A home maintenance to-do list for the year ahead

This article comes from the MercuryNews.com With both the housing market and the economy still down, looks like most of us will be staying put in our homes. But whether you’re settling in for the long haul or dreaming of a seller’s market, it’s important to keep current on all those maintenance chores. Do a…

More people moving to California?

This article comes from the On The Block blog at SFGate.com For the longest time, it’s been known that California was losing residents.  While there is still natural population growth, there was always more folks moving out of the state than moving in.  But, could that be reversing? The OC Register wrote last week about 2011…

Time to bet on housing?

This article comes from the On The Block blog at SFGate.com Everyone has their predictions for where the housing market will head in 2012.  Some are still pessimistic and see no stop to the declines ahead but others are singing a more positive tune, including many on Wall Street.  Some prominent hedge funds as well…

The morality of strategic default: businesses vs. homeowners

This article comes from First Tuesday Journal Online This article discusses the purported moral implications of a homeowner’s decision to strategically default and why no such implications exist for a strategically defaulting business. Is a strategic default un-American? In their collective effort to encourage homeownership by any means necessary, the government and the media make…

The due-on time bomb

This article comes from First Tuesday Journal Online This article warns of the impending era of due-on-sale enforcement that will befall the real estate market in the approaching age of rising interest rates. Interest rates — WWII to Reagan and back   At the dawn of America’s postwar economy, interest rates were at historic lows.…

Why real estate won’t save us this time

This article comes from First Tuesday Journal Online This article lists the top nine reasons why housing will not lead the U.S. economy into recovery and critiques the misconception that housing is an economic driver capable of rescuing a failing economy. Nine reasons for housing’s impotence The housing industry will not rescue the American economy…

Small Business: Doctors going broke

This articles comes from CNNMoney.com Doctors in America are harboring an embarrassing secret: Many of them are going broke. This quiet reality, which is spreading nationwide, is claiming a wide range of casualties, including family physicians, cardiologists and oncologists. Industry watchers say the trend is worrisome. Half of all doctors in the nation operate a…