Category Archives: Demographics

Will NJ hit $15?

From the Star Ledger: Vote on $15 minimum wage for N.J. coming soon, top Democrat says Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said Friday he expects his house will vote in the coming months on a much-anticipated bill raising the minimum wage … Continue reading

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Murphy, you want an innovation economy? Fix these.

From the APP: 3 reasons NJ lost out on Amazon HQ: Bhatti Here are the top three reasons New Jersey lost: 1. Too expensive for Amazon: Seven billion dollars of tax incentives wasn’t enough. New Jersey made national news when … Continue reading

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Glutton for punishment

From the Star Ledger: Election 2018: N.J. voters OK $500 million for school security, water improvements New Jersey voters on Tuesday approved a proposal to borrow $500 million to expand vocational schools and bolster security across K-12 school districts, according … Continue reading

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Sorry NJ

From the Star Ledger: Amazon in ‘advanced’ talks with a city for HQ2. It’s not Newark. Newark’s chances at landing Amazon’s second headquarters is looking more like a long shot. Amazon officials are reportedly in “advanced discussions” about establishing its … Continue reading

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Strollers hit Jersey City

From the NY Times: Jersey City Grows Up When Zacheus and Ratri Chan showed up at an open house for a townhouse in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood of Jersey City last fall, there was a line down the street. The six-bedroom … Continue reading

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Buy! No, rent! No, buy!

From the Real Deal: More than 75% of Americans choose renting a home over buying: report Fewer Americans are in the home-buying mood. Rising interest rates and housing prices prices, coupled with slowing rent growth are making homeownership less attractive. … Continue reading

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Can NJ buy it’s way into a startup economy?

From the Star Ledger: Murphy’s risky plan to spark Jersey’s sagging economy Is New Jersey’s government smart enough to invest $250 million in venture capital projects, and come out a winner? Should a government that is not competent to run … Continue reading

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Otteau: September Update

From the Otteau Group: September MarketNews Home purchase contracts in New Jersey declined in August by 2% compared to the same month last year. Almost half of the markets in NJ have seen a decline in the pace of home … Continue reading

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NYC transitions into a cooling market

From CNBC: NYC has moved into a buyer’s market, and is experiencing a housing trend last seen in 2009 New York City’s pricey real estate has become a “buyers market,” new data suggests, characterized by lowball offers and a rise … Continue reading

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Home rule crippling NJ’s future

From NJ Spotlight: THE CHALLENGE FACING NEW JERSEY’S SUBURBS: ‘ADAPT IN ORDER TO SURVIVE’ Could suburban communities really empty out if officials don’t plan better to meet the demand for vibrant, walkable neighborhoods? If recent population settlement patterns continue, and … Continue reading

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Everything is holding housing back

From MarketWatch: This is why Americans are losing confidence in the housing market Today, less people are buying houses. According to Fannie Mae, a mere 24% of Americans feel like now is a good time to buy a house. Looking … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, Housing Recovery, Mortgages, National Real Estate | 37 Comments

We’re #1! In flipped properties.

From NJ101.5: Home flipping down, but not in New Jersey Home “flipping” — buying and selling a dwelling quickly after renovations for a profit — is slowing in most parts of the country. But flipping activity in New Jersey is … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Foreclosures, New Jersey Real Estate | 64 Comments

NJ economic growth at 18 year high

From Bloomberg: New Jersey’s Economy Gains, Still Lags New York: NY Fed Data The Garden State is growing. New Jersey’s economy accelerated at the fastest pace in almost 18 years though it lags neighboring New York state as it has … Continue reading

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More like “Land of the Lost”

From ROI-NJ: Murphy tells ROI: ‘We’re the land that time forgot here in terms of the development of this economy’ Following in the footsteps of the president under whom he served, Gov. Phil Murphy is trying to bring an innovation … Continue reading

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Good thing the rich are rich

From CNBC: The $1 billion price cut: Luxury real estate gets slashed The most expensive real-estate in America just became a little less expensive — with $1 billion in price cuts among America’s top listings over the past few months, … Continue reading

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