SB-827: a Win for Affordability or Just a California Dream?

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If you’ve ever lived in one of California’s major cities without a car, you may have noticed that life on local public transportation isn’t all that convenient. Add in the competition and added expense of finding housing along an already limited transit system, and you’ve got a pretty good argument for moving to the suburbs. However, Californians seeking an urban … Read More

Redfin Housing Demand Index Fell 6.2% from October to November

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The Redfin Housing Demand Index fell 6.2 percent from 136 in October to 127 in November. The Demand Index is based on thousands of Redfin customers requesting home tours and writing offers. The seasonally adjusted number of buyers requesting home tours fell slightly by 1.9 percent, while the number making offers fell 14.7 percent. “Three years of low inventory is … Read More

Landlords Just Got a Big Tax Break

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Through a late provision added to the GOP tax plan last weekend, real estate investors may be on course for a multimillion-dollar tax break. The change would allow real estate investors to take advantage of a new break that provides a 20 percent deduction on taxable income for pass-through companies. A pass-through is a special type of corporate structure, popular … Read More

Here’s the #1 Reason It’s so Hard to Find an Affordable Home

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Migration Patterns Show More People Leaving Politically Blue Counties

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In the first half of 2017, more people moved from blue (Democratic) counties to red (Republican) counties than from red to blue counties, according to data on Redfin.com user searches. Counties were classified as “blue” if the Democratic candidate for 2016 won by more than 20 percentage points and vice versa for “red” counties.1 Overall, 7.4 percent more people moved … Read More

Time to Renovate the Mortgage Interest Deduction

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The lack of affordable housing in America’s fast growing cities is reaching epic proportions as more and more families are being priced out of homeownership .  In 2012, a middle class family could afford 44 percent of the homes for sale. By 2016, the share of affordable listings declined 12 percentage points to just 32 percent. This housing equality gap … Read More