Category Archives: Economics

Kaboom! Err, a new boom.

From HousingWire: TransUnion: Home equity lending is going to soar Home equity levels continue to rise, and all signs point to a market ripe for home equity lending, according to a recent report from consumer credit reporting agency TransUnion. Home … 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

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Mortgages, National Real Estate | 93 Comments

Rockland and Westchester slow

From LoHud: After a robust year, there are signs the housing market is in correction mode The residential market in the Lower Hudson Valley shows signs of a slowdown. The number of sales in the third quarter slipped from a … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Bubble, North Jersey Real Estate, NYC | 64 Comments

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

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Employment, New Jersey Real Estate | 127 Comments

Murphy taxes online sales

From InsiderNJ: Now Law: Burzichelli & Moriarty Bill to Require Marketplace Facilitators & Certain Remote Sellers to Pay NJ Sales Tax Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen John Burzichelli and Paul Moriarty to ensure a level playing field between brick-and-mortar businesses and … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 128 Comments

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

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Jersey Real Estate | 120 Comments

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

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Housing Bubble, Lowball, NYC | 46 Comments

The middle class was an anomaly

Great read from Ritholtz at Bloomberg: Why America Has a Two-Track Economy Which of these two scenarios describes the U.S. economy? No. 1. The economy is better than ever: The stock market is near a record high, wages are rising, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Employment, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 125 Comments

Foreclosure problem, or borrowing problem?

From MarketWatch: A decade after the housing crisis, foreclosures still haunt homeowners Maria Landi, a 75-year-old retired insurance specialist, and her husband John, had been making payments on their East Brunswick, New Jersey home for 40 years when Wells Fargo … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Foreclosures, New Jersey Real Estate | 98 Comments

Ah hell, they went and said it…

From MarketWatch: Home-price gains decelerate to 11-month low as housing market tries for a soft landing The numbers: The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city index rose 0.1%, seasonally adjusted, in July, and was up 5.9% compared with a year ago. What … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Bubble, Housing Recovery, National Real Estate | 94 Comments

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

Posted in Demographics, Economics, New Development, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 118 Comments

Existing home sales flat in August, prices up, inventory up slightly

From HousingWire: Existing home sales held steady in August After falling for four consecutive months, existing home sales held its ground in August, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors. Total existing home sales, completed transactions … Continue reading

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Good thing it never rains in NJ

From WHYY: New Jersey unprepared for next economic downturn, say ratings agencies Ten years after the Great Recession, more and more states are bulking up their financial reserves to prepare for another economic downturn. But not the Garden State. According … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate | 74 Comments

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

Long Island prices gain through summer

From LI Patch: Long Island Home Prices Continue to Soar Long Island’s housing market continues to grow, as a report released today by the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island showed that housing prices are up and more homes are … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Recovery, NYC | 59 Comments