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Monday, December 09, 2019

To win a seller disclosure case, you’ll need evidence to prove they deliberately deceived you about damage to the home - The Washington Post

To win a seller disclosure case, you’ll need evidence to prove they deliberately deceived you about damage to the home - The Washington Post: REAL ESTATE MATTERS | Did the sellers use a carpenter to cover over the termite damage? Your case would benefit, for example, if you found out that the sellers had carpenters come in to hide the problem and if you were able to talk to those carpenters.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

You Won't Believe How Much of Younger Americans' Income Goes to Student Debt

You Won't Believe How Much of Younger Americans' Income Goes to Student Debt: Student debt is eating up a huge chunk of earnings for borrowers between the ages of 18 and 39, data shows.

13 things you’re doing to your home that real estate agents wouldn’t

13 things you’re doing to your home that real estate agents wouldn’t: It’s your house, so you can do whatever you want. But if you want to sell it at some point, think twice before doing any of these things.

Friday, December 06, 2019

12 first-time home buyer mistakes and how to avoid them

12 first-time home buyer mistakes and how to avoid them: First-time home buyers generally pay more for the same home than repeat home buyers.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Mold at Florida military housing caused mushrooms to grow out of carpets, lawsuits says

Mold at Florida military housing caused mushrooms to grow out of carpets, lawsuits says: Mold in privately run housing at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida not only caused health problems but led to mushrooms growing out of a floor and carpet, according to a federal lawsuit filed by five service members and their families.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Friday, November 29, 2019

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Property Investors Follow Millennials to the Hot Mountain States - WSJ

Property Investors Follow Millennials to the Hot Mountain States - WSJ: Millennials and plenty of others seeking a lower cost of living are pouring into the Western mountain states, boosting economic growth and pushing up apartment rents.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

10 popular gifts you should think twice about before buying

10 popular gifts you should think twice about before buying: Sometimes the popular gift idea (or the cheaper one) isn't always the best. We're here to let you know how to get the most gift for your dollar.

Renters are sharing their stories of disastrous housing conditions and it's utterly awful

Renters are sharing their stories of disastrous housing conditions and it's utterly awful: When campaign group Generation Rent tweeted to encourage tenants to share their horror stories, they can't have been prepared for what happened next. Over the past 24 hours, we've heard about more mould, damp, broken boilers, persistent vermin and unfairly docked deposits than we ever thought possible. Turns out, landlords are actually awful. Who knew? It's time to #VentYourRent! We want to hear how the renting crisis has affected you. �� Dodgy...

Monday, November 25, 2019

How to start a rental business for passive income

How to start a rental business for passive income: There are a few ways that you can start bringing in cash with a passive income, from investment strategies to selling ad space on your blog.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Author Post: Should You Invest in Real Estate Instead of Stocks?

Author Post: Should You Invest in Real Estate Instead of Stocks?: "When planning to invest, many people find themselves in a dilemma—real estate or stocks?" In his latest piece, Andres Pira outlines his case for investing in real estate.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Housing Economists And Janet Yellen Agree A Recession Is Coming—But See No Need To Panic Yet

Housing Economists And Janet Yellen Agree A Recession Is Coming—But See No Need To Panic Yet: Housing leaders are bracing for the next recession. Janet Yellen offers her insights on when it might happen and how they can prepare.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

China's Growing Real Estate Bubble | Mises Wire

China's Growing Real Estate Bubble | Mises Wire: China’s economy has been growing dramatically for many years to become one of the world’s leading economies. According to the World Bank, in 2018, China's GDP (nominal) was 13,608 trillion USD, the second-highest in the world.World Bank.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Who benefited from America's housing bust? - Marketplace

Who benefited from America's housing bust? - Marketplace: Millions of Americans lost their homes during the foreclosure crisis. Investigative reporter Aaron Glantz wanted to know who got them.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Ultimate property flippers: real estate deals that made fortunes

Ultimate property flippers: real estate deals that made fortunes: From savvy celebrities to real estate mogul mansions, take a look at these ultimate property flippers who made millions selling houses

Friday, November 08, 2019

Thursday, November 07, 2019

More Americans say now is a bad time to buy a home

More Americans say now is a bad time to buy a home: There was also a drop in the share of people who think now is a good time to sell a home, from 44% to 41%, according to a monthly survey by Fannie Mae.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Detroit uses landlord subsidy to save renters from gentrification

Detroit uses landlord subsidy to save renters from gentrification: The city of Detroit offered a tax subsidy to a landlord so that low- and moderate-income tenants can continue to live in a building after renovations.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Friday, November 01, 2019

The Biggest Homes in America That Will Stun You | Family Handyman

The Biggest Homes in America That Will Stun You | Family Handyman: Check in on your neighbors and see who's really got the biggest home in the state. What's inside some of the homes might surprise you.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Buying Real Estate as an Investment vs. as a Home | Millionacres

Buying Real Estate as an Investment vs. as a Home | Millionacres: Unlike purchasing a home to live in, an investment property should make you money. Here’s how to find out if it will.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

How to Save Money and Avoid Debt This Christmas | ksdk.com

How to Save Money and Avoid Debt This Christmas | ksdk.com: Consumers are expected to spend more this season and we have you covered with tips to avoid going into debt this holiday season. Buzz60's Taisha Henry has the story.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Enjoy Waterfront Living at a Price You'll Love - Sponsored Content | Post and Courier - Charleston, SC

Enjoy Waterfront Living at a Price You'll Love - Sponsored Content | Post and Courier - Charleston, SC: Charleston is iconic as a place to enjoy waterside living - fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, exploring or just taking in the sunset. At Estuary in Bowen Village, you can get all of the advantages of life by the water in a new home that’s both close to Charleston and within your budget. You’ll love the amazing lifestyle, stylish architecture and old-fashioned charm that makes this neighborhood of gorgeous new single-family homes the perfect place to come home to.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

'Who is buying Seattle?': New report issues warnings on Seattle's luxury housing boom - seattlepi.com

'Who is buying Seattle?': New report issues warnings on Seattle's luxury housing boom - seattlepi.com: Seattle 's luxury housing boom will worsen inequality and affordability in the city, according to a new report, which calls for officials to require more transparency on who is actually buying luxury real estate in the area.
The report -- "Who is Buying Seattle? The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom for Seattle," from the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies -- studied eight luxury condominium buildings with units that have an average taxable property value of $2 million.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Fall’s real estate market in Greenwich thins out

Fall’s real estate market in Greenwich thins out: Last week’s five real estate closings totaling $6.7 million reported to our local MLS showed us that the summer sales are pretty much over. Now’s the time that value buyers will enter the market and perhaps scoop up some bargains from disappointed or frustrated sellers. Properties sold last week included only three single-family homes and two multi-families. My “sale of the week” selection is a two-family Byram home that was bought by a local...

