State Business Tax Environment 2018 — Tax Foundation

This annual blog begins as it was ended last year:  Just as words have meaning, taxes have economic ramifications.    Each state varies in one form or another in how they fund state government and also in how much government they fund.  Big government requires big funding, and vice-versa.  As usual, I invoke the TINSTAANREM axiom …Read more

Residential Purchase and Refinance Lending Volume Forecast Update — October 2017

As we economists say, “forecasting is difficult, especially the future.”   Fortunately, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the MBA update their quarterly and annual forecasts monthly for residential lending volumes –  both refinance and purchase transactions.  The forecasts typically span a three-year period, currently from 2016 to 2018.  The lagging year (2016 at this time) often …Read more

Existing Home Sales Dip 1.6 Percent Year-Over-Year in September 2017, But Surprisingly Rose 0.7 Percent from August

Given the Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, consensus was for declining existing home sales year-over-year and sequentially from August.  While sales dipped 1.6 percent in September 2017 versus a year ago, sales edged up slightly (0.7 percent) from August according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) to a 5.39 million seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR).  …Read more