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The Reconomy Podcast™: why Labor Market Trends May Keep Mortgage Rates Near Record Lows Longer

By FirstAm Editor on September 23, 2021

In this episode of the REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi explain why important labor market trends may influence the Federal Reserve’s decision to ... Read More›

Housing Interest Rates Affordability REconomy

Will Housing Market Seasonality Return To Normal?

By Odeta Kushi on September 17, 2021

September is commonly associated with the beginning of the school year, but it also signals the end of the peak home buying season. The tapering of the housing market in September is part of its normal annual cycle, whic... Read More›

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The Reconomy Podcast™: Are House Prices More Affordable Than The Housing Boom Peak?

By FirstAm Editor on September 9, 2021

In this episode of the REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi explain why falling mortgage rates and rising income levels mean today’s soaring house pri... Read More›

Housing Interest Rates Affordability REconomy

Reconomy Podcast: What’s Driving Mortgage Rates And Where Are Rates Headed?

By FirstAm Editor on August 26, 2021

In this episode of the REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi explain what causes mortgage rates to move up or down, and offers a mortgage rate forecast... Read More›

Housing Interest Rates Affordability REconomy

Interviews With Cnbc And Yahoo! Finance: Is The Housing Market Cooling?

By FirstAm Editor on August 24, 2021

First American Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi was interviewed on CNBC and Yahoo! Finance last week, discussing potential moderation of the housing market and affordability challenges with CNBC and providing perspecti... Read More›

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Reconomy Podcast: Should You Rent Or Buy A Home?

By FirstAm Editor on August 12, 2021

In this episode of the REconomy podcast from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi examine the question all potential first-time home buyers must answer, whether to rent or t... Read More›

Housing Interest Rates Affordability REconomy Settlement