Single-Family Housing Squeeze Eases in Texas; Multifamily Soars Laila Assanie
Single-family home sales in Texas—constrained by steadily rising prices,
tight bank lending standards and insufficient new-house inventory—should gain traction in 2015. A booming apartment market moderates slightly amid still-elevated construction activity, occupancy rates and rents.
On the Record: Bankers Reengage in Housing as Purchasers Confront Budget-Busting Prices
A Conversation with Mark G. Dotzour
Mark G. Dotzour is chief economist and director of research at the
Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. Dotzour, an observer of residential and commercial real estate trends, discusses why Texas home prices are hitting new highs, the prospects for new construction and housing’s overall impact on the Texas economy.
Mexico's New Banking Measures Aim
to Increase Credit, Transparency Edward C. Skelton
The overhaul of Mexico's banking laws, enacted as part of President Enrique Peña Nieto's wide-ranging economic and business structural changes, is designed to increase credit to small and medium-sized businesses while enhancing regulatory oversight and transparency.