Economic Snapshot: Pending home sales reach eight-year high

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By Brianna Liestman
July 2, 2015

We have plenty of great economic news to share ahead of the July 4th weekend, including record numbers in pending home sales, a return to 2014 numbers for the ADP employment report and declines in unemployment. Pending home sales  Pending home sales rose 0.9 percent to 112.6 in May, an increase from... Read more »

Florida Yachts Brokers Association aims to boost marine economy through legislative change

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By Brianna Liestman
July 1, 2015

The Florida Yacht Brokers Association and attorneys and lobbyists with Becker & Poliakoff are engaging in an industry effort to amend current legislation hindering the sale of foreign-flagged yachts in the U.S. Under Title 19 CFR § 4.94, foreign-flagged boats can obtain a cruising license in the... Read more »

Investment in digital media sparks rewards


By Brianna Liestman
June 30, 2015

When attempting to reach new buyers, marine businesses need to be where those customers are rather than stay where they have always been and hope new customers show up. Robalo Boats knew this when launching its new 16-foot walkaround center console and decided to find a unique way to reach those people. Robalo... Read more »

Weekly 5: Video: Arkansas boat dealer agrees to prison term


Boating Industry
June 30, 2015

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on   1. Video: Arkansas boat dealer agrees to prison term Gary Eubanks, a Greers Ferry, Ark., boat dealer has agreed to a plea deal... Read more »

Census report shows increased diversity, aging white population


Jonathan Sweet
June 25, 2015

The latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the increased importance of reaching out to a wide audience of new markets if we’re going to continue to grow boating. We’ve written about this previously (most notably, in our April cover story), but today’s report on the U.S. population,... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: New and existing home sales reach record levels


By Brianna Liestman
June 25, 2015

Both new and existing home sales rose this month at seven- and six-year highs, respectively. New home sales Sales of new single-family houses in May 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 546,000. This is 2.2 percent above the April rate of 534,000 and 19.5 percent above the May 2014 estimate... Read more »

Weekly 5: Miami boat show opposition moves forward


Boating Industry
June 23, 2015

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on 1. Key Biscayne presses forward with boat show opposition After failing to come to any agreements last week in their first round... Read more »

Boat sales growth slows in May, still ahead of 2014

infolink May 2015

Jonathan Sweet
June 19, 2015

Boat sales continued to grow in May, but at a slower pace than earlier this year, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. Sales were up by about 8 percent on a rolling 12-month basis in the Bellwether states, lower than the 10 percent rate of earlier this year. The Bellwether report tracks... Read more »

How to get the right job to find you


By John Graham
June 18, 2015

Employment is on the up side. Employers are actively looking. Offers are getting better. Even so, many find themselves “stuck” where they are with no light at the end of the tunnel. Getting ahead eludes them; knowing how to make things happen isn’t easy. Keeping your fingers crossed that a rising... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Builder confidence jumps in June


By Brianna Liestman
June 18, 2015

Builder confidence is on the rise this month, while housing starts are reporting year-over-year gains amid monthly declines. Housing Market Index The Housing Market Index rose five points in June to 59, the highest reading for the index since September 2014. All three components of the HMI posted gains... Read more »

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