Tag Archives: Employment

Another Top-10 List — America’s Most Affordable Big Cities

We all appreciate the charm and calmness of small towns, but then admit that larger locales offer more opportunities — employment, entertainment, education, healthcare, travel options and shopping – just to name a few. There are tradeoffs as in many instances larger cities have increased crime rates, more noise, congestion, longer commute times and higher …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Fastest Growing Jobs in America

Jobs are everything to the economy and to the demand for real estate. Within the economy, however, some jobs face an outlook for increased demand while others portend a decline. Two extremes include the almost disappearance of the travel agent industry with the other end of the spectrum being the explosive growth of Web site …Read more

Portland, Oregon — An Award Winning Rose of an Economy

This week I had the opportunity to speak to the Oregon Mortgage Bankers Association in Portland, Oregon. It was a fun trip to catch up with colleagues, friends, customers and for the first time, see a new granddaughter as my daughter, son-in-law and children live there. The Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) created 28,900 net …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best Recession Recovery Cities

While the recession officially ended in June of 2009 according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, many cities are still struggling to get back to normal, so-to-speak. Yet other cities are enjoying the best economies ever with record home values, incomes and employment levels. To analyze where the recession has been left furthest behind, …Read more