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US homebuilders' confidence in sales prospects ebbs

...Consumers are exhibiting caution, and want to be on more stable financial footing before purchasing a home," said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe.Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted 11.4 percent in March, as the spring buying season opened with...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-18/us-homebuilders-confidence
First quarter home sales, prices rise across metro Augusta

...modest rise in housing supply at the end of the month despite the strong growth in sales is a welcoming sign," NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said in a statement. "More listings and new home construction are still needed to tame price growth...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2015-05-08/first-quart
Why homebuyers face a tough spring

...hold steady this year, although prices might increase as more baby boomers cash out of stocks, said Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the Realtors.With the stock market at all-time highs, Yun says, "this is benefiting the top 10 percent and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-11/why-homebuyers-face-tough-
Hiring by US businesses slows sharply in April

...more than 500 workers, according to ADP. They added just 5,000 jobs, the fewest in six months.Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, blamed the shortfall mostly on the dollar's strength, which makes large companies' exports...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-06/hiring-us-businesses-slows
With economy uncertain, no Fed rate hike is seen before fall

...accelerate during the summer and that will lay the basis for a rate hike at the September meeting," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics.Once the Fed does start raising rates, it's expected to do so very gradually."I look...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-27/economy-uncertain-no-fed-r
Survey: US businesses expect sales rebound, more hiring

...Growth in the first quarter appears to be an outlier within the broader economic outlook," said John Silvia, chief economist at Wells Fargo.Silvia is also president of the National Association for Business Economics, which conducted the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-20/survey-us-businesses-expec
Why your rent will rise again this year

...climbed in the past year, and that will help many of them move out of their parents' homes," says Jed Kolko, chief economist at online real estate firm Trulia. "Most of them will be renters first."More people vying for apartments helps...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-14/why-your-rent-will-rise-ag
US economy ekes out 0.2 percent growth rate in first quarter

...growth at the start of the year rules out any imminent hiking of interest rates by the Fed," Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, wrote in a research report.Plummeting exports dragged grown by nearly a full percentage point. The...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-29/us-economy-ekes-out-02-per
Tariffs, wages make Mexico an auto mecca

...tariffs when it ships a Q5 to Europe, compared with building the same vehicle in the U.S., says Sean McAlinden, chief economist at CAR.Audi also sells the Q5 in the U.S., where tariffs on cars built in Mexico were dropped under the North...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-24/tariffs-wages-make-mexico-
US jobless aid applications stay low, a sign of few layoffs

...economists were generally encouraged."Seven straight sub-300K reading signals strong payrolls," Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said in a note to clients.More Americans are receiving benefits: The number of recipients...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-23/us-jobless-aid-application