first_imgBilly Strings continues to make a name for himself, entreating fans along for the ride with his soulful folk music. Today, Billy Strings has announced that he’ll be bringing that music on the road for a lengthy Winter Tour in early 2017.The 36 date trek features a slew of headlining and festival dates with his three piece band of bluegrass bandits, co-bills with Shook Twins and The Lil’ Smokies, and runs supporting The Infamous Stringdusters and Railroad Earth. Smack in the middle of the tour, Billy will also join the legendary David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience for a handful of shows.Billy Strings is touring in support of his self-titled EP release from June 2016, and expects to put out a full length album in 2017. Along with Billy Strings, Drew Matulich on mandolin, Billy Failing on banjo and Brad Tucker on bass complete this exciting touring band!Check out the full tour schedule below and head to the Billy Strings website for details.Billy Strings Winter Tour 2017 Dates1/13 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel *1/14 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre *1/15 Abingdon, VA – Historic Barter Theatre *1/21 McMinnville, TN – Bluegrass Underground **1/24 Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon *1/25 Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester PAC *1/26 Cincinnati, OH – On Sale Soon1/27 Evanston, IL – SPACE %%1/28 Indianapolis, IN – Scratched Vinyl2/1 Tulsa, OK – American Theatre Company On Sale Soon2/3 Albuquerque, NM – The Cooperage2/4 Colorado Springs, CO – Gold Room2/8 Billings, MT – Pub Station ***2/9 Big Sky, MT – Big Sky Bluegrass2/10 Big Sky, MT – Big Sky Bluegrass2/11 Big Sky, MT – Big Sky Bluegrass2/15 Seattle WA – Tractor Tavern2/16 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar2/17 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar2/18 Enterprise, OR – OK Theatre ^2/22 Boulder, CO – The Fox Theatre ^^2/23 Ft. Collins, CO – Hodi’s Half Note ^^2/24 Steamboat Springs, CO – Winter Wondergrass2/25 Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theater3/4 Davie, FL – David Posnack JCC ^^^3/17 St. Augustine, FL – Anastasia Music Festival ^^^3/18 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Tavern ^^^3/22 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room %3/23 Minneapolis, MN – 1st Avenue %3/24 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater %3/25 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre %3/27 Indianapolis, IN – Vouge Theatre %3/29 Memphis, TN – Inglewood Hall %3/30 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works %3/31 Raleigh, NC – Duke Energy Center – Fletcher Opera Theater4/1 Martinsville, VA – Rives Theater* supporting The Infamous Stringdusters** supporting Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper*** supporting Dead Horses^ with Shook Twins^^ with Lil’ Smokies^^^ as part of David Grisman Bluegrass Experience% supporting Railroad Earth%% with The Suitcase Junketlast_img read more


first_imgThe new promotional sport CNTB is great, it uses our famous athletes as ambassadors of Croatian tourism, uses the latest trends in drone shooting, sends emotional messages, shows our diversity. Great video in line with the latest trends.This is how the message would have sounded 10 years ago, but through the prism of today, my personal position is that the video is “average”, mosaic, ie nothing special, and we have seen hundreds, thousands of such videos in the past 10 years. It is certainly not in line with the expectations and demand of today’s market, and the great competition and noise in communication.First of all, it is certainly commendable how the CNTB finally included our athletes as ambassadors of Croatian tourism. It is a pity that it took so long for our athletes to finally get involved in the promotion of Croatia, even though they have been doing it with their sporting successes since day one and they have certainly indebted us. One only needs to remember 1998 and the success of our footballers who branded our famous dice all over the world. Not just footballers but all other athletes all these years. These cubes are synonymous with Croatia even today, while on the other hand we have somehow forgotten them, wandering and looking for something “new”, and we already have cubes that are unique and by which we are recognized. Having such a strong brand is a rarity, and the power of the same is reflected enough when we mention the slogans: “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” as well as “I Love NY”. Why change it when we are recognized by it, unique and everyone knows about us, we just need to refine it and add new added value.But let’s get back to the topic.Enthusiastic about the new video primarily comes from the fact that we finally used our athletes as ambassadors of Croatian tourism and it is certainly positive. But is that enough? Is that consistent enough with the times we live in? Are our expectations too low?We must not forget that this is about branding Croatia, and I can’t help but get the impression that we did a bad job again. We have to be argumentative and positively critical. The work of the CNTB is always monitored under special eyes and we tend to publicly criticize or praise their work, but this is not criticism for the sake of criticism, because again, this is an extremely important segment – branding Croatia and the