OneThird of ForSale Homes Considered Unaffordable

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Recovery in the housing market is not without its side effects, particularly in major metro markets on the West Coast and in Florida. A look into 35 major markets by Zillow reveals that buyers making the median income in Southern California, the Bay Area, Portland (Oregon), Denver, and Miami face markets where more than half the available homes are beyond their price range—which could mean the beginning of a new housing bubble.Zillow’s latest report, released Friday, found that buyers who make the median income in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose are paying a larger share of their income toward mortgages than they did during the pre-bubble years of 1985 to 2000. In addition, median-income buyers in San Diego; Riverside, California; Portland; Sacramento; and Miami typically pay 5 percent mortgage interest rates, meaning these buyers are also paying more of their incomes towards mortgages than they have historically. Freddie Mac announced this week that the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate nationally is 4.41 percent; Zillow expects 30-year fixed rate mortgages to reach or exceed 5 percent by the first quarter of 2015.The largest gulf in affordability is in Miami, where 62.4 percent of houses are beyond the reach of the average resident. Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco each have more than 55 percent of their homes above the means of the average resident. Denver, San Jose, and Portland are at just over 50 percent.Moreover, existing mortgage holders in these markets are typically spending more than 40 percent of their monthly income on their mortgages. Consequently, more buyers are forced to look farther out into peripheral markets surrounding metro hubs for more affordable homes.Comparatively, about 33 percent of homes in the other 28 markets surveyed by Zillow are out of reach to the average buyer, which is typical. Better news for those making median income in cities such as Dallas, Seattle, and Philadelphia is that in addition to a sizeable number of within-reach homes, average residents spend a far smaller percentage of their income on their homes. In some areas, such as large cities in Ohio, Atlanta, and Dallas, owners are paying less than 12 percent of their monthly income toward mortgages.If Zillow’s predictions of 5 percent mortgages come true and if rates at that level and another year of forecasted home value growth pan out as expected, buyers in California, Portland, and Miami will also soon be paying a larger share of their incomes to their mortgage than they were during the pre-bubble years.What this translates into for Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist, is worry of a new bubble. “As affordability worsens, we’re already beginning to see more of the kinds of worrisome trends we saw en masse during the years leading up to the housing crash,” Humphries said. Specifically, he cited a growing reliance on non-traditional home financing, smaller down payments and a greater pressure to move farther away from urban job centers in order to find affordable housing options. “We’re not in a bubble yet, but we’re beginning to see the early signs of one in some areas.” One-Third of For-Sale Homes Considered ‘Unaffordable’ April 4, 2014 464 Views center_img Home Prices Housing Affordability Mortgage Rates Zillow 2014-04-04 Scott_Morgan Sharelast_img read more

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Ginnie Maes Monthly MBS Issuance Reaches New Highs in July

first_imgGinnie Mae’s Monthly MBS Issuance Reaches New Highs in July August 13, 2015 446 Views Ginnie Mae Guarantee July Mortgage-Backed Securities 2015-08-13 Seth Welborn Sharecenter_img Ginnie Mae set a new monthly issuance record in July by guaranteeing $47.06 billion in mortgage-backed securities during the month, according to an announcement from the corporation on Thursday.The new record set in July surpassed the previous mark of $46.1 billion, set in July 2009. For Fiscal Year 2015, Ginnie Mae has guaranteed more than $346 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities, way ahead of the $242 billion the corporation guaranteed by this point in FY 2014.”This growth is clear indication of the value of our single securitization platform,” Ginnie Mae president Ted Tozer said. “The scalability of our platform allows Ginnie Mae to support the shift from traditional depository institutions to new entrants – which have primarily been non-depositories. The rapid rise of these new entrants has been critical to our growth and to keeping mortgage credit available to middle class America.”Given recent consumer demand, FHA’s lowering of the mortgage insurance premium by 50 basis points early in the year, and competitive interest rates for FHA, Veterans Affairs (VA), and Rural Housing Service (RHS), overall government lending is expected to continue at its current all-time high pace. In July, purchase activity comprised more than 60 percent of total issuances – compared to 34 percent for loan refinances.“The increase in purchase activity is further proof that the housing recovery is moving into high gear,” Tozer said.The vast majority of July MBS issuances were of the single-family variety ($45.5 billion out of $47.06 billion). Ginnie Mae II single-family pools comprised $43.8 billion of the single-family issuance, which includes $809 million worth of Ginnie Mae Home Equity Conversion Mortgage-Backed Securities. Ginnie Mae I single-family pools added another $1.6 billion. Multi-family MBS issuance totaled $1.5 billion in July for Ginnie Mae.Ginnie Mae’s MBS portfolio totaled $1.57 trillion in unpaid principal balance at the end of July, according to the announcement. Tozer stated that “Despite this rapid growth, the Ginnie Mae platform, while fueling competition, also spreads risk among our issuers.” in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketlast_img read more

