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Interview On CNBC: Discussing The 2019 Housing Market Outlook

By FirstAm Editor on January 4, 2019

First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming was interviewed on CNBC earlier this week and shared his perspective on today’s housing market and the outlook for 2019.

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Topics: Housing, In The News, Interest Rates, Millennials, Affordability

Will Homebuilders Deliver The Gift Of More Housing Supply This Year?

By Mark Fleming on December 19, 2018

Yesterday, the Census Bureau released its Residential Construction report for November. Housing completions decreased 3.9 percent compared with last November and continue to fall short of the number of new housing units necessary to keep pace with household formation. Housing starts also decreased 3.6 percent in November compared with a year...

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Topics: Housing, Insider, housing starts, homeownership

What Does An Inverted Yield Curve Mean For The Housing Market?

By Mark Fleming on December 12, 2018

Last week, the yield curve inverted, meaning the yield on short-run Treasury bonds exceeded the yield on long-run Treasury bonds, which prompted increased speculation that a recession may be on the horizon. The speculation is rooted in the historical correlation between yield curve inversions and recessions, which have occasionally followed one...

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Topics: Housing, Affordability

Will Fintech Adoption Among Real Estate Professionals Accelerate In 2019?

By Mark Fleming on November 27, 2018

Throughout 2018, we’ve seen many trends that set the groundwork for the acceleration of financial technology (fintech) adoption. It has been a strong seller’s market across the top U.S. metropolitan areas. With inventory low and house prices at historic highs, prospective home buyers felt pressured to settle deals quickly before opportunities...

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Topics: Housing, Interest Rates, Real Estate Sentiment Index, fintech, eClosing, Remote online notarization, chat bots

Interview On CNBC: Discussing The New Normal For The Housing Market

By FirstAm Editor on November 23, 2018

First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming was interviewed on CNBC earlier this week and discussed the current dynamics at play in the housing market where rising mortgage rates have impacted both supply and demand.

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Topics: Housing, In The News, Interest Rates, Millennials, Affordability

Can Homebuilders Increase Productivity To Help Close Gap Between Housing Supply And Demand?

By Mark Fleming on November 21, 2018

Yesterday’s Census Bureau report for October indicated that we are falling short of adding homes to the market in the short-term, as completions decreased 6.5 percent compared with October of last year.

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Topics: Housing, Insider, housing starts, homeownership

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