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December 24, 2017

A Jolly Holiday: Spending Up 3.6% This Season

Consumers are getting into the holiday spirit with plans to spend more this year than any previous year, according to an annual report by the National […]
December 22, 2017

2017 Holiday Tipping Guide: How Much, and to Whom

Between shopping for gifts, wrapping, baking, booking travel, and buying enough groceries to feed all your houseguests, it’s easy to forget about one other holiday-related cost: […]
December 21, 2017

Consumer Optimism Down Before the Holidays

Consumers grew slightly less optimistic headed into the holidays, however optimism still remains at historical highs, according to the Survey of Consumers conducted by the University […]
December 20, 2017

Almost 50% of Renters Pay Too Much

Nearly half of all renter households – almost 21 million – were considered cost-burdened in 2016, according to a new report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. […]
December 14, 2017

Mortgage Fraud Risk Slows; Rises in Hurricane-Impacted States

While the nationwide run-up in mortgage loan application defects appears to have slowed, instances of fraud remain on the rise in Texas and Florida.  The First […]
December 12, 2017

Mortgage Delinquencies Rise After Hurricanes

The three major hurricanes that caused devastation during August and September were largely responsible for the third-quarter increase in mortgage delinquencies.  The seasonally adjusted delinquency rate […]
November 21, 2017

Housing Affordability May Plummet in 2018

During the recent CoreLogic and the Urban Institute’sHousing Finance, Affordability and Supply in the Digital Ageconference, CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft predicted rising interest rates will […]
November 17, 2017

Americans Waiting for a Bigger Raise

The government said that average hourly earnings rose 2.4% over the past 12 months.  That’s a slip from the 2.9%increase reported in September. It remains below the 3% to 3.5% range that many […]