Monthly Archives: December 2019

November Pending Sales

From CNBC: US pending home sales rise in November Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rose in November, driven by a surge in new contracts being signed in the country’s West, the National Association of Realtors said on Monday. … Continue reading

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

Housing Slowing?

From HousingWire: Home price growth slows but rent keeps rising at 2019 ends Both home prices and rents continued to increase as the year reached an end, but one of those two is increasing faster than the other. Home values … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, National Real Estate | 26 Comments

NJ Minimum Wage Increasing 10%

Should be interesting given that 6 months ago, minimum wage in NJ was $8.85. On January 1st, it will move to $11 an hour – roughly a 25% increase from a year ago, which would put NJ at the top … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Employment, New Jersey Real Estate | 51 Comments

Housing still looking good

From HousingWire: Home sale prices increased over 5% in the last month Home sale prices increased 5.2% year over year in November, according to a new report from Redfin. Now, home sale prices are at a median of $311,600, the largest increase since … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 41 Comments

SALT Cap not long for this world?

From CNBC: House passes bill to lift $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions The Democratic-controlled House passed a bill on Thursday that would do away with the $10,000 limit on the itemized deduction for state and local taxes … Continue reading

Posted in National Real Estate, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 46 Comments

Delinquencies at 20 year low

From CoreLogic: The States Leading in Nationwide Delinquency Rate Drops The overall delinquency rate was 3.8% nationwide in September, down from 4.4% a year earlier and the lowest for the month of September in more than 20 years, according to the latest … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Foreclosures, National Real Estate, Risky Lending | 67 Comments

Idiots in Trenton

From the Star Ledger: High-cost, high-tax New Jersey is no place for old men – or old women You might have seen that Fairleigh Dickinson poll released last week in which a sample of New Jersey residents were asked, “Are you considering … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Unrest | 190 Comments

Nobody wants to sell?

From the Real Deal Home prices accelerate nationally as owners stay longer The pace of rising home prices quickened in September and existing home sales ticked up 1.9 percent. Average home prices in cities across the nation rose 3.2 percent … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 21 Comments