Articles About Residential

Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
10.29.2010

The House That Started a Foreclosure Frenzy

A small, weathered, blue-gray house in Denmark, ME, set off a national uproar about the foreclosure crisis when its owner, Nicolle Bradbury, lost her job and stopped paying her mortgage two years ago.  The family, which includes Bradbury’s disabled husband and two children, lives on food stamps and welfare. When the bank started to foreclose […]

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Author:
Jafer Hasnain
Posted:
10.26.2010

Foreclosure Crisis Requires Creative Thinking

As I caught up on my New York Times reading over the weekend, I was struck by how consuming an issue this foreclosure legal mess has become.  It is on the front page, on the Op-Ed page and on the inside.  Well summarized in newspapers and well noted in the blogosphere. This issue has progressed […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
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Uninsured Americans Rose 9.4 Percent of the Population in 2009

Mortgage rates have hit a record low.  According to Freddie Mac, rates for 30-year mortgages fell to 4.27 percent from 4.32 percent in just one week.  At the same time, safe-haven government debt is more appealing to investors than ever, according to a Freddie Mac survey. The low rates may be a sign that housing […]

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Author:
Mark McDowell
Posted:
10.22.2010

Solar Farm to Sprout on White House Roof

A new green initiative is joining the White House’s already famous organic vegetable garden.  President Barack Obama plans to install solar panels on top of the White House’s living quarters to heat water and provide power to some of the historic mansion. The panels are scheduled to be in place by the spring of 2011, […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
10.18.2010

Robert Knakal on the Bulls vs. the Bears – Who Do You Trust?

Who’s right about the state of the economy and commercial real estate – the bulls or the bears?  Robert Knakal, chairman of New York-based Massey Knakal Realty Services, weighs both sides to help us cut through the mixed messages. In a recent interview for the Alter NOW Podcasts, Knakal noted that the bulls like to […]

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Author:
Mark McDowell
Posted:
10.14.2010

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley To Receive Legacy Award for His Sustainable City

Who is the recipient of the inaugural Mayor Richard M. Daley Legacy Award for Global Leadership in Creating Sustainable Cities?  It’s none other than retiring Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley himself. Writing in the Chicago Tribune, architecture critic Blair Kamin said “Chicago’s lame-duck mayor, famous for his green thumb and his iron fist, will receive […]

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Author:
Mark McDowell
Posted:
10.05.2010

Green Construction Comprises One-Third of All U.S. Projects

Although construction in the United States has been slow since the financial meltdown of 2008, there is one niche segment that is thriving – green construction.  According to McGraw-Hill Construction, green buildings now comprise one-third of all new construction, an increase of two percent over 2005, a surprise in an industry that is historically slow […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
09.29.2010

Wealthy Chicagoans Return to Purchasing Upscale Houses, Condos

High-end residential sales in Chicago rose – somewhat unexpectedly — during the first eight months of 2010. This is primarily a result of sellers reducing their asking prices and closings at some high-profile condominium developments.  Even with the uptick in sales, there’s still an excess of houses and condos on the market that likely will […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
09.14.2010

Obama Administration Sets Its Sights on Housing Reform

The Obama administration – fresh from its financial regulation reform legislative victory – is not resting on its laurels.  Next on the busy agenda is reforming the American housing market, which is viewed by many as the root of the financial crisis. In a response to collapsing housing prices and waves of foreclosures, the administration […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
09.08.2010

Housing Sales Plummet, Set Off New Economic Jitters

Are housing prices about to experience a double dip?  Existing home sales fell 27 percent in July to the lowest level reported since 1995.  The plunge occurred even though mortgage rates are at their lowest levels in decades and houses in most regions are priced to sell.  July sales fell to a seasonally adjusted annual […]

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