The numbers: The National Association of Home Builders’ monthly confidence gauge ticked down one point to a reading of 70 in March, the group said Thursday. What happened: After touching the highest since 1999 in December, the closely-watched sentiment tracker from the home builder lobby group fell for the third straight month in March. February’s reading was revised down one tick, to 71. Economists surveyed by Econoday had forecast an unchanged reading of 72 in March.
Rates for home loans clocked their first weekly decline of the year as worries about a looming trade war sparked a surge of bond buying. The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.44% during the week ending March 15, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly survey, out Thursday. That was down 2 basis points from the prior week. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.90%, down from 3.94%. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 3.67%, up 3 basis points.
It’s a familiar story: with wages flat, housing costs rising, and savings rates low, many Americans find it nearly impossible to scrape together a down payment, even if they can afford the monthly costs of homeownership. Now consider that same dilemma - but for renting.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".