Housing Market Metrics Show Record-Breaking Gains

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. April 22, 2021 1,174 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Delinquency Rate Significantly Improves Next: Gauging the Trajectory of America’s Racial Homeownership Gap About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Nationwide, existing home sales dropped from February to March, but all major regions of the country experienced year-over-year gains, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).It’s important to note that at this time last year homebuying came to a halt, or at least a pause, due to pandemic stay-home orders and recommendations.The newly released March 2021 numbers marked the second consecutive month of declines.Overall, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops, decreased 3.7% from February to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 6.01 million in March, NAR reported. Total sales climbed year-over-year, up from 5.35 million in March 2020 or 12.3%.The median existing-single-family home sales price jumped 18.4% to $334,500, a historic high.Despite several obstacles, the only thing that seems to be slowing home shoppers is the short supply of available properties on the market.”Consumers are facing much higher home prices, rising mortgage rates, and falling affordability, however, buyers are still actively in the market,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist.”The sales for March would have been measurably higher, had there been more inventory,” he added. “Days-on-market are swift, multiple offers are prevalent, and buyer confidence is rising.”By the end of March, housing inventory totaled 1.07 million units, which is a 3.9% increase from February, but down 28.2% from one year ago (1.49 million). Unsold inventory sits at a 2.1-month supply, modestly up from February’s 2.0-month supply and down from the 3.3-month supply recorded in March 2020.Inventory numbers have hovered around record lows since at least 1982 when NAR began tracking the single-family home supply.Yun remarked that the depleted supply could ultimately exacerbate wealth division among homeowners in this country.”Without an increase in supply, the society wealth division will widen with homeowners enjoying sizable equity gains while renters will struggle to become homeowners,” Yun said.Yun said although mortgage rates have inched up, they remain at a favorable level. Plus, he says, the economic outlook is promising.”At least half of the adult population has received a COVID-19 vaccination, according to reports, and recent housing starts and job creation data show encouraging dynamics of more supply and strong demand in the housing sector.”Distressed sales represented less than 1% of sales in March, equal to February’s percentage but down from 3% in March one year ago. This, of course, is a result of COVID-related foreclosure moratoria, forbearances programs and other allowances to assist struggling borrowers and their servicers.NAR’s housing market indicator report features more metrics, regional breakdowns, an explanation of the team’s methodology, and more, at NAR.org. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Housing Market Metrics Show Record-Breaking Gains Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Housing Market Metrics Show Record-Breaking Gains 2021-04-22 Christina Hughes Babb Share 2Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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LIVE: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis talks abut reopening bars, breweries

first_imgWATCH LIVE COVERAGE: Gov. Ron DeSantis visits St. Petersburg on Thursday to talk about when bars and breweries in Florida could reopen.It has been almost 6 months since bars in Florida have been banned from serving alcohol for “on premises consumption” in order to combat the spread of COVID-19. Bars were still able to serve alcohol for takeout “in sealed containers,” and restaurants can serve alcohol to customers who are sitting at tables.Alongside DeSantis, Halsey Beshears, the secretary of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and bar and brewery owners from around the state joined in on the discussion.last_img read more

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ST PATRICK’S EVE AND ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS AT VOODOO VENUE – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgVoodoo Venue turned GREEN for its St Patrick’s Day celebrations and the venue was rocking over the last couple of nights.Voodoo Venue is the undoubtedly the best clubbing spot in the North-West and consistently provides top-class entertainment every night.It kicked things off on St Patrick’s Eve has it’s now been known and the place was jammed. That trend continued for the entire day on St Patrick’s Day and a fantastic night was had by everybody.If you’re face is circled above then you’ve won FREE entry for FOUR and a FREE bottle of Champagne.Contact Voodoo via Facebook now and claim your prize. 🙂ST PATRICK’S EVE AND ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS AT VOODOO VENUE – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: March 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewspicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

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QPR ready to rival Sunderland and Norwich for Swansea man – report

first_imgQPR are ready to rival Sunderland and Norwich for the signing of Swansea striker Danny Graham, according to the Daily Mail.Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is said to be considering making a £4m bid for the 27-year-old.Fulham could face competition from Liverpool and Everton for the signing of goalkeeper Jack Butland from Birmingham City, the Daily Telegraph suggest.Southampton are also believed to be interested in the 19-year-old, while both Merseyside clubs are said to be considering making a bid.Birmingham reportedly want at least £6m for Butland. The Daily Mail claimed earlier this week that Fulham are favourites to sign him.The Telegraph say City also want £6m for highly-rated youngster Nathan Redmond, with Fulham again among the clubs apparently interested.The Daily Mirror say Fulham are keen on Atalanta’s Argentine winger Matias Schelotto.Schelotto apparently has an EU passport so would not require a work permit to play in England.Meanwhile, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard have again been linked with summer moves to Manchester United, this time by The Sun.It is claimed United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to offer both Chelsea players 12-month contracts with the option of a further year.This page is regularly updated.YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Appreciate Your Gifts

