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Earthquake Risk: Spotlight on New Zealand

The Shaky Isles

Maiclaire Bolton    |    Natural Hazard Risk

Tectonic Setting of NZ

Over the past five years, one of the countries to lead headline news with earthquake events has been New Zealand. Most recently, on November 14, 2016 (local time in New Zealand, November 13, GMT) a large megathrust earthquake struck off the east coast of the South Island along the southern end of the Hikurangi subduction zone, just north of the city of Christchurch. According to New...

U.S. Economic Outlook: November 2016

Multifamily Lending: Large Projects Dominate Credit Flows - This Year Through July, 1.1 Million Apartments Financed by $100 Billion in New Loans

Frank Nothaft    |    Videos

Dr. Nothaft Nov Economic Outlook


 

Multifamily mortgage lending appears to be on course in 2016 to edge out last year’s record volume of lending, with originations totaling near $200 billion. This total will be comprised of many low-balance loans on small buildings joined with a relatively few high-balance loans on very large transactions. Overall, the bulk of 2016’s lending...

Gravity Returns to San Francisco Housing Market

Biggest Risks Could Be External – Jobs, Stocks, Interest Rates

Andrew LePage    |    Housing Trends

SF Home Price Growth Has Slowed

San Francisco’s formerly red-hot housing market has cooled a bit since the county’s median sale price hit a record $1.3 million this April – one of the highest medians ever for a sizable U.S. county.

Sales of existing San Francisco County homes through August fell about 8 percent from the same period last year, while prices have edged lower since April and in...

Where Are Households in High-Cost Markets Buying Homes?

Net Outward Migration from Higher-Priced Counties to Lower-Priced Counties

Archana Pradhan    |    Housing Trends

Net Inflow to SF County During 2016

Home prices in many high-cost areas such as San Francisco, New York City, and elsewhere, have sky-rocketed and become less affordable. A combination of tight supply and high demand (driven by an improving economy and strong job growth) has led to the affordability challenges in these areas. Not all buyers are wealthy or have a high income to afford the rising housing cost in these areas. In...

Effective Age Versus Actual Age

An Important Appraisal Question

James Siebers    |    Property Valuation

Older house with rennovations

Have you ever thought about how the components of your home contribute to the age of your home? The roof, siding, trim and windows, how long do they all last? How about the furnace and water heater? While electrical and plumbing fixtures, carpet, vinyl, flooring materials, counter tops and other interior decorating items may functionally last longer, their appearance and style may not....

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