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The Reconomy Podcast™: Understanding The Neutral Rate Of Interest, Inflation And The Housing Market

By FirstAm Editor on May 19, 2022

In this episode of the REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi explain why the neutral rate of interest is an important metric in Federal Reserve’s fight against inflation and what it m... Read More›

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The Reconomy Podcast™: Breaking Down The Recency Bias In Housing Market Data

By FirstAm Editor on May 5, 2022

In this episode of the REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi discuss how recency bias is fueling some angst over trends in housing market data and explain why today’s housing market l... Read More›

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The Reconomy Podcast™: Housing Bubble Or No Housing Bubble?

By FirstAm Editor on April 21, 2022

In this episode of the REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi examine the health of the housing market and address the question, ‘housing bubble or no housing bubble?'

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The Reconomy Podcast™: What Does It Mean When Mortgage Rates Are Less Than The Rate Of Inflation?

By FirstAm Editor on April 7, 2022

In this episode of the REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi examine the extremely rare phenomenon of real, negative mortgage rates – when the average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate is ... Read More›

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The Reconomy Podcast™: What’s The Outlook For The 2022 Spring Home-buying Season?

By FirstAm Editor on March 24, 2022

In this episode of the REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi examine the housing market’s fundamentals as the 2022 spring home-buying season kicks off.

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The Reconomy Podcast™: Why The Homeownership Rate Among Single Women Outpaced Single Men In 2021

By FirstAm Editor on March 10, 2022

In this episode of the REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi explain why single women are increasingly dispelling the traditional notion that buying a home follows love and marriage a... Read More›

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