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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

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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

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No recession without housing?

Home price gains accelerate in September, S&P Case-Shiller Index says Sales of new U.S. single-family homes unexpectedly fell in October following recent strong gains, but the overall housing market remains supported by lower mortgage rates. After shrinking for much of … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 33 Comments

No housing crisis yet…

From MarketWatch: Existing-home sales rebound 1.9% in October as low mortgage rates continue to provide a lift Sales of previously-owned homes rose 1.9% in October — the latest housing statistic to demonstrate the upward lift low mortgage rates have provided … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 77 Comments

How low can inventory go?

From HousingWire: U.S. housing market experiences largest inventory decline since 2018 In October, America’s home sales rose by 3.9%, marking the fourth month of the past six to post a year-over-year increase in sales, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. “October … Continue reading

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NJ adds jobs in Oct – unemployment up to 3.2

From InsiderNJ: NJDOL: New Jersey Payrolls Grow in October Hiring by New Jersey employers picked up in October while New Jersey’s unemployment rate edged higher for the month, according to estimates produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Total … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, New Jersey Real Estate | 76 Comments

What could possibly go wrong?

From the Star Ledger: Murphy pushes taxpayer-funded bank for N.J. No state has done that in a century.  Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday took the first steps to make New Jersey the first state in a century to open a state-owned bank. … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Where's the Beef? | 116 Comments

Pay up suckers

From HousingWire: Are homes under $250,000 nearing extinction? A recent report by economic research consultancy Capital Economics shared a stunning statistic: The number of vacant single-family homes for sale priced under $250,000 has halved since 2012. According to the report, at the … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 154 Comments

Democrats lose NJ

From the Star Ledger: How Gov. Murphy helped Republicans win Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, the Republican leader, says he is grateful that Gov. Phil Murphy engaged so heavily in this week’s election because it helped Republicans like him win close races. “Did Murphy … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes, Unrest | 144 Comments

So Much For Reurbanization

From Forbes: Millennials With Families Are Leaving Major Cities For The Suburbs, Transforming Them Into ‘Hipsturbia’  Just as their parents flocked to the suburbs, city-loving Millennials are doing the same yet transitioning some areas to “Hipsturbia,” a phrase revealed in … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate, New Development | 67 Comments

Will they buy?

From HousingWire: The homebuyers are coming. The homebuyers are coming A flood of first-time homebuyers is about to hit the market over the next three years, according to newly released analysis from TransUnion.  TransUnion is currently projecting that at least 8.3 … Continue reading

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Slay the Zombies

From HousingWire: ATTOM: Zombie foreclosures are ticking down The amount of vacant homes in the U.S. continues to sit at a lull, slowly ticking down, according to a new data set from ATTOM Data Solutions.  In the fourth quarter of 2019, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Foreclosures, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 95 Comments