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New US home sales jump 11.6 percent in December

...growth caused by increased demand, even if the figures may be bumpy from month-to-month, said Hela Richardson, chief economist at the real estate brokerage Redfin."We're seeing that the hottest demand is at the most affordable price points...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-27/new-us-home-sales-jump-116
Home sales driving Augusta's mortgage market

...weakness abroad and tumbling oil prices have led to further declines in longer-term interest rates," said MBA chief economist Mike Fratantoni.Although refinancing activityis leading the home-lending industry on a national scale, local mortgage...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2015-01-16/home-sales-
Why US inflation stays ultra-low while job growth is surging

...jobs at a robust pace," said Patrick O'Keefe, chief economist at consulting firm CohnReznick.Normally, with unemployment...disproportionately occurred in recent months, Wells Fargo chief economist John Silvia figures that wages might be held down...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-12/why-us-inflation-stays-ult
US gains 252K jobs; unemployment falls to 5.6 percent

...that trend has yet to emerge.The fall in average pay may actually reflect economic strength, said John Silvia, chief economist at Wells Fargo. Silvia suggested that the healthy hiring of recent months means that "many of these new hires are...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-09/us-gains-252k-jobs-unemplo
US home prices coasting upward in November

...middle of 2015.But "pockets of weakness" are surfacing in some parts of the country, noted Sam Khater, deputy chief economist at CoreLogic.In three of the states with the highest annualized gains in November - Texas (8.5 percent), Colorado...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-06/us-home-prices-coasting-up
US economy poised to propel global growth in 2015 as other nations struggle

...economy continues to improve," said Douglas Porter, chief economist at BMO Capital Markets. EVEN IF THE U.S. economy...sales and construction in 2015.Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow, thinks Americans ages 25 to 34, stung...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-29/us-economy-poised-propel-g
In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

...recoveries."It was a healing process from a severe recession and the financial crisis," said Richard Moody, the chief economist at Regions Financial, a bank based in Alabama.The healing isn't complete. Wage growth remains lackluster and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-26/2014-us-economy-began-shak
US home sales hit slowest pace in 6 months in November

...might have cut into sales, noted Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. This November was the...spurring more sales.Stan Humphries, Zillow's chief economist, forecasts that sales of existing homes will rise...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-22/us-home-sales-hit-slowest-
US orders for durable goods fall 0.7 percent in November

...The weak performance in this core category suggests that businesses are hesitant to invest, said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial. That creates a mixed picture for growth in the months ahead, after strong consumer spending...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-23/us-orders-durable-goods-fa
US jobless aid applications decline to 289,000

...for hiring since 1999.The figures are "low enough to signal very strong payroll growth," said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. The current level of applications is consistent with monthly job gains of about 300...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-18/us-jobless-aid-application