First American’s The REconomy Podcast™ Launches Seven-Episode “Summer School” Series

Easy-to-understand, quick-listen episodes from expert economics team offer real estate professionals and home buyers opportunity to sharpen their knowledge of real estate and housing market dynamics and make more informed decisions

June 20, 2024, Santa Ana, Calif.

First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a premier provider of title, settlement, and risk solutions for real estate transactions and the leader in the digital transformation of its industry, today published the first of a seven-episode “Summer School” series from The REconomy Podcast™ designed to provide real estate professionals and anyone interested in real estate or the housing market an opportunity to sharpen their knowledge and help them make more informed decisions.

Hosted by First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming, Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi, and Senior Commercial Real Estate Economist Xander Snyder, the series of 15-minute episodes will offer expert insight and perspective on purchasing a home, calculating an investment’s value, navigating zoning pitfalls and more.

“Real estate touches almost every aspect of our lives and, even if you aren’t buying a home this summer, understanding real estate dynamics and the housing market can benefit anyone,” said Fleming. “We cut through the jargon to provide practical, clear-cut insights on everything from house pricing to how mortgages work to help listeners make more informed decisions.”

Launched in 2020, the biweekly REconomy Podcast can be found on all major podcasting platforms. The “Summer School'' series began today, June 20, and continues through August 29, culminating in a two-episode “finals week'' special. The “Summer School” syllabus includes:

  • June 20: The Complete Guide to Home Purchase and Closing
  • July 4: Homeownership Drivers and Benefits
  • July 18: What Makes Real Estate “Commercial”?
  • August 1: The Trinity of Commercial Real Estate Returns
  • August 15: Cracking the Code of House Prices and Affordability
  • August 27: Finals Week: Understanding the Lifecycle of a Mortgage
  • August 29: Finals Week: Urban Economics 101

Research and analysis from Fleming, Kushi, and Snyder is regularly published on the First American Economic Center. The First American Economics team can also be found on X/Twitter at @MFlemingEcon, @OdetaKushi and @XanderSnyderX


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About First American

First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is a premier provider of title, settlement and risk solutions for real estate transactions. With its combination of financial strength and stability built over more than 135 years, innovative proprietary technologies, and unmatched data assets, the company is leading the digital transformation of its industry. First American also provides data products to the title industry and other third parties; valuation products and services; mortgage subservicing; home warranty products; banking, trust and wealth management services; and other related products and services. With total revenue of $6.0 billion in 2023, the company offers its products and services directly and through its agents throughout the United States and abroad. In 2024, First American was named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Great Place to Work® and Fortune Magazine for the ninth consecutive year. The company was named one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators by Fast Company in 2023. More information about the company can be found at