Real Estate

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How Smart Cities Influence Real Estate Investment

By integrating technology and infrastructure, smart cities are attracting investors with their potential for improved quality of life, efficient resource management, and innovative urban development projects.

December 14, 2023 - Devin Partida

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How L.A. Failed to Stop Landlords From Turning Low-Cost Housing Into Tourist Hotels

Fifteen years ago, Los Angeles passed a law to preserve residential hotels as housing of last resort. Now, amid the homelessness crisis, Capital & Main and ProPublica found some hotels may be violating that law by offering rooms to tourists.

September 21, 2023 - Shelterforce Magazine

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U.S. Home Sales to Foreign Buyers Drop by Almost 10 Percent

International purchases of homes on the U.S. housing market slowed in the last year.

August 2, 2023 - National Association Of Realtors

Suburban Homes

Where Housing Costs Are Falling Fastest

Although median home prices remain close to record highs in many cities, some of the country’s priciest metro areas are seeing home prices plummet.

September 23, 2022 - Bloomberg

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What Is a Land Bank?

Land banks are public or private organizations that purchase, hold, redevelop, or otherwise manage foreclosed or abandoned properties with the goal of achieving community objectives such as affordable housing construction or public park space.

July 3, 2022 - Diana Ionescu

Amazon Warehouse

Amazon’s Growing Real Estate Empire

The e-commerce giant has been quietly buying up massive swaths of property as the company works to reduce shipping times as dramatically as possible.

June 14, 2022 - Bloomberg

Manhattan, New York City, New York

Opinion: Revise Zoning and Tax Codes To Support Adaptive Reuse of NYC Office Space

With office buildings facing an uncertain future in their current form, cities can tweak regulations to encourage innovative new uses.

April 5, 2022 - New York Daily News

Everett, WA - houses

'Proptech' Companies Target Single-Family Rental Market

Startups aimed at streamlining the house-flipping process are seeking out rental property owners as the popularity of single-family rentals continues to grow.

March 21, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Single-Family Neighborhood

Ultra-Competitive Housing Market Shows No Signs of Slowing

Home prices in the Puget Sound region continue to skyrocket as buyers engage in intense bidding wars and demand continues to outpace supply.

March 11, 2022 - MyNorthwest


Housing Affordability Crisis Spreading to More Cities

Cities like Spokane, Washington courted new residents and businesses during the pandemic. Now, they're starting to wonder if it was worth it.

February 24, 2022 - The New York Times

Suburban Homes

Experts Express Pessimism Over Housing Costs

Although the current housing crisis has been compared with the housing crash of the late 2000s, experts caution that affordability issues could plague the U.S. housing market for years to come.

January 26, 2022 - The New York Times

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Office Landlords Luring Tenants Back With Incentives

Landlords are offering generous incentives in an effort to prop up the struggling U.S. office market.

January 24, 2022 - The Real Deal

Suburban Tract Homes

Fast-Rising Rents: Cause or Effect of Institutional Real Estate Investors?

More media attention for the growing influence of large, institutional investors on the housing market.

November 29, 2021 - The Seattle Times

Los Angeles High Rise Construction

Downtown Neighborhoods Lead In New Apartment Construction

Neighborhoods in urban cores are seeing the highest rates of new apartment construction in the last five years, signaling a continued interest in downtown living despite fears of an 'urban exodus' brought on by the pandemic.

November 10, 2021 - RentCafé

Masks and Home Sales

Zillow's 'iBuying' Algorithms Overpaid For Homes

After investing more than $1 billion in buying homes over the last few years, Zillow has ended its 'iBuying' experiment as anticipated profits fail to materialize.

November 8, 2021 - Curbed

Rendering of Commongrounds Cooperative building

Mixed-Use Co-Op Demonstrates a New Ownership Model

Owned by its tenants and local community members, Traverse City's Commongrounds Cooperative will feature a craft distillery, a food hall, and a childcare facility, among other amenities.

November 8, 2021 - NextCity

Suburban Home

Growing Real Estate 'iBuyer' Companies Raise Concerns

The troubling trend of buying and selling homes as an investment has some critics worried that it will contribute to an already overheated housing market.

November 2, 2021 - Vox

First-Time Buyers

Study: Half as Many Metro Areas Affordable to Low-Income Homebuyers in 2021 as in 2020

Over 13 million potential first-time homebuyers were priced out this year, putting homeownership out of reach for low-income households in most of the largest U.S. cities.

October 25, 2021 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Transit Oriented Development

Transit Agencies Leasing Real Estate to Raise Revenue

As ridership revenues drop, more agencies are looking to diversify their income sources by leasing agency-owned land to developers.

October 14, 2021 - Pew Trusts

Zoning map of Winnipeg, Canada, 1947

Opinion: Outdated Zoning Codes Stifle Growth and Development

Strict separation of uses may be an inefficient way to zone dynamic modern cities.

October 13, 2021 - The Market Urbanism Report

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