Latest Consumer Price Inflation

Inflation ticked higher in March, with the consumer price index increasing by 1.5 percent from one year ago. The current inflation is not troublesome – yet. The Fed keeps a closer watch not on the broadest measure of inflation...

The Down Payment Challenge and the Typical Renter

Tight credit characterizes the current housing environment. Buyers with large down payments are reported to have the bidding edge for houses. However, 60 percent of first–time buyers made a down payment of 6 percent or less as of February...

Latest Housing Affordability Data

At the national level, housing affordability is up for the month of February due to an increase in home prices and minimal movement in wages. What is affordability like in your market? Housing affordability is up for the month...

Construction Costs and Commodities Price Trends

The cost to build homes has been rising much faster than the broader consumer price index.  In February the construction cost to build homes rose 7.8 percent from one year ago.  Cumulatively over the past 2 years, the cost...

Job Additions, State by State

North Dakota has been dethroned, knocked from the top as the best job creating state in the latest state level jobs data. Nevada moved to the top with a 3.8 percent job addition rate over the past 12 months...