Category Archives: General

All eyes on jobs

From CNBC: Friday’s jobs report is a wild card, with economists’ estimates all over the map The economy is expected to have added about 845,000 payrolls in July, according to Dow Jones consensus estimate, as America’s workforce gradually rebuilds from … Continue reading

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Home prices to moderate? Or not?

From HousingWire: Home prices are still rising, but relief for buyers is coming Home prices continue to increase as national inventory levels remain low heading into August. But relief for buyers could be coming in the next 12 months. Home prices increased … Continue reading

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Philly on fire

From Philly Magazine: Philly Houses Are Selling Faster — and for More Money — Than Ever. How Long Can That Last? Right now, the competition for properties is so fierce that decent houses get a flood of offers and sell quickly, … Continue reading

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Pending home sales dip in June

From CNBC: Pending home sales drop in June — more evidence of a housing turnaround Pending sales of existing homes in June as measured by signed contracts fell 1.9% from May, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales were … Continue reading

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Slow slog upwards

Updated Vaccination by Age Range for NJ:7/17 vs 7/29 At Least 1 DoseTotal Pop: 9.2mTotal 1st Doses: 5.7m – 62% of total pop (Up from 61%) – Bloomberg reporting 65.6% 12-15 – 450k population – 171k dosed – 38% 1 … Continue reading

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What, no pool?

Not much summer left to get your C19 pool installed: These Are the Most Luxurious Pools Now For Sale in New Jersey Something a bit lighter I guess. Anyway, this is my favorite, but I’m not sure what the hole … Continue reading

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Mid July Vax Stats

Updated Vaccination by Age Range for NJ:6/30 vs 7/17 At Least 1 DoseTotal Pop: 9.2mTotal 1st Doses: 5.6m – 61% of total pop (Up from 59%) – Bloomberg reporting 64.5% 12-15 – 450k population – 168k dosed – 37% 1 … Continue reading

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“I think we’ve just got so many unknowns right now”

From the Asbury Park Press: There’s more to NJ’s labor shortage than unemployment benefits. Here’s why It’s been more than a year since Ken Gaughran lost his job in radio promotions due to the pandemic, and he is slowly losing … Continue reading

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Getting deductions back! Maybe?

Hat tip to Joyce for this gem, from the Star Ledger: Property tax breaks would be restored under Senate budget bill, Menendez says A $3.5 trillion spending bill for health care, child care, education and climate change also will address … Continue reading

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Buyers bet big on staying home

From HousingWire: Home prices accelerating in areas without mass transit As more of the country moves to permanent work-from-home arrangements, home prices in car-dependent areas have risen twice as fast as those in transit-accessible areas, according to a recent study by Redfin. The … Continue reading

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Waiting it out

From MSN/Money: After a Year of High Prices, Homebuyers Are Burned Out Alexandra Lashner and her husband have been saving for a home since they got married in 2018. Their plan was to buy in the Philadelphia area this year, … Continue reading

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Rents skyrocketing

From Bloomberg: Soaring U.S. Rents Are the Sticky Inflation With Staying Power The cost of renting a home is soaring in cities across the U.S., squeezing the finances of low-income households and posing a threat to the consensus that pandemic … Continue reading

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What’s normal?

From the NYT: Manhattan Real Estate Finally Bounces Back to Normal As vaccination levels rise and businesses reopen, residential real estate has finally bounced back to where it was before Covid devastated New York. In Manhattan this spring, the number … Continue reading

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Sorry, sold out.

From Bloomberg: Suburban NYC Housing Frenzy Slows With Buyers Showing Fatigue Contracts to buy suburban New York homes have scaled back from their frenzied pace at the height of the pandemic. That doesn’t mean buyers have lost interest in acquiring … Continue reading

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Race to the 4th

Updated Vaccination by Age Range for NJ:6/22 vs 6/30 At Least 1 DoseTotal Pop: 9.2mTotal 1st Doses: 5.4m – 59% of total pop (Up from 58%) – Bloomberg reporting 62.8% 12-15 – 450k population – 162k dosed – 36% 1 … Continue reading

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