4 Future Positive Pricing Trends For The Housing Market!

Since, we have experienced, perhaps, one of the most prolonged, steep price increases, in housing prices, many seem to wonder, will this continue, and, if so, for how long, and then, what! Since, historically, real estate prices fluctuate, and, often, it is challenging, to accurately, predict, trends, and, certainly, there is no such thing, as a crystal – ball, when it comes to making these predictions, it is wise to try to avoid any attempt to market – time! After, over 15 years, as a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in the State of New York, I believe, and recognize, there are, at least, four possible pricing trends and possibilities. With, that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 4 of these, related to the residential housing market.

1. Will it continue rising, at, or near, the present rate?: Most doubt real estate prices, will, continue rising, at this pace, for a prolonged period, into the future! Many factors created, somewhat of, a perfect storm, related to what we have witnessed, for about a year! The emotional stresses, and concerns, emulating from this horrific pandemic, a desire to make certain changes in lifestyle, and a desire to avoid, delaying, as well as close to record – low, mortgage interest rates, have contributed, as well as, in certain, popular, geographic areas/ regions, Supply and Demand, issues, which, created a Sellers Market, have accelerated this process, and results!

2. Continue rising, but, at a slower, more gradual pace?: Might pricing continue rising, but, more gradually? At some point (and many, believe, we have already begun, witnessing, some evidence), many potential, qualified buyers, will get discouraged, and, if this is combined with, more homeowners, trying to cash – in, and sell, the pace, will certainly slow!

3. Will prices level – off?: How far, will the potential cooling, of this market, go? Will we see, prices, level – off, and for a period (adjustment period), make pricing, more stable, and even? When interest rates, eventually, increase, as it seems will occur, probably, in 2022, what will that do to prices, and perceived costs, because, higher rates mean increased monthly payments, etc?

4. Will prices, decrease, and, if so, why, and for how long?: Since, prices escalated so rapidly, and so much, could they decrease, at some point? Although, historically, home prices rise, with inflation, this increase was not significantly, related to inflation! While it is possible, we will see a decrease, most believe, it will probably, level – off, and become, more like, we witnessed, historically, so any period of falling prices, will, most likely, be somewhat short!

Since, for most, their house represents their single – largest, individual financial asset, doesn’t it make sense, for potential homeowners/ buyers, become better – educated consumers? Will you pay more attention to the possibilities and realities?

4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Try To Market – Time Real Estate!

In, nearly – every financial area, it seems, some people seek to attempt to proceed, with a greater advantage, hoping to time, the specific component, in order to, hopefully, buy – low, and, sell – high! We often witness this behavior, regarding real estate buying and selling, especially, residential transactions! When prices seem to be trending, up, especially, in recent days, when we have seen a record – pace, of price increases, more individuals seem to be getting involved, in what is referred to as, flipping a property, which means, buying a particular house, at a perceived, opportunistic price, and making some, predominantly, cosmetic changes, and selling it, soon, at a profit! After, over 15 years, as a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in the State of New York, I have witnessed, this process, being successful, as well as, considerably – less, so! With, that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 4 reasons, most people shouldn’t try to market – time, real estate.

1. You can’t predict the future, consistently, and/ or, accurately!: If, we had a Crystal Ball, perhaps, we would become, more capable of accurately, and consistently, predicting the future, including, relating to house prices! Since, historically, these prices have tended to be cyclical, it is challenging, to know, when this might, make sense! Obviously, every financial strategy/ action, should be considered, on a risk/ reward basis, and only those, who are ready, willing, and able to handle the uncertainties, stresses, and potential losses, should attempt to flip – a – house!

2. Several (not just – one) factors impact real estate, including pricing: No one factor determines, how prices, will move! Some of the factors, include: interest rates (including mortgage rates and terms, etc); Supply and Demand; seller and buyer perceptions; confidence! We have experienced, a prolonged period, of record – low, interest rates, and corresponding, mortgage terms! When this occurs, more people qualify for a mortgage, thus, increasing, demand. Perhaps, the biggest factor, is Supply and Demand, and, when the supply is lower than the demand, prices go up! One factor is based on emotions, and thus, the perceptions of both, buyers and sellers! Overall consumer confidence influences many people’s mindsets, and, that impacts the overall market!