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Stewart ClosingCorp Announce Partnership

first_img in News, Technology Share ClosingCorp Stewart technology 2017-03-08 Staff Writer Stewart, ClosingCorp Announce Partnershipcenter_img On Monday, Stewart, a provider of title insurance, announced a partnership with ClosingCorp, a provider of real estate closing cost and data. The partnership will allow rates and fees from Stewart Title Offices to be available to lenders through ClosingCorp’s SmartFees Platform.“Our lender clients nationwide now have the ability to quickly and easily obtain accurate quotes for our entire menu of title products through ClosingCorp’s SmartFees solution,” said Bill Sullivan, SVP of Stewart’s enterprise lender sales division. “We are committed to helping lenders accurately estimate title rates and fees of real estate transactions for consumers and make this information transparent and easy to understand. Our alliance with ClosingCorp is just one of the ways we’re doing this.”SmartFees will support, capture and verify title rates from Stewart Title Offices nationwide. Lenders will be able to accurately obtain quotes for loan estimates and closings.“Both ClosingCorp and Stewart are dedicated to providing lenders solutions that help automate the residential real estate transaction process while increasing efficiencies, providing an enhanced borrower experience, and remaining compliant at all times,” said Bob Jennings, CEO of ClosingCorp. March 8, 2017 493 Views last_img read more

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Where Millennials are Dominating the Market

first_imgWhere Millennials are Dominating the Market According to Realtor.com’s latest Hottest ZIP Codes in America Report, millennials are the driving force behind some the the country’s “hottest” markets. According to the report, high-income millennials are helping to drive a nearly 10 percent rise in home selling speed in the most popular markets, notably in areas such as Silicon Valley, the Midwest, and the East Coast.”When it comes to choosing a home of their own, millennials are looking for opportunity and they’re finding it in affordable suburbs,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for realtor.com. “These hot housing markets are attracting the attention of hard-working, high-earning 25-to-34-year-olds who are drawn by their relative affordability, strong local economies, and outdoor and cultural amenities.”Realtor.com identified the hottest markets by zip code, based on the time it takes properties to sell and how frequently homes are viewed in each of the 32,000 zip codes studied. Realtor.com’s hottest zip codes include Kentwood, Michigan; Colorado Springs; Watauga, Texas; Castro Valley, California; and Peabody, Massachusetts.As Hale noted, millennial buyers are looking to affordable areas, and many of the “hottest” markets are marked by affordability. According to Realtor.com, the median price for a home in these markets is $358,000, and top markets are almost all more affordable than their surrounding area. Additionally, half of the top 10 zip codes have median home prices lower than the U.S. overall median.Millennials are also doing well financially, meaning more are able to buy homes. According to Realtor.com, the median household income for 25 to 34 year olds is 1.3 times higher than the national median, $78,000 versus $60,000, respectively. Millennials are also responsible for the largest chunk of mortgage originations, with mortgage originations in nine of the top 10 counties of these top 10 ZIPs strongly dominated by millennials. Millennials have more mortgage originations, at 34 percent, than the next largest group (35 to 44 year olds) with 31 percent.Find the complete study here. Homebuyers markets Millennials sales 2018-09-27 Seth Welborn Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, News, Origination September 27, 2018 707 Views last_img read more

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Fruits that could be affected include cherries and

first_imgFruits that could be affected include cherries and stonefruit – which are now in the middle of their season – as well as apples, which will start to be harvested in a few weeks’ time.For cherries, Alvear said the high temperatures could lead to splitting, while for apples they could lead to dehydration and potentially severe consequences during post-harvest.He added that such high temperatures also lead to a rapid rate of evapotranspiration, which brings the roots’ ability to absorb water to their limits.  You might also be interested in Chile: Fruit exports contract in H1 as leading com … U.S. table grape import season “interesting and un … Chilean kiwifruit exports to Europe tumble, contin …center_img Chile: SAG launches phone app to identify ag pests … January 04 , 2019 A heatwave roasting the central-northern regions of Chile this week could negatively affect fruits that are currently being harvested or that will soon enter into season.Temperatures of up to around 36ºC are forecast for multiple days this week for the Coquimbo, Valparaiso and Metropolitan regions.Sara Alvear, an agronomic engineer at the Agricultural Meteorological Service, said this could put stress on the plans and trees, affecting fruit grown or development, or it could lead to marks and blemishes on the fruits’ exterior.last_img read more

