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Housing Costs Take Up Biggest Share of Income since 2010

March 13, 2017

Increasing interest rates and the appreciation of home values have led to the biggest percentage in median household income, currently at a 16% high not seen since 2010, income now needing to be allocated for home mortgages. Zillow Chief economist, Dr. Svenja Gudell notes that we still have room to grow on a nationwide basis […]

Americans More Confident in Housing than Ever Before

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) recently showed a surge in confidence for home buyers. Now is “a good time” to buy or sell a home because optimism and confidence are higher than ever before. “The latest post-election surge in optimism puts the HPSI at its highest level since its starting point in […]

Walmart’s Convenience Store Concept

March 10, 2017

A new shopping concept, brought to you by Walmart, has come to the small town of Crowley, TX. This small town sits right by Interstate 35, a prime area for Walmart to set up its new 2,500 square foot convenience store. Walmart doesn’t want to reinvent the convenience store, merely tweak and make it better. […]

How to Save a Dying Mall

The Hudson Valley Mall, located on a hilltop in Kingston, N.Y., was an enjoyable avenue for spending time on a weekend. Strolling through the various shops and large outlets like JC Penney and Macy’s soon became a thing of the past for the Hudson Valley Mall. JC Penny and Macy’s decided to close up shop […]

How the ‘Trump Bump’ Affects Real Estate

February 8, 2017

The Dow Jones has reached 20,000 and reached the milestone in the fastest 1,000-point jump in history. This event is indicative of a few real estate developments moving forward into the new year. President Trump’s promise to bring back manufacturing jobs and plants back to the country, as well as his corporate tax and regulation […]

Raub Report January 2017

February 1, 2017

It’s a New Year and we have a new President.  Will this be a new age for commercial real estate?  The current expansion is 7 ½ years long, one of the longest on record, yet, remarkably we are not seeing signs of a downturn on the horizon.  The regional exception, of course, is Houston, but […]

Millennials DIY Home Improvement

January 31, 2017

Millennials are many things, one of them being thrifty. In a recent survey by Better Homes & Gardens magazine, millennials proved to be focused on building equity, learning about do-it-yourself home improvement, and preferring patience, and frugality rather than overstretching by taking out a large loan to purchase a move-in ready home with all of […]

Inclusionary Zoning is Stepping In

January 20, 2017

With Class A apartment construction steadily rising in the last few years, rents have continually risen higher, and higher, so much so that one in four working renters is paying 50% or more of their income monthly. “Inclusionary Zoning” would require developers to allow for a certain number of units to be priced accordingly in […]

Drones Affecting Commercial Real Estate

January 5, 2017

The rise in popularity of drones in recent months has prompted questions pertaining to air rights, actionable interference, avigation easements, and nuisance claims. “Droneports” similar in structure to airports may become a reality on the near future, unlike their larger scale counterparts these stations will be located in urban areas. Although research and development of […]

Amazon Distribution Network Delivery Time

December 21, 2016

In response to the shifting retail landscape in regards to online shopping and the record breaking holiday sales numbers that have continually risen year after year, Amazon has picked up the pace to complete their supply-chain network to reach optimum delivery time. Amazon has added 26 new distribution warehouses to its global network in the […]

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