What’s Driving the Growth of the Housing Market?

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / What’s Driving the Growth of the Housing Market? Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Freddie Mac U.S. Housing Market 2016-01-27 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago January 27, 2016 1,039 Views What’s Driving the Growth of the Housing Market? Employment numbers and current mortgage payments among buyers are driving the health of the housing markets across the United States, according to Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) for November 2015 released Tuesday.Freddie Mac found that the U.S. housing market continued to stabilize as the MiMi value rose to 82.5 as of November 2015, meaning that the market is on its outer range of stable housing activity.According to the report, the MiMi value is up 0.82 percent month-over-month and 7.23 percent year-over-year. Over the last three months, the MiMi has risen 2.09 percent.The MiMi is up 39 percent from the all-time low recorded in October 2010, but remains far off from the peak of 121.7, the report stated.”We saw another strong year-over-year improvement at 7.23 percent in this month’s MiMi, the best 12-month showing in a year,” said Len Kiefer, Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist. “The regional variation of housing activity continues to become more pronounced.”Pushing the MiMi upward are the employment and current mortgage payment indicators in the housing market, which are both in the stable range. Freddie Mac reported that the employment indicator led the index gains with 105.5 points in November 2015, up 0.23 percent from the previous month and 7.43 percent from one year ago. The current on mortgage indicator stood at 84.8 points, down 0.60 percent from last month but up 9.65 percent from last year.Meanwhile, the purchase applications and payment-to-income indicators came in weak for November 2015. The purchase applications indicator rose 1.10 percent from the prior month to 68.7 points and is up 8.71 percent year-over-year. The payment-to-income indicator rose 3.18 percent to 71.1 points and is up 2.85 percent from last year.”We’re still seeing declines in oil-dependent housing markets, whereas the hardest hit metros from the Great Recession continue to see some of the best improvement as they recover,” Kiefer stated. “And at the same time, other markets are seeing even stronger improvement because of robust home sales fueled by strong local economies that remain largely affordable for the typical homebuyer. And in the short-term, we expect homebuyer affordability to remain strong with mortgage rates continuing to look very attractive to prospective homebuyers.”Freddie Mac’s Top 5 States With MiMi Values in the Stable Range:District of Columbia (101)North Dakota (96.5)Hawaii (95.9)Montana (95.7)Utah (93.3)Freddie Mac’s Top 5 Metros With MiMi Values in the Stable Range:Fresno, California (102.9)Austin, Texas (97.5)Honolulu, Hawaii (97.1)Salt Lake City, Utah (96.7)Denver, Colorado (96.5)Click here to view the full report. Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: The House is Holding Yellen’s Feet to the Fire Next: One State Takes Mortgage Relief a Step Further Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Freddie Mac U.S. Housing Market Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago last_img read more

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Call for 75% take home pay for hospitality workers

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – March 23, 2020 Twitter Call for 75% take home pay for hospitality workers Google+ There’s a call for workers in the hospitality sector to be given 75 per cent take home pay to see them through the coronavirus crisis.PwC says around 100,000 people may have already lost their jobs in the sector, with more indirectly affected.Its Insight report shows there’s an emergency in the industry, which covers hotels, restaurants and pubs.PwC’s Owen McFeeley is calling on the government to help firms in the sector:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/mcfedfgdfgdfgely7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Previous articleLater mail & parcel deliveries from todayNext articleGardai called to patrol ‘packed beaches’ during pandemic News Highland Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 center_img Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

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Man City willing to pay €95m for the signature of Serie A star

first_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?From Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became Close14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo? Manchester City are reportedly willing to pay €95 million to sign Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar.Advertisement Read Also: Chelsea, Man Utd on transfer collision course for Ajax starSkriniar is among the finest defenders in Europe and has done well for Inter this season.He is a key reason why the Nerazzurri currently have the best defensive record in Serie A and could be a suitable addition to Man City’s squad.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The Slovakian international has been an integral player for the Nerazzurri since joining them from Sampdoria. So far, Skriniar has made 113 appearances for Inter, scoring four goals and providing three assists.According to El Desmarque, Man City are interested in the 24-year-old and are willing to pay €95 million for his signature. The report also claims that Real Madrid were interested in signing him as well.City haven’t had the best of seasons in 2019/20 by their standards so far and a big reason behind this was the absence of Aymeric Laporte.The centre-back options that Pep Guardiola has besides the Frenchman are good but they need another quality defender.last_img read more

