Info Bytes 09.06.22
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💰INTEREST RATES & MONETARY POLICY💰
All Eyes on the FOMC
A hawkish Fed means that rates have continued to climb. READ:
All signs point to another big interest-rate hike if the latest economic reports have anything to say about it. - Bloomberg Evening Briefing
Forget about a soft landing. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is now aiming for something much more painful for the economy to put an end to elevated inflation. The trouble is, even that may not be enough. It’s known to economists by the paradoxical name of a “growth recession.” Unlike a soft landing, it’s a protracted period of meager growth and rising unemployment. But it stops short of an outright contraction of the economy. - Bloomberg Evening Briefing
Look at the absolutely BLISTERING short-term rates below…
First graphic: 3 month to 10 year US Treasuries and brokered CDs
Second graphic: 4-week T-Bill
💉 COVID-19 💊
CDC Recommends Updated COVID-19 Booster Shots
Reformulated booster shots that should better address the Omicron variant(s) should be coming to a local healthcare professional near you in short order.
🚨 PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR STATE 🚨
WaPo’s weekly ‘How to Read this Chart’ pays homage to this recent article from The Economist exploring how individual states’ political landscape has changed over time.
While the article focuses on major policy themes that tend to make national news (abortion, guns, immigration, etc.), consider the incredible variation in statutes applicable to common interest communities. This variation is part of the chaos homeowners and volunteer leaders are faced with every single day.
Increasingly, policies that matter in people’s lives are originating in the states…As states go in different directions on social and economic policy, the consequences will be deeply felt by all Americans, regardless of their place on the political spectrum, with implications around the world. - The Economist
❄ SOLAR PAIN + GEOTHERMAL GRIDS ❄
Florida: Insurers are Dropping Customers with Solar Panels
This development focuses on single-family homes, but could have implications for a multi-family residential and generally the CIC insurance market that’s already reeling.
Texas: The Largest Geothermal Grid
Everything is bigger in Texas, right? A massive geothermal grid will eventually deliver energy savings to 7,500 homes in a gigantic master planned development
Don’t forget to budget for maintenance, repair and replacement!
🏁 VOTE + NOMINATE 🏁
CAI (National Organization) open leadership positions
There are THREE positions available for the Homeowner Leaders Council
This, the smallest leadership group within CAI, is tasked to represent the interests of homeowners and volunteer leaders. The HLC is strictly controlled by a CAI staff liaison, Jennifer Flynn and CAI’s Board of Trustees. View CAI By the Numbers
There are also: 6 positions open on each of the Business Partners Council and the Community Associations Managers Council
LEARN MORE and VOTE by Tuesday, September 13 at 3pm Eastern, 2022
You can vote for 1, 2 or 3 individuals
You can review individual bios by clicking the names on the ballot
WSCAI (WA State Chapter) is seeking candidates for its Board
There is ONE at-large position available for homeowner candidacy
Submit your candidacy by Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Fire code and other regulations relating to the use of open flame grills vary by state (and also by city / fire department). We’ve added a Seattle / Washington State grilling reference on our Emergency Preparedness page.
Washington State has consistently chosen to allow open flame grills on R-2 (apartment and condominium) decks and balconies
Your individual property may establish more strict rules and regulations that limit or ban open flame grills
Multiple states have adopted the 2018 International Fire Code which is highly restrictive of open flames on decks and balconies
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