The Best Post-Work Hangouts on the Central Coast
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We deal in housing, but it takes more than a building to call a place home… it is the people, events, and businesses. So we started the SLO County Locals Blog to explore the spirit of the Central Coast.
I have a client whose parents had put a reverse mortgage on their home. I have no idea the circumstances of how they decided to put the reverse mortgage on their home. They were trying to provide for themselves as they came into illness. I’m sure their needs were real and the motivations well intended.
Normal Federal Reserve Bank (the Fed) policy is almost here. That’s a great thing for us all. It means that the Fed thinks we’ve recovered enough to move forward with slowly eliminating all of their vastly accommodative monetary policy.
As you know, I feel that without what the Fed did, we simply would not be in the good economic shape we’re in today as a country, and the world for that matter. In many respects, we’re still the world’s economic leaders.
Which interest rates are likely to rise?
Many of you love travel. I know I sure do. We all work hard and want to enjoy our time off comfortably. In fact, why not pamper yourself?
During the past year, I’ve booked two special trips in very beautiful places. They had great food, accommodations, and wonderful services. I paid about half of the brochure price each time, and would gladly do it again.
Who did I use?
In late January, I wrote a weekly tip about the possibility of the stock market having a ten percent correction. The month of January ended up being the first down month for the markets for some time. The month of July was the first down month for the three major US stock markets since January. Though, they were not down by much whatsoever. If you reflect back, we’ve not really had a mildly difficult or even choppy period in the markets in many years. That’s quite unusual.
San Luis Obispo County is a beautiful place to live and work. The County’s economy is growing. The unemployment rate is sixth lowest in the state (of 58 counties) and the burgeoning local tech and engineering industries are booming. The unique mix of local foods, outdoor adventures, and friendly communities offers a little something for everyone.
The pace of South County home sales has slowed into 2014’s summer months year-over-year, as fewer homes are on the market. Potential buyers are moving aggressively on the remaining properties, but low supply has kept many people on the sidelines.
Through June of 2014, home prices on the “Coast” (Morro Bay, Los Osos, Cayucos, Cambria) region of San Luis Obispo County have jumped about 20% year-over-year. Prices have increased in all areas of the County, but here most of all.
It’s been such an incredible five years. Here we are in the middle of 2014. This year, the markets have essentially flat. I’m not surprised by this as we’ve had such a big run up over the past five years. Markets don’t just point in one direction – up or down.
Here’s one long term money manager’s take on the markets and world economy as of mid-year.
Every quarter, we get economic results that come in several forms; the government issues the results on how the economy is doing, results of how manufacturers are doing, the consumer sentiment reports, unemployment numbers, and many more.
One report that is widely-watched is the earnings stated by publicly traded corporations. There two general terms related to these reports. There is a “earnings season” and the “pre-earnings season.” Pre-earnings season begins just prior to earnings season. (This might be a more-than-obvious statement.) Both pre-earnings season and earnings season are quarterly events.
The pre-earnings season corporate reports tell us which companies are not going to meet their earnings estimates. These reports can either state that a company has under-performed their estimates or outperformed their estimated earnings.