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first_imgairlinesairportsBritish AirwaysHeathrowlondon British Airways has launched Premium Transfer Drive at London Heathrow to ensure that customers who are at risk of missing their connection are able to catch their onward flight.BA passengers travelling on UK domestic flights connecting on to either short haul flights in Club Europe, long haul services in Club World (long haul business class) or First, and Silver or Gold Executive Club members can use the service. The airline will track these customers and provide an ‘airside’ car transfer between one flight and the next if there’s a risk they will miss their connection. A message will also be sent to the inbound aircraft, allowing cabin crew to inform the customer that a car will be waiting for them on the tarmac.“Missing a connection is one of the most stressful situations a customer can experience, so helping them through that journey and keeping them informed is critical,” said Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ new director of brand and customer experience. “The new premium transfer service will enable us to identify customers who are at risk of missing their onward flight, and proactively arrange to collect them by car, whisking them directly to their next flight.“We’re already receiving great customer feedback from customers who have benefitted from the new service and as WiFi is introduced on our aircraft, we’ll also be able to use that to communicate directly with customers about their onward flight.”last_img read more

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first_imgawardsTravelManagers Congratulations to all of the Award Winners, announced at the TravelManagers 2017 Gala Dinner at the 2017 National Conference in Darwin over the weekend …Dedication Award (TravelManagers who have been with the company for 10 years)Kim MasonSamantha CoxJulie SmithDi YatesPenny MeallinTracy CosgriffLauren ComptonMichelle Michael-PecoraDebra BeanJane FowlerLyn TysonDedication Award for National Partnership Office (NPO)Maria San PascualPru GallagherTanyu CilekOnline Marketing AwardSue KutiBest New Personal Travel Manager (PTM) by StateWA/SA: Monika SouthernVIC/TAS: Giulia GentiluomoQLD: Anthony LeeNSW/ACT: Emma Rowan KellyNational: Anthony LeePTM Denise Dean is presented with her ‘Advocate’ Award by NPO team members Karen Dowling and Suzanne LaisterPartner Supplier of the YearHoot HolidaysBest Local Area Marketing ActivityErin BeckfordAdvocate AwardDenise DeanMost Improved by StateWA: Barbara TurnerVIC/TAS: Luke VaughanQLD: Simon TinklerNSW/ACT: Julianne Gazal-RizkNational: Simon TinklerTravelManager Support AwardGary JensenTania MylesRecognition AwardTanya TylerTop Personal Travel ManagersWA/SA: Barbara TurnerVIC/TAS: Luke VaughanQLD: Simon TinklerNSW/ACT: Ric PattaroL-R: Ric Pattaro, Julianne Gazal-Rizk, Barbara Turner, James Hermiston, David Hull and Simon TinklerMost Proactive MarketerGayle DawsonChoice AwardTania PattersonSpirit AwardErryn MorrisTop 10 Personal Travel ManagersKylie LuttrellJean-Pierre BoutefeuLuke VaughanJohn LengacherDavid HullRic PattaroBarbara TurnerSimon TinklerJames HermistonJulianne Gazal-RizkPersonal Travel Manager of 2017Simon TinklerPTM Tania Tyler is congratulated on her ‘Recognition’ Award by COO Grant Campbell and NSW BPM Julie Andersonlast_img read more

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Qantas has completed a major 12month long upgrade