image we send to the world.Personally, I think that this video should have been just one of the “10” videos as an extension of the main video and communication. As well as to make a special platform, ie a communication strategy with our sports ambassadors, and not just one promotional video. However, as stated, the video will be shortened and more short videos will be made, in accordance with the target market. But that is certainly not enough, because one video certainly does not make a difference and must be part of the whole communication story and strategy. The video is classic and mosaic, without any idea and absolutely nothing special. There are no emotions and experiences as a motive for coming nor any story that will set us apart from others. Today, the noise in communication is terribly big, and in order to stand out, we have to be unique, have a special story and be different from others. Especially when we are “small” and when we do not have large budgets for promotion like some other tourist destinations. There is a lack of emotion and some stories, that “drive” and the need to share it on social networks, especially from the perspective of foreign tourists who are the target group of the video.Watch the promotional video once again and through the prism of today’s time and business of the 21st century? Is that enough?There is a lot of criticism on social networks, and most often there is only one woman in the video (Zrinka Cvitešić), how some other famous athletes should have been included, such as Kostelići, Mirko Filipović, Goran Ivanišević, etc.… how bad English is, how there is a lack of shots from other regions, how classic it is, how many shots are taken by a drone, etc.…I certainly agree with the above arguments, these are all very important details. Details that make a difference. I have a feeling that everything was done by force and in a short time. And the fact that only two or three months have passed unofficially for the realization of the entire video, from the idea to the premiere, speaks for itself.Three months is certainly too little, frivolous and unprofessional, especially because it is about branding Croatia. Such projects are prepared for months, if not years, paying attention to every second of the video, word, shot, etc.… A great example is the Great campaign from the UK. A campaign that brands the whole of the UK through various segments such as education, tourism, culture and the economy. However, in Croatia, unfortunately, we do not yet have an office or a body in charge of branding Croatia, as well as synergy and awareness of branding the state at that level, both horizontally and vertically.Someone would have to get fired for the music in the promotional video Personally, I think that the background music is too slow and that the music has to be more dynamic, but I am not a music expert, but that is my personal impression. But one fact bothered me a lot and because of that gaffe someone should get fired, at least he would get fired in the private sector. So, 700.000 kuna was spent on making the video, while the music cost $ 49 and is available on this link to buy.It is not news that music is bought through such sites and is often used by marketing agencies, nor is the price questionable, but the tragedy is that music was used to promote our country that someone has used before and that we can now buy and use for another occasion. Imagine that the same music is used for an advertisement for detergent or toothpaste – the point is clear. To make matters worse, the same background music is already in use in Croatia, for the needs of a promotional video for a political parties. If you are already buying music from such portals, then you are buying a license that no one can use it anymore and it is inadmissible that the music has already been used by someone, who knows for what purposes. We are talking about branding Croatia! That is unacceptable!They could now analyze the whole video in detail and they should, ie they should in the CNTB, but I leave that to some others, experts in every field, which we certainly have in Croatia. Indeed, professionals who have achieved worldwide success and recognition, from marketing agencies, experts in digital marketing, design, photography, branding, etc.…It is certainly positive that this step was made and our athletes were finally involved in the promotion of Croatia, but the general impression is that in accordance with today’s trends and market needs, the video is mosaic, classic and the performance should have been much much better. Lots more emotions and experiences because we have something to brag about and be proud of. It is precisely our greatest value that is our diversity and authenticity. We must not be satisfied with the average, nowadays you have to be faster, different and more innovative or Blue Cow as Seth Godin would say. The competition is not sleeping, on the contrary, it is fighting hard to be better than us, and we are just giving it even more space.Tourism is made up of emotions, experiences and stories, and we are still unfortunately average.last_img read more


