Category Archives: Politics

No exodus?

From The Real Deal: No exodus from California despite pressure from new fed tax plan: real estate pros While homeowners in high-tax states like New York and New Jersey may be packing their bags to move to Florida and Texas, … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, National Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 86 Comments

Time to consolidate NJ

From the Star Ledger: I was the last mayor of Princeton Township: Consolidation works and we need to stop being afraid of it Consolidation of New Jersey municipalities — especially as it relates to school districts – can result in … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 56 Comments

Murphy concedes to Sweeney, budget passes

From the Star Ledger: N.J. budget finally signed by Murphy after another really long day at the Statehouse It took far longer than anyone imagined on Sunday, but New Jersey finally has a state budget. The state Legislature put the … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 82 Comments

Shut it down

From the WSJ: New Jersey Faces Possible Government Shutdown A government shutdown is still looming in New Jersey after several days of budget negotiations between Gov. Phil Murphy and state lawmakers. The state government could close at midnight Sunday if … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 95 Comments

Showdown time

From the Star Ledger: Gov. Phil Murphy’s rosy scenario for economic growth is full of thorns Uh-oh. The governor’s got a new cliche. It’s “rosy scenario,” and Phil Murphy repeated it several times last week as he fought with his … Continue reading

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Will you pay? Will I pay? Who will pay? No idea yet.

From the Star Ledger: Raise the sales tax? The business tax? Dueling Democratic budgets bring N.J. closer to a shutdown. Democrats who control the state Legislature on Monday announced they’ll introduce a $36.2 billion budget that would raise taxes on … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 157 Comments

Glimpse into the future: NJ coming for your house

What happens when NJ can’t afford to pay it’s own taxes anymore? Rampant (fraudulent?) mismanagement of assessments? Detroit offers a glimpse into what to come in NJ. From the Detroit News: Study: Bad assessments prompt 10K Detroit foreclosures One in … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Foreclosures, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 104 Comments

Bankers not happy with Murphy

From NJBIZ: Bankers: Economy weakening under Murphy A majority of the state’s local bankers say New Jersey’s economy would worsen under policies proposed by Gov. Phil Murphy. In New Jersey Bankers Association’s annual survey on the economy, almost 69 percent … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 181 Comments

Fix it, Sell it, or Get Out

From the APP: A tool for targeting the ‘zombie houses’ of Toms River, throughout the Shore They’re called “zombie houses,” and they can suck the life out of any neighborhood. Zombie homes are properties whose owners have walked away from … Continue reading

Posted in New Development, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 21 Comments

Hey Democrats, where’s our pot?

From the Washington Post: N.J. Democrats loved the idea of taxing the rich — until they actually could do it Democrats in the New Jersey state legislature approved a tax hike on millionaires five separate times under then-Gov. Chris Christie … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 59 Comments

You buyin’ this?

From the Star Ledger: Murphy’s state bank would help working families, boost local economy New Jersey has an investment problem. The Garden State’s numerous credit downgrades, budget shortfalls, crumbling infrastructure, chronic underfunding of critical programs and priorities are well known. … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 261 Comments

No tax doomsday? Yet?

From Bloomberg: Million-Dollar Home Values Gain Even as Tax Deductions Shrink Adam Blaylock was pretty sure he overpriced his Santa Clara, California, home by offering it in February for $1.48 million, since tax deduction changes would keep buyers away. But … Continue reading

Posted in National Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 163 Comments

Will the feds accept it?

From the Star Ledger: Murphy moves to save your property tax break from Trump. But will it stick? Gov. Phil Murphy just took action to save your federal property tax break from President Donald Trump’s new tax law. The Democratic … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 55 Comments

So long and thanks for all the fish

From CNBC: Tax bill will slash by half the number of homeowners using the mortgage deduction The number of homeowners who will benefit from the mortgage tax break is expected to plummet this year by more than half, according to … Continue reading

Posted in Mortgages, National Real Estate, Politics | 261 Comments

It’ll sit empty for decades…

From the Record: Toys R Us collapse creates large corporate office vacancy in Wayne The collapse of Toys R Us has placed a big question mark on a large tract of forested woodland in the heart of Wayne. Toys R … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Development, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics | 93 Comments