How I Built a Custom GPT to Interpret and Answer Questions About my HOA Governing Documents

Exploring the realm of custom GPTs opens up a world of possibilities that you might not be aware of yet. For those who haven’t dived into this feature, you’re truly missing out on a significant enhancement to your Chat GPT experience. You can find and access your custom GPTs here.

I created my most recent GPT to help me sift through my HOA documents—a task anyone who has attempted can attest to being frustratingly cumbersome. My HOA is governed by three key documents: the articles of incorporation, CCRs, and Bylaws.

The first issue I ran into was my HOA documents were scanned images, not text. I wrote a Python script that utilizes Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to convert these scanned images into readable text. You can find more details on that script here. Once the documents were OCR-processed, I could seamlessly upload them into Chat GPT for analysis and navigation.

The next step in creating the custom GPT is giving it a Name, Description, and Instructions on what it does.

That’s pretty much it. Here is the completed GPT.

There are 3 levels of security for a custom GPT, for yourself, anyone with a link, or Everyone.

That’s it, now let’s ask some questions.

Arizona Real Estate Update Februrary 2024

Arizona real estate has been pretty flat for a while so I haven’t posted any updates. But there are a few interesting things I noticed this week.

Median prices have already exceeded their highs of 2023. This is interesting because this usually occurs a little later in the year.

However, average sales prices have not done the same.

Price cuts should be reducing this time of year but they are not. They are going up showing sellers are more willing to negotiate.

Days of inventory are now higher than they were in 2023 and are about to surpass 2022’s highs if they continue.

Which is also listed in the average weekly listing counts. These are accelerating into the new year when they should be moving in the opposite direction.

And finally, annual sales rates are at their lowest levels since 2014. Which show no signs of letting up until interest rates go down.

For more details here is a link to my dashboard

Soaring Inflation and Stable Unemployment Will Stop the FED from Cutting Rates

The question of when the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates is at the forefront of many investors’ and minds. Given the current economic indicators and futures market trends, there seems to be little chance the FED cuts rates anytime soon. By analyzing the FOMC rate probabilities and market expectations, it’s evident that optimism for a rate cut may be premature.

Futures traders exhibit a strong belief that the Federal Reserve will not lower rates in their next meeting on March 20th, with a 97.5% probability against a rate cut. This sentiment extends to the subsequent meeting on May 1st, 2024, where there’s a 76.3% likelihood of rates remaining unchanged. Looking even further ahead to the June 12th, 2024 meeting, the probability of the Fed maintaining the current rates stands at 36.2%, with a slight majority of 51.1% betting on a modest quarter-point reduction. Given the economic uncertainty around the globe, my guess is these numbers largely reflect the fact that the future is too hard to predict and something bad happening in the next 3-4 months is “likely”.

The Federal Reserve’s decision-making process is heavily influenced by its dual mandate to ensure price stability and maximum employment. Current inflation trends, a key determinant in this process, show an alarming annualized rate of 6.537% based on last month’s annualized—a figure significantly above the Fed’s 2% target.

This uptick in inflation, rather than showing signs of abatement, has unexpectedly surged, underscoring the unpredictability of economic conditions. Core inflation, which excludes the volatile food and energy sectors, also presents a high annualized figure of 4.709%, further indicating that the Fed may not be inclined to lower interest rates in the foreseeable future.

Given that unemployment rates have remained relatively stable, there’s little pressure from the job market to prompt a rate cut. However, the specter of inflation, now more than ever, looms large over the Federal Reserve’s policy decisions. The fear of inflation spiraling out of control is likely a significant factor restraining the Fed from reducing rates.

Despite the current data and market sentiments suggesting that a rate cut is not on the horizon, it’s crucial to approach the future with caution. Economic conditions can shift rapidly, and recessions, when they occur, often strike with little warning. The data points to a cautious approach from the Fed, prioritizing the containment of inflation over stimulating economic growth through rate reductions. Yet, the unpredictable nature of economic transitions means that vigilance and adaptability are essential, both for policymakers and market participants alike.

Interactive data on this article is available on my FED dashboard.