Category Archives: US economy

The US: Do we have a George Costanza economy? (Video)

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Much like George blaming swimming in a cold pool for his shrinkage, can the negative 1% reading in GDP actually be attributed to weather? Much of the blame for any of the current economic weakness in the United States is being placed on harsh winter weather as in this note from AP: ‘The U.S. economy was […]

Are these 27 statistics one-offs or combined signs of a gasping economy?

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There are any number of opinions on how the US economy is actually doing and if it’s heading in the right or wrong direction! Whether it’s statistics such as the labor force participation rate, mortgage originations, GDP growth or retail sales the combined evidence concerning economic strength is not particularly encouraging. Is it simply due to rough […]

US Economic Calendar: Week of April 21, 2014

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Follow @Hallmark Abstract Service US Economic Calendar for the Week of April 21, 2014 For residential and commercial real estate buyers worried about mortgage rates or for current property owners looking to either refinance their mortgage or sell their property, the economic data to be released in the upcoming week will most certainly have some degree […]

US Economic Calendar: Week of March 24, 2014

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Follow @Hallmark Abstract Service US Economic Calendar for the Week of March 24, 2014 For real estate investors, potential home buyers worried about mortgage rates or current home owners looking to either refinance or sell, the economic data to be released in the upcoming week will most certainly have some degree of impact. The data […]

US Economic Calendar: Week of March 10, 2014

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US Economic Calendar for the Week of March 10, 2014 For real estate investors, potential home buyers worried about mortgage rates or current home owners looking to either refinance or sell, the economic data to be released in the upcoming week will most certainly have some degree of impact. The data could have a direct […]

Last nights 60 Minutes expose’ on the foreclosure crisis! (Video)

In case you missed the 60 Minutes story on the foreclosure crisis, here it is! Introduction to the foreclosure crisis From an article here last week, Hallmark Abstract Sentinel readers knew the following: @font-face { font-family: “Cambria”; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 10pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; […]

Is the Case-Shiller Index visual evidence of a double-dip in home prices (Chart)

The Case-Shiller Index @font-face { font-family: “Cambria”; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 10pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } The S&P/Case–Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index is a composite of single-family home price indices for the nine U.S. Census divisions. It is updated monthly. The national index is […]