first_imgQantas has completed a major 12-month long upgrade of its domestic lounges at Melbourne Airport, providing customers with more seats, an Asian spice bar and premium designs inspired by Melbourne’s landscape.Offering seats for nearly 900 customers, the new Domestic Business Lounge and Qantas Club have been completely redesigned to use space more effectively, and Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce says the multi-million dollar investment is a vote of confidence in Melbourne’s future.Qantas Business Lounge @ Melbourne Airport“Melbourne is one of the busiest ports in our network, and with the demand for premium travel on the rise, it’s the right time to be investing in bigger and better lounges,” Mr Joyce said.“Our Frequent Flyers tell us that starting their journey in a comfortable and premium lounge is important to them, which is why they were front of mind when we embarked on this redesign. Given it’s Melbourne, serving quality local food, wine and barista coffee is obviously a priority.”Qantas Business Lounge BarFor a detailed fact sheet click HERE. IMAGE: The upgraded Qantas Club for domestic travellers at Melbourne Airport airlinesairportsdomesticDomestic Business LoungeMelbourneqantasQantas ClubQantas Loungelast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Few Arizona Cardinals, in recent memory, have been as maligned as Levi Brown.An offensive lineman taken with the fifth overall in 2007 out of Penn State, he has not been able to live up to what were likely unreasonable expectations. Yet, his absence last season due to a torn triceps was noticeable, as the offensive line, which was not particularly good to begin with, was significantly worse without him.So, where does that leave the 29-year-old? Kind of in the same place he’s always been, not worrying about what everyone is saying and just going out and trying to play well. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Brown added that his rehab is going well and that while he’s not yet back at full strength, he feels “comfortable” with where he’s at. – / 32 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “It’s just how I am,” he said of why he can just take all the criticism with a grain of salt. “It’s the way my parents raised me, I guess, I don’t know. I guess that’s just how I’ve always been.”That’s not to say Brown, who has spent his entire career playing for the Cardinals under Ken Whisenhunt’s coaching staff, does not have room to improve. Entering his seventh NFL season, Brown says he can still improve his footwork and hand placement, which he says will go a long way toward helping him improve in both pass and run blocking.Improvement would be good, for both Brown and the offensive line as a whole. A weakness last year after giving up a league-high 58 sacks to go along with a league-low 1,204 total rushing yards, the hope is a new coaching staff along with an upgrade in talent will turn the group into a strength. But on a personal level, Brown understands that all fans, not just the ones in Arizona, tend to be especially critical of left tackles around the league. “If we mess up, obviously, their favorite player can get hurt or their favorite player doesn’t get the ball,” he said with a chuckle. “So it’s understandable. You’ve got to be perfect, and it’s hard to do.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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The Arizona Cardinals announced they have signed r

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals announced they have signed receiver Dan Buckner to their practice squad. The undrafted rookie out of Arizona will take the place of receiver Kerry Taylor, who was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars to their active roster.Buckner spent training camp and preseason with the Cardinals, and has spent time on the practice squad this season as well. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound wideout caught 103 passes for 1,379 yards and seven touchdowns in two collegiate seasons with the Wildcats. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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The former UAB star led the nation in kickoff retu

