Economist Commentaries Archive

Latest Realtors® Confidence Index News: The Major Issues

Each month Realtors® provide data and comments in responding to the Realtors® Confidence Index Survey. The November edition, with data current as of late October, summarizes a number of major issues mentioned by Realtors®, mainly focused on mortgage availability...

Lowest Inventory in Six Years

The total homes listed for sale continue to move downward.  The latest decline in October to 3.33 million was partly seasonal, as autumn and winter months nearly always have fewer listings in comparison with spring and summer months.  Still,...

Inflation Over the Next Thirty Years

Inflation is a hidden tax.  The government’s ability to print money and the subsequent inflation results in lower purchasing power for consumers – just as if direct taxes were imposed. In the past 30-years, prices of just about everything...

Conforming Loan Limits

The October 1st decline in the conforming and FHA loan limits reduced the size of loans that the FHA as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can finance. This change was made in an attempt to stimulate the...

Agricultural Land Prices Soar

Aside from North Dakota and the Washington D.C. metro region, home prices have yet to show definitive and consistent upward movement.  Though there has been no meaningful change in the 20-metro Case-Shiller home price index for the past three...