U.S. Economy

Economic Forecast Hinges on Policy, Tax Reform

January 23rd, 2018
The economy could get a lift from tax reform, with homebuyers and homeowners likely having more income, but less in the way of write-offs, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group’s recently released Economic and Housing Outlook...

Economic Forecast Rosy, but Susceptible to Volatility

February 19th, 2018
Economic growth likely will not succumb to volatility, with GDP forecasted at a healthy 2.7 percent for the year, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group’s recently released Economic and Housing Outlook for February 2018. There is,...

Consumer Confidence Leaps

March 5th, 2018
Consumer confidence leapt in February, posting a 130.8 reading in the latest Consumer Confidence Index® from The Conference Board. The Expectations reading of the Index rose to 109.7, while the Present Situation reading rose to 162.4. January’s reading was 124.3....

February Jobs Impress

March 11th, 2018
Fed Has Green Light February brought the economy an impressive 313,000 jobs and 4.1 percent unemployment, with average hourly wages up four cents to $26.75. Construction jobs, notably, rose by 61,000. “[These] employment numbers strengthen the view that the U.S....

Fannie: Economy to Roar on Stimulus

March 20th, 2018
The economy is expected to grow at a full-bodied pace for the year, and boosted further by the stimulus, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group’s recently released Economic and Housing Outlook for March 2018. Analysts at...

Fed Hikes Rates—How Many More Are to Come?

March 21st, 2018
The Federal Reserve carried out its first hike of 2018 on Wednesday, increasing interest rates one-quarter percentage point and leaving open the possibility of more raises this year. The action was anticipated by the market, which has been on a...

Is the Economy Fostering Optimism in Real Estate? Not Yet

March 27th, 2018
Confidence in the economy is high, but optimism about ownership is not, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The amount of buyers who are confident about their prospects shrank to 68 percent in NAR’s quarterly Housing Opportunities and...

Consumer Confidence Retracts

April 7th, 2018
Consumer confidence retracted in March, posting a 127.7 reading in the latest Consumer Confidence Index® from The Conference Board. February’s reading was 130. The Expectations reading of the Index, which gauges how consumers feel about their business, employment and income...

Economic Forecast: Expectations High, but Less Long-Term Optimism

April 22nd, 2018
The latest Urban Land Institute (ULI) Real Estate Economic Forecast predicts modest fluctuations across the board for 27 economic/real estate indicators. The three-year forecast is completed semi-annually, surveying over 48 economists and analysts at 36 real estate organizations. A leading...

Confidence in Housing Makes Near-Record Return

December 10th, 2017
Confidence in housing made a near-record return in November in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), derived from Fannie’s National Housing Survey® (NHS). The HPSI overall posted 87.8 in November, 2.6 percentage points higher than the month prior....
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