Month: May 2020

Spending by U.S. consumers fell a record 13.6% in April as the COVID-19 pandemic slashed demand for goods and services. The Labor Department reported on Friday that personal consumption expenditures fell $1.89 trillion last month while personal outlays dropped $1.91 trillion. Real personal consumption expenditures decreased 13.2%. The PCE price index fell 0.5%; excluding food
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The rising tensions between the U.S. and China could continue to hang over the technology sector, even though President Donald Trump on Friday stopped short of threatening Beijing with more trade actions. The president said the U.S. was ending its preferential treatment of Hong Kong and terminated the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization
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Los Angeles posted 15 percent listing price gains Getty Here’s some positive housing market news from realtor.com’ s Weekly Housing Trends Report for the week ending May 23. The numbers show more new listings than in previous weeks. That’s a sign of a market kicking into more of a recovery mode.   Here are some
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Sonya Carp and her husband own two short-term rental properties in Florida, and they have decided to list one for sale as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Courtesy of Sonya Carp Consolidation is hitting the market for short-term home rentals as the coronavirus pandemic has curtailed travel dramatically this year. Small landlords and venture-backed
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The municipal market concluded the final trading session of May on steady footing, with secondary yields remaining flat Friday amid a pickup in issuance. Meanwhile, New York City will begin to reopen starting June 8, the mayor and governor said Friday. Generic municipal yields have held at steady levels, though some sources said that is
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Zillow CEO Richard Barton told CNBC on Friday that the online real estate company has not observed a dramatic spike in people moving out of dense, urban areas due to the coronavirus pandemic.  “We’re all searching for our data to confirm our bias, or our theory, that people are moving out of the city into the suburbs,” Barton said
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Unica asking $100 million Hilton & Hyland The impact of Covid-19 has seemingly set in motion a sudden trend of discounts at the very top of the country’s most expensive real estate markets. Most notably, billionaire Travis Kalanick, former Uber UBER CEO, purchased Los Angeles’ Bellagio Estate for $43.3 million, after it sat on the
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A realtor, at right, shows prospective buyers a property in Newport Beach, California. Jamie Rector | Bloomberg | Getty Images It’s not as if the coronavirus pandemic has gone away, but after a sharp pullback, homebuyers are now piling back into the housing market much faster than expected. Mortgage applications to purchase a home rose
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The New York Stock Exchange trading floor, closed since March 23, is partially reopening on Tuesday. “I’m ready,” floor trader Jonathan Corpina of Meridian Equity Partners  said. “We have been waiting a long time, we are prepared. Our customers are ready.” Corpina acknowledged some trepidation about returning, a feeling, he said, of “walking into the
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