It’s not too much of a reach to think about how your homebuying experience could be affected by the global economy. Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage), senior vice president of the nation’s oldest private lender — Wallick & Volk — serves it up in this 80th episode of the Mortgage Report. Concerns regarding Brexit in the UK, combined with a slowing global economy, may have made the Federal Reserve change its tune regarding more interest rate hikes for 2018. If it sounds complicated, let 

Learn about how changing global dynamics can affect your closing now from the most-trusted mortgage expert in North Texas: BobMortgage.

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Regardless of whom you read, Brexit it having a negative impact on central London housing. An Oct. 17 European Union summit was presaged by European Council president Donald Tusk saying yesterday there is “no grounds for optimism” given the state of negotiations. Coupled with fresh inflation data, the pound was down again. Since the Brexit vote, the pound has almost exclusively traded +/-$1.30 where as it typically had ranged in the $1.50-$1.60 range previously.

Adding to the stress, in early October, two more large financial institutions announced plans to shift some London operations to Paris with whispers of more to follow. Financial services is one of the largest employers in London as well as one of the highest paid. Removing significant quantities of high-earners will cause a glut in some price bands as relocated staff sell up for Gay Purr-ee.

During my London holiday, I was able to meet with a host of HGTV’s House Hunters International, Richard Blanco. A Spanish national growing up in the UK, Blanco schooled in theater and dance – a story common to many real estate professionals whose early interests gave way to a profession in property. So far Blanco has chalked up over 30 House Hunters International episodes including being the only presenter to work in multiple countries (eagle eyes have seen him in Spanish episodes). He’s currently a spokesperson for the UK’s National Landlords Association and is a regular commentator on various television shows – in fact, Blanco had popped into the BBC earlier in the day. For those wanting a regular dose of the London property market, Blanco produces a monthly podcast Inside Property.  In his spare time, Blanco flips homes he buys at auction.

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