Home price have surged in most markets across the country. What should investors do? The problem with giving a good answer is that there aren’t any good reasons why prices are higher. It’s a pandemic phenomenon that’s unrelated to ordinary economic factors – and therefore we don’t know how it will develop. One thing we
Jenna Fountain carries a bucket down Regency Drive to try to recover items from their flooded home in Port Arthur, Texas, September 1, 2017. Emily Kask | AFP | Getty Images Record-setting rain, floods and wildfires are examples of the rising risks to the U.S. housing market from climate change. Mortgage lenders and investors are
Kenny Kane is the Chief Operating Officer at Firmspace. The idea of a shorter workweek has been around for decades. In fact, it was FDR who supported a 30-hour workweek in 1933 as a way to stimulate employment after the Great Depression. While opinions on shorter workweeks have been largely split since the days of FDR,
Sales of previously owned homes declined 2% in August from July to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.88 million units, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales were 1.5% lower than August 2020 for the first annual decline. Sales however are still above pre-pandemic levels. These numbers are a count of home closings
When a property owner enters into a long-term ground lease with a developer tenant, that ground lease typically gives the tenant a great deal of flexibility but also restricts that flexibility in meaningful ways. For example, the ground lease might say that the tenant can obtain a leasehold mortgage – i.e., a mortgage secured only
A person in a mask walks by the New York Google offices after they announced they will postpone their reopening in response to updated CDC guidelines during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., July 29, 2021. Andrew Kelly | Reuters Google plans to buy a New York City
Matt Avital is the Principal & Founder of Ascenda Capital, located in Los Angeles, CA. Surprisingly, the loan program that provides multifamily property owners with the longest amortization, the highest leverage and often the lowest interest rate is a program that is not well known even by many of the industry’s top players. In the multifamily
Contractors work on the roof of a house under construction in the Stillpointe subdivision in Sumter, South Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Micah Green | Bloomberg | Getty Images Homebuilders in the single-family construction market are feeling better, as lumber prices are way down from sky-high levels and buyer demand is growing. Builder
When shopping for a new home, some people get excited about a giant walk-in closet with built-in shelving; Others daydream about a private outdoor space with panoramic views. But what you think sells a home is different from what actually sells a home. The room that tends to make the biggest impact and tip homebuyers
An Emirati woman paddles a canoe past skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Christopher Pike | Bloomberg | Getty Images Abu Dhabi’s property market is showing signs of steady growth, as the oil rich capital of the United Arab Emirates recovers from the deep blows of the coronavirus pandemic.
This month, Village Properties marks its 25th Anniversary as Santa Barbara’s leading locally-owned independent brokerage. It’s been an upward trajectory for the company since it was founded in 1996. As of August 2021, Village properties has sold $1.8 billion worth of real estate across 12,000 transactions. Last year, the brokerage held a 16% market share. That’s quite
Brick-and-mortar real estate may seem like the only tangible thing left in an increasingly virtual world, but it too is being taken over by artificial intelligence. Some of the biggest names in the business, such as Compass, Zillow and LoanSnap, are now employing AI to help find buyers the perfect mortgage and the perfect home.
Kellie Rastegar is Co-Founder and Creative Director at Rastegar Property Company. Without question, affordable housing has caused contention across all classes. According to “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2021” report (subscription required), homebuyers and homeowners are currently divided into different categories. One category is rushing to purchase a home from savings acquired during the pandemic,
Outdoor seating at Estiatorio Milos Tanja Yokum In August, the Gerber Group’s Manhattan bars and restaurants started hiring more workers in preparation for an influx of customers returning to the offices the following month. The labor crunch meant those restaurants weren’t fully staffed even after the hiring push, which turned out to be a blessing
Having left their hearts in San Francisco during the depths of Covid, people are returning to the City by the Bay. Lots of them have been drawn by the rebounding sense of normalcy afforded by the city’s comparatively high rates of inoculation. Many have also been lured by a renewed focus on what might be
Christy Gentry and her husband have been dealing with California’s wildfires for the past four years. In 2017, the couple evacuated their Santa Rosa home for three weeks. In 2019, they were forced to cut a trip to Hawaii short and get their animals and stuff out of their house as a fire approached. “It
As part of a broadly diversified investment portfolio, passive real estate makes sense for many near retirees. Some are folks who own income-generating rental properties, for instance. They enjoy the cash flow, but are past the life stage where they’re okay with phone calls at 3 a.m. from tenants with HVAC issues. Others don’t own
Potential homebuyers exit an open house in Redondo Beach, California. Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Fall is usually the start of the slower season for the housing market, but nothing is usual in today’s pandemic-driven housing market. Potential homebuyers are seeing a slight rise in inventory and consequently rushing back into the
CEO and Founder of L.A. Property Management Group and Crown Commercial Property Management. Researching the credit of rental applicants is essential to choosing the most qualified tenant for a unit, now more than ever. Credit can’t tell you everything you need to know about an applicant, but historically, it has provided important information in the selection process.
A banner promoting the Emerald Bay residential project outside the China Evergrande Centre in the Wan Chai area of Hong Kong, China, on Friday, July 23, 2021. Lam Yik | Bloomberg | Getty Images Embattled developer China Evergrande on Tuesday said its property sales will likely continue to drop significantly in September, resulting in a