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Affordability & Inventory 2018

Affordability and inventory remain the two major factors holding back real estate sales. On a month-to-month basis, total existing home sales climbed just 1.1% in March from February, but they still are lagging behind 2017 figures by 1.2%. Median existing home prices...

The Best Real Estate Websites in 2018 Part 1

There are thousands of real estate websites out there, each clamoring for your attention and promising to provide some sort of guidance in the search for the perfect home. The National Association of Realtors indicates that nearly all home buyers begin their search...

Where Rents Cost the Most

The most expensive cities to rent a one-bedroom apartment were not big surprises: San Francisco, California came in number one, with the highest average one-bedroom rent of $3,440 per month. The city with the second most expensive average rent for a 1one-bedroom was...

8 States Are Losing People

A recently published report by Pew Research, based upon the data and analysis of population shifts throughout the 50 states received by the U.S. Census Bureau, has shown some interesting changes. Specifically, 16% of the states in the union lost population between...

Historic Women and Mothers of New Jersey

Famous historic mothers of New Jersey Anna Harrison  Anna Harrison, the 9th First Lady of the United States, married to President William Henry Harrison. President William Henry Harrison held the presidency just one month. She also was the grandmother of another...

New Jersey “Sandwiched”

NJ's Philadelphia Burbs May See A Bump Back in January we wrote about the benefits to New Jersey of having a strong New York City real estate market. The upside was clearly being felt. We wrote, "What's good for Brooklyn is good for New Jersey". All of the outlying...

Scarcity Strikes the Rental Market Part 2

The Pew study also discovered other significant issues appearing on the horizon:■ In 2015, 38% of all “renter households” were rent burdened, an increase of about 19% from 2001. ■ Between 2001 and 2015, the median rent rose from $512 a month to $678, a 32% increase.■...

Scarcity Strikes the Rental Market Part 1

Pew Research issued a report which shed some light and concern on the rent burden facing many Americans. It appears according to its report issued in April 2018, the rental market is making home ownership more difficult for many Americans. "..as more households rely...

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