Category Archives: Politics

Impact or not?

From the Philly Voice: U.S. housing market faces ‘shock’ from end of mortgage forbearance — but no bubble, experts say Pandemic policies have undoubtedly shaped the way the U.S. housing market has functioned throughout the health crisis, which has had … Continue reading

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Great time to be a landlord in NJ

From the Record: Tangled relationship: Renters stop paying amid pandemic, forcing small landlords into bind Elena Walczyk had a buyer lined up to purchase the mobile home in Cape May County that she and her husband had rented out for years. But … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 147 Comments

Everything wrong with NJ, summed up.

From Jersey Digs: Orange City Council Ignores all Budget Cut Suggestions, Voting to Raise Property Taxes The Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC), a nine-member board comprised of local business professionals, opposed the 6.35 percent increase in the municipal budget, proposing … Continue reading

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Step away for a minute and the world goes to shit

Seems I picked a fine time to stop blogging. Markets in turmoil, global pandemic, potential real estate catastrophe looming. Couple of folks reached out to me over the past few days about opening the blog back up again. Totally get … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Unrest | 225 Comments

SALT Cap not long for this world?

From CNBC: House passes bill to lift $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions The Democratic-controlled House passed a bill on Thursday that would do away with the $10,000 limit on the itemized deduction for state and local taxes … Continue reading

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What could possibly go wrong?

From the Star Ledger: Murphy pushes taxpayer-funded bank for N.J. No state has done that in a century.  Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday took the first steps to make New Jersey the first state in a century to open a state-owned bank. … Continue reading

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Democrats lose NJ

From the Star Ledger: How Gov. Murphy helped Republicans win Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, the Republican leader, says he is grateful that Gov. Phil Murphy engaged so heavily in this week’s election because it helped Republicans like him win close races. “Did Murphy … Continue reading

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The Trump Effect

From CNBC: Robert Shiller: Recession likely years away due to bullish Trump effect Nobel-prize winning economist Robert Shiller believes a recession may be years away due to a bullish Trump effect in the market. According to the Yale University professor, … Continue reading

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Hey New Jersey – Here’s what Trump did to your home values

From ProPublica: Trump’s Trillion-Dollar Hit to Homeowners

Posted in Economics, National Real Estate, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 45 Comments

Murphy blows it

From the Star Ledger: N.J. public worker pension investments fall short  New Jersey’s government-worker pension fund investments fell short in the fiscal year that ended in June. The pension fund returned 6.27 percent, trailing the 7.5 percent the pension system assumes it … Continue reading

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Fewer options for rent controlled areas

From HousingWire: Trump’s housing-finance plan aims to curb GSE lending in areas with rent control Buckle your seatbelts, California. You may be in for another showdown with the Trump administration. You too, New York and Oregon. When Treasury released its housing finance … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Mortgages, National Real Estate, Politics, Unrest | 84 Comments

Why NJ is f*cked

From the Star Ledger: N.J. is facing a $1.2B public-worker pension time bomb In the waning days of his administration, Gov. Chris Christie left his successor Phil Murphy a parting gift, of sorts. For years, New Jersey had assumed its public pension fund would … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Politics, Property Taxes, Unrest | 85 Comments

Will Murphy own this?

From InsiderNJ: GSI Analysis: NJ’s Workforce and Revenue Results Are True Indicators of the State of Our Economy “While a declining unemployment rate is good news, our workforce remaining below 2008 levels is one sign there’s more than meets the … Continue reading

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We are so f&cked

From NJ Spotlight: AS MURPHY TAKES BOW FOR RECORD LOW UNEMPLOYMENT, CRITICS FEAR FUTURE SHOCK How much have Gov. Phil Murphy’s policies to do with the state’s unemployment rate, which recently dropped to the lowest level on record? A whole … Continue reading

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No impact?

From NJ1015: NO MELTDOWN: NJ HOME VALUES RISE, DESPITE FEARS OF TAX LAW When federal tax law was changed a year and a half ago, alarms were rung by the real-estate industry warning it would be a gut punch to … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 247 Comments