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Economic Commentary

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20
MAR
2017

Rate Increase No Surprise: The Weekly Market Update

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The Fed Has Spoken Since we spent the past several weeks explaining why the Federal Reserve Board was likely to raise rates last week, we can definitely say that the Fed’s decision was not a surprise — especially since the increase was limited...
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13
MAR
2017

The Jobs Report and Fed Meeting: The Weekly Market Update

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Jobs, Stocks and More The data is in. The jobs report has been released and the Federal Reserve Board’s Open Market Committee is meeting as we release this publication. Keep in mind that the employment numbers are a major factor in affecting the...
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06
MAR
2017

Existing Home Sales React: The Weekly Market Update

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Jobs and Confidence In the past few weeks we have spoken a lot about confidence. Certainly, confidence has been the major influence behind the recent stock rally. It has also influenced the recent movements in rates and oil prices. If this...
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26
FEB
2017

Jobs and Rates: The Weekly Market Update

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Jobs Report This Week It has been a whirlwind start to the year with record stock prices and a new administration coming together. And the year could get a bit more interesting with an employment report due out at the end of next week. Of...
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Educational Commentary

23
MAR
2017

The Time to List Your Home: Special Real Estate Report

Spring is Here Those wanting to sell their home during the spring season shouldn’t be too quick off the mark to list, as waiting could mean a faster sale and a higher price. According to analysis from Zillow, waiting until late spring may be a...
16
MAR
2017

Tens of Millions Would Like to Buy: Special Real Estate Report

Ready to Jump Back In One in four U.S. adults say they are considering buying a home this year, which extrapolates to a whopping 59 million people, according to a recent survey by Bankrate.com. Minorities are expected to be big buyers this year....
09
MAR
2017

Existing Home Sales Rise: Special Real Estate Report

Homes Sales Robust Existing-home sales in January reached their fastest pace in nearly a decade, the National Association of Realtors® reports. Total existing-home sales—completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condos,...
02
MAR
2017

Confidence and Rates Spur Demand: Special Real Estate Report

Getting Ahead of The Game Consumer sentiment has surged since the November election, as Americans become increasingly optimistic about the future of the economy and their own personal finances. But most consumers seem to understand that better...
23
FEB
2017

How Tough is it to Get Approved? Special Real Estate Report

Not as Tough as Most Believe How tough is it to get approved for a mortgage? How low can your FICO credit score go before your lender shows you the door? And how much monthly debt can you be shouldering — credit cards, student loans, auto...
16
FEB
2017

The State of Real Estate 2017: Special Report

Strong Results and Forecasts Existing-home sales finished out 2016 as the best year since the housing boom days, the National Association of Realtors® reported. Total existing-home sales – which are completed transactions that include...
09
FEB
2017

Hot Winter Market: Special Real Estate Report

Waiting Until Spring? Are you delaying listing your home until the season begins? Many believe sales and prices tend to peak in the spring and summer. However, this year is different. Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com®’s chief economist, stresses in...
02
FEB
2017

Millions More Could Qualify: Special Real Estate Report

Credit Evolution One of the nation’s leading credit scoring companies has released a study that shows the use of trended credit data along with a traditional credit report could expand consumer access to credit to 1.5 million consumers per year....
26
JAN
2017

Status of MI Deduction: Special Real Estate Report

Deduction in Jeopardy? Will Congress reinstate deductions for MI premiums as part of its overhaul of the federal tax code? Depending on your situation as a buyer or owner, it could mean thousands of dollars in tax write-offs. M.I. premiums are...