first_img Skip 1 min. story Coming Next Top articles David Luiz had a night to forget as Arsenal were well beaten at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright and Lee Dixon agreed that David Luiz had used up all his chances and should be pushed towards the exit door at Arsenal following his horror show performance in the side’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.Luiz started on the substitutes bench for Arsenal’s first game back at an empty Etihad on Wednesday night but was introduced by Mikel Arteta in the 24th minute after Pablo Mari pulled up with a suspected hamstring injury.Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock right on half-time after Luiz failed to clear a pass from Kevin De Bruyne and the defender’s night soon got even worse as he clumsily brought down Riyad Mahrez inside the penalty area. Comment Ian Wright and Lee Dixon agree over David Luiz’s future after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City PLAY 1/1 SPONSORED Full Screen by Metro Read More Video Settings Read More Guardiola reacts to Man City’s 3-0 victory over ArsenalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:09FullscreenGuardiola reacts to Man City’s 3-0 victory over Arsenalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/guardiola-reacts-man-citys-3-0-victory-arsenal-2194084/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Wright reluctantly agreed with Dixon regarding Luiz’s future but felt it was a shame as the defender has been an important member of the dressing room since arriving from Chelsea.‘Playing in front of Dicko [Lee Dixon] and the guys for so many years, they didn’t make mistakes like that. Never. Never saw anything,’ the former Arsenal striker said.‘I’d love to say Martin Keown did just so I could wind him up but not even he made many mistakes. ‘At this stage of David Luiz’s career and where Arsenal are going – and it was unfortunate for Pablo Mari tonight – but I’d probably have to agree with Dicko there. AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Maybe it might be time unfortunately for David Luiz, because apparently he’s very good in the dressing room, he’s got a lot of experience. ‘But I think what we saw with quite a young team, an experienced player like that making those mistakes, it literally drained them and you can see after a while City are going to get in control and you’ve really have got an uphill task after that so I’d probably go with what Dicko says.’Has David Luiz played his last match for Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Jamie Carragher worried by Mikel Arteta’s response to David Luiz horror show for Arsenal against Man CityMORE: Bacary Sagna mocks Arsenal over David Luiz red card in Manchester City defeat Arteta speaks out after Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Man CityTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 3:04FullscreenArteta speaks out after Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Man Cityhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-speaks-arsenals-3-0-loss-man-city-2194078/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Asked what he would do with Luiz if he was in Arteta’s position, Dixon replied: ‘You sell him or give him away. ‘It’s gone on for too long and I’ve got nothing personal against David Luiz but we’ve all watched the mistakes he makes. ‘Even when he’s playing really well and he seems in control of the game – especially at home he’s got that lovely languid style about him and he finds his passing – I always think, any moment now [he will make a mistake]. ‘He must be an absolute dream to play against. Wrighty [Ian Wright] would be playing him all day, standing in certain areas and making him uncomfortable. And even if Wrighty didn’t get a kick, he’d know he would get one chance and probably score that chance. ‘So as a striker playing against him, it doesn’t matter how bad you’re playing or how well he’s playing, you’re always in the game because you fancy your chances that he’s going to give you something.’ Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Skip Ad About Connatix V67539 Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE / Read More Read More During his candid post-match interview with Sky Sports, Luiz accepted the blame for the loss and admitted he should have made an earlier decision over his contract situation, with his current deal due to expire later this month.Reacting to the defeat, ex-Arsenal right-back Dixon told Premier League Productions: ‘It was men against boys. If you’re going to stand a chance against Manchester City you’ve got to play really well, you’ve got to hope they don’t play so well and you’ve got to keep all your men on the pitch. ‘And, unfortunately, with David Luiz there’s always a chance of him either making mistake or getting himself sent off and he did double tonight so it was a poor night in the end for Arsenal for City were brilliant.’ The Brazil international took the blame for Arsenal’s defeat after the final whistle (Picture: Getty)Luiz was given his marching orders by referee Michael Oliver and De Bruyne slotted past Bernd Leno with the resulting penalty before Phil Foden but the icing on the cake for City with a close-range strike at the death. 