Monthly Archives: August 2018

Are PILOTs good or bad?

From ROI-NJ: Is fixing PILOT regulations a way to fix school funding? Marc Pfeiffer, assistant director at Rutgers University’s Bloustein Local Government Research Center, said the last time payments in lieu of taxes were addressed in the state was 1992. … Continue reading

Posted in New Development, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 37 Comments

Nothing will be done

From the Star Ledger: Huge change for N.J.: Public worker benefit cuts, merging schools, more toll roads pushed by top lawmaker Frustrated by endless growth in property taxes and public worker benefit costs, New Jersey’s most powerful lawmaker earlier this … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 89 Comments

Not sure I believe the analysis here

From the Star Ledger: The death of N.J.’s suburbs might be a total myth. Even the experts are surprised Want to be on the cutting edge of the hot new trend in housing? It may be time to take a … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Housing Recovery, New Jersey Real Estate | 96 Comments

Will the pause continue?

Great piece from Citylab this morning: This Housing Price Spike Is Different Housing prices are cooking. Across the nation, the price of homes is rising faster than the rate of inflation—in some places by a factor of three. That’s true … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, Housing Bubble, Housing Recovery | 129 Comments

Is Newark sure it wants Amazon?

From Vice (first time ever?): Cities Are for Rich People Now and Wooing Amazon Only Makes It Worse If there are two facts of life in the modern American city, they are that rent will be too damn high, and … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, New Development, New Jersey Real Estate | 70 Comments

Expensive to buy, expensive to rent

From the Star Ledger: Who the heck can afford N.J.? Search up-to-date prices in every N.J. town for renting, buying If you or anyone you know has been in the New Jersey real estate market, you feel the pain. On … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, New Jersey Real Estate | 119 Comments

Other peoples money

From the APP: Tax relief better be on the horizon if Phil Murphy wants to get re-elected For more than a decade, the Asbury Park Press has been a tireless advocate for property tax relief. We have written dozens of … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes, Unrest | 26 Comments

The Big Slow

From the Philly Inquirer: Is Philly’s housing market still hot? As buyers grow nervous and tired, home prices are slowing Even before she and her husband started seriously house-hunting for their first home, Nicole Benson Paul had heard the stories … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Bubble, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 128 Comments

Yep, this will end well

From MarketWatch: The new housing play: Helping priced-out renters become long-distance landlords Leland Char is a 28-year-old product manager for a large San Francisco-based tech company. He loves the Bay Area’s “very authentic Asian food and new American cuisine, smart … Continue reading

Posted in Housing Bubble, National Real Estate, Risky Lending | 91 Comments

May Case Shiller

From HousingWire: Case-Shiller: Home prices rising at least twice the rate of inflation To absolutely no one’s surprise, home prices increased once again in May, and even showed double-digit gains in some markets on the West Coast, and increasing at … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Bubble, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 99 Comments