Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Swift Sales Further Deplete Inventory Swift Sales Further Deplete Inventory 2021-04-19 Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Previous: Number of GSE Loans in Forbearance Plans Dips Lower Next: CFPB Issues Increased Eviction Protections Home sales in March rose by one-third over February’s totals, and the demand from homebuyers drove the median sales price up above $300,000 for the first time in the history of a report published by RE/MAX Holdings, franchisor of real estate brokerage services. The data team there goes on to report that, in the meantime, the pace of sales accelerated to the fastest rate on their record for the month of March—that further strained the housing inventory to about half of what it was one year ago.”It’s definitely a seller’s market right now, and homes are selling at a feverish pitch, further crimping this historically low inventory situation,” said Adam Contos, CEO of RE/MAX Holdings. “On average, homes that sold last month had been on the market just 38 days, nearly three weeks less than the March average of 59 days from the past four years.”Contos continued: “New listings are coming onto the market, but because houses are selling so fast, the inventory total can’t keep pace. The result is a constantly thinner range of options for buyers to consider. In many markets, buyers have to race to make an offer—often over listing price—to get the house they want, and that competition creates an attractive environment for sellers. It’s tricky on both sides of the equation ….”Just as other researchers have said, the team at RE/MAX remarked that their year-to-year- comparisons are skewed by pandemic-spurred restrictions during March 2020. Nonetheless, they say, housing activity in the report’s 53 markets nationwide last month hit several notable milestones:The median sales price of $303,000 rose 4.5% above the previous report record of $290,050 in February and was 14.3% higher year over year.Inventory dropped to a new report low for the ninth consecutive month and was 45.2% lower year over year.Average “months supply of inventory” set a report record of 1.1, eclipsing the previous low of 1.6 months in February. The figure for March 2020 was 3.2 months of available supply.And the market missed another milestone by only a hair: The average days on the market of 38 was 16 days less than March 2020 and just two days more than the report record of 36 set last November.Indeed, March was only the fifth month in report history with average days on the market running sub 40.”All five times have occurred in the past seven months,” the authors of the report said. Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago April 19, 2021 774 Views Sign up for DS News Daily
by Becky DerbyshireDo we not all have one of those friends who just seems to be able to discover bands and singers who no-one else has heard of? Mine introduced me to bluegrass through a band who I most cordially encourage you to seek out, Nickel Creek. Impressive enough on CD, on stage they are open-mouth gawpingly awesome. It is only on stage that you can fully appreciate the skill, talent and downright enthusiasm that bluegrass musicians have for their genre.Bluegrass has only had an impact on mainstream British music fairly recently. Often mistaken for folk music, bluegrass in fact has many influences on it. The genre combines old-time British and Irish inspiration with a great African-American influence (gospel, ragtime, jazz and blues all having their effects), to create a mesh of sometimes toe-tapping and sometimes incredibly soothing music.The father of the genre however was one Billy Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys. The band formed in 1939, but it was only in 1945 when Earl Scruggs, a banjo player, joined the group with his distinctive playing style (a three-fingered roll on the banjo) that this new genre of music actually developed.It only became truly distinctive in the mid-1950s during the emergence of Rock and Roll, and whilst electric guitars began to be strummed by the fingers of many Country players, the Bluegrass players stuck to their acoustic instruments. There has indeed been much debate between those in the know as to what constitutes a bluegrass band, Most accept the benchmark of a fiddle, a five string banjo, a mandolin and an upright bass. Nevertheless, there have been movements in recent years to more progressive bluegrass music with some electric instruments.Like with any style of music boundaries are flexible and the style of bluegrass in often very varied. One of the few guarantees of bluegrass though is that the music is likely to be very technically demanding with fast and complex melodies often being improvised. Indeed the great aptitude of these players is amazing when one considers that often all within the band are not only good singers but virtuoso musicians.With the fusion of different styles that have influenced this genre, there is a little of something for everyone. From the pure and meaty sounds of Flatt and Scruggs, to the silky feather-light voice of Allison Krauss, to the more progressive sounds of ‘newgrass’ with Nickel Creek, Bluegrass is a well worth giving some ear time to.
