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  • Snowball of Government Debt June 23, 2017
    Countless news stories have been written about the U.S. federal government’s debt and continued deficit spending….but what about the states?  The folks over at recently pull together data from the Tax Foundation to illustrate how much debt each state caries, per capita.  For comparison, each citizen already has $42,500 on their shoulders from the […]
  • Which Neighborhoods Give the Biggest Bang for the Buck? June 22, 2017
    Where do you get the “biggest bang for your buck” in the nation’s largest housing markets?  Trulia recently put that to the test by examining the nation’s 100 biggest metros to find the neighborhoods that offered the best value for first-time buyers.  They generated a neighborhood value score that takes into account the cost to […]
  • Existing-Home Sales Up 1.1% in May June 21, 2017
    The National Association of Realtors is reporting that existing home sales rose 1.1% in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.62 million.  The median existing-home price for all housing types in May was $252,800.  Total housing inventory at the end of May increased 2.1% to 1.96 million existing homes available for sale, but […]
  • HUD Report Calls for Action to Reduce Injuries to Seniors Living at Home June 21, 2017
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is calling for action to reduce injuries to seniors living at home.  In a new wide-ranging report, they hope to focus attention on the rapidly growing problems of senior falls and fall prevention.  The report found that while extensive research on specific fall prevention and strategies and […]
  • Tear-Downs Over 10% of Single-Family Starts in 2016 June 21, 2017
    According to a new report from the National Association of Home Builders, nearly 10.2% of single-family homes started in 2016 qualify as tear-down starts, up from 7.7% in 2015.  The NAHB says that while single-family starts have been relatively flat, (roughly 10% in 2016),  increases in tear-down starts in 2016 reflects the continued recovery of the single-family […]
  • Housing Starts Down in May June 20, 2017
    The U.S. Government is reporting that privately owned housing starts in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,092,000.  This is 5.5% below April’s estimate and is 2.4% below May. Single-family housing starts in May were at a rate of 794k; this is 3.9% below April.  The May rate for units in buildings […]
  • Home of the Future? June 20, 2017
    Last month we posted a link to a podcast with Frank Rolfe, the 5th Largest Park Land Owner in the US (200+ parks), who talked about building a mobile home park empire.  Recently, Time Magazine ran a story entitled “The Home of the Future” about mobile home parks, their attraction and why they might be […]
  • Local Market Monitor’s National Economic Outlook – June 2017 June 19, 2017
    Local Market Monitor (a National REIA preferred vendor) recently released their National Economic Outlook for June, 2017 where they share their thoughts on developments taking place in the U.S. economy. National Economic Outlook – June 2017 June 13, 2017 By: Ingo Winzer Continuing the trend of recent months, in May the number of jobs in […]
  • 30 Best Places for Families Based on Good Schools & Home Prices? June 19, 2017
    The quality and value provided by the local public school district is a huge factor in determining the value of a home.  Good or bad schools can make or break the selling price of that dream home.  According to research from HomeUnion, a home’s value increases when it’s near quality schools, “so savvy buyers typically […]