Economic Updates Archive

Building Permits and Inventory

Did building permit activity rebound at your county?   How many new housing units should be added to the market? While tight housing inventory pushes home prices upward, we look at building permits to see how many new housing units...

Not a Beautiful First Quarter GDP Growth

Economic growth numbers for the first quarter will be announced next week, and it looks like it will be a huge miss. The numbers could well be just a hair above the zero growth line. The average growth rate...

State Job Growth Comparisons: February 2017

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Sellers’ Markets: Where Do Sellers Get What They Ask?

While total housing inventory continues to fall year-over-year for the last 21 months, more markets are turning into a sellers’ market. Under limited inventory conditions, sellers get more confident. The increased demand exceeds the existing supply, which means that...

Broad Impact of the FHA Fee Freeze

In late January, the new Trump administration froze a number of policy changes made in the waning days of the Obama Presidency. One such change, a 25 basis point decrease in the mortgage insurance premium (MIP) charged by the...