FirstEnergy to close Bruce Mansfield coal plant two years early FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:The owner of the Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant in Beaver County, the largest in the state, said the facility will shutter in November, nearly two years ahead of an already truncated schedule.Bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. blamed a “lack of economic viability in current market conditions” for the decision to close the remaining unit still operating at the plant. Two other units have been offline for a year and a half, following a January 2018 fire that damaged pollution control and other equipment.Last month, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 272 that represents 230 workers at Bruce Mansfield scored a victory against the company in federal court that could yield about $5.5 million in back wages. The union alleged that after contract negotiations resulted in an impasse, FirstEnergy Solutions unilaterally imposed working conditions.A spokesman for the company said last month that FirstEnergy Solutions would review the decision and that any payments would ultimately get hashed out in bankruptcy court. The company’s reorganization plan is slated to be heard by a bankruptcy judge this month, four months after the same judge called FirstEnergy’s earlier disclosures about the plan “patently unconfirmable.”“Deactivation activities” at Bruce Mansfield should be done by May 2020, FirstEnergy Solutions said in a press release Friday. “In all cases, the company will comply with its collective bargaining agreement, including severance as applicable, and have already initiated discussions with union leadership.”More: Bruce Mansfield to close in November, FirstEnergy Solutions says.
Overall, credit union boards do a great job overseeing their organizations’ financial performance. Most also monitor member performance such as total growth and member satisfaction. Some CUs look at organizational culture data during the year. Others do broader brand tracking. Much of the “fiduciary” part of board success is how intensely boards monitor these and other “key performance indicators.” As you consider how your credit union board may be performing on this “fiduciary” oversight responsibility, you might wish to think more broadly about tracking KPIs.Financial PerformanceAlthough monitoring CU financial performance is a fiduciary process most CU boards are very familiar with, more advanced boards are putting the business “key performance indicators” into a dashboard format that’s color coded for easy viewing. A dashboard can be quickly scanned and the board can parse exactly where they wish to have discussion. The balanced scorecard literature suggests seven indicators per dashboard.Member ValueSatisfaction is the level of member “smile” relative to CU services and functions. “Value” answers the question “do I get what I believe I need” in access, appropriateness of products and acceptability of offerings. “Speed” of service can be both a satisfaction issue and a value issue if you don’t meet contemporary standards (e.g. loan approval turnaround, problem resolution time, access to account information 24/7). What questions are you asking and tracking regarding members’ value interests? These should most likely be tracked 2-4 times a year rather than only annually—in today’s business environment member values are constantly on the move. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Published on September 20, 2019 at 11:01 pm Contact Tim: [email protected] Syracuse had just one shot on goal all night. It happened to be from exactly 12 yards away. And Taylor Bennett’s penalty kick in the 61st minute proved to be the only shot on net the Orange needed to tie. After 110 minutes of play at Petersen Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, on Friday night, Syracuse (2-4-2, 0-0-1 Atlantic Coast) drew 1-1 with the Panthers (3-4-2, 0-0-1) It’s the first time the Orange have not been defeated in an ACC match since Oct. 26, 2017, when SU tied Virginia Tech 0-0. The Panthers struck first with a goal in the 38th minute by freshman forward Rachel Rasins. Junior goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx kept the deficit at one with two saves in the first half. Pittsburgh continued to apply pressure in the second half, generating six corners but turning none into points. The Orange had zero corners in the second half, but made the most of a costly mistake by Pitt in the box to tie the match at one. Neither side was fairly disciplined, with Syracuse totaling 19 fouls and one yellow card — issued to junior defender Shannon Aviza. Pittsburgh didn’t fare much better, committing 15 penalties. Proulx continued to produce, finishing with seven saves, including three in the first overtime period. This was also the first match back for sophomore defender Jenna Tivnan, giving the injury-depleted Orange some much needed depth to preserve the deadlock. The Orange used four substitutes in total, with freshman Alexandra Panaggio playing over 50 minutes for the second time. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+