first_imgThe former UAB star led the nation in kickoff returns, averaging 38.3 yards per attempt in 2014, while taking four back for touchdowns. But the NFL is a serious step up in competition, so Nelson is making the necessary adjustments to thrive at the pro level.“Just getting the feel of the game, the playbook and learning the NFL terminology,” he said. Nelson was one of seven players the Cardinals selected in the NFL Draft earlier this month. He’s enjoying the opportunity to meet his new teammates.“This is our first time getting together,” said Nelson. “Rally around the guys and coming together and being a family.”Nelson has yet to meet any vets on the team.“No, not yet, it’s coming. can’t wait,” said Nelson. “Waiting for that moment to come out and compete with them, as well as Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu and all those type of guys. I just want to come out and compete and have fun.” – / 8 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact J.J. Nelson, a fifth-round pick and the 159th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, experienced his first day at Arizona Cardinals rookie mini camp.“It was great putting on an NFL helmet, especially, you know, the Arizona Cardinals,” said Nelson.Nelson, the smallest and fastest player on the roster, has the attention of Cards head coach Bruce Arians.“He’s telling me the little things,” said Nelson in reference to coach Arians’ feedback during camp. “What I did right, what I did wrong, what I need to clean up. He’s doing a pretty good job of helping me and I’m hoping to grow with the things he’s teaching me.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — Jared Veldheer has spent just one year in the NFC West, but really, that’s all a player needs to get a feel for just how physical a division it is.The Arizona Cardinals’ left tackle held his own last season, helping his team win 11 games and nearly come away with the division crown. His addition was just part of a complete offensive line makeover the team has undergone since Steve Keim was hired as general manager and Bruce Arians was tabbed to be the head coach, an effort that has continued into this season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 16 “I think your line wins the games, both sides of the ball,” Veldheer said after OTAs Tuesday in Tempe. “They kind of set the tempo for what’s happening, and if you can dominate the line of scrimmage you’re most likely going to win the game.”It’s not exactly a revolutionary idea, of course, as it has long been said that winning in the trenches is the key to being victorious on the scoreboard. It’s why the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, two of the most physical teams in the NFL, have been the class of the division for most of the last five years.“But with that ruggedness, that physicality, you know it’s fun because it’s always a big challenge and a big game,” Veldheer added. “That’s just what we live for, are those challenges. Being able to play in that division and win that division is huge. If you can win the NFC West, that’s a big accomplishment. “That’s our goal this year. We know we were close last year, and close doesn’t cut it. We need to be able to finish and win the NFC West and push on to the championship.”That’s the goal, and it’s why the Cardinals have invested so heavily in their offensive and defensive fronts. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires PHOENIX — Last week, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported the Arizona Cardinals were “deep in negotiations” to sign Tyrann Mathieu to a contract extension.That the Cardinals and Mathieu were interested in coming to a long-term agreement was not news, but what Rapoport said about potential contract terms was.“And from what I’m told, a new pay day is expected to make him among the highest paid — if not the highest paid — safety in the NFL,” he said. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   New Orleans Saints fullback Austin Johnson (35) is knocked out of bounds by Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) That news came out on May 16; by May 22 no deal had been reached, but while walking the red carpet at Steak 44 in Phoenix for the Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser Dinner, Mathieu said he’s aware of the chatter.“I saw it on TV, which was encouraging, so we’ll see though,” he said. “Obviously this is the place I want to be. I know my coaches want me here so we’ll see how that goes.”Given recent reports, might a deal be coming soon?“I think the thing about it is everybody wants to get paid right away, but it’s one of those things that takes time,” he said. “There’s a lot of different dymanics that go into it. Like I said, we’ll see where it goes, but I feel like we are kind of close.”The highest-paid safeties in the NFL, at least on a per-season basis, is Seattle’s Earl Thomas, who is earning $10 million per year, while the Patriots’ Devin McCourty landed $22 million in guaranteed money in the contract he signed in 2015.Kansas City’s Eric Berry is set to play under the franchise tag, which would pay him about $10.8 million for the 2016 season.Where the numbers for Mathieu’s deal will end up is anyone’s guess, but those are probably a reasonable baseline.center_img By all accounts it is more a matter of when, and not if, something will get done. Mathieu, who last season finished third on the team with 89 total tackles along with one sack, five interceptions, 16 passes defensed and one forced fumble, is an important part of the defense and one of the team’s building blocks for the future.The former third-round pick out of LSU was a Defensive Player of the Year candidate last season until he suffered a torn ACL in Week 15 when he was returning an interception. It was his second major knee injury in three NFL seasons, but in terms of his recovery from his latest issue, Mathieu said he couldn’t be happier or more pleased with where he is at right now.“Back-pedaling, doing different drills, running at about 70 percent,” he said. “I feel great; it’s not one of those things I want to rush though. But I feel good.”Mathieu is rehabbing on the side while the Cardinals participate in OTAs, the second week of which begins Tuesday. There has been no set timetable for Mathieu to return to the field, but so far his recovery is moving forward at a nice pace.“I would have to say I’m ahead of schedule,” he said. “I’m just four months removed from surgery and I’m doing a lot of different things so that’s encouraging.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   But if Williams at least has some track record, there is little sense of what Penny can provide. An undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Idaho in 2016, he ran for 113 yards and one touchdown in the preseason finale against Denver, but was stashed away on the team’s practice squad the rest of the season.The Cardinals signed him to a futures contract in January, and Arians remains excited about his potential.“I think Elijhaa Penny has got a lot of talent; he learned what it’s like to be an NFL player now,” he said. “Slim him down — he’s 235, might be a little too high for him — he’s got real light feet and great hands, so if we can make him a little more shifty.”After those two, Arians said they could always add a running back in the draft or free agency, and besides, they could always move Ellington back if need be, and “Chris will make his decision sometime soon, and we’ll see.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Just 25 years old, there is little reason to think he will not continue to be a dominant offensive weapon. But if Arians does want to try to limit his carries some, as of now there is not much in the way of proven depth behind him.Ellington, who was a starter at one time, is moving to wide receiver, while veteran Chris Johnson is currently a free agent.If the season started now, the running back room would include Johnson, Kerwynn Williams and Elijhaa Penny.“I’m fine right now,” Arians said. “I think Kerwynn has proven, every time he plays, he gets 100 yards — everybody says he’s too small, he just gets 100 yards every time he steps out there.”Buoyed by the team’s use of the Wildcat formation, Williams ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries last season, with 60 yards and one score on 12 totes against the Rams after Johnson was hurt.“That Wildcat stuff — not one of those plays was blocked right; he just made somebody miss and went and got 20 yards,” Arians said. “That’s his ability, so he’s a really good little pass blocker, ain’t afraid to stick it in there.”Williams has been with the Cardinal since 2014, and in his time with the team has run for 545 yards and three touchdowns on 98 carries, giving him an average of 5.6 yards per run. In 2014, he produced the team’s only 100-yard rushing effort in Week 14 against the Chiefs. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arians pointed to Johnson’s 293 number of carries, saying it was not too bad, though combined with his 80 receptions the second-year pro by far led the NFL in touches.“His number of touches, because he’s such a dynamic pass receiver, I don’t want those to go down at all — I want to have 30 touches out of him, if possible, because that’s going to be a lot of offense,” Arians said. “Because when he’s got his hands on the ball, either as a wide receiver coming out of the backfield, in the slot, and running, that’s a lot of potential offense for us.”This is not the first time Arians has expressed a desire to get a running back around 30 touches, though the 6-foot-1, 224-pound Johnson seems better suited for the workload than Andre Ellington, who is 5-foot-9 and 199 pounds.Johnson earned his first Pro Bowl nod after tallying 2,118 scrimmage yards, which was a franchise record and league-best mark, as well as 20 total touchdowns. He was also the first player in NFL history to record at least 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his team’s first 15 games, and likely would have made it a full 16 had he not left the last game in the second quarter. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs as Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, left, reaches in for the tackle during the second half of a football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) PHOENIX — When a team has a weapon like David Johnson, it would seem irresponsible not to use him.Yet, the running back’s workload in 2016 was substantial, and some eyebrows were raised when he suffered a knee injury in a Week 17 game that had very little on the line.While the injury looked bad at the time, it turned out to be an MCL sprain that Johnson has by now pretty much recovered from.“He’s still too young to overuse,” Arians said Wednesday during NFC Coaches Breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore. “But again, we want to limit the number of carries.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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Arizonas front office mined schools not known for

