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Buying a home is a bleak quest right now
Oct 5, 2023

Buying a home is a bleak quest right now

Monthly mortgage payments grew tremendously in 2022. When will it get easier to be a homebuyer? Plus, how Greece bounced back from its economic crisis.

Segments From this episode

The job market might finally be returning to "normal," economists say

Oct 5, 2023
Experts are predicting a slight decrease in wage growth, a drop that get us closer to pre-pandemic rates.
New September job market data comes out Friday, and economists expect we'll see a little less payroll growth than in August.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Homebuyers face a double whammy: rising mortgage rates and rising prices

Oct 5, 2023
The average monthly payment on a new mortgage rose 46% in 2022, and home prices and mortgage rates have continued to climb in 2023.
With home prices and interest rates so high, people are increasingly having trouble qualifying for a mortgage.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A decade after its debt crisis, Greece's economy may have recovered

Oct 5, 2023
"In the last several years, there's been sort of an acceleration of an economic turnaround," said Liz Alderman at the New York Times. "We're basically at a point now where Greece is essentially booming."
"Huge numbers of people have been visiting Greece," said New York Times chief Europe business correspondent Liz Alderman. "That's helped to drive a boom in everything from construction to services."
Spyros Bakalis/AFP via Getty Images

Texas downtowns have rebounded differently post-pandemic

Oct 5, 2023
A new report by Philadelphia’s Center City District analyzed the economic recovery in the 26 largest downtown districts in the country. Five of them were in Texas.
Downtown San Antonio seen from the Tower of the Americas earlier this year. San Antonio's downtown has seen success since lockdown, in part because the area has many jobs in tourism and entertainment
Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images

How one theater is faring amid the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes

Stephanie Silverman, Executive Director at Belcourt Theater in Nashville, Tennessee, talks about how the fall movie season has been shaping up at her non-profit theater.

Temp jobs falling usually signals a recession. Maybe not this time.

Oct 5, 2023
It's probably more a sign of pandemic labor market weirdness than a coming recession.
Following an explosion of temp jobs during the pandemic, many positions were made permanent as companies scrambled to recruit and retain workers. Above, participants at a San Francisco job fair.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Still Grimey Wu-Tang Clan
Plate Richard Houghten
Suga Suga Baby Bash, Frankie J
Moving On Roosevelt
Finally Moving Pretty Lights

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Andie Corban Producer I
Sarah Leeson Producer I
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer I
Jordan Mangi Assistant Digital Producer