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  • Growing demand for US apartments pushing up rents

    04/03/2014 1:28:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2014 2:40 PM EDT | Alex Veiga
    These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much. With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. Even a pickup in apartment construction is unlikely to provide much relief anytime soon. That bodes well for building owners and their investors. Yet the landlord-friendly trends will likely further strain the finances of many renters. That’s especially true for the 50 percent of them who already spend more than one-third of their pay on rent. A 6 percent rise in apartment rents between 2000 and 2012 has been exacerbated by a...
  • Apartment Living: Multifamily Starts Rise, Single Family Starts & Industrial Production Fall

    04/16/2013 7:12:34 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 04/16/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    U.S. builders broke ground on homes last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.04 million, the highest level since June 2008. The gain, driven by a surge in apartment construction, showed continued strength in the housing market at the start of the spring buying season. According to the US Census Bureau, privately-owned housing starts in March were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,036,000. This is 7.0 percent above the revised February estimate of 968,000 and is 46.7 percent above the March 2012 rate of 706,000. Single-family housing starts in March were at a rate of 619,000;...
  • California bill would ban smoking in multi-unit housing

    03/07/2013 4:39:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    The SacraMENTAL Bee ^ | February 28, 2013 | Jim Sanders
    Millions of Californians would not be able to smoke tobacco inside their own homes under new legislation that would raise the bar nationwide for fighting secondhand smoke. No state ever has ventured into personal bedrooms and living rooms with its smoking restrictions, but California is going even further than that by targeting owner-occupied residences as well as rental units. Specifically, the measure would prohibit lighting up a cigarette, cigar or pipe in condominiums, duplexes and apartment units. The push would extend a lengthy list of places where smoking already is barred, including restaurants, workplaces, playgrounds, public buildings and cars containing...
  • Stockholm train crashed into apartments 'by cleaner'

    01/16/2013 12:47:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/16/13 | BBC
    A cleaning woman stole an empty commuter train in a suburb of Stockholm and crashed it into a house, injuring herself, Swedish officials say. The four-carriage train was driven out of the depot for about a mile until it jumped the tracks, becoming wedged into a three-storey building. Police arrested a woman, who was flown to a Stockholm hospital with serious injuries. Nobody else was hurt. A railway official confirmed the woman in custody was an employee. "We have only heard good things about her," Tomas Hedenius, a spokesman for train operator Arriva, was quoted as saying by AP news...
  • New York City to introduce 300 square foot micro apartments

    07/10/2012 6:19:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 96 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 10, 2012 | Snejana Farberov
    New York City’s diminutive apartments have long been the butt of many a housing joke, but now developers are poised to take the concept of downsizing to a new low. City planners believe that tiny studio units measuring 300 square feet – or six times the size of a standard jail cell at Rikers Island - could be the answer to a growing population of singles and two-person households. Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday invited developers to come up with ways to fill 335 East 27 Street with what officials are calling ‘micro-units.’
  • Elk Grove Considers Banning Smoking In All Apartment Complexes

    03/25/2012 9:03:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies · 3+ views
    CBS Sacramento ^ | March 22, 2012 | CBS13
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) – You’ve heard the saying smoke ‘em if you got ‘em. But if you got ‘em and you live in an apartment complex in Elk Grove, the luxury of lighting up may soon go up in smoke. “i think it’s a pretty good idea,” one apartment resident said. He’s talking about the possibility of banning smoking in all apartment complexes in the city. A Sacramento-based trade association that works with landlords is against the idea, however. “We don’t think it’s necessary,” said Cory Koehler with the Rental Housing Association. We support an owner’s right to choose the...
  • Extinguishers banned as a fire safety hazard

    04/14/2011 10:05:32 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    Metro.co.uk ^ | April 14, 2011 | Metro.co.uk
    Fire extinguishers could be removed from communal areas in flats throughout the country because they are a safety hazard, it has emerged. The life-saving devices encourage untrained people to fight a fire rather than leave the building, risk assessors in Bournemouth decided. There are fears that their recommendation, which has seen the extinguishers ripped out of several private, high-rise flats in the town, could set a national precedent. Under the Fire Safety Order of 2005, fire assessments must be carried out to 'eliminate or reduce risk as is reasonably practical'. But Mike Edwards, who lives in one of the blocks,...
  • Tucson Freepers, I need advice.

    02/04/2011 8:51:41 PM PST · by texan75010 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Self | 2/4/2011 | Me
    I am moving to Tucson, AZ for six months and I need an apartment. Where are the best places to live?
  • The Crisis: Was Obama's confrontation with Israel premeditated?

