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Why the Housing Shortage?

The Mortgage Corner Calculated Risk Booming Realtors’ existing-home sales are showing there is a very severe housing shortage with record sales and a record low housing inventory. Calculated Risk says the for-sale inventory is was down 18.6 percent year-over-year (YoY) … Continue reading

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Should The Fed Boost Inflation?

Financial FAQs FRED10yrInflation The Federal Reserve is so desperate to support growth in this pandemic that it wants to allow inflation to rise above its 2 percent target range. Why? Inflation and rising prices are usually a sign of economic … Continue reading

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Why Housing Boom – Part II

The Mortgage Corner Calculated Risk Total existing-home sales, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, jumped 24.7 percent from June to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.86 million in July. The previous record monthly increase in … Continue reading

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What’s Next…?

Financial FAQs MarketWatch U.S. stocks finished mostly higher Tuesday, with the S&P 500 index notching its first record close since Feb. 19, and marking the quickest recovery from bear-market territory in its history, according to Dow Jones Market Data.  So … Continue reading

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What Future Job Growth?

Financial FAQs Calculated Risk The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) put out by the Labor Department (BLS) probably only makes sense to economists, because it gives a picture of the job market in coming months, as well as … Continue reading

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Employment Picture Still Unclear

Popular Economics Weekly Marketwatch.com The official unemployment rate fell for the third month in a row to 10.2 percent from 11.1 percent, the government said Friday. The hot pace of U.S. employment growth in the late spring gave way in … Continue reading

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Consumer Confidence in Decline

Popular Economics Weekly FRED There are a number of reasons that consumers are becoming more fearful after that initial boost of spending with the spring holidays. It’s not only the prospect of a COVID-19 resurgence in the fall when we … Continue reading

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Why the Housing Shortage?

The Mortgage Corner Wrightson.com We are now beginning to feel the recession in housing caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. What can we say with so many living on the edge because of the loss, or temporary hiatus, of their jobs? … Continue reading

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Why a Housing Shortage at This Time?

The Mortgage Corner Wrightson.com The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI),* http://www.nar.realtor/pending-home-sales, a forward-looking indicator of home sales based on contract signings, fell 21.8 percent to 69.0 in April. Year-over-year, contract signings shrank 33.8 percent. An index of 100 is equal … Continue reading

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When Will Housing Recover?

The Mortgage Corner CalculatedRiskBlog The housing market is also in a “medically induced coma” (economist Paul Krugman’s term), as is most of our economy. However, I believe housing will recover sooner than other parts of the economy, because Americans still … Continue reading

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