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The other housing shoe drops on mortgage margins (access required)

30-year conventional mortgage rates, 10-year Treasury bond constant maturity rates and the spread between them.

By now, everyone knows that housing inventory in Idaho is anemic going on anorexic. What may be a surprise is that mortgage lenders are increasingly pessimistic over margins, which are shrinking and will continue to shrink. This is because the ...

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Chobani IPO rumors surface again (access required)

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For the second time this year, news that Chobani is looking at an initial public offering (IPO) hit the business press. The Bloomberg financial news service reported on June 14 that Chobani has tapped the Bank of America and the ...

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Analysis: How well has Idaho recovered from COVID-19? Really? (access required)

Idaho workforce participation and the employment vs. population ratio for January 2014 to April 2021.

Much has been claimed about Idaho’s recovery from the COVID-19 downturn, including “Idaho’s booming economy blows past projections,” and that “Idaho’s economy is catapulting ahead of other states right now,” to quote Gov. Brad Little just a few weeks ago. ...

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Is the red-hot housing market finally starting to cool down? (access required)

Home price appreciation for Idaho, Utah and the United States over time.

After over a year of record-breaking price increases and record-breaking low inventory, it almost seems like there is no new news in Idaho residential real estate. More record-breaking price increases Once again, the median home price in Ada County has ...

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Idaho Wine Commission adds passport program (access required)

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In a new change for this year, the Idaho Wine Commission will be offering a free-to-participate passport program that will offer visitors of local wineries and cideries a variety of benefits including complimentary and paid tastings, limited sales, as well ...

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Breakfast Series Report: Idaho Tourism (access required)

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After a year where for some of us our big travel was going from the living room to the kitchen, it’s looking like 2021 — thanks to the coronavirus vaccine — is shaping up to be a bang-up year for ...

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Blue Cross of Idaho CEO shares personal inspiration (access required)

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“I can’t really tell you about our patients, or members, but let me talk about Medicare patients,” said Charlene Maher as she walked across the lit-up stage. “Ruth, at 47 years old, found out she’s going to be a grandmother ...

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Electronic Cash Systems opens Boise branch (access required)

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ECS hosted a grand opening for its Boise branch on June 8 that will offer a variety of payment options and in-person support for businesses in the Treasure Valley. ECS’s new branch will be located at The Owyhee in downtown ...

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What COVID-19 did to Idaho’s hospitality sector (access required)

The number of people employed in the Leisure and Hospitality sector in Idaho, showing an almost complete recovery in employment by April 2021

Looking back on one year of life with COVID-19, no work sector embodies the notion of nonessential in an emergency more than the leisure and hospitality industry. This analysis looks at the now-complete 2020 quarterly employment data for Idaho to ...

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Idaho lodging numbers show recovery from COVID-19 (access required)

Idaho lodging receipts data for Ada, Blaine, Bonneville, and Kootenai Counties.

Idaho’s 2% lodging tax data shows the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Idaho’s lodging sector. Using tax collections as a proxy for gross sales, the state’s lodging businesses had an average yearly growth of 11% between 2015 and ...

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