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The Real Villain in the Gentrification Story – The Atlantic

It’s not young, upwardly mobile college grads.

By Jerusalem Demsas, June 16, 2022

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About the author: Jerusalem Demsas is a staff writer at The Atlantic.

One of the worst labels that can be applied to an upwardly mobile urban dweller is that of gentrifier. The word implies a lot—for one, that culpability in the broad phenomenon of neighborhood change can be assigned to individuals.

But given that the insult is often slung back and forth among members of the same yuppie class living in the same formerly affordable neighborhoods, it sometimes serves less to suggest that one’s housing choices have led to displacement of minority or low-income residents, and more to insinuate that one is insufficiently progressive.

On Twitter recently, quips by a couple of large accounts about how San Francisco had been ruined by tech millionaires spiraled into a fight among people of various shades of political opinion, from “extremely left wing” all the way to “very liberal,” about the evils of gentrification.

Inevitably, it devolved into a familiar argument over who really gets to speak for low-income people of color.

Source: The Real Villain in the Gentrification Story – The Atlantic

I’m the chief economist of Redfin. 5 things to know about the housing market now | MarketWatch

Predictions on home prices, mortgage rates and more

By Alisa Wolfson, Updated: May 31, 2022 at 10:23 a.m. ET

Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather shares her thoughts and predictions on the housing market.

Peak home-buying season is in full swing, and many aspiring buyers are wondering: What should I know about the housing market if I want to buy? After all, interest rates have been rising, with some pros saying that trend will continue (see the lowest mortgage rates you can qualify for here); home prices keep climbing; and there aren’t enough houses on the market to meet buyers’ demand.

So we asked Daryl Fairweather — Redfin’s chief economist, who also worked at the Boston Fed studying why homeowners enter foreclosure — to share her projections and thoughts for what buyers and sellers can expect in the coming months.

There are early signs that the market, in some places, is cooling a bitFairweather says we’re seeing early signs that the housing market is starting to cool, at least in pricey coastal metros. “Buyers in markets like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Seattle who have lost out on several bidding wars may find they’re facing less competition from other buyers than they were a month or two ago,” says Fairweather.

Source: I’m the chief economist of Redfin. 5 things to know about the housing market now – MarketWatch

Buying A House Is Harder Than Ever, And Bidding Wars Keep Breaking Out : NPR

By Chris Arnold Twitter

May 18, 202111:08 AM ET, Heard on All Things Considered

A record shortage of homes for sale and strong demand from buyers are sparking bidding wars and sending home prices to new records.
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“You imagine your life in this house, you put in an offer and then two days later it doesn’t get accepted,” Ametrano says. “For me, it’s like very emotionally crushing.”

–From article…

Trying to buy a house right now is in some ways harder than it’s ever been. There’s a record shortage of homes for sale; many people are eager to buy.

Bidding wars are breaking out, sending prices to record highs, and making it feel impossible for many people to buy a home.

Source: Buying A House Is Harder Than Ever, And Bidding Wars Keep Breaking Out : NPR

Baby Boomer Migration Tilts Toward Las Vegas, Tampa And Phoenix

Editors’ Pick | Apr 28, 2021,03:23pm EDT | 517 views

Brenda Richardson, Senior Contributor, Real Estate, I cover residential real estate, including buying, selling and trends.

Sunny retirement locations are still a big draw for Baby Boomers.
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Baby Boomers are the wealthiest generation of Americans alive today, and while some may no longer be active in the housing market, plenty are still looking to buy homes.

But where are Baby Boomers looking to buy? To answer this question, LendingTree analyzed mortgage purchase requests made in 2020 on the LendingTree platform across the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas.

Here’s what the study found:

Las Vegas, Tampa and Phoenix are the metros where Baby Boomers make up the largest share of mortgage purchase requests. In Las Vegas, 19.97% of purchase requests came from Baby Boomers. In Tampa and Phoenix, the numbers are 17.33% and 16.36%, respectively.

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Housing Market Covid: What Will Happen to Home Prices After Pandemic? – Bloomberg

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The booming housing market has been a bright spot for a U.S. economy shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite mounting job losses and bankruptcies in industries battered by social distancing, home sales have been on fire across the U.S., with Americans racing to gobble up larger properties in the suburbs, with room for remote school and home offices.

Source: Housing Market Covid: What Will Happen to Home Prices After Pandemic? – Bloomberg