And the Verdict is

first_imgWill there be another recession? According to Sharga, yes, due to natural cycles in the economy. He predicts that it’s not inevitable in 2018—maybe 2019. And if that were the case, the industry wouldn’t see a spike in foreclosures until 2020 or 2021. Rick Sharga, EVP of Ten-X, held a live webinar on Tuesday to discuss his 2017 mid-year housing update and his views on whether or not the mortgage finance industry is on track for another housing bubble. Editor’s Note: all included graphs were used during the live presentation. Sharga began by examining the various factors that play a role in the housing market. First, he talked about the gross domestic product, which currently sits at 2.6 percent. He mentions President Trump calls for a GDP growth sitting somewhere between 4 and 5 percent, which Sharga says, “isn’t close to realistic.After touching on GDP, he discussed the unemployment rate, which currently sits at 4.3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.Sharga contends that unemployment under 5 percent suggests that those who would be looking for jobs already have fulltime employment, as usually, the housing market reacts opposite to the unemployment figure—if unemployment is down, home sales should be up, and vice versa. Sharga attributes that to the fact wage rates haven’t kept up with rising home prices. In addition, he says that many people are choosing other nontraditional employment routes, such as Uber and AirBnb. in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News August 22, 2017 543 Views Share He does say, however, that inventory is improving from a 20 year low that was seen between 2012 and 2013. Housing starts are sitting at a projected 1.5 million, which is right where they should be.Another reason he explains why inventory is so tight is the fact that, even though there are still many people whose homes are underwater, virtually every avenue to attract delinquencies are down. Fewer homeowners are in a position of negative equity and foreclosure starts are as low as they were since 2005.center_img Ten-X 2017-08-22 Joey Pizzolato And Sharga’s conclusion? The economy is improving—homeownership rates are on the rise, albeit slowly, and the current market isn’t in the territory of another housing bubble. And the Verdict is? Inventory restrictions are also stifling home sales. He attributes this fact to a lower-than-average number of existing home sales, which should sit at six months. New home construction is also well below what it historically should be. See the charts they referenced below.last_img read more

Brits should consider booking cheap flights to Ger

first_imgBrits should consider booking cheap flights to Germany to explore the country’s cosmopolitan hubs, the nation’s tourism office has said.According to the organisation, the traditional image of the country is one of beer, imposing castles and cuckoo clocks – but it has now emerged as a hip and cutting-edge destination.Klaus Lohmann, the director of the German National Tourist Office in the UK and Ireland, said that now is an excellent time to “rediscover Germany’s cosmopolitan hubs” even if tourists have been to the country a number of times before.Throughout the year, it has been promoting the theme of Creative Germany, which is aiming to highlight the nation’s flair for design and architecture.”The aim of the campaign is to promote Germany as a contemporary and cultural holiday destination,” Mr Lohmann explained.”Germany already has an image for innovation, technical and design excellence and we want to encourage British travellers to go and see for themselves what a creative and innovative place this country is.”This year, the Ruhr’s Essen is sharing the European Capital of Culture title with Istanbul in Turkey and Pecs in Hungary.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMore Brits booking flights to GermanyMore Brits booking flights to GermanyEgypt becomes more popular with families this half termFamilies could book flights to Egypt because the country offers a variety of activities aimed at children and adults.Travellers no longer view Iceland as expensive, ABTA saysMore travellers could be booking flights to Iceland because people no longer think the country is an expensive place to visitlast_img read more