If you’ve been watching the stock market the past few weeks, you would think that the economy is doing great. Is this really the case? With unemployment still at around 10%, the media is claiming the economy is recovering because of increasing total payroll amounts and decrease in unemployment insurance payments. No one really knows the answer to this question, but with the New Year came an abundance of optimism in the stock market. If the economy continues to ‘improve’, then most likely interest rates will start to rise. If interest rates remain low, then inflation will start to kick in which should benefit the manufacturing sector and US exports. Either way, it looks like the onset of a recovering economy is prime time to invest in real estate.