The REconomy Podcast™: Where are Apartment Rents Poised to Fall in 2024?

By FirstAm Editor on February 15, 2024

In this episode of The REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi discuss the outlook for apartment rents, examining how and why rents are changing and where rents may decline, with Senior Commercial Real Estate Economist Xander Snyder. Read More

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The REconomy Podcast™: Tackling the Most Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Economic Trends Currently Impacting Real Estate (Part 1)

By FirstAm Editor on December 14, 2023

In this episode of The REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi gather the entire First American Economics team to tackle the some of the most frequently asked questions they receive on the housing market, multi-family rent dynamics, mortgage rates, demographic trends and more. ... Read More

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The REconomy Podcast™: Why the 1980s Offers the Best Comp for Today’s Housing Market

By FirstAm Editor on October 27, 2023

In this episode of The REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi compare the dynamics of today’s challenging housing market with the housing market crash of the mid-to-late 2000s and the housing market of the early 1980s. Read More

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The REconomy Podcast™: Why are Property Insurance Costs Soaring?

By FirstAm Editor on October 12, 2023

In this episode of The REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi and Senior Commercial Real Estate Economist Xander Snyder discuss the dynamics fueling the dramatic increase in property insurance premiums and how soaring property insurance costs may impact residential and commercial real estate markets. Read More

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The REconomy Podcast™: How ‘the Force’ of Demographic Trends will Impact the Housing Market

By FirstAm Editor on September 28, 2023

In this episode of The REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Economist Ksenia Potapov discuss how demographic forces can influence both home-buying demand and supply as millennials and Baby Boomers age into important phases of life that will impact the housing market. Read More

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The REconomy Podcast™: Should You Rent or Buy a Home Right Now?

By FirstAm Editor on September 14, 2023

In this episode of The REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi examine the timeless, yet extremely timely question – to be or not to be a homeowner? Read More

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The REconomy Podcast™: Breaking Down the Mortgage Rate Spread and What it Means for Mortgage Rate Trends

By FirstAm Editor on August 31, 2023

In this episode of The REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi examine why mortgage rates have drifted higher by breaking down the components of the spread between the average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate and the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield, explaining how each component is ... Read More

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The REconomy Podcast™: Why U.S. Homeowners Have a Big Advantage in a Rising Mortgage Rate Environment

By FirstAm Editor on August 17, 2023

In this episode of The REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi examine how mortgage loan products are structured in other countries and compare them to the prevailing mortgage loan product in the U.S. – the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage. Read More

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The REconomy Podcast™: What is a Housing Recession and is the U.S. in One Now? (Part 2)

By FirstAm Editor on August 3, 2023

In this episode of The REconomy Podcast™ from First American, Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi share their new housing recession model that provides a data-driven definition of a housing recession, look back at the history of housing recessions, and discuss whether or not we’re in a housing recession today. Read More

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