Posted by John McClelland on April 17, 2010 in
We put a lot of focus on the Las Vegas real estate market. After all, we sell large amounts of real estate here. Our view cannot be too myopic however, so observations of global trends are necessary. For the past couple of years I've been looking at China real estate. Its difficult to grasp the magnitude of China's deals because a lot goes un-reported. But I recall seeing cranes everywhere in Beijing and Shanghai. Sure, demographics push a lot of this and a growing consumer base is the genesis of demand for these h... read more
This post dovetails off of a Wall Street Journal article printed today called "New Ways to Read Economy." I've seen the diesel fuel sales and the counting of train passengers but I think one of the neatest indicators (or at least a gauge of interest) is Google Trends, which shows trends in visitor traffic by search term.
Here are some examples.
You can see that the housing tax credit is still on an upward trend, though spikes occur around news releases.
The search for Las Vegas hotels has ... read more
Posted by John McClelland on April 05, 2010 in
Of all the fancy indicators demonstrating a bubble in home prices, nothing was as telling as shows like "Flip This House" or "Flip That House.” During the time this programming was first presented, I was a consultant thinking that this programming was the equivalent of an "end is near" sign for residential prices. When you have a cab driver or your hairstylist (I’ve never actually had a hairstylist but you may) or the kid across the street that mows your lawn tells you to buy an... read more