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Mortgage company CEO wants tax break so he can write more mortgages

From Marketwatch: Opinion: This tax break for first-time home buyers could keep the housing market afloat It’s not easy being a home buyer these days. U.S. home prices are high, housing inventory is low, and consumer sentiment is wobbling. A federal … Continue reading

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Poverty falls in NJ

From NJ Spotlight: Poverty in New Jersey in 2018 by County The percentage of New Jerseyans living in poverty last year dropped below 10% for the first time this decade, although the proportion of the state’s residents who are considered … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, New Jersey Real Estate | 82 Comments

Hey New Jersey – Here’s what Trump did to your home values

From ProPublica: Trump’s Trillion-Dollar Hit to Homeowners

Posted in Economics, National Real Estate, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 45 Comments

Will rent control work in Cali?

From HousingWire: California enacts statewide rent control During a ceremony Tuesday at a senior citizen center in Oakland, California, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a statewide law that controls how much landlords can charge for rent. Starting in 2020, the law caps annual … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, National Real Estate, New Development | 85 Comments

Housing optimism dips, but still very high

From Yahoo Finance: US housing market optimism slides Optimism about the U.S. housing market may have peaked after hitting its all-time high in August, according to a measure of consumer sentiment. The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index slid 2.3 points … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 84 Comments

Not time to drop?

From HousingWire: CoreLogic says U.S. home-price gains will accelerate through 2020 CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft said the pace of home-price gains will quicken over the next 12 months as low mortgage rates give buyers the ability to pay more … Continue reading

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Not so good in NYC

From the very rarely cited Fox News: NYC housing prices in near ‘free fall,’ conditions mirror recession era following tax hikes The Manhattan real estate market stumbled in the third quarter of 2019, new reports show, as prices plunged and fewer buyers were willing … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Bubble, NYC | 167 Comments

Retire in Bayonne … or Clifton

What the f*ck? Looking to retire in New Jersey? This Hudson County city is the place to go, rankings say Bayonne is the “it” place in New Jersey — for seniors. The Peninsula City has been ranked the No. 1 … Continue reading

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Turns out millennials are not all that different

From the WSJ: Millennials Continue to Leave Big Cities Large U.S. cities lost tens of thousands of millennial and younger Gen X residents last year, according to Census figures released Thursday that offer fresh signs of cooling urban growth. Cities … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, National Real Estate | 104 Comments

Murphy blows it

From the Star Ledger: N.J. public worker pension investments fall short  New Jersey’s government-worker pension fund investments fell short in the fiscal year that ended in June. The pension fund returned 6.27 percent, trailing the 7.5 percent the pension system assumes it … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 20 Comments

July Case Shiller – eh

From HousingWire: Case-Shiller: U.S. home-price gains were lethargic in July July 2019 saw an annual increase of 3.2% for home prices nationwide, matching the previous month’s pace, according to the Case-Shiller Home Price Index from S&P Dow Jones Indices and CoreLogic. The 10-City and 20-City composites reported a 1.6% … Continue reading

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Nobody wants to sell?

From HousingWire: U.S. housing market experiences largest inventory decline since last year In August, America’s home sales slid 1.6%, marking the sixth month of 2019 that produced fewer sales than the previous year, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. RE/MAX reports … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 55 Comments

NJ UE Record Low

From NBC: New Jersey Unemployment Drops to Record Low of 3.2 Percent New Jersey’s jobless rate has fallen to a record low of 3.2 percent. That’s according to the figures released Thursday by the state Labor and Workforce Development Department. … Continue reading

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Fewer options for rent controlled areas

From HousingWire: Trump’s housing-finance plan aims to curb GSE lending in areas with rent control Buckle your seatbelts, California. You may be in for another showdown with the Trump administration. You too, New York and Oregon. When Treasury released its housing finance … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Mortgages, National Real Estate, Politics, Unrest | 84 Comments

Leading Indicator?

From Forbes: The California Real Estate Boom Is Over. What Now? If you had invested in a property in San Francisco five years ago and cashed out in 2019, you would have made a 50% profit, never mind the rental … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Bubble, National Real Estate | 150 Comments