first_img Microsoft has a novel take on human beings: use them as antennas.  Live Science reported that since the human body gives off detectable electromagnetic signals, the signals could be harnessed to create a home automation system that learns the layout of the house, then automatically responds to the body.  Some day you might turn on lights when you walk into a room, use gestures to turn up the thermostat or control the volume of music, or operate appliances without knobs or switches.     The human body is a natural antenna, the article said.  “It reliably picks up the electromagnetic signals that emanate from all electrical systems and appliances in the home.  These ambient signals can be used to create an affordable home automation system that controls household electronics with a pat on the wall or even a simple hand gesture.”     Many are already familiar with the Wii and Kinect game consoles that respond to body movements, and light switches that respond to hand clapping.  Tapping into human electromagnetic signals opens up new vistas.  The possibilities for “controller free living” are virtually limitless, reporter Leslie Meredith said.     A visitor from the past would probably worry he was seeing witchcraft if a wave of the hand could turn on the lights – but it would just be a clever application of manipulating plain old natural forces, like the old theremin musical instrument that fascinated 1920s viewers with music made by a wave of the hand (see Theremin World).  When humans can get cats to respond to gestures, then they’ll really have something. Math brain:  Studies of Amazon tribespeople show that they have an innate understanding of Euclidean geometry, even without ever learning it at school.  For the BBC News, Jason Palmer reported, “Tests given to an Amazonian tribe called the Mundurucu suggest thatour intuitions about geometry are innate.”     People in the Mundurucu tribe only have approximations for numbers, and no language for geometry, but they showed comparable skill to French and US schoolchildren, even exceeding them in some ways.     The researchers believe this shows that geometry is intuitive for humans: “they seemed to have an intuition about lines and geometric shapes without formal education or even the relevant words.”  They even grasped some non-Euclidean geometry better than some westerners, such as understanding that parallel lines on a sphere can intersect. Baby skill set:  Live Science posted a gallery of “Nine Brainy Baby Abilities,” including innate knowledge of social power, mind meld with dogs, following others’ moods, dancing, mimicking, learning during sleep, rudimentary math abilities, ability to learn language, and innate ability to judge character. Infant rationality:  A study in Science was titled, “Pure Reasoning in 12-Month-Old Infants as Probabilistic Inference.”1  Whether they can or Kant make a Critique of Pure Reason is a question for philosophers.  The abstract said, Many organisms can predict future events from the statistics of past experience, but humans also excel at making predictions by pure reasoning: integrating multiple sources of information, guided by abstract knowledge, to form rational expectations about novel situations, never directly experienced.  Here, we show that this reasoning is surprisingly rich, powerful, and coherent even in preverbal infants.  When 12-month-old infants view complex displays of multiple moving objects, they form time-varying expectations about future events that are asystematic and rational function of several stimulus variables. See also the Live Science review of this paper.  It commented that robot designers have biomimetics on their brain: “The goal, [Joshua] Tenenbaum [MIT] said, is a sort of‘reverse engineering’ of infant cognition that might help robotics developers build machines that interact with the world more like the human brain does.” Beautiful brain:  Behind the outward shows of rationality are amazing cells.  Science Dailyposted a color picture of the brain’s most common cell, the astrocyte.  “Long considered to be little more than putty in the brain and spinal cord, the star-shaped astrocyte has found new respect among neuroscientists who have begun to recognize its many functions in the brain, not to mention its role in a range of disorders of the central nervous system.”  A group of researchers at the University of Madison-Wisconsin has now succeeded in culturing some of these cells in a lab dish.     Other animals have astrocytes, don’t they?  “Astrocytes, some studies suggest, may even play a role in human intelligence given that their volume is much greater in the human brain than any other species of animal,” the article answered.  They are involved in every brain function. Blind as a bat:  The BBC News, Medical Xpress and Live Science discussed how the blind can develop a sixth sense, a kind of echolocation, that helps them navigate in the absence of vision. “Some blind people are able to use the sound of echoes to ‘see’ where things are and to navigate their environment,” Live Science said.  “Now, a new study finds that these people may even be using visual parts of their brains to process the sounds.”     In fact, even sighted people can learn how to echolocate.  This raises the interesting idea that humans are “over-engineered” for perception, but through lack of practice fail to use all the latent abilities available to them. Power stroke:  When you switch from walking to running, your body switches gears.  The power in walking comes from the hips, but when running, the body switches to get its power from the ankles, an article on PhysOrg discussed.  Researchers at North Carolina State measured this “tradeoff” that occurs automatically; humans just take it in stride. We like to showcase stories of amazing animals, but humans are special, too.  What animal can boast some of the qualities that science has recently reported?center_img 1.  Teglas, Vul et al, “Pure Reasoning in 12-Month-Old Infants as Probabilistic Inference,” Science, 27 May 2011: Vol. 332 no. 6033 pp. 1054-1059, DOI: 10.1126/science.1196404. Have you ever seen an animal make shadow puppets of human beings?  Why not?  Parrots can talk and sing, but they don’t reason about parallel lines on spheres.  Gorillas make gestures, but they don’t write software to turn up the music with them.  Peregrine falcons are fast, but humans make jets that fly faster than sound.  Whales are great divers, but humans build submarines that study life at deep-sea vents.  Birds navigate by the stars, but humans build spacecraft with star trackers that orbit distant planets.  It seems we have some bragging rights.  Let the one who designed these innate capabilities in himself cast the first boast. (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Police: Venus Williams driving ‘lawfully’ at time of fatal crash