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019

For Landlords, a New Tax Break Comes With Strings Attached - WSJ

For Landlords, a New Tax Break Comes With Strings Attached - WSJ: Property owners who want to claim a recently added 20% tax break for 2019 should be planning now, because they may need to send 1099 forms early next year.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

What property buyers should know about land loans

What property buyers should know about land loans: The best type of loan depends on the property and what you plan to do with it.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Tipp City booms with housing projects - Dayton Business Journal

Tipp City booms with housing projects - Dayton Business Journal: Last year, Tipp City added 51 new homes to its city. More growth is planned, with three projects set to continue and one new project making its debut this fall.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Lower mortgage rates are causing an epic housing shortage

Lower mortgage rates are causing an epic housing shortage: A lull in home sales earlier this year helped build much-needed supply, but a sharp drop in rates this summer brought demand back and has dramatically depleted that inventory.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Cut Your Housing Expenses to Boost Savings - Barron's

Cut Your Housing Expenses to Boost Savings - Barron's: Research shows that more than four in 10 people who are saving a ton for retirement are slashing this essential expense.

Friday, October 11, 2019

New California laws aim to speed housing construction - Houston Chronicle

New California laws aim to speed housing construction - Houston Chronicle: SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new California law aims to stop communities from delaying construction of new housing projects.
It's one of 18 housing bills signed Wednesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
California is in the midst of a housing crisis with far fewer homes and apartments than necessary to house its nearly 40 million people. Lawmakers have passed dozens of bills aimed at boosting funding for affordable housing, easing development restrictions and helping renters facing rising costs.
The bill by Sen. Nancy Skinner of Berkeley caps the number of public hearings on new projects, bans local governments from increasing fees on projects once an initial application is submitted and stops urban areas from freezing new construction. The measures are aimed at stopping cities and counties from delaying building when they have already zoned for new housing units.
Residential building permits fell 20% in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2018, Skinner's office said.
"Scarcity drives up cost, whether you are paying rent or trying to buy a home," Skinner said in a statement. "And the skyrocketing cost of housing hurts all of us, whether it's our neighbors who

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Recession coming? Don't blame housing

Recession coming? Don't blame housing: Builder confidence in September was the most optimistic it has been in the past year, and August housing starts rose to their highest level since May 2007.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

5 Major Cities in the U.S. With the Hottest Real Estate Markets - RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News

5 Major Cities in the U.S. With the Hottest Real Estate Markets - RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News: New home sales in the U.S. surged to 18 percent as of August 2019 compared to the same period last year. According to the latest report by the U.S.

Friday, October 04, 2019

Hipsturbia, Co-Living And More Emerging Trends That Will Shape Real Estate In 2020

Hipsturbia, Co-Living And More Emerging Trends That Will Shape Real Estate In 2020: The Urban Land Institute's latest Real Estate Economic Forecast sees continued growth for the economy and housing industry.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Important mortgage rate eases for Tuesday

Important mortgage rate eases for Tuesday: Mortgage rates showed no clear direction today, but one key rate tapered off. If you’re shopping for a mortgage, see what that means for you.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Beneath The Surface We Believe Something Long-Term Is Not Right

Beneath The Surface We Believe Something Long-Term Is Not Right: That said, beneath the surface we believe something long-term is not right. Two of the larger train wrecks in market history have involved the tech and housing bubbles bursting. In common with both of those disasters: amazingly persuasive narratives.

Monday, September 30, 2019

'Shared ownership was the only way I could get on the property ladder'

'Shared ownership was the only way I could get on the property ladder': Singleton Charlotte McKenzie, 30, was able to buy a share of a £300,000 home with a deposit of under £7,000

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Why Reality Television Sells Luxury Real Estate In Los Angeles

Why Reality Television Sells Luxury Real Estate In Los Angeles: In Los Angeles where there are likely more luxury real estate agents per capita than most major cities, it’s about the glamour of the business.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Treasury’s Housing Plan Would Pave the Way for Another Financial Crisis | National Review

Treasury’s Housing Plan Would Pave the Way for Another Financial Crisis | National Review: It should have been clear by now that government backing for private profit-seeking firms is a clear and present danger to the stability of the U.S. financial system.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Housing Is Still a Has-Been - WSJ

Housing Is Still a Has-Been - WSJ: Lower mortgage rates and a benign economic backdrop have helped boost the housing market recently, but the gains are hardly impressive.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

5 Surprising Maintenance Tasks Landlords Aren't Responsible for Handling - SFGate

5 Surprising Maintenance Tasks Landlords Aren't Responsible for Handling - SFGate: One of the perks of renting is your landlord is responsible for maintenance and repairs. But beware: There are still duties that could land on your plate.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019

Mortgage Rates Decline Ahead of Fed Meeting - WSJ

Mortgage Rates Decline Ahead of Fed Meeting - WSJ: Consumers’ borrowing costs have drifted lower since the Federal Reserve cut interest rates in July, fueling a wave of mortgage refinancing and helping to support household spending despite deepening economic uncertainty.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Mortgage Rates Decline Ahead of Fed Meeting - WSJ

Mortgage Rates Decline Ahead of Fed Meeting - WSJ: Consumers’ borrowing costs have drifted lower since the Federal Reserve cut interest rates in July, fueling a wave of mortgage refinancing and helping to support household spending despite deepening economic uncertainty.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Winning the Housing Lottery - The New York Times

Winning the Housing Lottery - The New York Times: A mother and daughter move from the Bronx housing project where they’ve lived all their lives to a brand-new apartment nearby.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

5 easy ways you can save money shopping online, according to an expert - Business Insider

5 easy ways you can save money shopping online, according to an expert - Business Insider: With these tricks up your sleeve, you can save hundreds of dollars a year shopping online for products you were already going to buy anyway.

Bernie Sanders, in Las Vegas, Previews Plan for Affordable Housing - The New York Times

Bernie Sanders, in Las Vegas, Previews Plan for Affordable Housing - The New York Times: Mr. Sanders invoked his own childhood growing up in a rent-controlled apartment, and contrasted it with the privilege of President Trump.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

California pass rent control bill to address affordable housing crisis - Business Insider

California pass rent control bill to address affordable housing crisis - Business Insider: The bill also imposes restriction on evictions without cause - a significant factor in the state's burgeoning homeless population.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Fall housing shifts quickly to a buyer's market

Fall housing shifts quickly to a buyer's market: Mortgage rates are around the lowest in three years, but buyers are suddenly much more cautious about purchasing a home. Competition is cooling, and consequently sellers can no longer command any price.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

What Trump's new housing plan could mean for you. - The Washington Post

What Trump's new housing plan could mean for you. - The Washington Post: The Trump administration’s proposals envisions a smaller role for the government in the housing market, but leaves it to lawmakers and regulators to figure out many of the details.

