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  • The Latest GDP October 31, 2014
    The broadest measurement of the U.S. economy (GDP) expanded solidly in the third quarter at a 3.55 percent annualized rate.  This  marks two straight quarters of robust growth.  Growth at this rate can accelerate future job creations.  Still, we are missing consistency.  The first quarter was negative.  For the year as a whole in 2014, […]
    Lawrence Yun, PhD., Chief Economist and Senior Vice President
  • Community Banks Are Main Source of REALTORS®’ Commercial Financing in 2014 October 30, 2014
    During 2013, commercial real estate witnessed a noticeable reversal in capital availability.  Following exceedingly stringent capital standards and overly tight liquidity in the wake of the 2008 recession, funding sources broadened.  The trends accelerated during 2014, as most major capital providers returned to the markets and actively competed, leading some investors to express concern about […]
    George Ratiu, Director, Quantitative and Commercial Research
  • REALTORS® Reported Slower Buyer Traffic in September October 30, 2014
    For the first time since January 2012, the Buyer Traffic Index, which captures on the aggregate how REALTORS® viewed traffic conditions in their markets, dropped  to 44  in September  (55 in August), according to data from the September 2014 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey:  http://www.realtor.org/reports/realtors-confidence-index. An index below 50 indicates that more REALTOR® respondents viewed their […]
    Jed Smith, Managing Director, Quantitative Research