    03/17/2010 11:59:05 AM PDT · by Blackyce · 35 replies · 1,918+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 3/16/2010 | Yossi Klein Halevi
    The Crisis Was Obama's confrontation with Israel premeditated? JERUSALEM—Suddenly, my city feels again like a war zone. Since the suicide bombings ended in 2005, life in Jerusalem has been for the most part relatively calm. The worst disruptions have been the traffic jams resulting from construction of a light rail, just like in a normal city. But now, again, there are clusters of helmeted border police near the gates of the Old City, black smoke from burning tires in the Arab village across from my porch, young men marching with green Islamist flags toward my neighborhood, ambulances parked at strategic...
  • Small price to pay: NYers' love for tiny apartments

    12/13/2009 4:02:14 AM PST · by lowbridge · 90 replies · 4,053+ views
    NY Post ^ | Dec. 13, 2009 | ANGELA MONTEFINISE
    They do their dishes in the shower, sit sideways on the toilet and need to watch their weight just to fit into their bathrooms. But these cramped New Yorkers wouldn't have it any other way. A week after The Post told the story of Zaarath and Christopher Prokop and their 175-square-foot micro-studio on Sunday, other New Yorkers lined up to share their tales of living small, including a 55-square-foot apartment in Hell's Kitchen and a 90-square-foot home on the Upper West Side. "To me, it's all about location," said Eddie Rabon, 24, who lives in a microscopic Hell's Kitchen abode....
  • Ridiculous Rent Prices!

    10/08/2009 1:33:49 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 45 replies · 2,167+ views
    October 8 2009 | Niuhuru
    I was going through, calling apartment complexes, and despite the fact that rents are sky high, they don't include electricity and heat! It's disgusting! With one place, they charge up to seven hundred and they also make you pay 1/3 water bills and heat and electricity. As if they were helping, they said they didn't charge through garbage services! Has anyone else had bad times finding a place that doesn't bleed you alive? Here comes the worst part: this place that has a one bedroom, small apartment requires that you have an income of 1,660 in order to be able...
  • Apartment Glut Expands: Vacancy Rate Rises to 7.8% as Unemployment Dents Demand; Monthly Rents Slip

    10/06/2009 12:56:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,627+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 6, 2009 | Nick Timiraos
    Apartment vacancies hit their highest point since 1986, surging in cities from Raleigh, N.C., to Tacoma, Wash., as rising unemployment continued to chip away at demand during the traditionally strong summer rental months. The U.S. vacancy rate reached 7.8%, a 23-year high, according to Reis Inc., a New York real-estate research firm that tracks vacancies and rents in the top 79 U.S. markets. The rate is expected to climb further in the fall and winter, when rental demand is weaker, pushing vacancies to the highest levels since Reis began its count in 1980. Meanwhile, the air leaving the market is...
  • Report Rates Apartments as Best Investment Opportunity in 2009

    12/27/2008 9:42:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 911+ views
    Real estate experts expect financial and real estate markets to bottom in 2009 and then falter for much of 2010, with continued drops in property values and additional foreclosures and delinquencies, according to the 2009 Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, released this week by the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers. But there are a few bright spots in this rather gloomy forecast. At the top of the list: Apartments are the best opportunity investment next year, according to the report, which includes interviews and survey responses from more than 600 leading real estate experts, developers, lenders, brokers, and consultants....
  • Hurlburt finds a bomb (with PHOTOS, VIDEO)

    12/02/2008 9:20:08 PM PST · by diverteach · 23 replies · 1,341+ views
    Daily News ^ | 12/02/2008 | Mona Moore
    The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and Hurlburt Office of Special Investigation discovered an explosive device in the back of a truck that had base access after receiving an anonymous tip Tuesday morning. At about 6 a.m., deputies received an untraceable call and alerted Hurlburt Security personnel of the potential danger. The male voice had warned that a man working at Hurlburt Field had explosives on his truck. Hurlburt Field security levels were raised at 10 a.m. when morning searches for the truck came up empty. The caller's partial description eventually led investigators to a man with access to the base...
  • Muslim-friendly Flats Opened

    06/03/2008 2:08:53 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 31 replies · 102+ views
    Thisisbristol.co.uk ^ | 03 June 2008 | Staff
    New flats for elderly people have opened in Bristol - with toilets that do not face Mecca. The Muslim-friendly Very Sheltered Housing (VSH) scheme in Lincoln Street, Lawrence Hill, also includes beds that allow a tenant's feet to point in the right direction. Lincoln Gardens cost more than £6 million, has 55 bedrooms and was put up by the city council and the Guinness Trust on the site of the former Wainbrook elderly persons' home. It includes 19 flats suitable for "tenants from the Muslim community" following local consultation. A council spokesman said: "The toilets in these flats are orientated...
  • 2 Billion Dollar Fund For California Workforce Housing