Friday, September 06, 2019

Breakingviews - Door cracks open on U.S. housing reform - Reuters

Breakingviews - Door cracks open on U.S. housing reform - Reuters: (Reuters Breakingviews) - The door has cracked open on U.S. housing reform. Treasury Department officials want to get Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two agencies that underpin the country’s home-financing market, out of their post-financial crisis limbo. Their new plan, unveiled on Thursday, has merit in that it doesn’t entirely hinge on a dithering Congress, and gives the two troubled entities a better chance of enduring the next downturn.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

When Buying a Home Comes With a Monthly Rent Payment - WSJ

When Buying a Home Comes With a Monthly Rent Payment - WSJ: What to consider when purchasing property with a land lease, which can affect everything from monthly payments to mortgage terms.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Lawsuit targets major L.A. affordable housing program - Los Angeles Times

Lawsuit targets major L.A. affordable housing program - Los Angeles Times: Fix the City wants a judge to strike down L.A.'s Transit Oriented Communities program, which has made it easier for developers to build taller, denser projects near rail stations and major bus stops.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Sunday, September 01, 2019

What to do if Hurricane Dorian hits your home, mortgage

What to do if Hurricane Dorian hits your home, mortgage: If you’re affected by a hurricane, flood or another natural disaster, what does it mean for your mortgage? This is a pertinent question for homeowners in the path of Hurricane…

Friday, August 30, 2019

Checking your credit score doesn't hurt it, nor does getting married

Checking your credit score doesn't hurt it, nor does getting married: Does getting married affect your credit score? Contrary to what some might think, you don't share credit.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Stephen Ross on the housing market: 'There will be a slowdown'

Stephen Ross on the housing market: 'There will be a slowdown': Stephen Ross, the real estate mogul who built Hudson Yards, thinks we're in for a housing downturn.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Homes for sale: Chinese investors are purchasing fewer U.S. houses

Homes for sale: Chinese investors are purchasing fewer U.S. houses: Chinese investors are buying fewer U.S. homes because of money controls in China. That's lowering prices and giving U.S. buyers a better chance to buy

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

3 ways you're destroying your financial health (and what to do about it) Bing Creations

3 ways you're destroying your financial health (and what to do about it) Bing Creations: What habits are you cultivating around your financial health and how can they be improved? Here are 3 common mistakes and simple solutions.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Helping people stay in tenancies a 'critical' step toward ending homelessness

Helping people stay in tenancies a 'critical' step toward ending homelessness: The government's new plan to prevent homelessness is being described by service providers as a critical step towards ending the problem.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

US home construction tumbled in July

US home construction tumbled in July: WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. housing starts fell 4.0% in July, driven by a decline in the construction of apartment buildings. The Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts slipped last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million units. So far this year, housing starts have declined 3.1%. While there was a slight 1.3% uptick in the construction of single-family homes last month, the gain was offset by a 17.2% drop in the...

Saturday, August 17, 2019

US home construction fell 4% in July - The Washington Post

US home construction fell 4% in July - The Washington Post: US housing starts fell 4% in July, driven by decline in apartment building construction

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Refinances Double; 20 Million Homeowners Could See A Mortgage Rate Drop

Refinances Double; 20 Million Homeowners Could See A Mortgage Rate Drop: Mortgage rates hit an almost three-year low last week, and it seems homeowners are finally taking full advantage.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

'We will become homeless': U.S. residents fear housing rule change could force them out of homes - Reuters

'We will become homeless': U.S. residents fear housing rule change could force them out of homes - Reuters: WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fears are mounting across the United States over a proposal by President Donald Trump's administration that would force tens of thousands of families to choose between splitting up or being homeless together.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Georgia Dream Homes: Massive Estates You Can Buy

Georgia Dream Homes: Massive Estates You Can Buy: These Georgia dream homes feature state-of-the-art renovations, endless amenities and plenty of space for any family looking to upgrade.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Rates are low, and mortgages are cheap. So why aren't Americans buying more homes?

Rates are low, and mortgages are cheap. So why aren't Americans buying more homes?: Interest rates are dropping and mortgages are at their cheapest in years, while US consumer spending is alive and well. Sounds like the housing market should be on fire — but it isn't.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Tech companies step up to fund affordable housing, but experts say it’s not enough to curb shortages – GeekWire

Tech companies step up to fund affordable housing, but experts say it’s not enough to curb shortages – GeekWire: Microsoft pledged $500 million for affordable housing in January. Five months later, Google said it would invest $1 billion to help the Bay Area housing crisis. Amazon and Salesforce also announced contributions of their own this year. Major tech companies are stepping up to help mitigate affordable…

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Homes for sale: What you need to know about HOAs

Homes for sale: What you need to know about HOAs: About 25% to 27% of the U.S. population lives in a homeowners association. What is a HOA and do you want to live in one?

Monday, August 05, 2019

Rent, don't buy, if you answer yes to all these questions Bing Creations

Rent, don't buy, if you answer yes to all these questions Bing Creations: 3 questions to help you determine if it is better to rent or buy your next home; including a look at the factors behind this crucial decision.

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Tiny house law might help address affordable housing crisis | Tacoma News Tribune

Tiny house law might help address affordable housing crisis | Tacoma News Tribune: On July 28, Washington State Senate Bill 5383 went into effect. The law recognizes tiny houses with wheels as legitimate permanent residences. Lawmakers and advocates hope it helps provide affordable housing.

Friday, August 02, 2019

Texas joins growing list of AGs looking to block T-Mobile/Sprint merger | TechCrunch: premises — LiveJournal

Texas joins growing list of AGs looking to block T-Mobile/Sprint merger | TechCrunch: premises — LiveJournal: https://techcrunch.com/2019/08/02/texas-joins-growing-list-of-ags-looking-to-block-t-mobile-sprint-merger/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Homes for sale: Here's where the housing market is the hottest

Homes for sale: Here's where the housing market is the hottest: Say good-bye to big city life. The most popular areas for homebuyers are in smaller metros, according to Realtor.com’s list of the hottest ZIP codes.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

America's housing affordability crisis spreads to the heartland

America's housing affordability crisis spreads to the heartland: Low mortgage rates and thriving employment should be the recipe for a strong housing market. Instead, they’re deepening America’s affordability crisis.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Homes for sale: Cash buyers are declining but that could help market

Homes for sale: Cash buyers are declining but that could help market: All-cash home purchases have waned in popularity. The reasons include fading bidding wars, falling mortgage rates and rising prices.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

This is the "fastest growing trend" in the housing industry

This is the "fastest growing trend" in the housing industry: Demand for single-family rental homes is surging, and homebuilders are now stepping in, redesigning and reimagining the sector, and becoming landlords themselves.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

How To Buy a Foreclosed Home

How To Buy a Foreclosed Home: Here's what you need to know as you prep to purchase a foreclosure.

