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ECONOMIST: UPTICK IN HOUSING DEMAND
updated 09/27/13 11:54 AM
Speaker at Upcoming Economic Forum
Catalyst Corporate FCU's 36th annual Economic Forum on Oct. 22-23 will bring together seven economists and financial industry experts to share valuable insights to help credit unions prepare for the future.

James Smith, chief economist for Parsec Financial Management and one of the featured speakers, will discuss "Credit Union Implications of a Rebounding Real Estate Market".

"Credit union leaders may be surprised to see how strong the demand for housing and home mortgages is over the next few years," said Smith. "The U.S. has not built enough new houses for several years, so pent-up demand is huge."

According to Smith, demand for new households is about 1.25 million units a year. Couple this with the 250,000 to 300,000 units that are demolished each year, and demand increases further. That means to keep up with demand there should be about 1.5 million single-family housing starts—a level that hasn't been seen since 2006.

U.S. homebuilder confidence is currently at its highest level since 2005, and credit unions are jumping on the bandwagon. In 2005, credit unions issued more than $59 billion in first-lien mortgages. In 2012 that number swelled to $123 billion, and is on pace to reach $130 billion in 2013.

"Obviously, credit unions striving to provide the best service possible to their members will want to take whatever steps are necessary to help them find the right mortgage products," Smith added. "As these differ widely depending upon the characteristics of the membership, credit unions must make informed choices to ensure that products are a good fit for both the members and the credit union as a whole."

Learn more about housing marketing and get valuable intel from Smith at the Economic Forum.Click here to register!

                           
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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.