The US and North Carolina Continue Toward Economic Recovery

Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes, SIOR, President of NAI Carolantic Realty

According to the Washington Daily News, North Carolina unemployment dropped from roughly 535,000 in February to about 496,000 in March. Promising news as well from the News and Observer, which said, “The broad-based household survey of jobs shows statewide employment up for four consecutive months (December to March) and increasing at an average monthly rate almost twice as fast as in the nation.”  AW North Carolina is just one of many companies contributing to this advantage. The transmission supplier for Toyota is investing $100 million and adding 360 jobs at its Durham plant according to SYNC newsletter.

Nationally, Wells Fargo’s Weekly Economic & Financial Commentary reports that real GDP grew at a 3.2% annual rate during the first quarter of 2010 and that consumer confidence was up 5.6 points in April.

Our NAI Carolantic brokers report a continued increase in activity with deals actually being closed.  After a slow start to the year, we have had over 20 leases signed and several sales transactions in just the last 45 days  Our listings, not unexpectedly, have increased 35% and clients are asking us for assistance more than ever.  Please give us a call if we can be of help to you in analyzing your real estate position:  919-832-0594.

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