Friday, July 26, 2019

From homeowner to renter — how to handle the transition | The Seattle Times

From homeowner to renter — how to handle the transition | The Seattle Times: Before you sign a lease, make sure you've done your research: Check out the home itself, and read online reviews to see how people like living there.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

How to Get a $5,000 Amazon Credit: Buy a House Through Realogy - The New York Times

How to Get a $5,000 Amazon Credit: Buy a House Through Realogy - The New York Times: The online retailer is teaming with an owner of real estate brokerage firms to offer home buyers free Alexa speakers and services like furniture assembly.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Changing Neighborhoods And More Housing Benefit Everyone

Changing Neighborhoods And More Housing Benefit Everyone: The answer to the problems of change isn't schemes to control the ethnic mix of neighborhoods or to embargo new housing supply. The way to make change work for everyone is to allow more housing construction and development so that it is accessible to a wide range of incomes and backgrounds.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

First-time homebuyers struggle with housing slowdown | Fox Business

First-time homebuyers struggle with housing slowdown | Fox Business: Foreign investment in home buying is down, creating fears of a global slowdown in the U.S. housing market.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Affordable housing gets foothold despite economic challenges - SFGate

Affordable housing gets foothold despite economic challenges - SFGate: MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Next to a group of homes built 10 years ago on Whitney Avenue in Frayser, two more new homes are now ready for owners.
"This is a work in progress. It's working and we are making progress," Frayser Community Development Corporation president Steve Lockwood said of the construction.
Work is ready to begin on eight additional homes in the same area of Whitney and Woodlawn Terrace. The construction is a collaboration of the Frayser CDC, United Housing and the city, which put up $470,000 in Housing and Community Development funding.
With the money from the sales, Lockwood said his organization hopes to start the ball rolling on 30 more housing sites.
"We've done hundreds of rehabs," he said. "This (new construction) makes a statement, a really visual statement that is different than the rehabs that we do."
In the backyard between the two new homes in a neighborhood with housing stock going back to the 1940s, Lockwood and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland talked about two years of increases in property values in Frayser.
Several years ago, Lockwood began an advertising campaign that compared a $400 monthly mortgage payment in Frayser to $700-a-month rent els

Friday, July 19, 2019

California’s housing shortage is somewhere between 2.5 million … and zero – Orange County Register

California’s housing shortage is somewhere between 2.5 million … and zero – Orange County Register: My trusty spreadsheet found the statewide residential construction pace, as measured by building permits, is down 43% from the 1963-91 boom years. In that era, the state was 14% of U.S. homebuildin…

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Best places to invest in real estate in the US for new homebuyers - Business Insider

Best places to invest in real estate in the US for new homebuyers - Business Insider: According to Zillow, first-time homebuyers account for 46% of all homebuyers and are more likely than veteran homebuyers to go over their budgets.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

U.S. housing market stuck in a rut despite lower mortgage rates - Reuters

U.S. housing market stuck in a rut despite lower mortgage rates - Reuters: U.S. homebuilding fell for a second straight month in June and permits dropped to a two-year low, suggesting the housing market continued to struggle despite declining mortgage rates.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Landlords Challenge New York’s Rent-Control Law in Federal Court - WSJ

Landlords Challenge New York’s Rent-Control Law in Federal Court - WSJ: Landlord groups on Monday filed a U.S. constitutional challenge to New York’s rent regulations, alleging that state and city governments had, in effect, taken over nearly a million rent-regulated apartments with its new law.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Wave of Hispanic Buyers Boosts U.S. Housing Market - WSJ

Wave of Hispanic Buyers Boosts U.S. Housing Market - WSJ: Hispanics are experiencing the largest homeownership gains of any ethnic group in the U.S., a turnaround for the population hardest hit by the housing bust that could help buoy the market for years.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Buying a home was the smartest thing I ever did for my money - Business Insider

Buying a home was the smartest thing I ever did for my money - Business Insider: After owning two homes and walking away with a sizable gain, I was able to buy a home in the expensive Southern California real estate market.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Canada, New Zealand Show Signs of Housing Bubble, Says Study - Bloomberg

Canada, New Zealand Show Signs of Housing Bubble, Says Study - Bloomberg: Canada and New Zealand are the most vulnerable economies to a correction in house prices, with Australia and the U.K. also drawing concern, according to new research from Bloomberg Economics.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

New real estate players want to buy your house | Real Estate | Dallas News

New real estate players want to buy your house | Real Estate | Dallas News: Forrest Stewart was ready to sell his East Dallas condo, but he dreaded the hassle.I was going to have to move all my things out and do repairs,...

A new Redfin-Opendoor ‘iBuying’ partnership is another real estate transformation - MarketWatch

A new Redfin-Opendoor ‘iBuying’ partnership is another real estate transformation - MarketWatch: A new partnership between a traditional real estate brokerage and a new tech-enabled disruptor points to a real estate market in the middle of immense flux,...

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

New bill slashes FHA mortgage insurance for first-time homebuyers | 2019-07-10 | HousingWire

New bill slashes FHA mortgage insurance for first-time homebuyers | 2019-07-10 | HousingWire: The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that slashes the cost of upfront mortgage insurance for first-time homebuyers using mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration. The Housing Financial Literacy Act of 2019, or H.R. 2162, stipulates that first-time homebuyers who complete a housing counseling program to learn about sustaining homeownership can get a 25-basis-point discount (0.25%) on their upfront mortgage insurance for an FHA loan. The Mortgage Bankers Association applauded the bill’s passage. "MBA has long advocated for increased access to housing counseling as . . .

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

The housing market is about to shift in a bad way for buyers

The housing market is about to shift in a bad way for buyers: Inventory began to grow in the second half of last year, but supply will soon drop yet again, and could hit a new low.

Monday, July 08, 2019

Housing Market Check-In: 6 Expert Predictions For The Second Half Of 2019

Housing Market Check-In: 6 Expert Predictions For The Second Half Of 2019: The year has so far been a promising one for would-be homebuyers. The seemingly unending rise in home prices started to slow, mortgage rates dipped to unexpected lows and Millennials have finally started buying in. But will these positive trends continue? Experts weigh in.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

A trend in housing could be pointing toward a recession

A trend in housing could be pointing toward a recession: Housing is providing another in a line of troubling signs pointing to a substantial economic downturn.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Thursday, June 27, 2019

13 things rich millennials look for in a luxury home - Business Insider

13 things rich millennials look for in a luxury home - Business Insider: Rich millennials like a luxury home with function. They care more about quality and convenience and less about size, according to real-estate agents.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019

How to invest in real estate to make money and build wealth - Business Insider

How to invest in real estate to make money and build wealth - Business Insider: Investing in real estate can be a good way to generate passive income, but it's also a huge commitment of time and money.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

LA to build 824 affordable-housing units, make pedestrian and cycling improvements with $85 million state grant – Daily News

LA to build 824 affordable-housing units, make pedestrian and cycling improvements with $85 million state grant – Daily News: More than 800 units of affordable housing can be built with grant funding Los Angeles received Friday from the state, according to the city’s Housing and Community Investment Department.

