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Economic Commentary

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APR
2017

They Are Back: The Weekly Market Update

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Funding Deadline Congress is back in session. Not that we are 100% sure that anyone missed them, but certainly there is some unfinished business on the table. For the past few weeks, international news has dominated the markets. Syria,...
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17
APR
2017

World Events Dominate: The Weekly Market Update

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A Stark Reminder Actually, we have had a few stark reminders recently. The most recent was the escalation of our engagement in Syria and another, a show of force near the Korean peninsula. Since the election, much of America’s attention has been...
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10
APR
2017

Interesting Jobs Data: The Weekly Market Update

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What the Numbers Mean Every month the jobs numbers are of major interest to analysts who are looking for direction with regard to the economy. In essence, there is no up-to-date economic statistic which is more important, as job growth is the...
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03
APR
2017

Anticipation Meets Reality: The Weekly Market Update

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Change is Difficult We have used some rather broad terms regarding describing the mood of the markets over the past few months. Words such as “confidence” and “uncertainty.” Today we would like to use another word — “anticipation.” One reason...
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Educational Commentary

27
APR
2017

The Right Score: Special Real Estate Report

Score Models Vary When is your “credit score” irrelevant in buying a house or refinancing a home loan? A new federal legal settlement with a major credit bureau has the answer: The only score that matters is the one your lender uses to evaluate...
20
APR
2017

Keys To Choosing a Lender: Special Real Estate Report

Many Do Not Call Back J.D. Power has found that 21 percent of homebuyers regret their choice of a lender. That in itself is regrettable. But this significant minority might have been able to avoid many of their issues if they had been more...
13
APR
2017

Homeowners Using Their Equity: Special Real Estate Report

Remodeling In Favor Homeowners are opening their favorite piggy bank again — their homes. As home values rise faster than expected, that increased homeowner wealth suddenly seems more enticing. It’s showing up in big remodeling growth. Ever...
10
APR
2017

Interesting Jobs Data: The Weekly Market Update

What the Numbers Mean Every month the jobs numbers are of major interest to analysts who are looking for direction with regard to the economy. In essence, there is no up-to-date economic statistic which is more important, as job growth is the...
06
APR
2017

Adjustables Gaining Popularity in 2017: Special Real Estate Report

ARM Popularity Grows Adjustable-rate loans are more popular now than at any time in more than two years as interest rates start climbing. According to Mortgage Bankers Association data, the share of home loan applications taken by ARMs was the...
30
MAR
2017

Millennials Arise: Special Real Estate Report

Optimism Abounds Both buyers and sellers alike are feeling very good about the housing market this spring, even as home values hit new highs and mortgage rates move up. A monthly sentiment index from Fannie Mae rose to the highest level since...
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,...