first_imgArizona’s front office mined schools not known for their football teams. Along with Kanoff, the Cardinals signed players from Yale (LB Matthew Oplinger), Sioux Falls (LB Dennis Gardeck), Southern Nazarene (OL Will House), Southern Utah (LB Mike Needham), Hampton (DT Owen Obasuyi), Missouri Western (S Jonathan Owens), Ferris State (CB Tavierre Thomas), Arkansas-Monticello (WR Jalen Tolliver) and Weber State (TE Andrew Vollert).Related LinksWhat the experts are saying about the Arizona Cardinals’ draft picksArizona Cardinals draft grade: ‘G’ for godsendHere’s the entire list of undrafted rookie free agents general manager Steve Keim signed on Monday.West Virginia CB ELIJAH BATTLEConnecticut TE ALEC BLOOMSioux Falls LB DENNIS GARDECKSan Jose State LB FRANK GINDASouthern Nazarene OL WILL HOUSEAppalachian State S A.J. HOWARDWisconsin DE ALEC JAMESPrinceton QB CHAD KANOFFKansas State K MATT MCCRANESouthern Utah LB MIKE NEEDHAMSouth Florida CB DEATRICK NICHOLSHampton DT OWEN OBASUYISouthern Illinois OL AUSTIN OLSENYale LB MATTHEW OPLINGERMissouri Western S JONATHAN OWENSWisconsin FB AUSTIN RAMESHVanderbilt WR TRENT SHERFIELDFerris State CB TAVIERRE THOMASArkansas-Monticello WR JALEN TOLLIVERBYU WR JONAH TRINNAMANWashington S ZEKE TURNERWeber State TE ANDREW VOLLERT The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, right, talks with general manager Steve Keim during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals signed 24 undrafted rookie free agents on Monday after making six selections in the 2018 NFL Draft from Thursday through Saturday.By position, the group of 24 players includes four linebackers, four wide receivers, three cornerbacks, three offensive linemen, three safeties, two tight ends, two defensive linemen, one kicker, one quarterback and one fullback.Notably, Princeton quarterback Chad Kanoff joins a position group that also includes Sam Bradford, Mike Glennon, Josh Rosen, Alek Torgersen and Brandon Doughty.center_img 3 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Toledo OL BRANT WEISSCentral Michigan WR COREY WILLIS – / 6last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Add all that up, and a panel of more than 80 ESPN writers, editors and TV folks collectively rated Arizona as the 26th best team in the 2018 way-too-early power rankings.Expectations are even lower this year. A day after the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LIII, the Cardinals are power-ranked dead last. Yeah, 3-13 will do that to a team.A potential reason for optimism? Their second new coach in two years, Kliff Kingsbury.Related LinksCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald appears in NFL 100 Super Bowl commercialThe ongoing saga of the Cardinals’ second cornerback spotWhile the Cardinals rode the wave that most other teams jumped on in hiring an offensive mind, Kingsbury comes to the NFL without a lick of NFL coaching experience and a 35-40 record as a college head coach at Texas Tech. Of the eight head coaching changes for the NFL this offseason, six new coaches with offensive backgrounds were hired.Maybe the panel wasn’t as optimistic about Kingsbury. Or quite possibly, the panel just knows that any coach of the Cardinals enters a tough situation as it stands.The offseason will no doubt be a test for general manager Steve Keim, who must give second-year quarterback Josh Rosen the offensive line and the skill positions weapons to succeed. There are also holes to fill along the defensive line, at linebacker and at the second cornerback position. 37 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Replacing since-unretired head coach Bruce Arians with Steve Wilks didn’t generate much optimism around the Arizona Cardinals a year ago.After an 8-8 season in 2017 and Arians calling it a coaching career, Arizona knew it needed to also replace quarterback Carson Palmer and rework the offensive line. By the day after the Super Bowl, the Cardinals didn’t even know whether receiver Larry Fitzgerald would return for 2018. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Keim has done some of the necessary gruntwork just by hiring Kingsbury and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, the latter of whom joins the Cardinals after serving as the Denver Broncos head coach the last two years. But both coaches need talent.After the draft and free agency periods pass, it will become more clear whether the myriad roster holes look like the Cardinals’ biggest challenge, or if the lack of faith in them is all about their peculiar coaching hire. Top Stories (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The leading regional ev

