2016

Nov 23, 2016

Commercial Construction Update: Third-Quarter 2016

Half of respondents to the Atlanta Fed's latest Construction and Real Estate Survey indicated that the pace of multifamily construction was flat to down. Read highlights of the survey in Real Estate Research.

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Nov 21, 2016

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Home Sales Expectations Show Slight Improvement

In October's survey, many residential brokers and most builders anticipate flat to slightly higher home sales over the next three months compared to a year earlier.

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Nov 09, 2016

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Probing Commercial Construction

Most of our contacts plan to increase hiring in the fourth quarter. See the survey to get all the results.

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Nov 03, 2016

Incentive Compensation and Proposed Rules

Banks always balance lending with prudent risk. But are conditions in commercial and industrial lending showing signs of greater-than-normal risk? Economy Matters' "ViewPoint" provides an overview of trends in the sector.

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Oct 17, 2016

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Home Prices Trend Higher

Southeast residential prices increased from the year-earlier level in September, but brokers and builders reported mixed sentiment on sales for the month.

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Sep 19, 2016

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Home Sales Expectations Moderated in August

Several factors may be contributing to softer expectations, including the close of the summer selling season, tight inventory levels at lower price points, rising home prices, and concern about the upcoming presidential election.

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Aug 17, 2016

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Building Momentum?

Homebuilders' expectations for construction activity over the next three months remained positive in July, with most respondents anticipating an increase relative to the year-ago level.

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Aug 03, 2016

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Taking the Pulse of Commercial Construction

We have added a new, quarterly component to our survey that looks at sentiment in the commercial construction market. Contacts report a healthy backlog and anticipate an increase in nonresidential construction and a leveling off in multifamily building.

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Jul 18, 2016

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Is the Glass Half-Full?

For the first time in our survey, half the builders said credit met or exceeded their demand. That's significant because lack of credit has been a major obstacle for homebuilders and one reason why construction is only a fraction of what it was before the downturn.

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Jun 21, 2016

Rising Construction Costs Affect Housing Affordability

As builders in cities like Atlanta and Nashville build more expensive homes, finding affordable homes may be becoming a challenge. This article looks at some trends.

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Jun 20, 2016

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Keep on the Sunny Side

Reports on buyer traffic and home sales remained positive in May, according to most of the real estate contacts surveyed.

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Jun 09, 2016

To Reshore or Not to Reshore, That Is the Question

Companies have offshored certain jobs to lower-cost countries for many years. But as global economic conditions change, is the tide turning and bringing some employment back to the states? This article looks at the pros and cons of reshoring.

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Jun 09, 2016

Construction Lending Update: Have the Banks Finally Opened the Spigots?

Bank call report data can reveal much about construction lending. Real Estate Research offers some observations.

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Jun 09, 2016

It's Not Just Millennials Who Aren't Buying Homes

The U.S. homeownership rate—at historic highs not so long ago—has declined in recent years. A new macroblog post looks at a variety of factors at work in bringing the rate down and how the changes vary across demographic groups.

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Jun 09, 2016

Apartments, and Rents, Are Rising across the Southeast. Is It Too Much?

Why is there a surge in multifamily construction, especially higher-end buildings? This article looks at the trends and implications.

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May 26, 2016

Senior Housing Industry Aging Gracefully

The surge in the population of older Americans is fueling the growth of "senior living facilities" to house this population. This article looks at this nascent industry.

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May 13, 2016

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Spring into Action

Construction activity was up in April year over year, according to most of the builders surveyed. Their expectation for activity over the next three months remained positive.

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May 04, 2016

Construction Spending Update

The recovery in real estate still has legs. That's the conclusion of the latest Real Estate Research post, which provides an analysis of the latest construction spending report.

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Apr 27, 2016

Teachers Teaching Teachers: The Role of Networks in Financial Decisions

Whether or not to refinance a home is a big decision, and many people likely rely on their social networks for guidance. Real Estate Research examines a research paper establishing the importance of networks in such decisions.

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Apr 18, 2016

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Prices Up, Inventory Down

Home prices continued to rise in March as buyer traffic picked up and inventory levels remained low, according to most builders and brokers surveyed.

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Apr 08, 2016

New Orleans Community Leaders Address Affordable Housing Challenges

The availability of affordable housing was the topic of a recent event at the New Orleans Branch of the Atlanta Fed. On March 4, community leaders, lenders, and housing officials met at the branch to discuss best practices in financing. Economy Matters has highlights.

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Mar 18, 2016

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Home Prices Up

Prices continued to climb year over year in February, according to most builders and brokers surveyed. Both buyer traffic and home sales were flat to slightly up compared to a year earlier.

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Mar 14, 2016

The Unforgiving Commercial Real Estate Cycle

Commercial real estate appears to be booming—which is why at least one expert urges caution. This Economy Matters story recaps a presentation from the Atlanta Fed's recent Banking Outlook Conference.

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Feb 23, 2016

Dearth of First-Time Home Buyers Slowing Recovery?

The economic recovery is missing a key ingredient: real estate. That's because real estate is missing a key ingredient: first-time home buyers. Find out more in this edition of ECONversations.

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Feb 22, 2016

Taking the Temperature of Real Estate

Regionally, the real estate sector has been important to the economy and has acted as a bellwether for other sectors, such as employment. In the new Economy Matters podcast, two Atlanta Fed experts discuss real estate—and whether we're in a new bubble.

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Feb 16, 2016

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Sentiment Stays Positive

Expectations for home sales activity over the next few months remained upbeat in January. Home sales prices were up, according to the brokers and builders surveyed. See all the survey results!

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Feb 10, 2016

ECONversations Webcast: Checking In on First-Time Home Buyers - February 10, 2016

The economic recovery is missing a key ingredient: real estate. That's because real estate is missing a key ingredient: first-time home buyers. Find out more in this edition of ECONversations.

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Feb 03, 2016

New Year, New Beginnings

Southeastern firms point to a generally positive business environment for 2016. However, that optimism is tempered somewhat by a greater sense of caution expressed by some contacts, reports Southeastern Insights.

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Jan 14, 2016

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Outlook Improves

Our December survey shows a more positive trend for residential home sales activity over the next three months. Many contacts expect sales to hold steady or increase slightly compared to a year earlier.

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