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  • 08-15-16

    Loosening the Restrictions on FHA Condo Finance

    Congress has thrown its support behind new legislation that aims to fix some of the problems in the condo financing program of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act (H.R. 3700) will loosen some of the more stringent regulatory requirements specific to condo mortgage insurance that were introduced in the wake of the housing finance crisis.

  • 08-15-16

    In Print: Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World

    This is a book that educates, entertains, and astonishes. It is an effort that progresses along multiple paths of utopian impulse, while at the same time gushing forth with a bravado of egocentric, architectural hubris.

  • 08-10-16

    Six Commercial Real Estate Trends to Watch for What Remains of 2016

    The U.S. property market landscape in 2016 has looked much like it did in 2015, with somewhat less impressive numbers, as a number of interwoven themes come into play and, yet, bode well for savvy investors who can step out in front of trends.

  • 08-09-16

    Bringing Flexibility Home

    New tech habits spur demand for creating privacy in open-plan homes.

  • 08-08-16

    U.S. REITs Attractive in a Post-Brexit World

    Thanks to strong market fundamentals, positive second-quarter earnings reports, and post-Brexit assurances of ongoing low interest rates, real estate investment trusts (REITs) pushed forward in July with a 3.87 percent total return, with the lodging segment posted the strongest total returns for July at 10.23 percent. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • 08-08-16

    Fare Game

    When the Uber went online last year in Fukuoka, the biggest city in Japan’s south, it was shut down within a matter of weeks by the government on the grounds that the vehicles used did not belong to Uber, which violated the nation’s Road Transportation Act. The company’s second attempt to break into the nation of 127 million has involved a different strategy: cooperating with taxi companies.

  • 08-08-16

    Zillow Models Nearly 2 Million U.S. Homes Flooded by 2100

    Using maps released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), real estate listing provider Zillow is predicting that almost 300 U.S. cities would lose more than half of their housing stocks by the year 2100 due to rising sea levels associated with climate change. The estimated value of these homes is $882 billion.

  • 08-08-16

    In Print: The City of Tomorrow: Sensors, Networks, Hackers, and the Future of Urban Life

    Authors Carlo Ratti and Matthew Claudel, both of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Senseable City Laboratory, use “futurecraft”—not predicting the future, but influencing it positively—to present ideas about what the city will look like years from now.

  • 08-03-16

    Getting Inclusionary Zoning Right

    The laws of supply and demand—and the need for neighborhood evolution—still apply when communities try to boost their supply of affordable housing.

  • 08-02-16

    ULX: Innovative Density

    The following ten projects model strategies for making micro housing more livable, using modular construction to save costs, incorporating significant amounts of foliage and green space, and providing expansive communal areas.