Category Archives: Demographics

NJ wages up 4%

From the Star Ledger: N.J. workers are earning more $$$ but it’s not all good news New Jersey workers now have a few more bucks in their pocket. The average hourly earnings of New Jersey employees in the private sector … Continue reading

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You don’t get a house just for showing up…

From USA Today: Home buying market so brutal, some home buyers make offer sight unseen This spring home-buying season should be a coming-out party for Millennials, many of whom are finally ready to make a purchase after hunkering down for … Continue reading

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Get in line with the rest of us

From NJBIZ: Survey: Millennials want more jobs, cheaper housing Millennials in New Jersey want lower taxes, increased job opportunities, affordable housing and improved, cheaper mass transit in order to stay in the state. According to a survey of 975 state … Continue reading

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NJ Pension on Track! … to be fixed in 30 years.

From the Star Ledger: Have New Jersey’s pension woes finally bottomed out? ould it be true? Is New Jersey’s pension fund for public workers — among the worst-funded in the nation — really on the road to recovery? That’s what … Continue reading

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Onslaught

From HousingWire: Experts: Homebuyers should prepare for onslaught of competition this spring season The latest Case-Shiller report showed home prices are continuing to rise, but now experts say not only are those high prices here to stay, but homebuyers could … Continue reading

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Never an easy year for a first time buyer

From the NYT: 2018: A Tough Year for First-Time Buyers Dr. Davis and brokers will likely tell you that what your decision should come down to is not so much whether you will make money off your home, or how … Continue reading

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“It’s grim all over”

From Bloomberg: U.S. Starter Homes Are Scarcer, Pricier, Smaller and More Run-Down Homebuyers in the U.S. have plenty to grouse about these days. Prices have climbed steeply in many metro areas, mortgage rates are rising and inventory is thin. But … Continue reading

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I think I can I think I can

From Bloomberg: U.S. Home Prices Rise Almost 9%, the Biggest Gain in Four Years Home prices in the U.S. surged 8.8 percent in February — the biggest gain in four years — as buyers battled for an increasingly scarce resource: … Continue reading

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

NJ Lagging Job Recovery

From the Star Ledger: N.J. added 43K jobs in 2017. Here’s why that’s not such good news New Jersey added about 43,000 jobs in the private sector in 2017, about 18,000 less than 2016, according to data released by the … Continue reading

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So they aren’t moochers?

From the APP: Don’t blame NJ’s high taxes on ‘Moocher states’: Malanga Last year’s federal tax reform act has prompted a lot of hand wringing and hyperbolic language from New Jersey officials over the loss of the state and local … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 37 Comments

Will transition to rentership put ownership even further out of reach?

From the WSJ, hat tip hoodafa: Why New Jersey’s Soaring Foreclosures Are Good for the Housing Market New Jersey’s foreclosure crisis is hitting a peak, and that could be a boon for the state’s housing market. While bank repossessions across … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Foreclosures, New Jersey Real Estate | 92 Comments

Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside

From the Real Deal: Why increasing numbers of New Yorkers are calling it quits on city life According to realtors, there’s a great exodus from New York City that can be measured in New Jersey commuters. Over the past 25 … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, NYC | 85 Comments

No homes left to sell?

From CNBC: Tight supply, rising prices weigh on US home sales U.S. home sales unexpectedly fell in January, leading to the biggest year-on-year decline in more than three years, as a persistent shortage of houses pushed up prices and kept … Continue reading

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Looking good, Billy Ray! Feeling good, Louis!

From HousingWire: Americans gain confidence in housing as home prices rise Americans continue to gain confidence in the housing market, not just despite, but even because of rising home prices, according to the latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index from Fannie … Continue reading

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Net net … nothing?

From the Washington Post: Predictions of a crash in housing prices have not come true Were fears overblown that changes to the federal tax law would trigger plunging home values? You might recall the scary predictions that began coming last … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, Housing Recovery, Politics | 211 Comments