Frances Donald, Senior Economist at Manulife Asset Management and Chief Economist at John Hancock Financial Services is today’s guest. Jason Hartman and Frances discuss consumer, investor, and executive sentiment numbers in the home and job market. While we don’t know exactly why the economic is experiencing such a resurgence, Frances does attribute at least some of it to the potential policy changes Trump is looking to bring.
Frances and Jason also discuss pent up real estate demand, and how student loan debt is impacting that.
[1:12] Investor sentiment gives a positive outlook for the US economy
[3:54] Is Trump the cause of the economic forecast?
[5:11] Rising interest rates present a challenge for the housing market
[8:12] Trump is inspiring confidence in companies all across the country
[9:53] Real estate investment is a small part of the total economy
[14:30] There are two true drivers of rental housing
[17:02] The housing and rental markets are not currently in their natural order
[20:41] The importance of demographics in relation to wage growth
There are fewer multipliers to growth from a rental market than there are from a housing market.