June 2009 • Issue 12
Denver Tops Rebounding Housing Markets: Barbara Corcoran highlights Denver as the number one recovering housing market on NBC's Today Show saying, "Everything about Denver is pointing up, up, up!"
Jobs May Recover First in Colorado: If you want to be in the right place when the recovery starts, that place may be in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Texas or Washington. The recession didn't start at the same time in every state, and it won't end at the same time either. A new forecast from Moody's economy.com predicts that jobs growth will return first in those five states, starting in the last quarter of this year.
Colorado Business Conditions Improve, Goss Index Shows: A monthly indicator of expected business activity in Colorado improved in May to its highest level in several months, Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said Monday in his monthly regional Business Conditions Index survey. Read more here.
City of Grand Junction Selected as Large Community of Year: GJEP nominates City based on economic development accomplishments. Each year EDIE awards are given by the Economic Developers Council of Colorado (EDCC) to acknowledge individual, corporate and community contributions to the economic development of Colorado.
Boulder Named "#1 Town to Live Well" by Forbes: Data came from ZoomProspector.com, a San Francisco-based consulting firm specializing in corporate relocation. It evaluated areas of the country with less than 100,000 people and named Boulder as the #1 town. Read more here.
Pending Home Sales Increase Nearly 7 Percent: The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in April, rose 6.7 percent to 90.3 from a reading of 84.6 in March, and is 3.2 percent above April 2008 when it was 87.5.Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says buyers are responding to very favorable market conditions. "Housing affordability conditions have been at historic highs, but now the $8,000 first-time buyer tax credit is beginning to impact the market," he says. "Since first-time buyers must finalize their purchase by November 30 to get the credit, we expect greater activity in the months ahead, and that should spark more sales by repeat buyers." Read more here.