What’s on the financial calendar for the week of 3/4 – 3/8?

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What’s on the financial calendar for this week?

The following announcements, events, and reports may have an impact on the financial markets or mortgage rates for the following week:

Monday, March 4th

Philadelphia Fed President Tom Harker speaks

Tuesday, March 5th

Factory Orders – January 2024
ISM services – February 2024
Fed Vice Chair for Supervision Michael Barr speaks

Wednesday, March 6th

ADP employment – February 2024
Fed Chair Jerome Powell testifies to Congress
U.S. wholesale inventories – January 2024
Job openings – January 2024
San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly speaks
Federal Reserve Beige Book
Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari speaks

Thursday, March 7th

Initial jobless claims – Week of March 2nd
U.S. productivity (revision) – Q4 2023
U.S. trade balance – January 2024
Fed Chair Jerome Powell testifies to Congress
Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester speaks
Consumer credit – January 2024

Friday, March 8th

New York Fed President John Williams speaks
U.S. nonfarm payrolls – February 2024
U.S. unemployment rate – February 2024
U.S. hourly wages – February 2024 & year-over-year

Which cities in the U.S. offer the highest quality of life?

A recent article from Business Insider detailed the most livable cities in the U.S. They borrowed data from U.S. News and World Report in which cities were ranked the most livable cities in the U.S. by qualities such as affordability, healthcare quality, and the overall happiness of residents. Cities with ample outdoor activities and beautiful natural surroundings ranked well on the list.

The most livable city in the U.S. for 2024? Ann Arbor, MI. 90% of residents live less than a 10-minute walks from a public park, and the city’s downtown is also known for shops and restaurants. Multiple craft breweries and distilleries were also highlighted.

Where are cheap, charming dream homes hiding?

HGTV is premiered a new show called “Small Town Potential” on Sunday night. The focus of the show is finding great homes in small towns and remodeling them. Hosts Davina Thomasula and Kristin Leitheuser sat down for an interview with the team at Realtor.com.

According to the dynamic duo, small towns are a great opportunity for folks who want an affordable home, but still want a charming home. Thomasula stated, “People are really getting into saving these old homes and keeping some of the history of these places. Like old molding in a home or flooring—even when we’re doing restorations—it’s nice to bring back some of the original details of these houses. A lot of people are reaching out looking for something with charm.”

When offering advice to homebuyers, Thomasula said, “Have everything in order before you start your search. Have all your finances in order: Figure out what you can spend, what you want to spend, [and] what you’re comfortable spending.”

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