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John Burns, a consultant to large property builders, puts out a free e-mail research report each month. Most months, the report analyzes and assigns a "grade" to different localities for their suitability as sites to invest in real estate projects. www.realestateconsulting.com

The grade is based on a number of factors, including job growth, growth in the number of building permits, affordability relative to historical norms, etc.

Some markets, such as Merced in the San Joaquin Valley, get D's or F's. However, select others, such as Salt Lake City and several areas of Alabama, get A's or A+'s.

Assuming that we're heading into a "bear" real estate market, does anyone have thoughts as to whether select markets (e.g. Salt Lake City) are still good places to invest in real estate?

Thanks, Scott
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