Friday, June 21, 2019

8 things to consider before buying a property to renovate - Business Insider

8 things to consider before buying a property to renovate - Business Insider: Renovating a "Grandma's house" offers a solution and might help buyers get a "deal" they may not normally get in a more competitive market.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

If You Ever Want To Retire, Here's The Best Way To Refinance Your Mortgage

If You Ever Want To Retire, Here's The Best Way To Refinance Your Mortgage: The usual reasons to refinance are to reduce the monthly payment or to raise cash. The third option, which is under-appreciated, is to shorten the period of indebtedness.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Don't raid your pension savings to buy a property - MoneyWeek

Don't raid your pension savings to buy a property - MoneyWeek: Housing minister James Brokenshire has suggested you should be able to raid your pension savings to fund the purchase of your first home. You shouldn't.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Are You Able to Find a Fine Real Estate Broker For Your Self? Here’s What You Should Know

Are You Able to Find a Fine Real Estate Broker For Your Self? Here’s What You Should Know: The real estate market in India, in recent times, has become flooded with real-estate agents and brokers vying to win over home buyers, and thus, you need to be careful

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Real-estate sector ‘at the tipping point’ prompts stock analyst to flip his ratings - MarketWatch

Real-estate sector ‘at the tipping point’ prompts stock analyst to flip his ratings - MarketWatch: All the long-promised changes in residential real estate are finally upon us, says one analyst in a recent note, changing his outlook on the stocks under his...

Council Post: Six Questions Real Estate Team Leaders Should Ask Their Brokerage Firms

Council Post: Six Questions Real Estate Team Leaders Should Ask Their Brokerage Firms: Your real estate team and your clients' well-being are in your hands. Make sure you're asking the right questions to get what you need from your brokerage firm.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

American History Of Real Estate Bubbles

American History Of Real Estate Bubbles: From land speculation in New York state after the Revolutionary War, to a huge bubble in Chicago in the 1830s, to our 21st century bubble, the United States has always been a nation of real estate speculators, according to Edward Glaeser of Harvard University

Thursday, June 06, 2019

San Francisco's housing market: 11 mind-blowing facts - Business Insider

San Francisco's housing market: 11 mind-blowing facts - Business Insider: San Francisco has the most expensive real estate in the US, surpassing New York City with an average asking price of almost $1.3 million.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Los Angeles homelessness rises sharply as housing crisis deepens - Reuters

Los Angeles homelessness rises sharply as housing crisis deepens - Reuters: 4 Min Read

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles County’s homeless population has swelled by 12% during the past year as a shortage of affordable housing deepens in and around America’s second-largest city, pushing more people into poverty, a study released on Tuesday found.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

How Much Do Grandparents Spend on Childcare | POPSUGAR Family

How Much Do Grandparents Spend on Childcare | POPSUGAR Family: Many grown children are hitting up the "bank of mom and dad" to fund major adult milestones. In 2018, about 1 in 5 home purchases were funded partially by parents. And practically all grandparents in America — 94 percent — provide some financial support to help cover the cost of raising their grandchildren. Today, millennials don't just need their parents to help them buy a house; they need their help to fund childrearing, too. While the intergenerational dependence can foster family bonds, it also highlights just how expensive it is to raise a kid in America.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Homebuyers, here's how much you could have saved by shopping around for a mortgage last week | 2019-05-31 | HousingWire

Homebuyers, here's how much you could have saved by shopping around for a mortgage last week | 2019-05-31 | HousingWire: The index measures the spread in the APR of the best offers available on its website. LendingTree derives that savings claim by comparing the amount a borrower would pay out of over the life of a loan at the lowest available interest rate on its site versus the highest available interest rate.

Friday, May 31, 2019

The Racist Origins of San Francisco’s Housing Crisis | The New Republic

The Racist Origins of San Francisco’s Housing Crisis | The New Republic: For decades, the city used strict zoning laws to target the poor and people of color. Today, liberal NIMBYs are fighting to preserve them.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Real Estate Earnings Recap: Housing REITs Lead Recovery | Seeking Alpha

Real Estate Earnings Recap: Housing REITs Lead Recovery | Seeking Alpha: Following several years of floundering stock price performance, REITs have outperformed in 2019, boosted by receding interest rates and strengthening property-l

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

U.S. existing home sales fall for second straight month - Reuters

U.S. existing home sales fall for second straight month - Reuters: U.S. home sales fell for a second straight month in April amid weakness in the lower-priced segment of the market, which is suffering from an acute shortage of properties.

Monday, May 20, 2019

The 9 biggest mistakes people make when they try to sell their homes - Business Insider

The 9 biggest mistakes people make when they try to sell their homes - Business Insider: We asked real-estate agents about the mistakes people make when trying to sell their homes. The most common mistake is overpricing a home.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Home sales are held up; Baltimore ransomware attack cripples systems vital to real estate deals - Baltimore Sun

Home sales are held up; Baltimore ransomware attack cripples systems vital to real estate deals - Baltimore Sun: People buying homes rely on the city to verify that properties are free of liens and to complete the recording of new deeds. Title companies also use information from the city to calculate outstanding water bills. Those processes have been disrupted by the hack, according to real estate agents and a bulletin from a title insurance company.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

17 real-estate agents reveal the worst parts of their jobs - Business Insider

17 real-estate agents reveal the worst parts of their jobs - Business Insider: Business Insider asked real-estate agents about the worst parts of their jobs. Several agents said it was managing clients' unrealistic expectations.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Trump's tax overhaul is taking a toll on Hamptons real-estate market - Business Insider

Trump's tax overhaul is taking a toll on Hamptons real-estate market - Business Insider: Home prices are plummeting in the Hamptons, the vacation destination of NYC's wealthy elite. Trump's 2016 federal tax reform makes it more expensive to own luxury homes.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Does Commercial Real Estate Have An Augmented Reality Problem?

Does Commercial Real Estate Have An Augmented Reality Problem?: While Augmented Reality, or AR, has mostly been focused on retail brands, commercial real estate owners will also need to pay attention to this disruptive technology. Whether it is for profit or protection, owners will need to develop a set of guidelines on how AR will be used at their properties.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Google's Roshan Corsiglia is a Woman of Influence for 2019 - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Google's Roshan Corsiglia is a Woman of Influence for 2019 - Silicon Valley Business Journal: Roshan Corsiglia pushing herself is nothing new, as the daughter or Iranian immigrants also trained for the 2004 and 2008 Olympic trials as a sprint freestyle swimmer and continues to swim regularly.

Monday, May 13, 2019

How to lower your monthly mortgage payment without refinancing

How to lower your monthly mortgage payment without refinancing: Your mortgage is probably one of the biggest bills you pay every month. Most people lock in their interest rate and monthly payment for 15 or 30 years.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Microsoft announces new Bing Maps SDK for iOS, Android and Mixed-Reality apps - MSPoweruser

Microsoft announces new Bing Maps SDK for iOS, Android and Mixed-Reality apps - MSPoweruser: @pradeepviswav
May 6, 2019 at 16:34 GMT

At Build 2019, Microsoft today made three new announcements related to Bing Maps platform for developers.

