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Dwight Johnston, Vice President and Chief Economist for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues
The 2012 Housing Market: Bouncing Back

IS HOUSING JUST RIGHT, OR TOO HOT?
updated 05/17/13 12:36 PM
Economist Looks at 'Bubble' Talk
The “story of the year” in 2012 in California and Nevada was the housing market recovery, one that continued in the first quarter of 2013. Median prices surged by roughly 20 percent last year—a rise that was fueled by extraordinary demand by investors.

The confluence of Wall Street-type money managers and record low interest rates have caused some behaviors that are characteristic of a “bubble” market. Primarily, multiple offers on homes in many areas have become the rule rather than the exception. As buyers have seen the supply of homes on the market dwindle, they've been aggressive in bidding above asking prices.

Should we worry about a bubble?

Click here to continue reading Dwight Johnston's Economic Perspective column on page 16 within the April/May edition of Credit Union Digest!

                           
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LEADERS ENGAGE WITH STATE LAWMAKERS updated 04/15/14 09:44 AM
Card Security a Hot Topic
Credit union professionals and volunteers took a stand for their members in Sacramento from April 7-8 during the California Credit Union League’s 2014 Government Relations Rally (GRR)—an event that attracted more than 75 attendees and helped build relationships with state legislators.

CO-OP ANNOUNCES SHAREHOLDER DIVIDEND updated 04/14/14 01:37 PM
Patronage Pool of $30.5 Million
CO-OP Financial Services has announced a shareholder dividend pool of $30.5 million for 2013—a 17 percent increase from 2012. Since becoming a credit union-owned cooperative in 1996, CO-OP’s total shareholder patronage has been $284.8 million.

DBO REPS ADDRESS 'CUOLI' INVESTMENTS updated 04/14/14 01:05 PM
State CU Update Given
California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) Commissioner Jan Owen and Deputy Commissioner of Credit Unions Erick Orellana gave attendees an overview of the department during the California Credit Union League’s 2014 Government Relations Rally (GRR) last week in Sacramento and welcomed questions from attendees.

CONGRESSMEN CONCERNED OVER RBC RULES updated 04/09/14 01:18 PM
Questions Arise During Hearing
Reps. Ed Royce, R-CA, and Brad Sherman, D-CA, questioned National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) General Counsel Mike McKenna on the effectiveness of the NCUA's proposed risk-based capital rule during a House Financial Services Committee hearing last week.