Monthly Archives: January 2017

Not a bad December for NJ real estate

From Otteau Group: MarketNEWS January 30, 2017 Edition In December, the number of contract purchases by homebuyers exceeded the same month in the prior year for the 28th consecutive month, reflecting a 4% increase over December 2015. Considering the 28% … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Jersey Real Estate | 104 Comments

Luring millennials with sushi

From the WSJ: Suburban Offices Woo Millennials With Food, Fitness and Fun Suburban landlords trying to compete with sleek urban office settings are finding new ways to step up their game. Property owners in New York’s suburbs are investing heavily … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Housing Recovery, New Development, New Jersey Real Estate | 67 Comments

Rates scaring off buyers?

From the WSJ: U.S. New Home Sales Drop Sharply in December New home sales posted a steep decline in December, an indication that affordability challenges are beginning to cut into demand. Purchases of newly built, single-family houses, which account for … Continue reading

Posted in Mortgages, National Real Estate, New Development | 148 Comments

The Foreclosure State

From NJ Spotlight: New Jersey Still Bogged Down in Foreclosures While Rest of Country Recovering Housing markets have improved and foreclosure numbers dropped across the country since the Great Recession, but a decade on, New Jersey remains mired in a … Continue reading

Posted in Foreclosures, New Jersey Real Estate | 43 Comments

So much for that FHA cut

From MarketWatch: Trump already suspends Obama-era FHA mortgage insurance cut The Federal Housing Administration will roll back a cut in mortgage insurance premiums announced just days earlier under outgoing Housing and Urban Development head Julian Castro, the government said Friday. … Continue reading

Posted in Mortgages, National Real Estate, Politics | 142 Comments

NJ to get 200,000 new homes

From the WSJ: Court Orders N.J. Towns to Allow Affordable Housing New Jersey towns and cities must accommodate unmet affordable-housing needs, the state Supreme Court said Wednesday in a unanimous decision that could greatly expand housing options for the state’s … Continue reading

Posted in National Real Estate, New Jersey Real Estate | 139 Comments

“Take a vacation on the house.”

From CNBC: Rising home values aren’t enough to shake consumers’ memories of the financial crisis Consumers still see value in buying and owning homes. Yet with memories of the recession still fresh in their minds, the recent lift in real … Continue reading

Posted in Housing Bubble, Mortgages, National Real Estate, Risky Lending | 85 Comments

Bow to your municipal overlords

From the Star Ledger: Bamboozled: What’s wrong with some local N.J. governments? This. New Jersey is bloated with hundreds of little fiefdoms. Local governments allow red tape to rule the day, and they forget they’re supposed to serve their constituents. … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 68 Comments

Blue Horseshoe loves Ben Carson

From HousingWire: Housing industry rallies around Ben Carson for HUD secretary Do you remember that controversy about former presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson being nominated as the next secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development? … Continue reading

Posted in Mortgages, National Real Estate, Politics | 22 Comments

Foreclosure City

From the Press of Atlantic City: Foreclosures continue to plague housing market in Atlantic County To Dan Boddy, a veteran real estate agent based in Galloway Township, mortgage foreclosures aren’t just a key part of the Atlantic County housing market. … Continue reading

Posted in Foreclosures, New Jersey Real Estate, Shore Real Estate | 17 Comments

Upside for Jersey?

From Bloomberg: Brooklyn Home Sales Soar as Buyers Flee Manhattan Price Hype Home buyers in Brooklyn competed for a record-low number of listings in the fourth quarter, driving up prices in the New York borough that’s historically been seen as … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, NYC | 62 Comments

It’s not a problem if you ignore it

From NJ101.5: Will NJ’s foreclosure mess get cleared in 2017? Looking at 2016 as a whole, New Jersey performed horribly in the area of foreclosures. These in-limbo properties can have a drastic effect on the value of your home, and … Continue reading

Posted in Foreclosures, New Jersey Real Estate | 48 Comments

November foreclosure inventory down 30%

From Corelogic: CoreLogic Reports 26,000 Completed Foreclosures in November 2016 CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its November 2016 National Foreclosure Report, which shows the foreclosure inventory declined by 30 percent … Continue reading

Posted in Foreclosures, National Real Estate | 108 Comments

As rates rise, FHA cuts premiums

From MarketWatch: After mortgage-rate spike, FHA to cut insurance premium The Federal Housing Administration will reduce the annual premium borrowers pay, in order to expand credit access to more Americans, the government announced Monday. Borrowers who close on an FHA … Continue reading

Posted in Mortgages, National Real Estate, Risky Lending | 73 Comments

Huh?

Oddest thing I’ve read in a long time, from StateTech (?): Atlantic City Aims to Revitalize by Attracting Tech Talent and Startups How do you redefine a city? It’s a daunting question, but one that Atlantic City, long viewed as … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Development, South Jersey Real Estate | 100 Comments