Category Archives: Economics

Jobs strong in NJ

From the NJBIA: NJ Gains Jobs in May, Unemployment Dips to 4.6%  The state’s unemployment rate declined by one-tenth of a percentage point for the second consecutive month to 4.6% in May, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data … Continue reading

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Pays to own a home in NJ

(Until it doesn’t) From CoreLogic: Homeowner Equity Insights – Q1 2024 CoreLogic analysis shows U.S. homeowners with mortgages (roughly 62% of all properties*) have seen their equity increase by a total of $1.5 trillion since the first quarter of 2023, … Continue reading

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If you have to ask…

From Newsweek: Map Shows States With Highest Hidden Housing Costs The average annual cost of owning and maintaining a single-family home now exceeds $18,000, according to a new study. Homeownership is often considered a pathway to building wealth, but the ongoing … Continue reading

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More affordable homes?

From USA Today: High prices and mortgage rates have plagued the housing market. Now, a welcome shift Mortgage rates are high, home prices are lofty and selection is slim. There isn’t much to like about the housing market, except for one small positive: more … Continue reading

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Still hot

From NorthJersey.com: Real estate update: May marks 7th month of housing inventory growth across the nation May marked the seventh consecutive month of housing inventory growth across the nation, signaling that the number of homes for sale may slowly be returning to … Continue reading

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Tick tick tick

From the Daily Mail: Home prices are falling in these 4 former boomtowns – it’s a bad omen for the rest of America Home prices are falling in four former hotspots – as near-record housing costs push homebuyers away.  Three … Continue reading

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Jobs Day!

From Yahoo Finance: May jobs report expected to show more signs of cooling labor market The May jobs report is expected to show further signs of cooling in the labor market. The monthly report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, … Continue reading

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First to fall

From the Daily Mail: The cities where house prices are set to DROP – and most are in the south The cost of real estate only continues to inch upwards in states like New York and Connecticut. However, a new report from financial … Continue reading

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Don’t leave just yet

From InsiderNJ: Stay NJ Task Force Releases Report Recommending Changes to Simplify and Improve New Jersey’s Property Tax Relief Programs Today, the Stay NJ Task Force released its report providing recommendations for the State to implement the new Stay NJ program while simplifying and … Continue reading

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Pending sales post biggest drop in 3 years

From CNBC: Pending home sales in April slump to lowest level since the start of the pandemic Signed sales contracts on existing homes dropped 7.7% in April compared to March, the slowest pace since April 2020, according to the National … Continue reading

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Until AI takes over

From the APP: College pays off in NJ: 7th highest median earnings for graduates If you’re graduating from a New Jersey college, you might be in great shape. According to a new study, the Garden State ranks in the top … Continue reading

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PSA: Home prices and mortgage rates are not correlated

From CNN: US home prices hit another record high in March US home prices reached a record high in March, reflecting the housing market’s persistent affordability crisis. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller US National Home Price Index, a measure of home … Continue reading

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Will builders pull back?

From CNBC: Sales of newly built homes tank in April, as prices and interest rates rise Sales of newly built homes dropped 4.7% in April compared with March, and fell a larger 7.7% from the prior year, the U.S. Census … Continue reading

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The next tech hotspot?

From the NY Post: Time to buy in ‘Quantum Valley’? Upstate New York home prices are set to skyrocket as Big Tech moves in Will the San Francisco Bay Area tech hub known as Silicon Valley soon be eclipsed by the … Continue reading

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April sales dip

From Reuters: US home sales post second straight monthly drop; house prices accelerate U.S. existing home sales unexpectedly fell in April as higher mortgage rates and house prices weighed on demand, dealing another setback to the housing market. Though the … Continue reading

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