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Demand is high for housing today, but that strength is not yet showing up in the mortgage market. Seasonally adjusted mortgage application volume fell 2 percent for the week ending Feb. 17, compared to the previous week. Total volume is now down almost 21 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers…


The American Dream may be in shorter supply. A growing number of Americans now find it increasingly difficult to achieve the dream of owning a home. Simply put, they can’t afford the price or save enough money for the down payment. A new housing affordability model created by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and…


I have litigated breach of implied warranty of habitability cases before, and they aren’t fun – ugly photos, grainy videos, angry tenants, frustrated landlords, pricey expert witnesses, bored judges, and the list goes on. Here is a summary of some of the new bed bug laws that went into effect in California in January 2017. The…


The Denver-based landlord says Airbnb is helping tenants break its ‘no short-term rental’ rule. Here’s a huge one for the ever-growing pile of lawsuits filed by and against Airbnb. Apartment Investment & Management Co. (AIMCO) has sued the rental service for “helping tenants breach their leases,” according to The Wall Street Journal. Denver-based AIMCO, one…


The affordable-housing crunch worsened last year. In the final quarter of last year, Americans spent the highest share of their incomes on mortgage payments since 2010, according Zillow. The economy’s improvement after the housing crash generated new buyer demand for housing, even though the homeownership rateremained historically low. Simultaneously, incomes rose slowly, and affordable housing inventory — especially in…


Large job hubs in the United States such as New York City, Dallas, and Atlanta, will enjoy an upsurge in housing demand fueled by Millennials – the largest generation in U.S. history. However, not all types of housing will prosper. “The biggest, most obvious way Millennials are impacting the residential real estate market is based…


Since the election, “uncertainty” has been a buzzword among economists. The direction of U.S. policy is not clear on major issues ranging from immigration to tax reform. But the fundamentals of the apartment sector are relatively strong despite it all. “I hear people talk about ‘uncertainty,’ but when I boil it down to how it…


According to Green Street Advisors Commercial Property Price Index, the US property market’s asset values are currently 27% above their last peak. Apartment values have slowed over the past several years, and have only risen 1% in the same span of time. This has already contributed to flattened cap rates. Managing director Dave Bragg predicts…


Despite signs of lower rents and more supply in certain U.S. multifamily markets, some lenders still see opportunity in writing apartment loans. Since 2010, apartment sale prices have more than doubled, and many markets have had years of double-digit rent growth. But now, “there are forecasts of pretty broad-based potential [multifamily] rent declines in a…


Most of the leading U.S. metropolitan areas for commercial and multifamily construction starts showed substantial gains in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. However, New York NY, the top metropolitan market by dollar amount, pulled back 15% to $29.8 billion following its 67% surge to $35.2 billion in 2015….

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