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Why White House Economists Worry About Land-Use Regulations

White House economic advisers have produced a steady diet of white papers this year to spotlight the puzzle of sluggish productivity, which economists want a better handle on because it helps explain why incomes for the broad middle class aren’t rising. Their latest target: land-use restrictions.

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System-Built Single-Family Homes in 2014

<i>on</i> October 7, 2015 • (0)<p>Building systems (for example, modular or panelized systems) are an alternative to conventional stick-built construction. …

Consumer Confidence Rebounded in September

<i>on</i> September 30, 2015 • (2)<p>The Conference Board released its Consumer Confidence Index for September. The index is a composite of separate indexes …

Realtor survey: Millennials are no longer a renter generation

Homebuying trends in 2015 are undermining the image of the Millennials as a generation of renters.<p><b></b> Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke has …

Real Estate

Q&A: Lawrence Summers and Why It’s Too Early to Raise Rates

Lawrence Summers, the Harvard University professor and former Obama Administration economic adviser, hasn’t been shy of late urging the Federal Reserve to refrain from raising short-term interest rates at its policy meeting this week.

Federal Reserve

How a Survey of Private Employers Offers a Peek Into Wage Growth

Are you, like many Americans, wondering when you’ll ever get a raise? A new analysis hints that wage growth could be picking up.

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Beer, Not Bonds, May Hold Answer to Boosting Inflation

Economists at UniCredit may have found the solution to chronically weak inflation in Europe: More Oktoberfests.

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Economists Found a Problem and Devised a Solution Only Economists Would Come Up With

The National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, Mass., is known to some of the public as the nation’s semiofficial arbiter of business cycles. It’s usually in the spotlight for determining when recessions start and end.


International buyers pump $8.32B into Texas housing

Texas home sales purchased by international homebuyers added $8.32 billion to the state’s economy between April 2014 and March 2015, according to the …

U.S. Housing Market Tracker

Last updated ET<p>Published October 24, 2014<p>The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today. Select the charts for more information<p>Sources: Commerce Department via the Federal Reserve …

Trending Thursday: Banks make more on mortgages while government steals GSE profits?

<b>Trending Thursday</b> is a roundup of the stories shaping the week and what’s yet to come through the weekend — also taking into account social media …


Home Builders Say Loans Are No Longer Scarce

Many factors, on the demand and supply sides, continue to hinder the home-construction market in the U.S. from returning to normal. But, several home builders say, the availability of construction loans no longer is one of them.

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Making Homeownership Less Exclusive

A new program aims to help poor and minority families qualify for mortgages.<p>In the years since the recession, the dream of a steady paycheck and a home in a nice neighborhood have become more elusive for many working-class Americans. While some may say that the lack of homeownership reflects …


Fannie Mae just made it easier to get a mortgage

The government is once again expanding access to credit in an effort to capture a wider audience by making homeownership more available through <b>Fannie</b> …

Who May Get a Boost From New Overtime Rules

A new analysis by the left-leaning Institute for Women’s Policy Research and Moms Rising found that 3.2 million women are newly covered by proposed changes to overtime rules, compared with 2.7 million men. But based on current work habits, men could take a greater share of the additional income, …

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Surge in Commercial Real-Estate Prices Stirs Bubble Worries

Soaring demand for commercial property has drawn comparisons to delirious boom of the mid-2000s<p>Investors are pushing commercial real-estate prices to record levels in cities around the world, fueling concerns that the global property market is overheating.<p>The valuations of office buildings sold in …

Real Estate

​UCLA Anderson forecasts booming commercial real estate market in California - L.A. Biz

California’s commercial construction activity has risen to its highest level since 2001 and is expected to continue to grow over the next three …

Post-Recession Job Growth Coming in High-Wage Positions

Study finds gains at the high and low ends but softness in the middle; college is also key<p>Job growth since the recession has increasingly come from hiring in a potentially surprising area: high-paying occupations.<p>According to a study released Monday by Georgetown University’s Center on Education …


Rents Rise Faster for Midtier Apartments Than Luxury Ones

Developers’ focus on high end contributes to shortage of affordable units; construction costs too high to build middle-income housing<p>By<p>Laura Kusisto<p>Laura Kusisto<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@LauraKusisto<p><p>The Verona apartment complex in suburban Denver doesn’t have the flashy …

Real Estate

Economists React to the July Jobs Report: ‘Will Keep the Fed in Play in September’

U.S. employers added 215,000 new jobs in July holding the unemployment rate at 5.3%. The big question now is whether this report is good enough to prompt Fed officials to raise rates in September or whether they will want to wait a little longer. Here’s what economists had to say.

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The July Jobs Report in 12 Charts

The U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs in July, continuing a steady expansion. Friday’s report from the Labor Department showed few changes from the prior month on a range of measures, including the unemployment rate, at 5.3%, and the labor-force participation rate.

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July Jobs Report

U.S. employers added a seasonally adjusted 215,000 jobs in July, while the unemployment rate held at 5.3%, the Labor Department said Friday. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had forecast a gain of 215,000 jobs and a 5.3% unemployment rate.

Labor Economics

Track National Unemployment, Job Gains and Job Losses -

Jobs Come, Jobs Go: National Unemployment<p>Track various national unemployment rates month by month since their earliest year with official data, seasonally adjusted<p>Adjust the charts by selecting an unemployment rate<p>Adjust both charts by selecting an unemployment rate<p>Overall<p>Gender<p>WomenMen<p>Age, in years<p>…

Australia Orders More Foreign Homeowners to Sell

Treasurer Joe Hockey vows to boost penalties as investigators probe 462 possible breaches by foreign home buyers<p>SYDNEY—Several foreign owners of residential property across Australia have been ordered to sell as the government intensifies its crackdown on the abuse of homeownership laws by buyers …

Home Ownership

Demographics Weigh On The U.S. Homeownership Rate

The rate of homeownership in the U.S. fell a fraction of a percent in the second quarter - from 63.8% in the first quarter to 63.4%. Many headlines …

July employment report misses analyst expectations

The July employment report came in below the expected 225,000 print at 215,000, down from the upward revised June 231,000 number, and down from the …


I, House: The Complexity and Far-Reaching Benefits of Homeownership

First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming notes how the many factors that go into home construction, sales and moving help to stimulate a healthy …