first_img(FILES) This file photo taken on June 2, 2017 shows US Venus Williams as she plays against Belgium’s Elise Mertens during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTURENew evidence shows Venus Williams was driving “lawfully” when she was involved in a deadly car crash that sparked a lawsuit against the tennis star, police in Florida said Friday.An initial police report on the June 9 crash in Palm Beach Gardens described Williams as being “at fault” in the incident.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend On Friday, Palm Beach Gardens police issued a statement saying new video obtained of the collision showed that “the vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal, and attempted to travel north through the intersection to BallenIsles Drive.”She was forced to halt in the intersection when a south-bound vehicle turned in front of her, police said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOnce that car passed, Williams began to proceed through the intersection, also in accordance with traffic laws.By that time, however, the light had changed and a vehicle driven by Linda Barson, traveling west on an intersecting street, collided with Williams’ car. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heat make it official, signing Waiters, Johnson and Olynyk Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Barson’s husband, 78-year-old Jerome Barson, died on June 22 of injuries sustained in the crash.Barson’s family filed a lawsuit against Williams in Palm Beach County claiming she “negligently operated” her vehicle.She has not been cited for any violation, and police said Friday their investigation continues.Michael Steinger, a lawyer for the Barsons, said the video confirmed that Williams blocked his clients’ right of way.“The video released by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department (PBGPD) continues to support the fact that Ms Williams remained in the intersection at a red light, violating the Barsons’ right of way,” Steinger said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LATEST STORIES “There is nothing that disputes Ms Williams was in the intersection on a red light, and the witnesses clearly confirm the Barsons’ had a green light and lawfully entered the intersection.”Williams, 37, reached the last 16 at Wimbledon on Friday. Earlier in the week at the All England Club, she broke down in tears during a press conference when asked about the crash.Lawyers for both sides were in court on Friday in Palm Beach Gardens, where Williams’ attorney wanted a judge to set guidelines on how both parties could inspect the cars involved and retrieve data from on-board computers.Williams’ lawyer had obtained an emergency court order preventing the Barson family from unilaterally inspecting the vehicles. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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London Olympics: Britain wins gold in women’s pair rowing

first_imgThe British pair of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning gave the host nation their first gold medal of the London Olympics with a victory in the women’s pair rowing on Wednesday. The silver went to the Australian crew of Kate Hornsey and Sarah Tait, almost three seconds behind, while New Zealand’s Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown took the bronze.Glover and Stanning’s winning time at Eton Downey was 7 minutes 27.13 seconds, more than half a minute outside the world record.last_img read more

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Allegri backs Cristiano Ronaldo amid rape scandal

first_imgIn-trouble Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will continue featuring for the Bianconeri amid a police investigation of a rape allegation against him.The 33-year-old forward has been accused of raping Kathryn Mayorga, at the Palms Casino Resort in June 2009, and a criminal investigation is well underway in Las Vegas.However, Massimiliano Allegri went public to defend his headline performer ahead of Juventus’ Serie A clash with Genoa, with The States Man broadcasting his words.“He’s very calm and working well, and I’m not the one to respond to things that don’t concern me because they are personal,” Juve boss said.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Besides, he’s arrived here with great humility and settled in well, giving attention and a sense of responsibility to a side who have always had this.“He’s scoring goals too, which is what he does best, in addition to the assists.”The Portugal international has registered 8 Serie A appearances since his €100 million transfer from Los Blancos last summer, bagging four goals and providing five assists so far.last_img read more

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