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‘We never asked, people demanded Bharat Ratna for Dhyanchand’

first_imgNEW DELHI: In the autumn of 1931, iconic Hollywood star Charlie Chaplin had a brief meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in a humble little house in East India Dock Road in London. A year later, in Los Angeles, Charlie Chaplin had another memorable meeting with another Indian icon, Major Dhyanchand.The hockey wizard, who registered some of the biggest wins in the game, was an instant star at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics after winning the gold for India. “Charlie Chaplin came to the Olympic village and met Dada (Dhyanchand) and his other teammates. The American media highlighted the meeting,” revealed Ashok Dhyanchand, World Cup winner and son of the hockey legend, who along with several Olympians has demanded Bharat Ratna for Dhyanchand. Remembering his father on his 115th birth anniversary, Ashok said that India honours the hockey legend by celebrating National Sports Day on his birthday on August 29 every year. “This is an honour not only for our family but for all sports loving people of the country. And to be true, the Bharat Ratna for Dhyanchand has been demanded by the people of India, and not by us. It’s for the government to decide. As far as I know, the Sports Ministry (during UPA-2) had recommended Bharat Ratna for Dada, but somehow the final approval on the file was for Sachin (Tendulkar),” said Ashok, who scored the winning goal against Pakistan in India’s maiden World Cup title at Kualalumpur in 1975. On Tendulakar, the hockey Olympian said, “I have respect and love for Sachin. He is the greatest cricketer India has ever produced. But top sports historians are of the view that Dhyanchand was the greatest sportsman ever born in Indian sub-continent…because he was unbeatable. For an athlete to remain unbeaten for an entire career, in any sporting discipline, is itself a record.” On a rare photograph of Dhyanchand playing cricket, Ashok said Dada was brilliant in several games. Billiards was his favourite pastime. He was fond of football and also played cricket. In a friendly match played in Mount Abu (in 1950s), Dhyanchand batted as a star and the bowlers could not beat him for once. Dhyanchand’s autobiography “Goal!”, published in 1952 by Sports and Pastime, Chennai, reveals about the hockey legend’s meeting with cricket legend Sir Don Bradman. On May 2, 1935 in Adelaide, Bradman arrived at a function hosted for Dhyanchand and his team by the Lord Mayor. Bradman was so impressed by Dhyanchand’s spellbound stickwork that he compared his runs with the latter’s goals scored on the tour. In that tour, Dhyanchand played 43 matches and scored 201 goals. Bradman later posed with Dhyanchand for photographs. On Bharat Ratna for Dhyanchand, Ashok said that being his son, this question is asked to him every year on the eve of National Sports Day. “Often I feel why I am being asked about Bharat Ratna? The question should be asked to the government. More precisely to the UPA-2 regime, which had recommended Bharat Ratna for Dada but did not honour the recommendation of the then sports minister,” Ashok said, adding, “However, the government has announced so many awards in his memory. So many stadia have been built in his name… I am honoured by the government’s recognition for Dada’s contribution to sports.” On National Sports Day, the government honours outstanding sportspersons by giving them Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjun Award and Dronacharya Award (for best coach) at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. India’s highest award for lifetime achievement in sports is the Dhyan Chand Award which has been awarded annually from 2002 to sporting figures who not only contribute through their performance, but also contribute to the sport after their retirement. The government also named the National Stadium in Delhi in the memory of Dhyanchand. Several streets, parks and playgrounds have been named in the memory of the hockey wizard, both in India and abroad. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Re-Opening Education Institutes Issues & Challengeslast_img read more

