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Investors Wonder If Profits Can Continue Rising in Face of Slow Economic Growth

Though you might not know it from the tone of the media these days, business is booming in the corporate sector. In fact, later this week fourth quarter profits are due to be released and analysts predict that they will have risen 7.2 percent over this time last year. In fact, corporate profits as a percent of GDP are near Read full article »

Training & Education: Housing Planning and Retirement

One of the most complicated aspects of retirement is planning how and where to live. In the past, many people simply focused on building as much equity in their home as possible so that the home could be sold to finance a move in retirement. However, in today’s real estate market, this traditional plan is often no longer viable. With Read full article »

Market News: Stock Market Indicates December Jobs Report “Not Good Enough”

Most people were pretty excited to hear about the December jobs report from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. After all, in December 2011 the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point in nearly three years (8.5 percent) and 200,000 new jobs were added to the market place. PNC Financial Services economist Stuart Hoffman actually called the report a “trifecta Read full article »

Market News: S&P Analyst Says Stock Market Will Indicate Election Outcome

If you want to know whether President Obama will win reelection this year, then watch the stock market, says Standard & Poor (S&P) analyst Sam Stovall. Stovall is citing an “election-prognostication technique” tracked since 1948 in which the performance of the S&P 500 Index between July 31 and October 31 in presidential election years appears to forecast the election results. Read full article »

Market News: January Effect in Full Effect in the New Year

Traditionally, investors often sell stocks at the end of the year to lock in losses for tax purposes, then turn around and buy them back in the new year, creating the “January effect” that boosts markets as the year starts off. 2012 got off to a happy start thanks to this trend after what analysts are calling a “flat 2011.” Read full article »

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The Politics of Real Estate

Few industries are as profoundly impacted by the political machinations in Washington as the real estate industry. Whether it's old legislation like Jimmy Carter's Community Reinvestment Act or Barack Obama's massive mortgage bailouts, the U.S. political machine has a huge impact (usually bad) on the business of real estate.

Ideally, we could ignore politics. But here at the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter, we insist on seeing the world with clarity - including the reality of Washington's aggressive involvement in every facet of our business, from mortgage lending to real estate sales license; from loan modification regulations to appraisal requirements... every piece of our business is profoundly impacted by politics. So rather than stick our heads in the sand and ignore reality, readers of the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter choose to be informed and prepared.

About Bryan Ellis

Bryan Ellis is an Atlanta-based real estate analyst and publisher of the widely read newsletter "The Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter". With over 200,000 subscribers - including real estate investors, agents, brokers, appraisers and other real estate professionals - the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter is among America's largest sources of unbiased coverage of politics and public policy for the real estate industry.

Bryan Ellis serves as editor in chief for the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter and is assisted by an extraordinary staff of writers, researchers and editors who are each real estate experts in their own right and who assure that the news we report is well researched, factual, and highly relevant to today's real estate industry.

Bryan is very happily married and has two wonderful daughters. He makes his home in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. You can contact the team at the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter here.