    02/09/2008 10:36:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 69+ views
    Real Estate Bloggers ^ | February 5, 2008
    The big boys are coming out to play as prices become more reasonable. Canyon Capital Realty Partners are teaming with former basketball star Magic Johnson and former California State Treasurer Phil Angelides to put together a 2 billion dollar housing fund. The target is not fancy office buildings but instead a much more mundane group, workforce housing. They plan on refurbishing lower to middle class housing and market it to the middle class workers who right now are facing long commutes to get affordable housing. The goal is to buy 10,000 apartments over the next few years. “In high-cost areas...
  • China: Blast kills three in Shanxi(One end of 6-story building leveled)

    01/15/2007 7:50:58 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 222+ views
    China Daily ^ | 01/16/07
    Chinese rescue workers search for survivors after an explosion partially collapses a residential building in Datong, Central China's Shanxi Province, January 15, 2007. Three people were reported killed with another six injured. Authorities are investigating the cause of the blast. [Xinhua]
  • Apartment Living With Your Dog

    09/29/2006 7:10:16 AM PDT · by libstripper · 100 replies · 1,320+ views
    MSN Dog Central ^ | September 29, 2006 | Sandy Robins
    One sure sign that a downtown neighborhood is becoming a fashionable place to live—more than just a commercial district—is the number of dogs out and about on the sidewalks. Today, many apartment buildings and individual landlords are developing increasingly lenient pet policies to attract more dog owners to these newly gentrified urban areas. There’s no question that city living offers many on-tap conveniences that make it an attractive alternative to a suburban lifestyle. But how dog friendly is downtown? There is much more to consider when it comes to your pal’s well-being than the landlord’s consent or the homeowner policy...
  • Alcoholics' apartments generate many aid calls [Duh!]

    03/23/2006 7:59:53 AM PST · by XR7 · 12 replies · 732+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 3/23/06 | Stuart Eskenazi
    Nearly every other day, the Seattle Fire Department responds to an apartment house for chronic street alcoholics to administer emergency medical aid to an ailing resident. The $11.2 million housing project, located at 1811 Eastlake Ave., puts to test a unique concept in housing homeless hard-core alcoholics because residents are allowed to drink in their rooms. The 39 aid calls to the building since it opened in mid-December far exceed what backers of the controversial project anticipated. And that raises questions about whether one of the key theories behind the project — saving taxpayer money by reducing visits by homeless...
  • Home building sets record in 2005

    01/20/2006 2:07:32 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 459+ views
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | January 20, 2006 | MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    Last year was a record for the nation's home building industry . The Commerce Department reported Thursday that construction of single-family homes and apartments totaled 2.065 million units last year. The increase of 5.6 percent over 2004 pushed overall residential construction to the second highest level on record, exceeded only by 2.357 million units built in 1972. Meanwhile, single-family home construction hit an all-time high for the third straight year, rising to 1.714 million units, up 6.4 percent from the previous record of 1.611 million homes built in 2004. The record-setting performance came despite the fact that housing activity dropped...
  • More of the young and hip fight urban urge

    12/29/2005 11:10:02 PM PST · by rightwinggoth · 24 replies · 821+ views
    Yahoo! -- USA Today ^ | 29 Dec 2005 | Haya El Nasser
    Young, single people usually love the excitement of big cities, from the vibrant nightlife to the noisiness and frenzied pace of urban existence. They love it so much they're willing to pay a stiff price for cramped quarters and communal living. For some, the price is getting too steep. The draw of the bright lights and big cities is dimming now that housing costs have hit exorbitant heights. Some who grew up fantasizing about life in the "big city" are settling in less glamorous cities and even suburbs. "For a lot of young people, especially growing up in the Northeast,...
  • FReeper needs help..Louisiana, Baton Rouge area..

    12/15/2005 6:44:59 AM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 8 replies · 242+ views
    Me | 12/15/05 | GeorgiaDawg32
    I was advised yesterday that I've been hired for a 3-6 month contract in Baton Rouge and have been on the phone with extended stay hotels in the area. I've found there is no room at the inn due to Katrina evacuees. I'm in search of a garage/basement apt within 20 miles of downtown Baton Rouge that's reasonably priced. If it's furnished that's all the better..I will need to move in late Saturday, (Dec 17).. I planned on leaving here tomorrow morning (Friday), but it now makes no sense. I've revised my departure to Saturday, Dec 17. Please freepmail me...
  • Apartment buildings sizzle, too, in Seattle's hot market

    11/03/2005 5:06:08 PM PST · by wideminded · 6 replies · 388+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 11/3/05 | Tom Boye
    For anybody who's lost a bidding war for a house in Seattle, here's a small consolation: Some of the biggest real-estate magnates in the world are enduring the same experience as they try to buy into the region's hot housing market. In what brokers are calling "a perfect storm" of economic circumstances, investors from Australia to Bellevue are pouring money into Seattle-area apartment complexes, breaking sales records and driving up prices because they see rents about to take off. Some $2.1 billion worth of apartments have changed hands in the Seattle metro area this year, triple the level of two...
  • Help With Moving To San Diego

