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REconomy Podcast: What Drives The Decision To Become A Homeowner?

By FirstAm Editor on April 15, 2021

In this episode of the REconomy podcast from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi explain how the vast majority of potential home buyers reach the decision to buy a home and what that means for the housing market and homeownership rate moving forward.

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Topics: Housing Affordability REconomy

REconomy Podcast: Why Housing Affordability Should Be Viewed Through The Lens Of Renters And Supply

By FirstAm Editor on April 1, 2021

In this episode of the REconomy podcast from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi explain why the key to measuring housing affordability is to determine whether a renter can afford to purchase a home, or more precisely how many homes they can afford to buy, if any.

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Topics: Housing Affordability REconomy

REconomy Podcast: Is The Speed Of Sales Sending Mixed Signals About Housing Inventory?

By FirstAm Editor on March 18, 2021

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 supply shortage ahead of the spring home-buying season and explain how the annual pace of home sales can be rising when there are so few homes for sale.

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Topics: Housing Affordability REconomy

REconomy Podcast: What Does The GameStop Frenzy And Innovation In Mortgage Finance Have In Common?

By FirstAm Editor on March 4, 2021

In this episode of the REconomy podcast from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi discuss how technology and innovation played a role in the recent GameStop stock market frenzy and what that phenomenon has in common with innovation in mortgage finance and the housing market.

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Topics: Housing Affordability REconomy

REconomy Podcast: Why Can’t We Build Enough Homes To Meet Demand?

By FirstAm Editor on February 16, 2021

In this episode of the REconomy podcast from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi discuss the headwinds home builders face as they try to ramp up new home construction amid today’s strong demand for housing and an historic housing supply shortage.

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Topics: Housing Affordability REconomy

REconomy Podcast: Why Rising Mortgage Rates Are Nothing To Fear

By FirstAm Editor on January 28, 2021

In this episode of the REconomy podcast from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi discuss whether or not mortgage rates will rise in 2021 and provide historical perspective on how the housing market responded during previous rising mortgage rate eras.

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Topics: Housing Affordability REconomy