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Arizona ranks amongst the lowest in U.S. in land-use and zoning regulations — important factors in lower housing costs

Posted by   /  October 19, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

(Editor’s note: News releases are published unedited, unless they contain factual errors.) In a new paper, Vanessa Brown Calder uses regression analysis to examine the link between housing prices and zoning and land-use controls. Washington, D.C – In a new analysis released today, Cato policy analyst Vanessa Brown Calder finds that the increase in zoning […]

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Where downtown isn’t the most expensive place to rent

Posted by   /  October 19, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Dave Sorter | Forbes Downtown Los Angeles is a sparkling example of urban Renaissance. A quarter-century ago, downtown had been relegated to a haven for low-income housing and parking lots after the freeway system helped develop alternative office, shopping and entertainment hubs. Since then, a focused redevelopment effort brought downtown back to the forefront with […]

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Local rules and affordable housing options

Posted by   /  October 16, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

A tide of young activists in metros that have gotten too expensive to develop will move the NIMBY needle, or move, period. By John McManus|  Builder Grabar offers a microcosmic view of American housing’s theme and variations here in an article, titled “San Francisco’s Civil War.” The Slate sub-headline reads, “YIMBYs! Socialists! The only thing […]

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Affordable housing and inclusionary zoning study examines paths to inclusive communities

Posted by   /  October 13, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

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A comprehensive new study looks at the policy landscape, and begins to analyze what is and isn’t working. By Patrick Sisson | Curbed Inclusionary zoning—programs that encourage the creation of affordable housing units when new development occurs via developer incentives and zoning bonuses—first emerged outside of Washington, D.C. and San Francisco in the mid-’70s. But […]

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A tale of two housing economies

Posted by   /  October 12, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Housing affordability barriers may stall economic growth engine: household formation. By John McManus | Builder Torsten Slok, Ph.D., is chief international economist and a managing director at Deutsche Bank Securities. The question Slok asked yesterday morning was this. Is household formation dropping because of affordability? READ ON:

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Are hipsters the secret to a hot market?

Posted by   /  October 9, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

RealtorMag The places that hipsters tend to call home are among some of the hottest housing markets in the country, according to a joint study by realtor.com® and Yelp. Based on the rankings, Columbus, Ohio, earned the No. 1 spot as the hottest hipster market. Columbus (and more specifically its ZIP code 43202) ranked first out of […]

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New versus resale home prices: Risk and opportunity

Posted by   /  September 29, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

A disruptor will likely find a way to cut the current 27% new-home price premium by almost half. By John McManus | Builder Pictures tell us stories. What story does this series of pictures tell? Here, we have a picture, from the well of this past week’s housing data releases, of new home prices–average and median– that […]

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Ripe for disruption? You bet!

Posted by   /  September 26, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Builder Increasingly, U.S.-based housing and construction sector leaders hop on the plane these days to see how their business is conducted in The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, etc.. And they’re coming back to North America with some different ideas about how they’re going to make money in home building in the United States. […]

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Home builder lures millennials with offer to help pay their student loans

Posted by   /  September 26, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Consumer advocates worry such programs tend to drive up prices By Laura Kusisto | The Wall Street Journal Student loan debt has been an obstacle for many potential home buyers. Now Lennar Corp. LEN 0.50% is trying to do something about it. A subsidiary called Eagle Home Mortgage plans to introduce on Tuesday a program under which it will pay off […]

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Higher density requests OK’d in Sedona

Posted by   /  September 25, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Ron Eland | Sedona Red Rock News Few would argue that the lack of affordable housing to rent in Sedona is becoming more of a problem with every passing month. High rental costs, more long-term rentals becoming short-term and the fact that only 4 percent of Sedona’s housing are apartments has city officials — […]

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