First, Microsoft is releasing a brand-new Bing Maps SDK for iOS and Android platforms that will allow developers to write mapping applications. This new SDK features new controls powered by a full-vector 3-D map engine with a number of standard mapping capabilities running with native performance.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Young real estate flippers get their first taste of losing

Young real estate flippers get their first taste of losing: After piling in when the market was hot, investors are facing losses from homes that take too long to sell.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Redfin looks to disrupt real estate again with new program letting homebuyers make direct offers online without an agent – GeekWire

Redfin looks to disrupt real estate again with new program letting homebuyers make direct offers online without an agent – GeekWire: Redfin quietly launched a new feature that lets homebuyers without an agent make offers on homes directly through its website, bringing back an initiative the company first tried more than a decade ago.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Real Estate’s Latest Bid: Zillow Wants to Buy Your House - The New York Times

Real Estate’s Latest Bid: Zillow Wants to Buy Your House - The New York Times: Offering “instant buying” to home sellers, companies like Zillow and Opendoor are bringing liquidity to the housing market. Critics fear they will also bring risk.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Banks tighten standards on commercial real estate, credit card loans - Reuters

Banks tighten standards on commercial real estate, credit card loans - Reuters: U.S. banks tightened standards on commercial real estate loans and on credit card borrowing during the first quarter, according to a survey of bank officers published on Monday.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Longest-running housing discrimination case outlives judge - ABC News

Longest-running housing discrimination case outlives judge - ABC News: Get breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews. Find the top news online at ABC news.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Real estate market: How to buy a home this spring

Real estate market: How to buy a home this spring: First-time homebuyer Rachael Waldburger started her search for a house in March with the hope she and her husband would quickly find a property that met their goals. Nothing fancy, just a home in good shape with three bedrooms and a couple of acres of land, the Wisconsin middle-school teacher said.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Downsizing strategies for seniors: No stress required, Realtor says

Downsizing strategies for seniors: No stress required, Realtor says: The first stress-reducing advice Becky Ivins offers senior sellers, or family members working with them, is to make a plan.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Your House Should Not Be Your Retirement Plan - Barron's

Your House Should Not Be Your Retirement Plan - Barron's: For many Americans, their nest egg is their house. But real estate isn’t a great investment if you’re saving for retirement. Neither are annuities or reverse mortgages.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

D.R. Horton Offsets a Weak Housing Market With Recent Acquisitions -- The Motley Fool

D.R. Horton Offsets a Weak Housing Market With Recent Acquisitions -- The Motley Fool: While other homebuilders have reported lower sales numbers this past quarter, D.R. Horton's new toys led to a 9% revenue increase.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Report: Long Island home sales edge down as prices rise | Newsday

Report: Long Island home sales edge down as prices rise | Newsday: Long Island home sales edged down at the beginning of the year as prices rose for the 24th straight quarter, a new report says.

The median price of homes on Long Island, excluding the Hamptons and the North Fork, climbed 4.9 percent in the first quarter to $429,999, real estate brokerage Douglas Elliman and appraisal company Miller Samuel said in a new report. That compares to $410,000 in the first quarter of 2018.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

City showcases 7 new affordable housing units in West Greenville

City showcases 7 new affordable housing units in West Greenville: - Greenville City leaders are showcasing the latest venture to expand affordable housing options during "National Community Development Week."

West Greenville is flourishing with housing options that won't break the bank.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Cities offer housing subsidy for talents - Chinadaily.com.cn

Cities offer housing subsidy for talents - Chinadaily.com.cn: The city competition for talents in China heats up, as an increasing number of cities offer favorable housing policies to attract residents.

Ningbo in East China's Zhejiang province is one of the most recent entrants to join in. Last Sunday, the city published its latest policy interpretation for talent attraction.

Fresh undergraduates and postgraduates moving to Ningbo for employment are given a one-off living subsidy of 10,000 yuan ($1,490) and 30,000 yuan, respectively. The city also offers a 200,000 to 600,000 yuan home purchase subsidy and a maximum of 8 million yuan in household settlement subsidies for eligible high-end talents.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

London Home Prices Had Biggest Monthly Drop Since Lehman | Wolf Street

London Home Prices Had Biggest Monthly Drop Since Lehman | Wolf Street: London home prices in February took their biggest one-off hit since the dark days of the last crisis, according to data published Thursday by the UK’s Office of National Statistics. The average price of a residential property in London tumbled 2% in February from January, the sharpest monthly drop since November 2008, when the City was grappling with the fallout from the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. For the 12-month period, the average price dropped 3.8%, the sharpest year-over-year fall since August 2009, during the Global Financial Crisis. The average home in London is now worth £459,800 ($600,000), down 5.9% from the peak in July 2017:

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Housing starts fall to slowest pace since 2017 led by flood-ravaged Midwest | 2019-04-19 | HousingWire

Housing starts fall to slowest pace since 2017 led by flood-ravaged Midwest | 2019-04-19 | HousingWire: Housing starts in March fell to the slowest pace in almost two years, according to a report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Commerce. Residential starts slumped 0.3% to a 1.139 million annualized pace after a downwardly revised 1.142 million rate in the prior month, according to the report. The decrease was led by single-family starts while multifamily starts, a category including condominiums and apartments that tends to be more volatile, remained unchanged from the prior month. Permits, an . . .

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Council Post: Four Ways To Prepare For The Coming Real Estate Downturn

Council Post: Four Ways To Prepare For The Coming Real Estate Downturn: While there’s no reason for real estate operators to panic, adequately addressing a down market is an essential part of business survival.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Should Home Sellers Use a Real Estate Team or a Single Agent? | U.S News Real Estate

Should Home Sellers Use a Real Estate Team or a Single Agent? | U.S News Real Estate: Solo agents are an industry standard, but teams offer a novel alternative. Here's what sets the two arrangements apart.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Houston tilts towards becoming buyers' market, according to Redfin - Houston Chronicle

Houston tilts towards becoming buyers' market, according to Redfin - Houston Chronicle: Houston is tilting more toward becoming a buyers' market, according to a Redfin report. The percentage of buyers who have been able to close on the first home they place an offer on has jumped more than 25 percent from last year -- a sign that the odds are shifting to favor buyers.

In the first quarter of 2019, 52 percent of Houston-area homebuyers were able to close on the first home on which they placed on offer, compared to 41 percent the year before.