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe leading regional event for the luxury travel industry, ILTM Latin America 2019 will this year welcome more of the most productive travel advisors from Brazil and Latin America than ever before, including many new faces.A total of 370 buyers will attend the invitation-only event in São Paulo in May, with 26% of these set to be new faces. They will attend from 14 countries – newly represented at the event are the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Guatemala – and 40 cities to meet with some of the best travel experience operators from across the world. Agents from 22 cities in Brazil alone will be represented, including Cuiaba and Uberlandia, also for the first time.“We travel the continent far and wide, meeting and qualifying the most productive luxury agents in Latin America in order to bring an audience that can’t be found elsewhere and make the introductions that wouldn’t be made otherwise. We bring the world to Latin America so that they can discover more of it,” said Simon Mayle, ILTM Latin America Event Director.The 2019 edition of ILTM Latin America is defined by its theme of ‘Back to Life’, which highlights the value of health and wellness for both the luxury travel business and the consumer, as well as our responsibility for taking care of – and celebrating – nature.The event also welcomes over 90 new exhibitors in a total of almost 370 luxury travel brands from all four corners of the world. These include AccorHotels Luxury brands, Aman Resorts, Baha Mar, Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort in Switzerland, Belmond, Dorchester Hotels, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Leading Hotels of the World, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Marriott Luxury Brands, Preferred Hotels, Portugal’s Quinta das Lágrimas, Rosewood Hotel Group, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Vines Resort & Spa in Mendoza and Vakkaru Maldives as well as destinations including Portugal, Georgia and Israel.For more information, see www.iltm.com/LatinamericaImages featured from ILTM Latin America 2018Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Ski resorts across Europe are reporting outstandi

first_imgSki resorts across Europe are reporting “outstanding” conditions, which could encourage more Brits to book flights to the continent and take to the slopes.Ski Club of Great Britain representatives across the continent have been compiling snow reports, with many describing conditions as “superb” and “the best of the season so far”.These reports, which cover more than 250 resorts, are updated on a daily basis.”Excellent day, probably the best so far this season. Good light powder snow everywhere,” was one La Plagne-based representative’s report earlier this month, with the resort easily accessible thanks to cheap flights to nearby Grenoble and Lyon.Those wanting to ski closer to home can book domestic flights to Scotland, which is currently enjoying “outstanding snow conditions”.The Ski Club of Britain last month reported a rise in the number of solo skiers heading to Europe.This came after a new set of figures were published in the Independent, which revealed that ‘solidays’, where people travel by themselves, have increased in popularity.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSkiscanner ski reportWelcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanner’s regular ski reportSkiscanner ski report: 03/02/09Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get thereSkiscanner ski report: 10/02/09Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get therelast_img read more

