentum is everything, whether that’s life or the economy. When good things are happening, they tend to build on each other. My baseball team is on a five-game winning streak, and I’m still riding high from vacation. On the economic side, there’s momentum in the stock market and the Fed may be looking for prices to rise a little more …

Jobless Claims Again Top 1 Million – Market Update

Normally, I write this on Monday mornings in preparation for the rest of the week. But by the time you read this, my vacation will be in full swing. Here’s hoping everyone that wants it can get a couple days on the lake. We need a break from 2020. Let’s take this time to see what happened just before I …