|Dwight Johnston, Vice President and Chief Economist for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues|
HOUSING: NOT TOO HOT, NOT TOO COLD
updated 10/25/13 11:45 AM
Stable Market in Sight
The housing markets in California and Nevada have been raging for more than a year. Prices and sales languished for almost three years after the economic recovery began and the confidence factor kept buyers at bay.
But that changed last year when big investment money started flowing into housing. Several multi-billion dollar and slightly smaller funds sprang up out of nowhere.
The tidal wave of money from Wall Street became caused something to snap on the part of would-be homebuyers. Not only did buyers find a reason to be confident that home prices have bottomed, they finally discovered the power of low mortgage rates.
However, homebuyers found a competitive market instead of a market awash with homes begging for purchasers. The abundant supply of homes had vanished. The market went from ice cold to boiling hot in a matter of a few short months.
CU TESTIFIES ON 'ERA TANDA' LOAN updated
12/02/13 11:02 AM
Banking Committee Reviews Program
Representatives from Travis CU recently testified before the California Senate Banking Committee about its new loan product that's geared to help the unbanked and under-banked Latino community access financial education and improve credit.
SURVEY: HOLIDAY SPENDING TO INCREASE updated
11/27/13 02:18 PM
Results are 'Encouraging,' Economist Says
More consumers plan to increase their spending during this year's holiday season, and fewer consumers plan to spend less than they did last year, according to the 14th annual holiday spending survey conducted by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).
INSURANCE PARITY BILL MOVES FORWARD updated
11/19/13 10:00 AM
CA Congressmen Support Legislation
The House Financial Services Committee recently passed H.R. 3468, the Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act. Authored by Rep. Ed Royce, R-Brea, this legislation will extend insurance fund coverage for Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTAs).