May 28, 2018

News & Commentary: Economy Articles

  • 01/01/2009
    While the details are still under discussion, what’s clear from President McMillan’s initial meeting is that the Treasury agrees with NAR that we need to spark housing demand. Now, we need action to go with good intentions.
  • 01/01/2009
    A look at NAR's economic forecast for 2009—along with advice from veteran practitioners on how to turn the tables to your advantage.
  • 12/01/2008
    It’s a good bet the economic picture will remain highly uncertain as we head into 2009. Yet there’s good reason to believe the housing market has turned the corner.
  • 11/01/2008
    Healthy housing sales will be the driving force behind improvement to credit markets, not just here but globally. Strong home sales and stabilizing home values could turn the government’s gamble from a money drain to a big payoff.
  • 10/01/2008
    If you know consumers who are looking for a hedge against the rising cost of commodities and the inflation that usually accompanies it, you have a story to tell them about real estate.
  • 09/01/2008
    NAR's chief economist answers some questions about the trouble that mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac find themselves in.
  • 08/01/2008
    Although inflation isn’t entirely bad from a home owner’s perspective—it would help stop the drop in home values for one thing, at least at a nominal level—on the whole, inflation is a specter we want to avoid. It erodes confidence and productivity in the economy and distorts the allocation of capital.
  • 07/01/2008
    The worst appears to be over. Here are reasons for optimism.
  • 06/01/2008
    Our economy is near a tipping point but the cycle of fear that grips our housing markets can be broken with passage of this modest tax break for home buyers.
  • 04/01/2008
    When President George W. Bush in mid-February signed into law a $150 billion federal economic stimulus package, he gave the lenders something they’ve had trouble finding during the credit crunch: buyers for their big home loans.