Monthly Archives: November 2018

Buyers prefer used houses

From the USA Today: Rising mortgage rates, home prices are becoming a toxic cocktail in the housing market Rising mortgage rates and continued home price growth are hurting affordability and fast becoming a toxic cocktail for the nation’s homebuilders. Sentiment … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Mortgages, National Real Estate, New Development | 70 Comments

How to get rich quick? Have a legislator carve you out a loophole.

From the Press of Atlantic City: NJ’s leveling of room tax playing field also dug a loophole We’ve long felt it was unfair and detrimental to the hospitality industry for New Jersey to pile room taxes and fees on hotels … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Shore Real Estate | 44 Comments

How can the housing market be slowing?

From the NYT: Why the Housing Market Is Slumping Despite a Booming Economy These should be happy times for the housing sector. The economy is booming, with more people working at higher pay, and with the sizable millennial generation reaching … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, National Real Estate | 29 Comments

Monopoly for Millennials is making them mad

Given the weather and hellacious afternoon commute in store for us, I thought I’d post something entertaining. From Fortune: Millennials Tell Hasbro Just How Insulting ‘Monopoly for Millennials’ Really Is Hasbro has released a new game, “Monopoly for Millennials,” and … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, Humor | 154 Comments

A better outcome for NNJ?

Is this actually the best result for NJ? Discuss. From the WSJ: New York City and Northern Virginia will be the homes for Amazon.com Inc.’s second and third headquarters, according to people familiar with the matter, ending a more than … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Employment, North Jersey Real Estate, NYC | 161 Comments

Will NJ hit $15?

From the Star Ledger: Vote on $15 minimum wage for N.J. coming soon, top Democrat says Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said Friday he expects his house will vote in the coming months on a much-anticipated bill raising the minimum wage … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Jersey Real Estate | 42 Comments

Murphy, you want an innovation economy? Fix these.

From the APP: 3 reasons NJ lost out on Amazon HQ: Bhatti Here are the top three reasons New Jersey lost: 1. Too expensive for Amazon: Seven billion dollars of tax incentives wasn’t enough. New Jersey made national news when … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, New Development, New Jersey Real Estate | 129 Comments

Glutton for punishment

From the Star Ledger: Election 2018: N.J. voters OK $500 million for school security, water improvements New Jersey voters on Tuesday approved a proposal to borrow $500 million to expand vocational schools and bolster security across K-12 school districts, according … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 158 Comments

NJ Transit will do a great job

From NJ Spotlight: NEW NJ TRANSIT DIVISION TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HEFTY REAL ESTATE PORTFOLIO New Jersey Transit is among the mass-transit agencies that rely the most on fare revenues, according to a recent audit, which suggested a hefty real-estate … Continue reading

Posted in New Development, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Where's the Beef? | 76 Comments

Sorry NJ

From the Star Ledger: Amazon in ‘advanced’ talks with a city for HQ2. It’s not Newark. Newark’s chances at landing Amazon’s second headquarters is looking more like a long shot. Amazon officials are reportedly in “advanced discussions” about establishing its … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Development, New Jersey Real Estate | 71 Comments