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first_img(CMC) – West Indies were left to chase their three-match series against New Zealand after unconvincing batting, coupled with a subdued bowling effort, left them with a five-wicket defeat in the opening One-Day International here yesterday.Sent in at Cobham Oval, West Indies got contrasting half-centuries from opener Evin Lewis who top-scored with 76 off 100 deliveries and Rovman Powell, who struck 59 off 50 balls down the order.Debutant 20-year-old Shimron Hetmyer (29) and Chris Gayle (22) got starts but failed to convert, leaving the Caribbean side well short of a competitive total at 248 for nine off their 50 overs.Seamer Doug Bracewell shone on his return to the host side, picking up four for 55 while debutant leg-spinner Todd Astle claimed three for 33 and speedster Lockie Ferguson, two for 49.With the pressure immediately on the Windies bowlers, they proved loose early on, allowing opener George Worker to post a career-best 57 while Ross Taylor stroked an unbeaten 49 and Colin Munro, 49.Captain Kane Williamson chipped in with 38, as the Black Caps eased to victory with 24 balls remaining.Skipper Jason Holder (2-52) and off-spinner Ashley Nurse (2-55) were the other wicket-takers.Lewis and Gayle had earlier handed the Windies a solid start, posting 40 for the first wicket before wickets tumbled in clusters.The left-handed Gayle started slowly but threatened to explode when he clobbered three fours and a giant six – the latter a clean blow down the ground off seamer Tim Southee.But Gayle nibbled at one from Bracewell at the start of the 10th and was caught at the wicket. Shai Hope followed off the next legitimate delivery, given out caught behind off the inside edge, though subsequent DRS replays yielded little conclusive evidence of an edge.Lewis, who counted seven fours and a six in his knock, then put on 62 with left-hander Hetmyer to prop up the innings, with both playing freely before another collapse ensued.Hetmyer held out to long-off in the 24th over off Astle, triggering a slide that saw the Caribbean side lose three wickets for 31 runs to slip to 134 for five in the 31st over.Lewis, who posted his first ODI half-century off 77 balls in the 28th over, revived the innings as he paired with Powell to add a further 43 for the sixth wicket.Seemingly cruising towards a third hundred, Lewis was the victim of a poor decision when he was adjudged lbw in the 36th over after missing a sweep at a googly from Astle, with replays showing the ball clearly missing off-stump.His was one of three wickets to tumble for 24 runs, leaving the Windies tottering on 201 for eight but the right-handed Powell, who blasted two fours and four sixes, ensured a rollocking end to the innings as he put on 45 for the ninth with Kesrick Williams (16 not out).New Zealand were gifted easy runs early on in their run chase as the Windies seamers found themselves either too full or short, allowing Worker and Munro to dominate in a 108-run opening stand.Worker struck eight fours in a 66-ball knock while Munro also crunched eight fours in his 36-ball stay at the crease.Pacer Williams got the breakthrough when the left-handed Munro drove a simple catch to Nurse at short cover in the 17th over, and Worker followed in the next over when he was bowled by Nurse trying to cut one too close to him.On 118 for two, the Black Caps were steadied by a 57-run, third-wicket stand between Taylor and Williamson which put the hosts in sight of victory.Taylor faced 76 balls and counted only two fours in a composed knock while Williamson was more expansive, striking five boundaries off 45 balls.When Williamson played on to Holder in the 32nd over, Taylor remained solid to add 26 for the fourth with Tom Latham (17) and 29 for the fifth with Henry Nicholls (17) to see New Zealand to a 1-0 lead in the series.The second ODI will be played in Christchurch on Saturday.SCORECARDWEST INDIES inningsC. Gayle c wkp. Latham b Bracewell 22E. Lewis lbw b Astle 76S. Hope c wkp. Latham b Bracewell 0S. Hetmyer c Ferguson b Astle 29J. Mohammed b Ferguson 9J. Holder c Taylor b Bracewell 8R. Powell c Williamson b Bracewell 59A. Nurse lbw b Astle 2R. Beaton c wkp. Latham b Ferguson 3K. Williams not out 16S. Gabriel not out 0Extras: (lb-6, w-18) 24Total: (9 wkts, 50 overs) 248NEW ZEALAND (target: 249 runs)G. Worker b Nurse 57C. Munro c Nurse b Williams 49K. Williamson b Holder 38R. Taylor not out 49T. Latham lbw b Nurse 17H. Nicholls c wkp. Hope b Holder 17T. Astle not out 15Extras: (lb-2, w-5) 7Total: (5 wkts, 46 overs) 249Fall of wickets: 1-108, 2-118, 3-175, 4-201, 5-230.Bowling: Gabriel 10-0-57-0 (w-1), Beaton 9-1-42-0 (w-2), Holder 9-1-52-2, Williams 5-0-18-1, Nurse 10-0-55-2 (w-1), Mohammed 2-0-13-0, Powell 1-0-10-0 (w-1).last_img read more


first_imgIt’s not MLB Opening Day if people aren’t overreacting to the first of thousands of results over the course of a six-month season.Opening Day 2020 isn’t yet here, of course, because MLB is waiting for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to ease. In the meantime, the makers of the Strat-O-Matic baseball simulation game are giving fans an opportunity to practice crowing or making cracks at the initial signs of success or failure. MORE: The 15 things we miss about baseball, rankedSOM will be simulating the ’20 schedule while MLB’s return is delayed. The first day of games was played Thursday, through the company’s Baseball Daily platform. The results were mostly realistic and, naturally, ripe for fun hyperbole. Here’s a starting nine for the start of the project:Your new AL East overlords: the Red Sox and OriolesJust like everyone expected. The Sox topped the Blue Jays 3-2 on Rafael Devers’ second homer of the game, a solo shot in the top of the ninth off Ken Giles. The Orioles rallied to beat the Yankees 3-2 at Camden Yards. (OK, so