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Donald Trump, GOP leaders call for 2020 college football season to be played as scheduled

first_imgThe 2020 college football season is in doubt because of health concerns related to the coronavirus, but college football players around the country say they still want to play.President Donald Trump and other GOP leaders have voiced their support for the #WeWantToPlay movement. Trump issued two tweets Monday about not canceling the upcoming season. Also on Monday, U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, wrote a letter to Big Ten Conference presidents and chancellors asking them not to cancel the 2020 season.Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) has drafted a letter that he plans to send to Big Ten presidents, identifying reasons why he believes college football should be [email protected] obtained a copy.Sasse is a former university president. pic.twitter.com/xrpRjiWREf— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 10, 2020″Life is about tradeoffs,” Sasse wrote. “There are no guarantees that college football will be completely safe — that’s absolutely true; it’s always true. But the structure and discipline of football programs is very likely safer than what the lived experience of 18-to-22-year-olds will be if there isn’t a season.”Canceling the fall season would mean closing down socially-distanced, structured programs for these athletes. Young men will be pushed away from universities that are uniquely positioned to provide them with testing and health care.” The student-athletes have been working too hard for their season to be cancelled. #WeWantToPlay https://t.co/lI3CCKZ4ID— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020He issued a second tweet about an hour later.Play College Football!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020″The president would very much like to see college football safely resume their sport. … They work their whole lives for this moment and he’d like to see [these athletes] live out their dreams,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Monday.MORE: Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence becomes a leading voice for #WeWantToPlay messageFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis joined Clay Travis on Fox Sports Radio on Monday and said he believes “without question” that the ACC and SEC should play this fall and he is “100 percent” in favor of playing.DeSantis said if Big Ten schools want to cancel, the SEC and ACC should go after their best players and let them play in their conference.last_img read more

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Get No-Cost Back-to-School Immunizations September 21 In Olympia

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Public HealthThis year the Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps is partnering with Group Health Cooperative to expand the annual no cost Back-to-School Immunization Clinic. The clinic is now providing the recommended immunizations, including seasonal flu, along with the immunizations required for schools.Date: Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to noon Location: Group Health Cooperative, 700 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506Who: Students entering pre-school through age 18What: Vaccines required for school entry and vaccines recommended for childrenCost: No cost, please bring immunization records if available.A parent or legal guardian must accompany children to the clinic. No pre-registration is required, and immunizations are available on a first come first serve basis. Parents and guardians should bring immunizations records. No immunizations wavers will be signed. Information about vaccines required for school entry and the waiver process can be obtained from your school or on this website.For more information download a clinic flyer (available in English and Spanish) or call 360-709-3080 (TDD 360-867-2603).last_img read more

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Washington State Library to host Eclipse Event August 21

first_imgFacebook210Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State LibraryFor those who aren’t headed south for a total view of the solar eclipse on August 21, the Washington State Library is offering an alternative to watch the rarely seen astronomical phenomenon much closer to home.The State Library is hosting an Eclipse Event at its Tumwater location from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Aug. 21. The event, which is free to the public, will be held on the south side of the library building, located at 6880 Capitol Blvd. SE in Tumwater.“We invite everyone throughout the Olympia area to join us at our Eclipse Event on the 21st,” said State Librarian Cindy Aden. “This is a rare, amazing natural occurrence that the South Sound area won’t experience again until 2044, so we hope others will join us to observe and celebrate this incredible moment.”The State Library will hand out 200 pairs of eclipse glasses on a first-come, first-served basis. A reflective projection area will be set up outside so that those who don’t receive the safety glasses can still watch and enjoy the eclipse. Because parking is very limited, people are asked to use public transportation to reach the library. Intercity Transit’s Bus #13 drops off passengers right outside the main library entrance.A speaker from the Tacoma Astronomical Society will be on hand to talk about the science behind the eclipse and answer questions.  People can use the special hashtag, #WSL_Eclipse, on social media posts to get in on the fun!The Olympia area will experience about a 94 percent eclipse starting around 9:07 a.m. as the moon moves east. The optimal viewing time will be at 10:19 a.m. as the moon blocks nearly all of the sun. The eclipse will end around 11:38 a.m.The State Library has distributed nearly 4,000 eclipse glasses to 44 libraries across the state for safe viewing of the eclipse. The list of libraries is here. Each library location will host programs filled with safety information, fun facts and learning opportunities for families.last_img read more

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