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“Looking Back”   I am going to do two things month, which will make this a long report overall. First I will look at the changes form November 2012 to November 2013, then second I will go back and look at 2006 (the peak year in residential sales) and compare to 2013 to see how we have done.  In s...
12/07/2013
  When our friends in Washington D.C. shutdown, it meant that some data was not collected. Primarily it effected starts not permit and sales, well that is not quite true, the data below is for October. Sales were not released until December which is a month later than it would normally be and bot...
12/04/2013
  THIS TIME OF YEAR I START ASKING MYSELF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MARKET PLACE AND THE ANSWERS I ALWAYS FIND INTERESTING   NEW CONSTRUCTION IN BILLINGS AREA   WHEN LOOKING HOW WELL OR POOR WE ARE DOING THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT WAYS TO LOOK AT THE SEGMENT.   #1 COMPARING NUMBER OF SINGLE FAMILY PERMIT...
12/02/2013
  Since our friends in Washington D.C. decided to shut down for a while. Employment numbers have not been published for a couple months for Montana. Always good to see what is happening with employment since more people working means,  in all likely hood, more homes will be sold. Although not a d...
11/24/2013
  October 31st 2013   “Market Qualifiers”   One  theme that I always carry with me about the real estate market or the economy in general is the qualifier to any analysis I do is “ unless our friends in Washington D.C. do something stupid all bets are off” we have now been through a period where ...
11/05/2013
  You would assume if the price of something dropped that was desirable to purchase that sales of that product would increase. Then why in the housing market would number and percentage of the market drop in the lower price ranges if it cost about 18.5% less to buy today than it did in 2007?     ...
10/19/2013
  Market update at glance   September 30th 2013   The last quarter shuffle   Three Quarters of the year over, the residential market in Billings entering the last Quarter of the year,   what behavior might we expect from the market place. Typically the market slows in the last quarter inventory n...
10/10/2013
HOUSING STRONG OR WEAK OR RELATIVE, A HARD LOOK AT HOUSING IN YELLOWSTONE COUNTY SOMETIMES WE FORGET THE PAST TO MAKE OURSELVES FEEL BETTER ABOUT THE PRESENT HOW MANY DIFFERENT MEASUREMENTS CAN YOU LOOK AT TO DETERMINE THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION? FIRST YOU MIGHT LOOK AT INTEREST RATE PLOTTED AGA...
09/22/2013
Market update at glance August 31st 2013 Trends are they my friend? Two thirds of the year over, the residential market in Billings entering the last third of the year, what behavior might we expect from the market place. In single family permits we see the first year over year monthly decrease (...
09/10/2013
SINCE 2000 THROUGH 2012 PLACEMENT OF MOBILE HOMES HAS DROPPED 81.14%, SO A NATURAL QUESTION IS  WHERE DID THOSE PERSON GO TO LIVE? Source:  These data are produced by the U.S. Commerce Department's Census Bureau from a  survey sponsored by the U.S. Department of                    Housing and Urb...
09/09/2013
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