10/1: MetroIntelligence Economic Update by P. DUFFY

Consumer sentiment edges up to 93.2 in late September Although consumer sentiment continued to post small increases throughout September to 93.2, the overall trends in the Sentiment Index show signs of a slow erosion.  Trade policies have had the greatest negative impact on consumers, with a near record one-third of all consumers negatively mentioning trade policies. http://www.sca.isr.umich.edu/   Disposable income up another 0.5 percent in August, but consumer spending nearly flat While disposable personal income rose by 0.5 percent in August (mostly due to wage gains), personal consumption expenditures rose…

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Four Home Design Trends to Watch

These thoughtful, intentional approaches to mindful, enriched environments feel nothing but fresh and — in many ways — timeless… Read More Boston Real Estate http://realestate.boston.com/home-improvement/2019/09/25/4-home-design-trends-to-watch/

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9/27: MetroIntelligence Economic Update by P. DUFFY

August pending home sales index rose 1.6 percent from July and 2.5 percent year-on-year The Pending Home Sales Index climbed 1.6% to 107.3 in August, reversing the prior month’s decrease. Year-over-year contract signings jumped 2.5%. An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity. https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/pending-home-sales-grow-1-6-in-august   2Q 2019 GDP growth remains at 2.0 percent in third and final estimate Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 2.0 percent in the second quarter of 2019, according to the “third” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The…

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