Category Archives: Economics

Upper middle class not paying their fair share?

From Bloomberg: Should the Upper Middle Class Take the Biggest Tax Hit? Humans learn the concept of fairness at a very young age. After all, it doesn’t take long for a child to start whining about a sibling who gets … Continue reading

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New life into old suburbs?

From LoHud: Study: NYC suburbs could use 250K more transit-oriented homes The solution to rising housing prices in the New York metro area could be the addition of 250,000 homes to the city’s suburbs over the next 20 years, according … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Development, North Jersey Real Estate, NYC | 49 Comments

House Bill Passes, 1 NJ Republican Signs

From the Star Ledger: ‘Open season on N.J.’: With Trump backing, House GOP votes to cut your property tax break With the help of one New Jersey Republican, the U.S. House on Thursday passed sweeping tax legislation that would end … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, National Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 87 Comments

Senate’s handling of MID a head scratcher

From HousingWire: Housing industry gives mixed response to Senate tax reform bill One of the biggest changes from the House tax reform bill is that the Senate’s version would leave the mortgage interest deduction intact at its current cap of … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Mortgages, National Real Estate, Property Taxes | 67 Comments

That time of year again

From The Street: Top Predictions for U.S. Home Prices In 2018 Danni Springfield, a real estate agent at The Springfield Group in San Antonio, Tx. – Even relatively steady markets are seeing impressive growth in the housing market, Springfield says. … Continue reading

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Senate says “F*ck You New Jersey” and proceeds to piss all over us

From the Star Ledger: Senate GOP bill delivers bigger blow to N.J. by killing your entire property tax break The entire federal deduction for state and local taxes — an important tax break for New Jersey residents — would end … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 159 Comments

Vancouver tops NYC and SF for least affordable

From HousingWire: New study reveals least affordable city in North America Home prices are out of control in markets such as San Francisco and Manhattan, which have the lowest levels of affordability in the U.S., however other cities in North … Continue reading

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Selling the tax plan through small business

From the Star Ledger: Why a Trump Cabinet official made a weekend trip to N.J. U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon discussed the Republican tax cut plan on a trip to New Jersey on Saturday as supporters touted the proposal … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Employment, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 89 Comments

Camden on the mend?

From WHYY: Camden on the rise? New data show poverty is falling Ken Hammon’s driveway says it all. About halfway down Tuckahoe Road in South Camden, sits the black Mustang the 31-year-old bought thanks to a life-changing job at Holtec … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, New Jersey Real Estate | 187 Comments

MarketNews October

From Otteau Group: MarketNews October After four consecutive months of increases, home purchase contracts in New Jersey were basically unchanged during the month of September, increasing by just 0.4%. This is compared to a 12% increase one year ago in … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate | 94 Comments

Can small business thrive in NJ?

From the Star Ledger: Which are the hottest counties in N.J. for new business? Hank Sauce is made in small batches by hand, when the restaurant in Sea Isle City run by Josh Jaspan and his two former college roommates … Continue reading

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

Time to take a vacation … on the house!

From CNBC: Home equity loans set to soar along with home prices Ever since the epic housing crash of the last decade, homeowners have been incredibly conservative with their housing debt. Home prices rose, at first slowly and now quite … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Mortgages, National Real Estate | 116 Comments

What the hell?

From HousingWire: New home sales 10-year high baffles economists After hitting a new low in August, new home sales surged in September to their fastest pace in the past decade, according to the latest report released jointly by the U.S. … Continue reading

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Automation will reshape America

From MIT Technology Review: In These Small Cities, AI Advances Could Be Costly It’s long been clear that urbanization and automated technologies are shaping society, but it hasn’t been obvious how the two forces affect each other. Until now, perhaps. … Continue reading

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If you can do it in Bergen?

From the Record: Bergen towns can build affordable housing Bergen County is recognized as one of the wealthiest counties in the country. Municipalities in the county helped secure this status by implementing exclusionary zoning practices that drove hard working families … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Development, New Jersey Real Estate | 39 Comments