Monday, April 15, 2019

A Platform That Helps Low-Income Americans Find Affordable Housing

A Platform That Helps Low-Income Americans Find Affordable Housing: When Caroline Caselli was a social worker in San Francisco working with homeless families not long ago, she noticed something odd. “They were getting pulled off the affordable housing list much more often than people who were already in stable housing,” she says. What she discovered was that, while property managers were required to contact people on that all-important list every year, those individuals who didn’t respond were simply removed from the roster.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Black for homes is trending, inside and out - Los Angeles Times

Black for homes is trending, inside and out - Los Angeles Times: A black home presents a singular dichotomy. Set against a sapphire sky and viridescent landscape, it can nearly buzz with bracing contrast. A black exterior also augments a home’s shape, as it smartly traces a structure’s mass and lines.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

'Survival Of The Fittest': Real Estate Pros Predict Far Fewer Agents

'Survival Of The Fittest': Real Estate Pros Predict Far Fewer Agents: Real estate leaders at Inman's Disconnect event agreed that lower-producing agents will likely drop out in the future

Sunday, April 07, 2019

How the Bay Area housing crisis hurts region's youngest residents

How the Bay Area housing crisis hurts region's youngest residents: It's not a good sign when middle-schoolers know all about rent control and just-cause eviction.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Low mortgage rates won't heat up the housing market, analysts say | 2019-04-05 | HousingWire

Low mortgage rates won't heat up the housing market, analysts say | 2019-04-05 | HousingWire: Mortgage rates have dropped significantly as of late, with the 30-year fixed coming in at an average of 4.08% this week. The development has spurred activity in purchase mortgage applications as homebuyers act now to take advantage of the low rates while they’re here. But analysts at Capital Economics warn against getting too excited about the possibility that low rates will heat up the housing market.   “Mortgage interest rates have dropped sharply since the end of last year, and the 30-year fixed rate is . . .

Friday, April 05, 2019

US housing market: The most expensive counties in each state

US housing market: The most expensive counties in each state: The typical U.S. home costs a quarter of a million dollars, the National Realtors Association says. Most states have at least one county even pricier.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Sen. Wiener's SB 50 bill could alter California housing and S.F. skyline, passes first hurdle - L.A. Biz

Sen. Wiener's SB 50 bill could alter California housing and S.F. skyline, passes first hurdle - L.A. Biz: This is State Sen. Scott Wiener’s second recent attempt at tackling California’s housing crisis by encouraging denser and taller buildings near transit and “job-rich areas.” Opponents, including members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, say it would lead to density in inappropriate places and accelerate gentrification.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Facebook sets its sights on housing. Should Zillow be worried? - MarketWatch

Facebook sets its sights on housing. Should Zillow be worried? - MarketWatch: In March, Facebook said it had agreed to a settlement with civil rights groups over discrimination in the way it has allowed advertisers to target audiences.

In an announcement about the settlement, the company said, “Anyone who wants to run housing, employment or credit ads will no longer be allowed to target by age, gender, or zip code.”

Monday, April 01, 2019

Looking to sell your home? Put it on the market this week

Looking to sell your home? Put it on the market this week: When it comes to getting the timing right for listing a home for sale, April 1 is no joke.

The first week of April is set to be the best moment to put a home on the market this year, according to a recent analysis from Realtor.com. Homes listed between March 31 and April 6 are projected to get 14% more views and 5% less competition.

As a result, Realtor.com estimates that these homes will sell on average six days faster and fetch 6% higher prices on average, which equates to a gain for the seller of $17,000 for the typical listing. The high demand these homes should encounter also means sellers who put their home on the market then are 1% less likely to have to drop the price.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

As rents rise in the Twin Cities, suburbs embrace affordable housing efforts - StarTribune.com

As rents rise in the Twin Cities, suburbs embrace affordable housing efforts - StarTribune.com: Each month, Beth Ehresman has barely enough money to pay the pile of bills on her dining room table.

But Ehresman, who has a medical disability, is fortunate to live in an Edina apartment where her rent is based on her income. Without that assistance, she would be at risk of joining the growing ranks of homeless.

“It’s been so helpful,” she said. “I can actually afford groceries most months.”

Friday, March 29, 2019

New-home sales rise in February to 11-month high: a ‘Goldilocks’ moment for housing? - MarketWatch

New-home sales rise in February to 11-month high: a ‘Goldilocks’ moment for housing? - MarketWatch: The numbers: New-home sales ran at a seasonally adjusted annual 667,000 pace in February, the Commerce Department said Friday. That was 4.9% higher than January’s rate, but just 0.6% above year-ago levels.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Home Remodeling Projects That Give You the Most Return on Your Investment - TheStreet

Home Remodeling Projects That Give You the Most Return on Your Investment - TheStreet: Your return on investment is an important consideration on which home remodel project you choose, and how much to spend on it.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Cousins Properties to acquire rival in major real estate merger

Cousins Properties to acquire rival in major real estate merger: Cousins Properties, one of Atlanta’s best-known developers and largest office landlords, on Monday announced it will merge with Dallas rival TIER REIT in an all-stock deal that will create a nearly $6 billion real estate company by stock value.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Brexit Housing Crash Fears Stay in London as Regions Catch Up - Bloomberg

Brexit Housing Crash Fears Stay in London as Regions Catch Up - Bloomberg: The Brexit-inspired decline in London’s property values has yet to cause any serious ripples in other areas of the U.K.

While price-growth and activity may be slowing amid the uncertainty, almost every other major urban area in the country is still experiencing a rising market, according to Acadata. It’s a national divide that’s all too apparent to real estate agents in northern England who aren’t too worried about the U.K.’s departure from the European Union.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Mortgage Rates Lowest in a Year: Top 4 Housing Picks

Mortgage Rates Lowest in a Year: Top 4 Housing Picks: The U.S. housing market started building up strength since the beginning of 2019, after a torrid second half of 2018. Declining mortgage rates and moderate home prices are likely to bring about a busy spring selling season for the industry.

Per mortgage finance company Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Survey, the average U.S. 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped to the lowest level in a year to 4.28% for the week ended Mar 21 from 4.31% recorded a week ago. The said figure was also lower than the year-ago 4.45%.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Otago families forced into tents, cars and caravans due to affordable housing shortfall | Stuff.co.nz

Otago families forced into tents, cars and caravans due to affordable housing shortfall | Stuff.co.nz: Central Otago's mayor has shared "despairing" stories of families struggling to put roofs over their heads because of a lack of affordable housing.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.28 percent | Biloxi Sun Herald

US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.28 percent | Biloxi Sun Herald: U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, giving an incentive to potential buyers as the spring homebuying season opens.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage declined to 4.28 percent from 4.31 percent the previous week.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Black smoke over Houston is part of the deal - HoustonChronicle.com

Black smoke over Houston is part of the deal - HoustonChronicle.com: Farmers complain that consumers think their food comes from the back of the grocery store; refiners complain people think chemicals spontaneously flow up from the ground.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

How Houston stacks up for first-time homebuyers - Houston Chronicle

How Houston stacks up for first-time homebuyers - Houston Chronicle: Houston was in the bottom third among the nation's priciest housing markets on a list of the best metro areas for first-time homebuyers, according to a new study by Bankrate.com.

