While the housing recovery remains at a snail’s pace, it is still improving, with the markets that exhibit stronger local economies and favorable demographics on an even faster pace of improvement. And these 5 metros top the charts for most improved.
“We are now beginning to see that the 'new normal' is really the 'old normal' with statistical patterns reminiscent of the market that prevailed prior to the frantic run-up of prices,” Florida Realtors Chief Economist John Tuccillo said.
Due to the constant news following the recovery, an article in Yahoo made the point that when sifting through the financial pages these days, it’s hard to figure out if America is still agonizing over the crisis or wringing hands about the chances for the next one.
"We remain cautiously optimistic the housing recovery will continue, albeit slowly, until we see more tightening in the labor markets to give personal incomes a much-needed jolt,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Frank Nothaft said.
Economic growth during the second half of 2014 likely won’t be strong enough to offset the weak activity from the first two quarters of the year, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group.
Four housing charts to ruin your Monday (take the red pill), the housing recovery is coming to an end, and a little-known proposed HUD rule that could lead to the federalization of local housing and zoning decisions are all mixed into your spicy, bold morning brew.
Melvin Luther Watt quietly slid into his office as the first appointed director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. It was the end of last year, in mid-December. Christmas was coming and the markets were in the middle of the harshest winter in years. As he took over the office of Acting Director Ed DeMarco — himself the unassuming lightning rod for the nation’s housing policy — Watt gave no indication of what he intended to do with his new position; arguably the most powerful job in mortgage finance..
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