Economist Commentaries Archive

Growth of Property Values

Developing wealth is a hot topic in today’s economy. Some individuals have come to realize one efficient means of developing wealth is through home ownership and real estate. One way to determine this would be looking at the property...

May 2017 Existing-Home Sales

NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity this May rose modestly 1.1 percent from last month and improved 2.7 percent from last year. May’s existing home sales reached the 5.62 million seasonally adjusted...

Sources of Income for Real Estate Agents

For entrepreneurs like real estate agents who hustle for their income, every penny counts. Return on investment is important and agents will spend money on technology if it brings in new business. Let’s take a deeper look into the...

Maturing Commercial Loans 2017: the Wall of Debt that Didn’t Crash

U.S. capital markets had a banner year in 2016, even accounting for volatility. The investment environment for commercial markets remained well-diversified, totaling $6.6 trillion in 2016. Debt investments accounted for 57 percent of total, with equity comprising the rest....

Cheaper Homes Just Got More Expensive

One of the US’s largest banks made a subtle, but important change last month that could have big implications for entry-level homebuyers. That bank raised the cost of mortgages on lower priced homes significantly. If this change is adopted...