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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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Is Affordability Worse Than The 2006 Housing Boom Peak?

By Mark Fleming on March 29, 2022

In the first report with 2022 data, the Real House Price Index (RHPI) jumped up by nearly 27 percent, the fastest growth in the RHPI since 2004. This rapid... 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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The Reconomy Podcast™: Why Approximately 66% Of Americans Are Protected From Shelter Inflation

By FirstAm Editor on February 24, 2022

In this episode of the REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi explain why homeowners are protected from shelter cost inflation, but potential home buyers are not, and how rising mortga... Read More›

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