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County’s Multifamily Housing In A Boom Cycle Construction of Apartments Outpaces Single-Family Homes

County’s multifamily housing in a boom cycle Construction of apartments outpaces single-family homes Instafab employees Pacino Palmore, from left, and Todd Steward look up at a crane moving a beam with Elie Kassab, president and owner of Prestige development, on Sept. 5 at the construction site for Our Heroes Place, a multifamily complex on East Mill Plain Boulevard in Vancouver. (Ariane Kunze/The Columbian) Buy this photo Instafab employees Mike Gotschall, left, and Pacino Palmore work Sept. 5 on securing a beam on the first level of the Ed Tower at Our Heroes Place, a new multi

A Deeper Look at Rent-Burdened Households : Sept. 12, 2017

A Deeper Look at Rent-Burdened Households By Carmel Ford on September 12, 2017 • ( 0 ) Households paying 30 percent of more in rent, a threshold long used by the federal government to identify “rent-burdened” households, has been a significant housing issue for some time. Nearly half of renter households (48 percent) in the U.S. were rent-burdened in 2015. [1]  The large share of rent-burdened households is a symptom of the broader affordability problem in the housing market. For the last several years, stagnant household incomes, supply-side challenges, such as lot and labor shortages, and government regulations have contributed to the lack of affordable options for renters and buyers. This analysis takes a look at the geographic distribution of rent-burdened households as well as how age, marriage, and unemployment affect rent-burdens. Analyzing rent-burdened households through these perspectives can provide a more comprehensive picture of the issue at hand. The co

Sources of Home Buyers and New Renters : 9 - 11 - 17

Sources of Home Buyers and New Renters By Paul Emrath on September 11, 2017 • ( 0 ) According to NAHB’s latest special study , households who recently changed addresses fall into a natural order:  1) Buyers of Newer Homes, 2) Buyers of Older Homes, 3) Renters of Newer Homes, and 4) Renters of Older Homes, As you move up the scale from 4 to 1, the following interrelated tendencies become evident: The movers have, on average, higher incomes.  More of the movers are previous home owners.  Fewer are newly formed households (moving out of homes owned or rented by someone else).  More are moving up in terms of subjectively measured housing quality.  More are also moving up in terms of housing costs. For example, as the chart below shows, the average income of the recent movers declines systematically from $123,000 for group 1 to $49,000 for group 4. NAHB’s new study is based on data from the 2015 American Housing Survey (funded by HUD and conducted by the U.S. Census Burea

Ripe for the Plucking: Real Estate and Blockchain Technology : Sept. 9, 2017

23449 Total views 814 Total shares Sponsored A short conversation with any real estate agent or account representative will quickly degenerate into a gripe session about low-quality technology and difficulty with managing contracts. It’s no secret that the industry is ripe for change, and that change will come sooner rather than later. The first sign of movement is the growth of the Airbnb model, allowing moderate peer to peer connectivity, and making a system that allows users to have more freedom of choice. But Airbnb is still a tiny blip in the massive $217 tln global real estate market. Granted, a blip of something massive is still big, but the opportunity for change is clear. ATLANT , a new and powerful Blockchain technology platform for real estate, believes that Airbnb is onto something, but can’t take it to the level that the public desires. The company is planning to create a fully decentralized real estate ecosystem where clients have the power to

We Know We Need Housing and How to Get It. Unfortunately, That’s Where We Stop

We Know We Need Housing and How to Get It. Unfortunately, That’s Where We Stop We Know We Need Housing and How to Get It. Unfortunately, That’s Where We Stop Posted in  Land Use & Property Rights ,  Multifamily Housing Development & Insurance ,  Transportation ,  Zoning , by  Robert Freedman  on September 6, 2017 11 Chuck Reed The United States has a housing shortage. That’s why home prices are rising faster than what many people can afford. But in California, the housing shortage is a crisis. Many people want to live and work in the state, but developers have little incentive to build housing the average person can afford, especially in the hot areas like San Francisco and Silicon Valley. And government hasn’t found the will to be the solution. As former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed says, “California cares about housing—just not enough to do anything significant about it.” Reed, who was term-limited in 2014 so couldn’t run again after eight years as mayor and almost 30 years in

One Small Town Will Change The World

Hello this is Michael Tellinger, I am the founder of the UBUNTU Liberation Movement. It gives me great joy, on behalf of the UBUNTU USA team, to launch our new strategy and our simple plan of action, which we call ONE SMALL TOWN, can change the world. Our objective is to turn one small town in the USA into a model for other towns, the kind of place that most of us have dreamed of all our lives, and to lay the foundation for a new social structure and a world free from economic slavery. A place of abundance and prosperity– where anything we imagine is possible. This one small town will become an example to all others, to realise that it can be done… and that they can do the same. We believe that this will create a domino effect that will become unstoppable, not just in the USA but around the world. This is an introduction for our USA launch and our crowd-funding campaign which will enable our USA team of volunteers to put all the business plans and PR material together an

Dark Times and the Powers of Dreaming - August 24, 2017

Kelly Bulkeley, Contributor Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D., is a psychologist of religion focusing on dreams in science, history, art, and politics. Dark Times and the Powers of Dreaming 08/24/2017 07:52 pm ET I’ve been thinking a lot recently about a new book, Dreaming in Dark Times: Six Exercises in Political Thought , by Sharon Sliwinski, a professor at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Sliwinski approaches dreaming as a powerful resource for political theory and action, especially in times when basic human freedoms are most at risk. That we today are living in such times has become impossible to ignore. But throughout history, in times of collective crisis, people’s dreams have often responded with a surge of imagery, emotion, and insight that help people respond more effectively and creatively to the pressing challenges facing their group in waking life. This is also true in the modern era, as Sliwinski’s fascinating and beautif