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The downtown area of Fort Lauderdale has seen dramatic growth in the past decade. It now hosts many new hotels and high rise condominiums. Other improvements include a wide array of new boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
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NORCROSS, Ga. – June 28, 2013 – For Rizwan Peera, the feeling hit when he spotted “Sold” stickers slapped on “For Sale” signs in his Norcross, Ga., neighborhood.
Lisa Tilt noticed that she was hearing fewer “yeah … but” conversations among other small business owners, conversations laced with statements like, “Yeah, we’re getting by, but you never know these days.”
Maya Miller noticed that the kids’ party business her husband created while he struggled to find a good job was fully booked every weekend.
Call them “exhale moments” – the point at which a person finally feels a loosening of that knot of dread that has gripped people’s gut since the onset of the economic downturn.
The past several months have generated enough good (if not great) economic news to change many people’s perception, economic experts say. Those people have turned a psychological corner, recognizing that while there is a long climb ahead – and periodic jolts in the stock market – they no longer feel as though they’re being swallowed by a giant sinkhole.
“We’re off the floor,” said Mercer University economist Roger Tutterow.
Or, to adopt Miller’s personal economic indicator: “I can now get my toenails done.”
The collective psychological shift could have major economic consequences, as people’s spending habits are often driven by their view of the economy, said James MacKillop, associate director of the University of Georgia’s Owens Institute for Behavioral Research.
“Certainly a lot of economic activity is predicated on optimism or pessimism,” he said. “You don’t throw yourself into a 30-year mortgage if you feel that things are unstable or that the future is perilous.”
For today, though, the change in perception has yet to translate into a major change in behavior, said Dorsey Farr, a partner in the Atlanta investment management firm French Wolf & Farr. Even though consumer confidence has grown, consumer spending continues to “muddle along,” he said.
“People feel a little bit better, but it is not showing up in a real significant change in personal spending,” Farr said.
That’s likely because much of the pain caused by the recession is still very much with us. Millions of people are still beset by long-term unemployment, depressed housing values and the residual effects of foreclosures, bankruptcies and government spending cuts.
Marsha Belflower has heard the good-news stories, but she’s hardly optimistic.
During the pre-recession boom years, she abandoned her career in social work and eventually opened her own spa. As the economy worsened, business drained away. Two years ago she started looking for another job, but the search so far has been fruitless. Worse, she had to shut down her spa last month.
“I’m kind of a lost lamb,” said Belflower, 39, of McDonough, Ga. “I am taking an emotional sabbatical.”
She can’t even go back to her former career, because many good social work jobs now require a master’s degree that she doesn’t have.
“I do not have the sense that the economy is improving,” she said. “My house is not worth more. It still takes $50 to fill up my two-door Honda. I lost my job and my business. No, I don’t see it.”
Numerous economic indicators, however, show the economy is moving in the right direction, though in fits and starts.
As a result, consumer confidence reached its highest level in five years this month, according to the Conference Board. But don’t get too jazzed: The nation’s other major gauge of consumer confidence, Thompson Reuters and the University of Michigan, recorded an unexpected dip in consumer confidence this month.
The push-and-pull pace of this recovery has created a kind of hybrid optimism, said Emily Sanders, managing director of United Capital Financial Advisers of Norcross.
People see improvement, she said, but can’t shake the lessons of the recession. They see that the local mall is no longer a ghost town, they see houses being built again, but they’re not ready to splurge on major purchases.
“You don’t hear anybody talking about ‘staycations’ anymore,” said Sanders, referring to the term used for stay-at-home vacations. “People are not staying home, but they may not be taking as expensive a vacation as before.”
People make all kinds of decisions based on the economy, experts say: whether to get married, have kids, get divorced. Entrepreneurs gauge the economy when deciding whether to start or expand a business.
Peera, having seen the real estate market in his neighborhood improve, decided it was time to launch his own marketing business.
“I thought maybe I could make more opportunities for myself, instead of waiting for other people to create opportunities for me,” said the 24-year-old, who is now living in Tucker, Ga.
