Monthly Archives: September 2017

Newark is a surprisingly good fit

From Yahoo Finance: Why Newark could be perfect for Amazon’s new headquarters New York, San Francisco and Denver have all been heralded as the best city for Amazon’s new second headquarters, HQ2. But what about Newark? Yes, the city in … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Development, New Jersey Real Estate | 119 Comments

Choking the market

From MarketWatch: Existing-home sales fall in August for the fourth time in five months Existing-home sales in August dropped for the fourth time in five months as real-estate agents continue to blame a lack of available homes to buy. The … Continue reading

Posted in Housing Bubble, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 141 Comments

Does anyone really want Amazon?

From the Philly Inquirer: Beware, Philadelphia: Amazon could drive up housing prices When Amazon announced its search for a second North American headquarters, government officials, developers, and residents in cities nationwide embraced the prospect as decidedly good news. Including many … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, New Jersey Real Estate, Philly | 68 Comments

Best places to live in America

From Money via the Star Ledger: These 4 N.J. towns are ‘the best places to live in America’ (or so Money magazine says) MONEY magazine’s annual “Best Places to Live in America” list features four towns in New Jersey this … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate | 200 Comments

Noticing some extra room these days?

From the Star Ledger: Worry as Census says N.J.’s population shrank for the first time in years New Jersey may have lost population for the first time in a decade, new data shows, potentially imperiling economic growth and the number … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Development, New Jersey Real Estate | 63 Comments

Will flat fee take off? (probably not)

From CNBC: No more 6% commission – these brokers will sell your house for a flat fee In an increasingly crowded and competitive real estate market, brokers are messing with traditional models, and that could mean big savings for sellers … Continue reading

Posted in National Real Estate | 62 Comments

NJ Income Jumps to #3 Nationwide

From the Star Ledger: N.J. shoots up the state income rankings, reverses depressing trend New Jersey households made $76,126 last year, a 4 percent growth over 2015, according to recently released Census data. The growth shot New Jersey from the … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, New Jersey Real Estate | 145 Comments

The biggest barrier to starter homes – zoning laws and NIMBY

From HousingWire: Trulia: Housing market fails to produce what buyers really want The gap between the homes consumers want and the homes available for sale continues to grow in many markets across the U.S., according to the latest Mismatched Markets … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, National Real Estate, New Development | 79 Comments

The New Weehawken

From the Star Ledger: How the hottest real estate market in N.J. literally divided this tiny town Seemingly everyone knew this tiny cliffside town — all 1.4-square miles of it — would one day become a dynamic real estate market. … Continue reading

Posted in Gold Coast, Housing Recovery, New Development | 254 Comments

Will rent control hinder Newark redevelopment?

From the Star Ledger: Residents win rent control battle; landlords face steeper hurdle to raise rents Landlords looking to raise rents on rent-controlled buildings will have to meet a higher threshold to do so under new measures passed by the … Continue reading

Posted in New Development, New Jersey Real Estate | 46 Comments

Get out your wallets

From CNBC: Almost half of top US housing markets are ‘overvalued’ It will come as no surprise to anyone out house hunting today — buying a home is becoming ever more difficult to afford. Prices just keep soaring while incomes … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, National Real Estate | 101 Comments

Dynamics right for a bubble? Or is it different this time?

From the NY Post: Are we headed for another housing collapse? One decade after the biggest housing collapse in America’s history led to a global recession, could we be facing another crisis? “Not happening,” says Burns, adding that the 2007 … Continue reading

Posted in Housing Bubble, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 132 Comments

That was fast…

From the NYT: The Urban Revival Is Over For all the concern about the gentrification, rising housing prices and the growing gap between the rich and poor in our leading cities, an even bigger threat lies on the horizon: The … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, National Real Estate, New Development | 34 Comments

That time when Vernon was cool, until it wasn’t.

From the Record: Remembering Hugh Hefner’s Great Gorge Playboy Club There was much excitement for miles around the North Jersey area when Hugh Hefner built and officially opened The Great Gorge Playboy Club in Vernon in 1972. Some were excited … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, North Jersey Real Estate | 9 Comments

Pending sales now down 4 out of 5 months

From HousingWire: Pending home sales decrease slightly in July Pending home sales dropped slightly in July, marking the fourth decrease in the past five months, according to the latest Pending Home Sales Index report from the National Association of Realtors. … Continue reading

Posted in Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 56 Comments