3. Different factors do not always work, in sync!: When mortgages are easy and cheaper, to get, prices usually go up! When confidence is high, and inventory, low, it, generally, causes an upward trend! However, those factors, which tend to increase, and/ or, decrease house prices, often, may not align, and so, the overall trends, becomes more challenging, to predict!

4. Relationship between home sellers, and qualified, potential home buyers: In general, when demand is great, there are more, qualified, potential buyers, than, houses – for – sale (inventory)! The opposite set, of conditions, usually creates a so – called, Buyers Market. At times, we witness a neutral set of conditions!

For most, trying to market – time, real estate, is speculative, and risky! Like, any, other financial asset, proceed with an open – mind, and, in a well – considered manner!

MoS2 Low Friction Coatings – Not Just For The Aviation Industry Anymore

MoS2 low friction coatings (also known as molybdenum disulfide, also spelled, disulphide) are regarded the most widely used form of solid film lubrication today. What makes them unique (with the other dichalcogenides) is the weak atomic interaction (Van der Waals) of the sulfide anions, while covalent bonds within molybdenum are strong.Thus, lubrication relies on slippage along the sulfur atoms. All the properties of the lamella structure are intrinsic. No external form of moisture is required. In fact, best performance from MoS2 low friction coatings is attained in the absence of water vapor, which are prone to surface adsorption. This makes them ideal under vacuum.There are a number of methods to apply MoS2 low friction coatings, including a simple rubbing or burnishing, air-spraying resin-bonded or inorganically bonded coatings, and more recently by sputtering through physical vapor deposition (PVD).Thickness will vary, depending on form of MoS2 low friction coatings, but typically ranges between 5 to 15 micrometer. Sputtering techniques can produce thin films of 0.2 micrometer. While plasma sprays will result in higher builds, beginning at 0.003 inch or more.Friction coefficient less than 0.05 is attainable, but will also vary with humidity and sliding conditions. Tests show friction decreases with increasing vacuum strength. Friction also lowers with higher load, faster surface speed, or both. In fact, MoS2 low friction coatings are superior to both graphite and tungsten disulfide (WS2). Friction with MoS2 low friction coatings is independent of particle size, though the larger particles can carry more load.Dry lubrication for MoS2 low friction coatings remains superior at higher temperatures, with oxidation rates remaining relatively low at temperatures up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. And in dry, oxygen-free atmospheres, lubricating performance, even with oxidation products, is stable to 1300 degrees Fahrenheit.Higher air flow can affect oxidation kinetic rates in atmosphere. Molybdenum oxide products (MoO3) and sulfur dioxide. Since MoO3 alone offers dry lubrication, based on its relative softness, molybdenum disulfide coating are ideal in higher temperature environments. At higher temperatures, though, they are better suited under vacuum. In atmosphere, they are prone to water adsorption from air based on their hygroscopic properties.As with the other dry film lubricants, while differences may prove negligible, you will have to determine which is better for you: longer wear life or better performance, using MoS2 low friction coatings. Generally, friction will be slightly higher by coating both surfaces, rather than coating one surface only. But wear life will increase coating both surfaces.Friction can be good in so many areas of life. Without it we could not easily stop and start our motion, or change direction. But in moving machinery, friction causes considerable loss of energy, poorer performance, not to mention limiting wear life.As with many non-lubricated systems, the static coefficient of friction is higher than the dynamic coefficient of friction. The resultant motion is often referred to as ‘stick-slip’. Basically, the two surfaces stick together until the elastic energy within the system has accumulated to some threshold, where a sudden, forward slip takes place. Under magnification, it’s apparent the union of two surfaces is often limited to intimate contact only at the tips of a few of the asperities (small scale, surface irregularities). At these point areas, pressures relating to contact may be near the hardness of the softer material. Thus, plastic deformation occurs on some localized scale. This is known as cold welding. Where bonded junctions are formed between two materials.For lubrication to occur, these bonds, this adhesive component of friction, must be broken. And this is where products like MoS2 low friction coatings serve well.So, where are these products used today? Consider aerospace, automotive, marine and electronic, for starters. There, you’ll find MoS2 low friction coatings, again and again.