Tilt, after hearing more optimism among her small-business peers, decided to add another employee to her Marietta, Ga., communications consulting firm.
“That is a big leap,” she said. “It is very personal for me if I bring someone into the company and I become responsible for their income.”
Some economists suspect that the exhale moment is less about a surge in confidence than about people simply adjusting to a new normal. Farr, the investment manager, is one.
“The experience of dramatic declines in asset prices, home values and negative economic reports is far enough in the past; it’s faded from people’s memory banks,” he said. “They’ve become accustomed to these conditions.”
But Tutterow, the Mercer economist, believes hope is alive and well – enough, perhaps, to revitalize consumer spending and even revive the region’s aspirations.
“Collectively, the community’s confidence is coming back,” he said.
Copyright © 2013 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.) Distributed by MCT Information Services.
Sonic Beach, the casual spot for burgers at Fort Lauderdale’s Beach Place officially reopens tomorrow after a renovation and a slight “tweak” in the business model.
The space has been divided into two different restaurants. According to Director of Operations Fon Willhite, Sonic Beach will offer their classic shakes and burgers for take-away only. Considering the beach is across the street, allowing miles of prime oceanfront realty in which to dine al fresco, the decision makes perfect sense.
For those wanting to sit down to a meal, Atlantic Surf Club features a casual dining experience with a beachy vibe.
Menu items include over a dozen burger choices, made with a blend of Certified Angus beef, short rib, and brisket (there are also turkey and veggie options), with burger prices ranging from $10-17; four different hot dogs ($9 each); and pizzas. More substantial entrees include steak & egg frites ($24); Chasen’s Chili ($15); and chicken kabobs ($14).
Atlantic Surf Club will be open Sunday to Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Thursday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
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WASHINGTON – June 25, 2013 – Sales of new homes rose in May to the fastest pace in five years, a solid gain that added to signs of a steadily improving housing market.
New home sales rose 2.1 percent last month compared with April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 476,000, the highest level since July 2008, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.
The median price of a new home sold in May was $263,900, up 3.3 percent from a year ago.
Sales of new homes remain below the 700,000 annual rate that’s considered healthy by most economists. But the pace has increased 29 percent from a year ago.
Analysts say the housing recovery is looking more sustainable and should continue to boost economic growth this year, offsetting some drag from higher taxes and federal spending cuts.
The sales gains in May were led by a 40.7 percent increase in the Midwest followed by a 20.7 percent gain in the Northeast. Sales were also up 3.6 percent in the West but they fell 9 percent in the South.
The inventory of unsold homes rose 2.5 percent to 161,000 in May, the highest level since August 2011 but still just 13 percent higher than the record low for inventories set in July 2012. Prices of new homes have been rising in part because more people are bidding on a limited number of homes.
The National Association of Realtors reported last week that sales of previously occupied homes surpassed 5 million in May. It was the first time that’s happened in 3 1/2 years.
Sales of previously owned homes rose to an annual rate of 5.18 million in May. The last time sales had exceeded 5 million was in November 2009, a month when the pending expiration of a home-buying tax credit briefly inflated sales.
Steady hiring and low mortgage rates have encouraged more people to buy homes. And with demand up, prices rising and few homes on the market, builders have grown more optimistic about their prospects, leading to more construction and jobs.
Last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke cited the housing gains as a major reason the Fed’s economic outlook has brightened.
Still, mortgage rates have jumped in recent weeks. And they’re expected to rise further now that the Fed has signaled it plans to scale back its bond purchases this year if the economy continues to strengthen. A pullback in the bond purchases would likely send long-term borrowing rates up. Higher mortgage rates could slow some of the housing market’s momentum.
For now, a brighter outlook for housing has made builders more optimistic. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index rose in June to 52, up from 44 in May.
That was the highest reading in more than seven years and the largest monthly increase in more than a decade. A reading above 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good rather than poor.
Copyright © 2013 The Associated Press, Martin Crutsinger, AP economics writer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.