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 2015 - It Was a Very Good Year . . . While GDP, CPI and PCE all appear to have ended the year flat, employment continued to grow, reflecting notable job gains in professional and technical services, health care and construction. Employment in construction rose by 46,000 in November with much of ...
There is always more than one way to look at a thing, and current industry conditions are clearly no exception.  According to National Association of REALTORS Chief Economist Lawrence Yun about 1.5 million new housing units are needed each year to accommodate rising population, yet housing starts...
Welcome to 2015! It looks like it’s going to be a good year . . .       Nevertheless, our attention was taken this week by a couple of relatively negative stories. First, the S&P/Case–Shiller home price index “warning,” suggesting that the housing recovery is faltering received a lot of attentio...
Just Published, and good news reigns!   Happy New Year!   Postscripts, Prognostications, and Resolutions         Last year was good for some, better than expected for others, and a promise of things to come for all. Economists are going on record en masse, predicting that 2015 will exhibit the fa...
  Here’s hoping we can get off this shtick soon, but in the meantime, what else is there to say as the media continues to be contrary, contradictory, and often wrong. Two headlines make our case.   “New Home Sales Gains Screech to a Virtual Halt in September”   and . . .   “U.S. New Home Sales at...
While mainstream media just loves to whine, the mixed signals are counter productive. Here's the real story, as it pertains to our industry.   While NAHB’s 55+ single-family Housing Market Index (HMI) saw increases in its Present Sales and Expected Sales components, the Prospective Buyer Traffic ...
"The jury’s still out on the success or failure of the economic recovery as the decidedly measured pace seems to have effected a limited growth mentality – a condition that the housing industry appears to be emulating." Go to www.bowdensbeat.typepad.com to read more and while there, click on "Cur...
Great issue -- Good perspective on a year that was transitional for most markets. Sales and prices are up, foreclosures are down and based on CoreLogic/Case Shiller data, no bubble is in sight. Includes a great interview with Margie Casey, founder of Real Estate Scorecard and the brains behind th...
Almost ready to publish the Dec/Jan edition of Bowden's Market Barometer. Until then, click here http://bowdensbeat.typepad.com/bowdens_beat/current-climate.html for housing and related economic highlights. Happy Holidays to all!
Just published and I must say things appear truly in recovery. Nevertheless, all real estate is local and while statewide stats are often encouraging, your market is your market and it may not be as "happy" as the one next door. This too will pass as we continue to achieve further economic stabil...

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