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Related How does strike action change the way you

first_img RelatedHow does strike action change the way you book flights?Does airline strike action (or the threat of strike action) change the way you book your flights?Bad Travelling Partners: Nightmare neighboursSo who really are the worst people to sit next to on a plane? VOTE NOW!How many trips abroad are you taking this year?How many trips abroad do you plan on taking this year? Japanese airline ANA has this month introduced women-only lavatories on almost all its routes, following numerous requests from passengers for this service.So should all airlines offer such facilities for women or are men just getting a raw deal?Creating a women-only lav means one less toilet available for males and there are currently no plans to offer men-only loos onboard. What do you think?VOTE NOW!<a href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/2775786/” mce_href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/2775786/”>Should all planes offer women-only toilets?</a><span style=”font-size:9px;” mce_style=”font-size:9px;”><a href=”http://www.polldaddy.com” mce_href=”http://www.polldaddy.com”>surveys</a></span> ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Get set for a winter sun geataway by booking your

first_imgGet set for a winter sun geataway by booking your ticket to the sun. Here are seven amazing exotic places to consider, all with flights under £400.You can get really cheap deals if you leave it late – often on charter flights operated by the likes of Thomson and flythomascook. For more tips, see our helpful guide: Charter flights: debunking the myths and finding a good deal 1. Goa, India from £308Gorgeous Goa is a banker for off-season sun. Winter may be the ‘cool’ season in Goa, but it’s the best time to visit. If you prefer it really hot and steamy, wait until spring or summer, but from November to February the weather is just right: simply dry, sunny and hot. Perfect for doing not much at all but whiling away your days with a book on the beach with a cool beer, 5. Antigua, from £345Antigua has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. It apparently has 365 of them – yes, one for every day of the year! Whichever one you choose, you can be assured that the sand will be pure white and the sea bluer than Brighton beach. If you want to get active, there’s diving, snorkelling, speedboat rides, windsurfing, biking, cruises, sea safaris… *flight prices correct as of date of publication – 14 October 2013ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. Caya Coco, Cuba from £338This is a great deal. Flights to Cuba aren’t usually this cheap, but if you aren’t going to Havana and just want to laze on a tropical beach, you can fly direct to the resort of Caya Coco for a tropical taste of Caribbean Cuba, complete with palm trees, clear turquoise seas and talcum powder beaches as standard. 6. Barbados from £326Resorts in Barbados have all the glamour you would expect of a favoured celebrity getaway, but if posing isn’t active enough for you, head to the east coast, a coveted surfing utopia, with the crystal clear Atlantic sea and rugged coastal landscape offering wild wind-surfing, spectacular hiking and some truly amazing diving and snorkelling. 7. Boa Vista, Cape Verde from £309With temperatures that never fall much below 24C, Cape Verde has been dubbed ‘the new Caribbean’ by sun worshippers. But Boa Vista is still pretty exclusive and there are only a handful of hotels on the island. Apart from the laidback tiki bars, nightlife amounts to a midnight tour to see loggerhead turtles nesting on the beach. 2. The Gambia from £217A world away from Europe but only a six-hour flight from the UK, The Gambia offers an exotic yet accessible winter getaway. Get an intoxicating introduction to West Africa with a visit to the capital Banjul, or simply soak up the rays on a palm-fringed golden sandy beach. Sounds good, doesn’t it? 4. Abu Dhabi, UAE from £356If you want to combine winter beach sun with some big city excitement, then ponder up-and-coming Abu Dhabi. If lying by the pool gets tiresome, you can take the credit card out to play – shopping is something of a national pastime – or get your thrills at Ferrari World, home to the fastest rollercoaster anywhere. Related5 great winter sun escapesThe season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us, but if you dream of warmer climes, plot your escape now.Winter sun stars: 5 dream beach destinations to beat the winter bluesBeat the clocks! Plot your escape from short winter days with these five ideas for exotic getaways with flights from only £177 return.5 November sun escapes5 November sun escapeslast_img read more

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