Held back image via Shutterstock. Wages and housing are holding back the recovery

Wages and housing are holding back the recovery

The gap in economic performance between the U.S. and overseas is widening, holding U.S. rates down. However, the data brings as many questions as answers. By historical comparison, the twin Institute for Supply Management surveys rising in August to ...
By Lou Barnes | Friday, September 5, 2014
The European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Rob Wilson / Shutterstock.com As Fed tapers, Europe may just be getting started

As Fed tapers, Europe may just be getting started

Fed tightening is theoretically imminent, but U.S. bonds are falling in yield, even as the Fed tapers its bond purchases. Everyone is prepared for very dramatic action by the European Central Bank, some form of quantitative easing ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, August 29, 2014
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Fed is closer to a rate hike than many assume

The world is a better-looking place than one week ago, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen whispered “Bang” today but did not shoot. Thus the great barometer, the 10-year U.S. Treasury note, rose a bit in yield, from 2.33 percent ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, August 22, 2014
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US housing market loses momentum

Fannie Mae economists have downgraded their expectations for the U.S. housing market in the second half of this year, even though they are more optimistic about the prospects for overall economic growth. The economy grew faster than anticipated in t...
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Worrisome economic indicators everywhere you look

This week has been another lesson in market reactions to news economic and otherwise. And at deeper levels, how not to run railroads. The net result, before whys and wherefores: a new flight to quality, the U.S. 10-year down to ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, August 15, 2014
Sea of homes image via Shutterstock. Realtor.com stats show surge in listings from May to June

Realtor.com stats show surge in listings from May to June

The number of homes on the market surged by 8.65 percent from May to June, but still remained slightly below levels seen a year ago, realtor.com reports. Home sales likely crested sometime in July, but the market should hold strong ......
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices and CoreLogic Home price growth continues to cool

Home price growth continues to cool

Yearly growth in U.S. home prices continued to slow in May, but still remained well above average. The S&P/Case Shiller 20-City Composite Index showed prices rising 9.3 percent year over year in May, down from 10.8 percent in April. Annual ......
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
A print ad from a $40 million marketing campaign NAR launched in 2006. Realtor.com's new economist won't tell you 'It's a great time to buy or sell a home'

Realtor.com's new economist won't tell you 'It's a great time to buy or sell a home'

In the fall of 2006, as the world hurtled toward a financial crisis precipitated by loose mortgage lending practices that fueled one of the greatest housing bubbles in U.S. history, the National Association of Realtors launched a $40 million advertis...
By Matt Carter | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Pending home sales dip slightly but still above average

After climbing for three straight months, pending home sales dipped slightly in June, held back by inventory shortages in some markets, tight credit and stagnant wages, the National Association of Realtors said today. NAR's pending home sales index, ...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, July 28, 2014
Broke image via Shutterstock. The one thing that's holding back a terrific economic expansion

The one thing that's holding back a terrific economic expansion

Long-term rates stabilized this week as events, puzzles, forces and conflicts scattered all over the world canceled each other. We focus on the yields of long-term debt (like bonds and mortgage-backed securities) because they are the result of real-t...
By Lou Barnes | Friday, July 25, 2014
Dream homes image via Shutterstock. Housing market projected to regain some lost momentum

Housing market projected to regain some lost momentum

Having weathered a soft patch that lasted through the fall, winter and early spring, housing markets are showing signs of a rebound that should continue for the rest of the year, according to the latest forecast by economists at Fannie ......
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, July 24, 2014
Seven signs your neighborhood is an 7 signs a neighborhood will be the next hot spot

7 signs a neighborhood will be the next hot spot

Real estate is an industry that’s all about your hyperlocal expertise. As an agent, you specialize in specific ZIP codes, home types, client types -- you name it. This industry is as much about niche specialties as it gets ......
By Trulia Pro Blog | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
New-home sales image via Shutterstock. Pace of existing-home sales picks up from May to June

Pace of existing-home sales picks up from May to June

Sales of existing homes and total housing inventory climbed in June as the housing market continued to trek towards a healthier state, the National Association of Realtors reported today. Existing-home sales rose 2.6 percent from May to June to a se...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The week's horrors were just a sideshow for financial markets

Long-term rates have again touched the lows of the year. To make sense of that news and a great deal else going by this week, step back — especially from the awful sights on your screens.   Way back. We ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, July 18, 2014
Screen shot from "The Most Incredible Real Estate Stats of 2014" slideshow. The real estate stats you can't afford to miss

The real estate stats you can't afford to miss

Market data comes from all over, with seemingly countless entities and organizations compiling the latest on mortgage rates, housing starts, home sales and jobs figures. This is both a positive and negative for industry professionals. ......
By Seth Price | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
New-home construction image via Shutterstock. MBA reports new-home sales kept climbing in June

MBA reports new-home sales kept climbing in June

Sales of new single-family homes climbed slightly from May to June as the spring buying season came to a close, but were still below last year’s level, according to an estimate by the Mortgage Bankers Association based on purchase mortgage app...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, July 10, 2014
Bubble image via Shutterstock. More than half of North American mortgage bankers worry housing bubble is forming

More than half of North American mortgage bankers worry housing bubble is forming

A majority of North American mortgage bankers fear another real estate bubble is forming, according to a recent survey conducted for FICO, a predictive analytics software company. The survey found that 56 percent of a pool of American and Canadian r...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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Millennials will soon be a force to be reckoned with in housing markets

The U.S. homeownership rate dropped for the ninth year in a row in 2013, thanks in no small part to the fact that millions of 20- and 30-somethings were still living with their parents, according to the latest “State of ......
By Paul Hagey | Monday, July 7, 2014