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  • Property Taxes Across the Fruited Plain April 28, 2017
    We’ve had several posts about property taxes this year (rates, amounts, high/low etc).  With those in mind (of course) the folks over said it best in a recent post about property taxes, and it’s one that is often overlooked (or ignored) by policymakers – especially when they look for additional sources of revenue: “Even […]
  • Housing Index Sees 4th Consecutive All-Time High April 27, 2017
    S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller recently released their National Home Price NSA Index which showed that home prices rose at 5.8% annually in February, representing a 32-month high.  Their 10-City Composite posted a 5.2% annual increase and their 20-City Composite reported a year-over-year gain of 5.9%.  Seattle, Portland, and Dallas reported the highest year-over-year gains among the […]
  • Turn a Shipping Container into a Swimming Pool? April 26, 2017
    This has to be one of the strangest things we’ve come across in a while.  According to cutting edge news site New Atlas, a Canadian company called Modpools is repurposing shipping containers into trendy above-ground swimming pools, complete with LED lighting and window.  The pools are relocatable, designed to take advantage of the container’s strength […]
  • Black Knight: Home Prices Hit New High in February April 26, 2017
    Black Knight Financial Services recently released their February, 2017 Home Price Index (HPI) reporting that U.S. home prices were up 5.7% year over year in February and up .08% for the month.  The HPI value for February was $268k – a new post-crisis peak!  In addition, home prices in six of the nation’s 20 largest […]
  • Low Inventory Keeps Driving Prices Higher April 25, 2017
    CNBC’s Diana Olick is reporting that this Spring’s housing market is the “strongest seller’s market ever.”  She says that, nationwide, as more homes come on the market they’re “flying off fast.”  As we’ve posted over the past couple weeks, home prices are at new peaks and inventory levels are at record lows. “In order to […]
  • More Young Adults Live With Parents Than Spouse April 25, 2017
    A new report form the U.S. Census Bureau confirms what many of us have long suspected;  more young adults aged 18-34 are living at home with their parents versus on their own with a spouse.  Furthermore, of those young people living in their parent’s basement (home), 1 in 4 are idle (neither working or going […]
  • Do Condos Appreciate Faster than Single-Family Houses? April 25, 2017
    A recent article in the Washington Post poses an interesting question that they say, traditionally, has had an easy answer;  Do single-family detached homes appreciate faster than condominiums?  Using new data provided by Trulia, they suggest that old assumptions might be giving way to changing market trends.  According to the data, between February 2012 and […]
  • NAR Says Existing Homes Sales at Highest Pace in Decade April 24, 2017
    According to new data released by the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales in March were at their highest pace in a decade, with the average price coming in at $236,400 – up 6.8% from one year ago!  March’s gains also mark the 61st consecutive month of year-over-year increases.  Total existing-home sales (completed transactions […]
  • Making a Living With Airbnb April 24, 2017
    If you’ve read anything about short-term rentals and New York City you’ve discovered that the Big Apple is probably not the friendliest place (regulatory-wise) to begin your Airbnb foray.  However, a recent New York Times article digs deeper into this growing segment of the sharing-economy to show how, for some hosts, it has been profitable […]