the game isn’t 100 percent accurate, although Gleyber Torres did homer and Gary Sanchez was injured.) Opening Day is peak time for dreaming, as fans of every 1-0 team can tell you.Edwin Diaz is still not goodThe Nationals-Mets sim was tied after eight, and instead of Seth Lugo (broken toe) taking the mound, it was Diaz, who lost his closer’s job to Lugo late last season. The Strat Diaz served up a solo homer to Howie Kendrick, who hits just dingers whatever the setting. Daniel Hudson slammed the door in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 Washington win.Chris Archer had a better revenge game than Charlie MortonThis Pirates-Rays Opening Day would have been interesting in real life because the starting pitchers each pitched for their respective foes. In the sim, Archer outdueled Morton by throwing six scoreless (Morton gave up two over six) and the Bucs went on to a 4-1 win at Tropicana Field.Klubot is backThe real Rangers picked up Corey Kluber in an offseason trade with the Indians; on virtual Opening Day, cyber Kluber pitched like a two-time Cy Young Cyborg. He blanked the Mariners on three hits and struck out 10 over seven innings as Texas rolled to a 10-0 victory.Mike Trout: Still good at baseballEven pretend baseball. Trout homered twice and led the Angels past the Astros 9-6 at Minute Maid Park. The Halos trashed Astros starter Zack Greinke (installed in place of injured Justin Verlander) en route to the win.White Sox: OverratedChicago has made real-life noise about being a playoff team this year; in the sim world, it’s 0-1 after a 5-2 loss to the Royals. Lucas Giolito (five innings, four runs) was not an ace.The Dodgers may never loseLA is on pace to go 162-0 after routing the Giants 10-3. Mookie Betts went hitless but Max Muncy and Justin Turner combined for five hits and five RBIs to back Clayton Kershaw.Rockies-Padres can only be weirdRemember the real teams’ bonkers, historic series at Coors Field last June? The online alter egos did them proud to start the 2020 season sim. San Diego scored four in the bottom of the ninth to force extras, and then both teams then scored in 12th before Colorado plated three in the 13th for a 10-7 victory. Mixed bag for the big moversHere are the sim debuts for some of the stars who changed teams in the offseason:Betts: 0 for 4 with an RBI.Gerrit Cole: One run over six innings.Anthony Rendon: 2 for 4, two runs scored.Madison Bumgarner: Five innings, three runs, no-decision.Josh Donaldson: 0 for 3, two strikeouts.Hyun-Jin Ryu: Five innings, one earned run, six Ks.If you’re a seamhead gamer or just a fan who’s going through baseball withdrawal, these sims ought to help you stay sharp(-witted) as you wait for the real games to begin.last_img read more


first_img in Data, Government How much have housing sales recovered compared to 2008’s levels? According to the most “”recent measures””:http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/monitoring-the-economy/Documents/monthly%20ECONOMIC%20DATA%20TABLES.pdf released by the “”U.S. Treasury””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx, 2012’s sales fall somewhere in the middle between 2008’s highs and 2011’s lows.[IMAGE]The latest monthly data on U.S. economic statistics shows new home sales reached an annualized average of 368,000 in October. While that statistic comes in above 2010’s annualized monthly average of 321,000–and well above 2011’s average of 307,000–it still falls short of previous years.According to Treasury’s data, new home sales reached an annualized monthly average of 374,000 in 2009 and 482,000 in 2008. Averages have stayed firmly in the 360,000-370,000 range for the latter half of 2012.[COLUMN_BREAK]Meanwhile, housing starts have shown marked–albeit unstable–growth in the past few months alone. Starts were on track to total 894,000 for the year in October, towering over the 754,000 annualized monthly average recorded for June and approaching 2008’s monthly average of 900,000.Though starts took a dip from June to July (falling to an average 728,000), they have risen at an accelerated clip ever since.With mortgage rates nesting near all-time record lows–Treasury reported an average rate of 3.35 percent for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage–demand is likely to remain elevated for some time, meaning sales and starts have the potential to stay healthy or improve further in the year ahead. However, that demand needs to actually translate into activity, says Barry Rutenberg, chairman of the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/.””Builders across the country are reporting some of the best sales conditions they’ve seen in more than five years, with more serious buyers coming forward and a shrinking number of vacant and foreclosed properties on the market,”” Rutenberg said in the group’s most recent “”Housing Market Index””:https://themreport.com/articles/builder-confidence-up-again-in-december-2012-12-18 update. “”However, one thing that is still holding back potential home sales is the difficulty that many families are encountering in getting qualified for a mortgage due to today’s overly stringent lending standards.”” Share December 21, 2012 371 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Sales Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Service Providers Treasury Department 2012-12-21 Tory Barringer Gauging the Market: 2008 to Todaylast_img read more