Monthly Archives: May 2017

How your tax dollars are spent to protect the wealthy

From Climate Central: How Rising Seas Drowned the Flood Insurance Program Long Beach Island is the largest and richest barrier island in New Jersey, an oasis of sprawling oceanfront retreats and second homes located midway down the state’s heavily developed … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Risky Lending, Shore Real Estate | 5 Comments

Philly the reason for South Jersey’s slump?

From Philly.com: Despite vibrancy in Philly’s suburbs, home values still struggle If the massive cluster of new housing, shops, and restaurants rising in King of Prussia is any indication, the suburbs are as prosperous as ever. There, as elsewhere across … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Recovery, South Jersey Real Estate | 9 Comments

Access = Prosperity

From the Star Ledger: What causes income inequality among similar N.J. towns? Railroads have historically been instrumental to human development by connecting economic centers and providing people with enhanced access to opportunities. New Jersey is no exception. In the 1830s, … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Jersey Real Estate | 48 Comments

The New Newark

From the NYT: Work for Audible, Live Rent-Free? Would you live in Newark if your boss paid your rent for a year? That was the question that Audible.com, the audiobook company, posed to its workers when it announced a housing … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Development, New Jersey Real Estate | 28 Comments

If not for immigrants, NJ would be sunk

From the Star Ledger: Immigration is the only thing keeping N.J.’s population afloat, data shows New Jersey came closer to reaching nine million residents last year, but the state’s meager growth slowed its pace toward that milestone, according to new … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, New Jersey Real Estate | 15 Comments

Does this explain the construction gap?

From Bloomberg: Foreclosures Dry Up and a Hot Wall Street Trade Gets New Look It was a rare lucrative business for Wall Street in the aftermath of the financial crisis: snapping up properties in foreclosure and renting them out. So … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, National Real Estate, New Development | 145 Comments

Shiller on the origins of housing’s animal spirits

From the New York Times: How Tales of ‘Flippers’ Led to a Housing Bubble There is still no consensus on why the last housing boom and bust happened. That is troubling, because that violent housing cycle helped to produce the … Continue reading

Posted in Housing Bubble, National Real Estate | 52 Comments

The building boom cometh

From Builder Magazine: REALTORS: EXISTING HOME SALES TO RISE 3.5% THIS YEAR. Job gains and improving household confidence are expected to guide existing-home sales to a decade high in 2017, but supply and affordability headwinds and modest economic growth are … Continue reading

Posted in National Real Estate, New Development | 77 Comments

Buy? Buy what?

From CNBC: Real estate CEO: Record-low housing inventory is ‘freaking us out’ The number of homes for sale in America has been falling steadily for the past year, but the situation is apparently getting much worse as spring demand heats … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, National Real Estate, Unrest | 89 Comments

Foreclosure crisis completely behind us now?

From HousingWire: Homeowners keep getting better at paying their mortgage Consumers are steadily getting better at paying their mortgage with fewer and fewer loans moving into foreclosure, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest National Delinquency Survey. The report found … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Foreclosures, Housing Recovery | 87 Comments

America loves houses again

From HousingWire: Realtors: Homebuyers flooded housing market in first quarter The first quarter of 2017 saw the strongest quarterly home sales pace in a decade, according to the latest quarterly report from the National Association of Realtors. This increase in … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 98 Comments

Armageddon for NJ

From the APP: NJ suburbs: Endangered because of millennials? New Jersey’s suburbs, with their sprawling single-family homes and regional malls built to attract baby boomers, need to be re-engineered for a new generation that wants to ditch its cars and … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Jersey Real Estate | 102 Comments

Big price jumps on Long Island – Sustainable?

From Newsday: LI home prices jump in April as inventory plummets: MLS The number of homes listed for sale on Long Island plummeted last month, driving up prices as buyers competed for scarce listings, the Multiple Listing Service of Long … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, National Real Estate, NYC | 117 Comments

Fake it until you make it, or lose it again

Or, you just can’t fix stupid. From the NY Post: Repeat foreclosures in the city have reached an all-time high New York homeowners are in default mode — again. The city leads the nation in repeat foreclosure filings And the … Continue reading

Posted in Foreclosures, NYC | 183 Comments

Will Trump help NJ home prices?

From the Star Ledger: The Trump Effect: What will the president mean for Bedminster real estate? Residents of Bedminster are used to getting a blank look whenever they tell people the name of their hometown, followed by a quizzical, “Where?” … Continue reading

Posted in Housing Recovery, New Jersey Real Estate | 69 Comments