recession Archive

Economic Hurdles Call for Team Mentality

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt captivated audiences with his speed and charisma during the 2012 Summer Olympics. You may have noticed “The Fastest Man in the World” slows his steps ever so slightly when approaching the finish line during his...

Barely Getting By on a 6-Figure Income?

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A new survey conducted by WSL/Strategic Retail shows families in many parts of the country can’t even live comfortably on a six-figure household income. Additionally, more than half of respondents say they’re...
March 9, 2012

2000-2010: Not a ‘Lost Decade’ for Housing

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine On Barry Ritholtz’s economics blog, there’s a very illustrative set of charts (courtesy of Visualizing Economics) that shows increases and decreases in home values state-by-state — according to FHFA data — over...
April 27, 2011

This Recession Is O-vah!: ‘Zombie Bears’ Edition

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The latest in a crowd of pronouncements that the recession is officially behind us comes from economic analyst Barry Ritholtz, whose book I reviewed a while ago. Ritholtz, one of the most...
November 24, 2010

Economic Update: Mixed Signals

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine If attendees of NAR’s 2010 Leadership Summit were seeking some clarity around today’s “good news, bad news” economy, what they actually got was, well, good news and bad news. In an economic...
August 6, 2010

Mental Recession Redux?

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In July 2008, in the heat of the presidential election, McCain campaign advisor and former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm caused some controversy when he seemingly characterized the United States as “a nation...
September 25, 2009