|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.
THE HOME EQUITY OPPORTUNITY IS BACK updated
09/29/14 11:10 AM
However, 1st Mortgage Originations Drop
Even as total real estate loans for California credit unions in the second quarter of this year matched the all-time high in late 2008, it’s a different story for the “other real estate loans” category—primarily home equity loans, which are off by 38 percent.
2014 CU STAFF COMPENSATION SURVEY updated
09/29/14 10:16 AM
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PROACTIVE WAYS TO BUILD CU CHAMPIONS updated
09/29/14 10:02 AM
Building Relationships is Vital
Credit union leaders passionate about political advocacy recently met with candidates throughout California and Nevada to show the industry’s support of their campaigns, including Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-CA, Brian Sandoval, governor of Nevada, and Pat Bates, candidate for California State Senate District 36 and current fifth district county supervisor for Orange County.