Category Archives: Politics

Will big $$ make NJ more appealing?

From Bloomberg: Christie Backs Newark’s Amazon Bid With $7 Billion in Tax Breaks New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is seeking to deploy $7 billion in potential tax credits to lure Amazon.com Inc.’s planned second headquarters to Newark, which has been … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Development, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 186 Comments

Why Trump’s tax plan will make housing even more unaffordable

There appears to be some thought that home prices on the coasts are elevated or subsidized through the use of the Mortgage Interest deduction (MID) and State and Local Tax (SaLT) deductions. These two deductions, either alone or together, artificially … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, National Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 124 Comments

Where will Trump’s tax policy hurt most in NJ

From NJ Spotlight: INTERACTIVE MAP: TRACKING SALT DEDUCTIONS ACROSS THE STATE The loss of the federal income tax deduction for state and local taxes paid would mean a loss of about $21,500 in write-offs for the average New Jersey taxpayer. … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 119 Comments

F*ck You New York Times

From the NYT: Jared Kushner’s Entitlement Is New Jersey Born and Bred Lots of explanations have been put forward as to why Mr. Kushner seems to operate as though the rules don’t apply to him. Perhaps there’s one more factor … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Unrest | 235 Comments

A manufacturing mecca again?

From the Star Ledger: How manufacturing jobs will come back to N.J. Is New Jersey’s manufacturing era forever behind us? Are the days when ceramics, glove molds, sinks and legendary Lenox china poured out of Trenton’s factories gone for good? … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Employment, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 110 Comments

NJ’s “middle class” about to be slaughtered

From the APP: Trump tax plan kills key deductions, wallops NJ homeowners New Jersey taxpayers would lose key deductions under a proposal unveiled this week by President Donald Trump: property taxes and state income taxes, experts said. The tax reform … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 141 Comments

Want to live in a spy house?

From the Record: Russian spy home in Montclair to be sold and renovated Marquette Road is a quiet, sleepy block in the northern part of Montclair near the town’s border with Clifton. The kind of block where Russian spies could … Continue reading

Posted in New Development, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 51 Comments

We can’t build anything anymore…

From Salon: Chris Christie’s era of misrule in Jersey: The empty swamp mall and the canceled tunnel While Gov. Chris Christie’s Bridgegate gambit rightfully helped kneecap his presidential run, it was his cancellation, in 2010, of a trans-Hudson rail tunnel … Continue reading

Posted in National Real Estate, New Development, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 102 Comments

How your tax dollars are spent to protect the wealthy

From Climate Central: How Rising Seas Drowned the Flood Insurance Program Long Beach Island is the largest and richest barrier island in New Jersey, an oasis of sprawling oceanfront retreats and second homes located midway down the state’s heavily developed … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Risky Lending, Shore Real Estate | 22 Comments

So much for Bedminster

From Town and Country: Donald Trump Is Heading to His Bedminster Golf Club This Weekend It looks like the president will be spending the weekend in New Jersey. According to a Federal Aviation Administration notice posted online today, there will … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Unrest | 72 Comments

Pay Up Jersey City – Just like the rest of us

From the Jersey Journal: Jersey City homeowners uneasy as long-delayed revaluation begins A five-letter word is causing heartburn in every neighborhood in Jersey City. Reval. The citywide property revaluation, Jersey City’s first since 1988, is finally underway, with inspectors knocking … Continue reading

Posted in Gold Coast, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 19 Comments

Just part of doing business in NJ

From HousingWire: Ex-NJ mayor sent to prison for kickbacks involving HUD funds The former mayor of Passaic, New Jersey will spend the next two years in prison after being convicted of soliciting and accepting bribes from developers who wanted to … Continue reading

Posted in New Development, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 65 Comments

Why not put it on the ballot?

From the Star Ledger: On property taxes, it’s time for a little initiative – and referendum | Mulshine When you picked up your Star-Ledger on Monday, you no doubt noticed a front-page article by Jonathan Salant headlined “Jersey by the … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 137 Comments

Good way to kill mortgage lending in NJ

From the Observer: Murphy Goes Anti-Wall Street With Foreclosure Proposal The leading candidate in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race proposed having Wall Street banks pay for the conversion of foreclosed homes into affordable housing with millions of dollars in federal mortgage … Continue reading

Posted in Foreclosures, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 81 Comments

NJ downtown at stake?

Admittedly more commercial real estate than residential – but absolutely linked to NJ’s broader real estate market. Thoughts? From the Star Ledger: Liquor lobby’s on the rocks: Bill would let restaurants serve alcohol On a recent weekday night, my friend … Continue reading

Posted in New Development, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 43 Comments