Healed and healthy net worth, but signs of rising inequality Thursday, June 21 Julia Coronado The latest household balance sheet report shows net worth near all time highs as a percent of disposable income. The drivers include a booming stock market, rising house values and subdued debt growth. While booming balance sheets can indicate solid consumer spending, the benefits are highly concentrated among the wealthiest households. More...
Urban Revival
International comparisons of mortgage markets, part III Thursday, June 14 Stephen Malpezzi In previous posts we examined the fundamentals of why finance in general, and mortgages in particular, matter so much for our economy and real estate markets. We took a first look at how country economies varied dramatically in their level of development More...
How trade conflicts might dampen economic momentum Thursday, June 7 Julia Coronado The latest sign of a robust US economy is an unemployment rate nearing levels not seen since the Beatles arrived. With the expansion now the second longest in the postwar period, speculation on catalysts for a downturn turns to an obvious candidate: trade wars. More...
Urban Revival
International comparisons of mortgage markets, part II Thursday, May 31 Stephen Malpezzi In previous posts we explored why finance is so important to the smooth functioning of real estate markets, and compared the US on some key metrics historically and globally. Today, one more indicator of mortgage market health: the world’s housing prices. More...
Where the economy lives: Insights from the recent housing conference Thursday, May 24 Julia Coronado Last week’s Rutgers Center for Real Estate-Pulte Group joint conference on housing at the New York Stock Exchange brought together homebuilders, bankers, investors, policymakers and academics. Despite headwinds incuding rising interest rates and lower homeowning tax advantages, industry participants remain optimistic. More...
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