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Best Time To List Your Home For Spring Buyers

The Best Time To List Your Home For Spring Buyers: According to Realtor.com, the best time to list your house for a quicker sale is around the first week of April.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Top Property: Rolling Hills Estates in the South Bay - Story | KTTV

Top Property: Rolling Hills Estates in the South Bay - Story | KTTV: For this week's Top Property, Marla Tellez is headed to the Palos Verdes Peninsula to tour the newest development in Rolling Hills Estates.

It's a 228-acre enclave that includes the Rolling Hills Country Club and dozens of custom-built homes.

Terry Niemann and Katharine Meier of Chadmar Residences show off the "Modern Farmhouse" and "European Ranch"-style homes ranging in size between 3,700 and 5,600 sq. ft. Each has 4 to 6 bedrooms and bathrooms with ocean, golf course, and/or downtown Los Angeles views and all embrace the indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Seventh Circuit Blesses Tax Free Housing Payments To Clergy

Seventh Circuit Blesses Tax Free Housing Payments To Clergy: In a long-awaited decision, the Seventh Circuit has overturned Judge Barbara Crabb's decision that Code Sec 107(2) that allows the exclusion from taxable income of cash housing allowances to "ministers of the gospel". This is the second time Seventh Circuit has overturned Judge Crabb on this issue.

Friday, March 15, 2019

What the Most Successful Airbnb and VRBO Hosts Know About Staging Their Home | Apartment Therapy

What the Most Successful Airbnb and VRBO Hosts Know About Staging Their Home | Apartment Therapy: So you’ve decided to rent out your pad to earn some extra cash. Depending on where you live, you can stand to make a hefty profit by making your home available for rental through services like Airbnb and VRBO.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Signs Of Spring In Houston's Housing Market

Signs Of Spring In Houston's Housing Market: Even a statistically flat housing market has its nuance and movement.

Houston Association of Realtor’s February report, released today, suggests the market has enough activity to be “emerging from the winter doldrums.” Single-family home sales priced between $150,000 and $750,000 rose and available inventory grew as the spring buying season begins.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Real Estate Mogul Taunts Ex-Wife With 42-Foot-Tall Photo of New One - The New York Times

Real Estate Mogul Taunts Ex-Wife With 42-Foot-Tall Photo of New One - The New York Times: After a nasty divorce, Harry Macklowe, a real estate developer, hung photographs of himself and his bride on the sides of a Midtown Manhattan building.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

What's the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent, Realtor and Broker? | Real Estate | US News

What's the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent, Realtor and Broker? | Real Estate | US News: The process of choosing a real estate agent should be a careful one. You want to work with a professional who will not only act in your best interest, but will also effectively guide you every step of the way so you feel confident about your home sale or purchase.

But when you’re browsing for potential agents, how do you decipher the differences between a licensed agent, a Realtor and a broker? Does one guarantee you an unmatched level of service, and should you take the title into account when deciding who to work with?

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Wall Street weekahead: Housing shares dependent on economy easing but not falling | Reuters

Wall Street weekahead: Housing shares dependent on economy easing but not falling | Reuters: The pace of U.S. economic growth may prove to be critical for shares of homebuilders, which have climbed sharply as spring approaches. An easing economy that allows for lower interest rates supports an optimistic outlook for the industry, investors say, but any hints of a sustained downturn could sink shares.

Friday, March 08, 2019

Housing starts heat up in January, climb whopping 18.6% | 2019-03-08 | HousingWire

Housing starts heat up in January, climb whopping 18.6% | 2019-03-08 | HousingWire: Home starts significantly heated up in January, according to the latest report from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Housing starts rose a whopping 18.6% in January 2019 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million units, according to the report, which was delayed due to the more than month-long partial government shutdown. “In January, the 18.6% monthly increase in housing starts reflects rising consumer sentiment and builder confidence,” First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming said. Despite the headwinds, home builders . . .

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Kate and William shocked as they see inside crumbling home to understand housing crisis | Royal | News | Express.co.uk

Kate and William shocked as they see inside crumbling home to understand housing crisis | Royal | News | Express.co.uk: KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William swapped the luxury of Kensington Palace for a derelict house in Blackpool during a visit to Lancashire today as they saw first hand the work being done to tackle the town’s housing crisis.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Make Sure You Know All the Information Before Buying a New House

Make Sure You Know All the Information Before Buying a New House: This home is one of the dozens across Casper for sale.

Buying a home, whether new or previously owned, is a big purchase for all of us.

Housing counselors say there are many factors to take into consideration before deciding whether or not to purchase a home including location and size.

Monday, March 04, 2019

5 Senior Housing Options: Make the Right Choice for Yourself or a Loved One

5 Senior Housing Options: Make the Right Choice for Yourself or a Loved One: Where are your aging parents going to live? Or, if you're the one getting on in years, where should you go, where you can get as little or as much help as you require?

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Trouble In The Housing Market

Trouble In The Housing Market: Today’s disappointing data for December housing starts and permits is not a one-off situation. Of course, the month on month data is volatile (and subject to very large revisions) due to difficult seasonal adjustment factors and to changes in the weather, but the Year on Year (YoY) trend is more reliable and has been showing weakness for quite a long time. For housing starts, this is the third negative YoY reading in a row, something that has not occurred since 2011:

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Solve the housing crisis? Silicon Valley leaders hash it out

Solve the housing crisis? Silicon Valley leaders hash it out: Connect the Bay Area’s 27 transit agencies. Build more housing near transportation hubs. Write new zoning rules in Sacramento. And try again on a failed local housing bond.

That’s the way to tackle the Bay Area’s housing crunch and traffic woes, according to a group of high-powered local and state leaders who gathered in Campbell on Friday. The tone of the day — dubbed the 2019 Silicon Valley Regional Economic Forum — was cautiously optimistic, as experts laid out possible solutions, pointed out obstacles, and highlighted recent failures and successes.

Friday, March 01, 2019

U.S. housing market stuck in soft patch; confidence rises | Reuters

U.S. housing market stuck in soft patch; confidence rises | Reuters: U.S. homebuilding tumbled to a more than two-year low in December as construction of both single and multi-family housing declined, the latest indication that the economy had lost momentum in the fourth quarter.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

How tiny shotgun houses can help solve Dallas' housing crisis — if we'd just stop knocking them down | Architecture | Dallas News

How tiny shotgun houses can help solve Dallas' housing crisis — if we'd just stop knocking them down | Architecture | Dallas News: It should come as no surprise that in Dallas, a city known (or perhaps notorious) for its mansions and McMansions, the lowly shotgun house has become an endangered architectural species. These small houses, typically with three rooms aligned back-to-back (a shotgun blast ostensibly could go straight through without hitting an interior wall) were once common in low-income and working-class areas, especially neighborhoods designated for African-Americans during the Jim Crow era.