Wednesday
April 16, 2014

News & Commentary: Economy Articles

  • 03/19/2014
    First-time buyers are a shrinking share of the market, but there are a few things that can be done to help reverse this trend.
  • 11/02/2013
    Amidst contradictory economic news, homeowners’ wealth is rising.
  • 09/18/2013
    Lawrence Yun examines how increases in various elements of the consumer price index could affect housing in the near term.
  • 07/11/2013
    With mortgage rates likely to approach 5 percent next year, normalized underwriting standards are crucial.
  • 05/08/2013
    Prices are increasing quickly, though that may not always be the most healthy development for the economy. Also, banks may soon loosen overly strict requirements, but a choke point remains in new-home construction.
  • 03/15/2013
    Economists who predict underperformance in real estate based on Baby Boomers downsizing are overlooking another huge demographic trend.
  • 01/11/2013
    Modest growth in the economy and an improving job picture bode well for both residential and commercial real estate in 2013.
  • 11/01/2012
    The market is looking much improved today, with home sales and prices heading up. But within this improvement are the seeds of a long-term challenge: falling inventories.
  • 09/18/2012
    If regulators fail to restore rules that honor the important roles of free enterprise and private property ownership, some may be unable to climb the economic ladder.
  • 07/18/2012
    The inventory of homes for sale peaked at 4.5 million units in 2007, fueling the big drop in home prices that we’ve seen. Today, we have the opposite problem: Only 2.49 million homes are for sale, even though demand has risen some 10 percent from a year earlier.