October 24: Links of the Day

Real estate links

- There have been plenty of hiccups, but Freddie Mac’s recent U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook reports that the housing recover is chugging along.

- Applications for U.S. home loans dipped slightly last week but there was a 0.7 percent rise in purchase applications, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

- Among other findings, Manager of Regional Economics and Housing Finance Policy Ken Fears discovered that the short-lived slide in the housing market seems to have stabilized.

St. Louis links

- It’s hard to imagine the Cardinals getting off to a worse start in the World Series after dropping Game 1 8-1 in Boston.

- Overall, Cardinal success usually equals an economic boom for the area. But some local businesses, like St. Louis favorite Crown Candy, are hurt when the Redbirds make a playoff push.

- Community members are fighting to save the Lewis & Clark Branch Library after a 10-year library facilities plan concluded that the facility is 20 percent too small.      

For your entertainment

- There's also a bit of controversy surrounding the Cardinals' lost after this video went viral of Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester appearing to rub some kind of substance onto the baseball. What do you think?

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