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Q2 GDP: Investment Contributions

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Q2 GDP: Investment Contributions

Private investment rebounded in Q2.   Residential investment increased at a 7.5% annual rate in Q2, equipment investment increased at a 7.0% annual rate, and investment in non-residential structures increased at a 5.3% annual rate.  The following graph shows the contribution to GDP from residential investment, equipment and software, and nonresidential structures (3 quarter trailing...
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The 2015 Housing Market Forecast

The 2015 Housing Market Forecast

Today we’re publishing our first look at the 2015 housing market. Based on real-time observations of housing supply and demand, among other conclusions, we’re forecasting a 7% home price increase for 2015. Bearish Headlines, Bullish Reality It’s scary to be a contrarian particularly if...
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The Long and Winding Recovery

The Long and Winding Recovery

Zillow’s second quarter Real Estate Market Report shows national home values rose 6.3% on a year-over-year basis from June 2013 to $174,200.  The last time national home values were at this level was back in March 2005.  (Housing prices peaked in 2006.) Rents were...
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage Serious Delinquency rate declined in June, Lowest since January 2009

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Freddie Mac: Mortgage Serious Delinquency rate declined in June, Lowest since January 2009

Freddie Mac reported that the Single-Family serious delinquency rate declined in June to 2.07% from 2.10% in May. Freddie’s rate is down from 2.79% in June 2013, and this is the lowest level since January 2009. Freddie’s serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010...
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Schedule for Week of July 27th

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Schedule for Week of July 27th

This will be a busy week for economic data with several key reports including the July employment report on Friday and the advance Q2 GDP report on Wednesday. Other key reports include the ISM manufacturing index on Friday, July vehicle sales, also on Friday,...
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Kansas City Fed: Regional Manufacturing “Activity Edged Higher” in July

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Kansas City Fed: Regional Manufacturing “Activity Edged Higher” in July

From the Kansas City Fed: Growth in Tenth District Manufacturing Activity Edged Higher The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City released the July Manufacturing Survey today. According to Chad Wilkerson, vice president and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the survey...
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CPI increases 0.3% in June, Core CPI 0.1%

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CPI increases 0.3% in June, Core CPI 0.1%

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): Consumer Price Index – June 2014 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12...
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Schedule for Week of July 20th

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Schedule for Week of July 20th

The key reports this week are New and Existing home sales for June. For manufacturing, the July Richmond and Kansas City Fed surveys will be released. For prices, CPI will be released on Tuesday. —– Monday, July 21st —–8:30 AM ET: Chicago Fed National...
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DataQuick: “California Foreclosure Starts Lowest Since 2005″

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DataQuick: “California Foreclosure Starts Lowest Since 2005″

From DataQuick: California Foreclosure Starts Lowest Since 2005 A total of 17,524 Notices of Default (NoDs) were recorded at county recorders offices during the April-through-June period. That was down 8.8 percent from 19,215 in the prior quarter, and down 31.9 percent from 25,747 in...
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