FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Alexis Perry is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week, while Central Arkansas’ Rio Sanchez is the Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. All Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Perry claims the weekly hitting honor after eight hits on 16 plate appearances through six contests for Northwestern State. In addition to a pair of home runs, the freshman also registered a .875 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage for the week.Sanchez marked a stellar week for Central Arkansas recording wins in both of her appearances and holding opponents to a .063 batting average. The sophomore allowed no runs across 10 innings pitched and twirled a no-hitter in her opening game of the week. Both awards are the first of the season for each recipient.Softball Hitter of the Week – Alexis Perry, Northwestern State – C – Fr. – Wylie, TexasPerry continued her impressive freshman season with eight hits and eight RBI in six games this week. The freshman cranked a three-run home run against Fairleigh Dickinson that broke a scoreless tie. Her two-RBI single against Houston Baptist also served as the Lady Demon’s first runs of the game. In Northwestern State’s second win over HBU, the Wylie, Texas, product had a pair of RBI as part of five-run NSU inning that extended a 1-run lead for the Lady Demons. Seven of her 8 RBI came against Fairleigh Dickinson and Houston Baptist.Honorable Mention: Kali Clement, Nicholls; Bobbi Smith, Southeastern Louisiana; Kaylyn Shpeherd, Central Arkansas; Justyce McClain, McNeese; Heidi Jaquez, Houston Baptist.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Rio Sanchez, Central Arkansas – So. – Erie, Colo.Rio Sanchez was dominant in her two starts this week, holding opponents scoreless across 10 innings. The sophomore tossed a no-hitter, the second of her career, Wednesday against Arkansas – Pine Bluff, striking out nine of 15 batters along the way. She followed that performances up with a complete game two-hit shutout victory over Jackson State Monday afternoon.Honorable Mention: Samantha Guile, Northwestern State; Amber Coons, McNeese; Elliot Estes, Houston Baptist.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
July 8, 2014 536 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Foreign Interest in U.S. Housing Grows Share Investment Investors National Association of Realtors 2014-07-08 Tory Barringer As analysts, industry participants, and policymakers struggle to boost homeownership among Americans, foreign activity in the U.S. housing market remains strong.According to a profile of international homebuying activity released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), total international home sales were estimated at $92.2 billion from April 2013 through March 2013, up from the previous period’s level of $68.2 billion.”Foreign buyers are being enticed to U.S. real estate because of what they recognize as attractive prices, economic stability, and an incredible opportunity for investment in their future,” said NAR President Steve Brown.Approximately 65 percent of purchases by foreign buyers over the year involved a single-family home, with 42 percent used as a primary residence. Because non-residents are limited to six-month stays in the country, most buyers use their properties for vacation or rental purposes or as an investment, NAR says.While interest in U.S. housing spans the globe, NAR reports the greatest amount of activity came from buyers in Canada, China, Mexico, India, and the United Kingdom, which together accounted for nearly 54 percent of all reported international transactions last year. Canada held on to the largest share of purchases at 19 percent, while China took the lead in dollar volume, purchasing an estimated $22 billion.Four states—Florida, California, Arizona, and Texas—comprised 55 percent of total reported purchases, with Florida staying on top at 23 percent. California followed at 14 percent, followed by Texas and Arizona at 12 percent and 6 percent, respectively.According to the group, among foreign buyers, Europeans last year tended to flock toward the warmer climates of Florida and Arizona, while Asian buyers were drawn to the West Coast. Buyers from all countries showed greater preference toward areas where there were already concentrations of people of their own nationality.NAR also found that nearly 60 percent of reported international sales were all-cash, nearly double that of domestic purchases. “Mortgage financing tends to be a major problem for international clients due to a lack of a U.S. based credit history, lack of a Social Security number, difficulties in documenting mortgage requirements and financial profiles that differ from those normally received by financial institutions from domestic residents,” the association explained.