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  • Increased labor costs and a surge in housing demand are forecast for Marin following the devastating North Bay fires. “These markets are regional,” said Robert Eyler, chief economist of the Marin Economic Forum and a professor at Sonoma State University. “Because they’re regional, Marin County is not on an island when things happen. Things in Sonoma County can reverberate into Marin County.”

    Marin economic observers weigh North Bay fire impact

    Increased labor costs and a surge in housing demand are forecast for Marin following the devastating North Bay fires. “These markets are regional,” said Robert Eyler, chief economist of the Marin Economic Forum and a professor at Sonoma State University. “Because they’re regional, Marin County is not on an island when things happen. Things in Sonoma County can reverberate into Marin County.”

  • Robert Eyler, an economist at Sonoma State University, valued the Napa and Sonoma wine business at over $10 billion in annual sales, and he estimated that billions more were generated by enotourism. “The fire, even though it was relatively large in acreage, was still relatively concentrated in specific areas,” he said. Many hotels, bed and breakfasts, and wineries survived intact and were not affected by the fires.

    Outlook good for California wine lovers

    Robert Eyler, an economist at Sonoma State University, valued the Napa and Sonoma wine business at over $10 billion in annual sales, and he estimated that billions more were generated by enotourism. “The fire, even though it was relatively large in acreage, was still relatively concentrated in specific areas,” he said. Many hotels, bed and breakfasts, and wineries survived intact and were not affected by the fires.

  • According to Robert Eyler, a professor of economics at Sonoma State University, it is as yet unclear exactly what effect the fires will have on Napa’s wine business, which, together with Sonoma County’s, generates over $10 billion in annual sales and brings in billions of dollars more in tourism. “We don’t know yet how many vineyards have been impacted,” Eyler says, adding that the region will likely spend many months assessing the damage to harvests.

    Thousands of Jobs Depend on the Wine Industry’s Uncertain Recovery

    Rebuilding efforts will come as the area faces a construction labor shortage and rising costs for home-building materials, a situation exacerbated by hurricane recovery efforts in Texas and Florida, said Robert Eyler, an economics professor at Sonoma State.

  • Rebuilding efforts will come as the area faces a construction labor shortage and rising costs for home-building materials, a situation exacerbated by hurricane recovery efforts in Texas and Florida, said Robert Eyler, an economics professor at Sonoma State.

    Thousands displaced by Northern California’s wildfires now face the region’s housing shortage

    Rebuilding efforts will come as the area faces a construction labor shortage and rising costs for home-building materials, a situation exacerbated by hurricane recovery efforts in Texas and Florida, said Robert Eyler, an economics professor at Sonoma State.

  • “In economics, we call it a primal problem, based on the natural instinct to gain as much as you can. Capitalism at its finest," said Robert Eyler, a Sonoma State University economist.

    Authorities issue alert on price gouging in fire areas

    “In economics, we call it a primal problem, based on the natural instinct to gain as much as you can. Capitalism at its finest," said Robert Eyler, a Sonoma State University economist.

  • Economist Robert Eyler, Ph.D., president of Forensic Analytics and dean of the Sonoma State University School of Education and International Studies, sees the future as involving three major issues: reconstruction, where and what groups of people will rebuild, and the timeline for accomplishing this enormous undertaking. “Many who have lived in the area for a number of years may profit from rising equity and valuation of their homes and will benefit from insurance payouts. However, some may decide to leave the region to start over. The magnitude of this go, or don’t leave the area, approach will be strongly felt here locally.”

    Economic impact of the Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino fires

    Economist Robert Eyler, Ph.D., president of Forensic Analytics and dean of the Sonoma State University School of Education and International Studies, sees the future as involving three major issues: reconstruction, where and what groups of people will rebuild, and the timeline for accomplishing this enormous undertaking. “Many who have lived in the area for a number of years may profit from rising equity and valuation of their homes and will benefit from insurance payouts. However, some may decide to leave the region to start over. The magnitude of this go, or don’t leave the area, approach will be strongly felt here locally.”

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San Rafael’s Northgate mall sold to Merlone Geier Partners

January 24, 2017

Robert Eyler, chief economist with the Marin Economic Forum, said, “There is no doubt about the fact that both Sears and Macy’s, who are anchors in the Northgate mall, have recently announced some corporate threat in terms of their real estate holdings. That would make me a bit nervous.”

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Economist sees uncertainty, but no immediate Trump disaster

January 19, 2017

“We’re in the eighth year of economic recovery but we haven’t seen a boom period, and don’t expect to see that in the next three years. But we’re not seeing a recession either,” Robert Eyler told the 450-plus who gathered at the 2017 North State Economic Forecast Conference.

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“If interest rates rise slowly, we may see a nice bump in home sales and mortgage availability as buyers see low interest rates slowly fading and banks have higher rates to buffer against risk,” said Dr. Robert Eyler, director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University.

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December 19, 2016

“If interest rates rise slowly, we may see a nice bump in home sales and mortgage availability as buyers see low interest rates slowly fading and banks have higher rates to buffer against risk,” said Dr. Robert Eyler, director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University.

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Marin financial experts eye rising stock market, Trump impact

December 1, 2016

Robert Eyler, chief economist for the Marin Economic Forum, said it makes sense in the short-term to invest in commodities, such as energy, specifically oil, and in finances. “That’s where you’ve seen all the activity in the past three weeks,” he said, “because those are the kind of industries that got a boost.”

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Sonoma State University economics professor Robert Eyler said the county has “branded itself pretty well,” both for its high-end tech and wine products and for its lifestyle. The latter helps boost international tourism, a sector with economic benefits similar to those from export businesses. “Sonoma County’s still got a pretty good global footprint,” Eyler said.

Exports remain a strong part
of Sonoma County economy

October 24, 2016

Sonoma State University economics professor Robert Eyler said the county has “branded itself pretty well,” both for its high-end tech and wine products and for its lifestyle. The latter helps boost international tourism, a sector with economic benefits similar to those from export businesses. “Sonoma County’s still got a pretty good global footprint,” Eyler said.

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“One main objective of The School of Extended Education is getting people to graduate quicker,” Robert Eyler dean of the department said. With students focusing less on the expense of college and more on their classes, students have a higher chance of graduating on time. “We want to be able to expedite the process so students can graduate in four years or faster,” Eyler said.

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October 6, 2016

“One main objective of The School of Extended Education is getting people to graduate quicker,” Robert Eyler dean of the department said. With students focusing less on the expense of college and more on their classes, students have a higher chance of graduating on time. “We want to be able to expedite the process so students can graduate in four years or faster,” Eyler said.

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