Author Archives: grim

Who to blame?

From National Mortgage News: Thank Landlords for the Home Price Recovery: Attom Small investors, not first-time homebuyers, are driving home prices to unaffordable highs, according to a new report from Attom Data Solutions and Clear Capital. Real estate investors drove … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, National Real Estate | 31 Comments

How high do rates need to be to slow home sales?

From HousingWire: FHFA: Rising interest rates not slowing down home prices…yet Home prices increased during the fourth quarter and, despite rising interest rates, showed no sign of a slowdown, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s House Price Index. Home … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Mortgages, National Real Estate | 92 Comments

Should I stay or should I go?

From HousingWire: Here’s the inventory crisis smothering Millennial homebuying

Posted in Demographics, Economics, National Real Estate | 79 Comments

Somebody believes in AC

From the AP: Showboat Owner Blatstein Buys Land Nearby in Atlantic City Bart Blatstein, the Philadelphia developer who’s been buying up distressed Atlantic City properties and re-opening them, has added three more Boardwalk parcels for about $6 million. Blatstein, who … Continue reading

Posted in New Development, New Jersey Real Estate, Shore Real Estate | 115 Comments

The other South Jersey market

From the Press of Atlantic City: South Jersey beach construction booming John Van Duyne heads into a house he recently finished building, a few doors off the beach in Ventnor. He points out the quartz shower seats and countertops in … Continue reading

Posted in New Development, Shore Real Estate | 51 Comments

Montclair pretty much the most unequal place in NJ

Haven’t gotten a chance to post this one, but it needs to be posted. From the Star Ledger: How every town in N.J. rates on income inequality Despite what Montclair wants you to believe, outside of the typical wealth enclaves … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate | 69 Comments

So Close!

NY State on the verge of taking the #1 foreclosure spot:

Posted in Foreclosures, New Jersey Real Estate | 173 Comments

Christie kicks the can

From the Star Ledger: Christie signs bill to give Sandy victims some protection against foreclosure New Jersey homeowners facing foreclosure while they’re still trying to rebuild from Hurricane Sandy now can be protected from losing their homes. A bill signed … Continue reading

Posted in Foreclosures, New Jersey Real Estate | 408 Comments

Think warm thoughts – shore rentals already up 33% YOY.

From the Philly Inquirer: The rush is already on for rentals at the Jersey Shore From the second-story deck of his aunt’s rental property near 20th and Central, real estate agent Bill Godfrey points out the ocean view a block … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Shore Real Estate | 54 Comments

How low can inventory go?

From HousingWire: Realtors: Majority of metros hit peak levels in 2016 The fourth quarter of 2016 saw the best quarterly sales pace of the year, but also pushed housing inventory to record lows, and many markets to home prices with … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, National Real Estate | 103 Comments

Annual home prices accelerating … with rates higher?

From MarketWatch: Home prices accelerating in the face of rising mortgage rates U.S. house prices rose at an accelerated pace in December, a sign that higher mortgage rates aren’t yet diminishing outsize demand for properties. Data provider CoreLogic said its … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Bubble, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 146 Comments

Up or Down or Up or Down or Up or Down

From Marketwatch: Housing demand may keep market afloat, even if rates rise How will the housing market handle rising rates? Ever since the November election, when the unexpected Trump victory sent bond yields flying and mortgage rates following closely behind, … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, National Real Estate, Politics, Risky Lending | 64 Comments

Shut Up Gen X

From the NY Times: Generation X More Addicted to Social Media Than Millennials, Report Finds We all know the stereotype: silly millennials, tethered to their phones, unable to accomplish the simplest tasks without scrolling their Instagram feeds, snapping their friends … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Unrest | 33 Comments

Regulations killing Atlantic City

From the Star Ledger: Casino bureaucracy Revels in red tape instead of fixing past mistakes in A.C.: Mulshine I was driving across the country a few years ago when I decided to get off the Interstate and try some local … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Shore Real Estate | 22 Comments

Foreclosure auctions beginning to normalize?

From HousingWire: Third-party sales at foreclosure auctions now higher than ever Investors are undaunted by rising home prices and increasing interest rates, and perhaps even encouraged by it, as the share of third-party sales at foreclosure auctions reached a new … Continue reading

Posted in Foreclosures, National Real Estate | 147 Comments