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Median price hits new high (but not everywhere)

From HousingWire: Median home price climbs to all-time high The median price of single-family homes in the U.S. has climbed to a record high, reaching $266,000 in the second quarter. That’s up 10.8% from the previous quarter and up 6.4% … Continue reading

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Most stable market in…forever?

From CNBC: Housing-market distress is at its lowest in at least 20 years — can it hold?  In the aftermath of the housing crisis, lenders and regulators clamped down hard to make sure we’d never have another bubble like the … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, Foreclosures, National Real Estate | 98 Comments

Industrial is hot in NJ

From GlobeSt: NJ’s Industrial Market Continues to be a Record-Breaker The industrial real estate market in New Jersey continues to see strong demand, higher rents and low availabilities. Commercial brokerage firm CBRE in its latest market report on the industrial … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, New Development, New Jersey Real Estate | 19 Comments

Maybe we should have chosen another option?

From the Press of Atlantic City: NJ wage support complicated, less effective than stronger economy New Jersey lawmakers have hobbled the state economy with the worst business tax and regulatory climate in America. That costs residents a lot of prosperity … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, New Jersey Real Estate | 114 Comments

NJ’s glimmer of hope

From the Star Ledger: Wages up, unemployment down in N.J.’s largest counties as economic recovery continues Wages in Mercer County rose by 7.1 percent last year, the largest increase in New Jersey and one of the biggest in the country, … Continue reading

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Home prices pick up speed

From HousingWire: Annual home-price growth reverses course, finally rises After 14 months of slowing home-price gains, the pace of growth finally picked up speed in May, increasing by 3.6% on an annual basis, according to the latest from CoreLogic. And, it … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Bubble, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 32 Comments

NJ – $10 minimum wage today

From NJ Spotlight: NJ’S MINIMUM WAGES RISES TO $10 TODAY IN FIRST STEP TOWARD $15 Today more than 200,000 New Jerseyans are getting a raise to $10 an hour, the first in the state’s multi-year move toward a $15-an-hour minimum … Continue reading

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The first cracks?

From Curbed: SF home prices drop, still unaffordable for all On Thursday, Orange County-based data firm Core Logic reported that the median home price in San Francisco is down year over year, dropping four percent in May. Earlier this year, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Bubble, National Real Estate | 31 Comments

May contracts tick higher

From MarketWatch: Pending home sales roar higher, but the housing market is still in low gear Pending home sales jumped by a seasonally adjusted 1.1% in May but were 0.7% lower than a year ago, the National Association of Realtors said … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, National Real Estate | 30 Comments

Blame the Boomers

From The Atlantic: The Boomers Ruined Everything The Baby Boomers ruined America. That sounds like a hyperbolic claim, but it’s one way to state what I found as I tried to solve a riddle. American society is going through a … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, National Real Estate | 139 Comments

Blame Millennials? For what?

From the Guardian: Like it or not, ‘Generation Snowflake’ has got a raw deal The idea of generational conflict has come to prominence in the last few years, but few seem to agree on its shape and causes. Public discussion … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, National Real Estate | 137 Comments

NJ loses 7600 jobs in May

From the APP: NJ jobs faltered in May: Spring slump or Trump tariffs? New Jersey employers tamped down their hiring in May and are growing more pessimistic about their outlook, a series of reports released this week shows. The New … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, New Jersey Real Estate | 110 Comments

Murphy bribes voters to get his millionaire tax

From the Star Ledger: Is a one-time $125 property tax credit really worth that much? Well, it would be a good start, Murphy insists. Admittedly, a one-time $125 property tax credit for two million residents of the state with the … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 89 Comments

Gates invests in Newark

From the Star Ledger: Bill Gates just chose 10 cities to invest in and one of them is in N.J. Newark’s newest initiative to provide free legal help for low-income tenants facing evictions is getting a major boost from three of the … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Jersey Real Estate | 70 Comments

Burn it all down

From the Philly Inquirer: N.J. task force: Norcross-linked firms benefited from behind-the-scenes lobbying A special task force appointed by New Jersey’s governor to investigate the state’s multibillion-dollar tax-credit programs released an extensive report Monday evening, finding that two powerful brothers – lawyer … Continue reading

Posted in New Development, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 91 Comments