Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Economic Conference (Part 2)

The 23rd Annual Economic Conference with George Mason University and Cardinal Bank at the Tysons Corner Ritz Carlton was held today.  Stephen Fuller, Phd has been the main speaker for 22 conferences and did an excellent job of bringing the attendees up to speed on the DC Economy.  Dr. Fuller is the Dwight Schar Faculty Chair and University Professor, Director for Regional Analysis at George Mason University.

Dr. Fuller's presentation can be found here.

It is an excellent presentation on the Washington DC economy, what the components of the economy are and what direction we need to follow to stay in the game.

It is well worth the read.

The federal government will play a smaller role in the regional economy in the coming years.  It is imperative that we have strong local leadership that understands the importance of  innovation and the wise use of our precious resources so that the Washington DC area economy remains strong and viable and competitive.

The following words really stood out as a synopsis of the conference:

Becoming a Global Business Center does not happen without:

*a strong public and private sector leadership and 
* increased investment  in public infrastructure, workforce development and private sector productive capacity reflecting new technologies

This conference was one of the most inspirational conferences that I have attended.

If you would like to buy or sell a home, call me today, I am here to help....

                                                  Thank you,

                                                 Carla Brooks

The Economic Conference

I attended the 23rd annual economic conference By George Mason University and Cardinal Bank at the Tysons Corner Ritz Carlton today.  Attendance was at an all time high and the presentation was excellent.

Lisa Sturtevant, PHD spoke in the early morning.  She is the Vice President of Research for the National Housing Conference.

Her presentation involved many information charts on the housing market.  Understanding the history of the DC Housing Market is crucial to understanding the long term direction of real estate.

The presentation can be found here.

It is well worth and reading.  The general trend for the DC housing market is for the construction of  less expensive housing preferably located closer to jobs and urban life.


If you would like to buy or sell a home, call me today.  I would love to sit down with you and develop a strategy for your home sale/purchase.

                                                               Thank you

                                                              Carla Brooks

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Interest Rate predictions for 2015

Wondering where interest rates are headed for the year?

Here is a round up of the mortgage interest rate projections for 2015 by Fannie Mae Freddie Mac, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors:

This table was provided by the KCM blog.

Time will tell where interest rates end up at the end of the year.  One interesting thing to note is that an increase in interest rates does not mean a decrease in home prices.  Pricing is determined by supply and demand.  

If you would like to buy or sell a home, call me today.

Thank you

Carla Brooks

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Great Home Tour

Let's start the new year off right....with a great HOME TOUR from the owners of Tone on Tone in Bethesda MD.  

 Loi Thai posts regularly on his blog: Tone on Tone.  He and his partner (Thomas Troeschel) own Tone on Tone, a swedish antiques furnishings and accessory store in Bethesda, MD.

I'll never forget the day (3-4 years ago roughly) I saw this picture of their Swedish secretary (painted green) paired with white washed flooring and colorful antique birds in the Washington Post Weekly Thursday Insert.

This picture stole the hearts of anyone and everyone interested in home design and fashion.

  Their living room (former home) was equally enchanting with its subtle painted hues scattered throughout a room of seagrass and neutral fabrics.

So this is the perfect day to stay home and enjoy a cup of tea while scrolling through the home tour Part 1 at the Tone on Tone blog.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home, call me today.  I am here to help.

Carla Brooks