    09/26/2005 9:04:41 AM PDT · by OKIEDOC · 42 replies · 1,081+ views
    I hope this post makes sense and is apropos to FReeping. One of the well-qualified women out at the hospital is considering going to work at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. She has two young children and a spouse who is now disabled. Therefore, money is a big factor in her move. She is a brand new proud citizen to the US and this job opportunity is a step up from her present position. Due to the many horror stories about high rental prices, traffic and some bad neighborhoods coming out of San Diego area she has reservations about...
  • Houston Real Estate Makes Comeback (+ my Houston questions)

    08/19/2005 2:56:46 PM PDT · by MississippiMan · 53 replies · 1,015+ views
    Inman News ^ | July 19, 2005
    Houston real estate makes comeback Home sales post double-digit gains in July Friday, August 19, 2005 Inman News Houston, Texas The Houston real estate market bounced back in July, as sales and median prices rose to all-time highs, the Houston Association of Realtors reported. Particular strength was seen in the $400,000-plus home market, with a 29.2 percent increase in sales for those higher-end properties when compared to last year, the association reported. Total property sales, which includes single-family homes, townhomes, multifamily homes, country homes, high-rise properties and lots listed on the MLS, totaled 7,680 in July, which was a 10...
  • Rental needs(thanks W, now Sect 8 Welfare recipients can't afford to move next store)

    07/05/2005 10:47:31 AM PDT · by marylandrepub1 · 124 replies · 3,378+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 5, 2005
    LEGISLATION PENDING in Congress that would convert a popular federal rent-assistance program into a fixed grant program has public housing authorities around the country worried - and with good reason. Under the legislation, public housing agencies would be limited by caps in the number of poor people they could help, and unable to move thousands off waiting lists for subsidized housing into affordable apartments. Given the nationwide shortage of affordable housing and other recent funding cuts to federal public housing programs, changes to the rent-assistance program known as Section 8 are sure to worsen the problem and force people to...
  • When will they ever learn?

    12/28/2004 6:58:03 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 3 replies · 171+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Dec. 28, 2004 | Thomas Lifson
    City planners in Los Angeles are shocked to discover that people moving into downtown apartments are unwilling to give up their cars and live the way many Manhattanites and San Franciscans do - using the expensive subway, bus system, and taxi cabs for their daily transportation. And now local officials, who just a few years ago stopped requiring developers to build parking spaces in most loft buildings, are scrambling to accommodate automobiles — and their owners — downtown.
  • 20 INDICTED IN REAL ESTATE SCHEME (TEXAS)

    11/13/2004 9:19:52 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 12 replies · 953+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | 12 November 2004 | Steven Kreytak
    Twenty people were indicted by a federal grand jury in Austin this week and accused of running an elaborate real estate scheme in which they defrauded banks and mortgage lenders of about $15 million. Most of the people used their positions in the real estate business to buy dozens of houses and duplexes in and around Austin, create false appraisal and loan documents to fool financial institutions, then sell the properties to an associate at an inflated price, according to the indictment. That associate would then usually default on the loan, and the participants would share the profit with the...
  • Apartment Glut Forces Owners to Cut Rents in Much of U.S.

    11/28/2003 10:20:59 PM PST · by TheMole · 7 replies · 253+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 29, 2003 | DAVID LEONHARDT
    November 29, 2003 Apartment Glut Forces Owners to Cut Rents in Much of U.S.By DAVID LEONHARDT EMPHIS, Nov. 25 — Renting an apartment in much of the country these days can feel a little like waking up on your birthday. Waiting for the tenants in some building lobbies around Memphis every morning are free cups of Starbucks coffee. In the Atlanta suburbs, people who move into one garden-style apartment building receive $500 gift certificates to Best Buy, the electronics chain. In Cleveland, Denver and many other cities, landlords have been giving new tenants gifts worth $1,000 or more: one,...
  • Man Burns Down Apartments in Wasp Hunt

    08/27/2003 10:12:33 AM PDT · by bedolido · 48 replies · 471+ views
    Yahoooooooooo News ^ | 08/27/03 | Staff Writer
    ZURICH (Reuters) - A man who tried to fight bothersome wasps with insect spray and a cigarette lighter burned down his apartment and two neighboring flats, Swiss police say. A police spokesman said Tuesday the man used a whole can of insect spray on a wasp nest underneath an overhanging roof outside his apartment. When he tried to fend off the angry wasps with his lighter, the fumes ignited and set the flats ablaze. No one in the apartment block was hurt, but the blaze caused more than $350,000 in damage.
  • Great Haven for Families, but Don't Bring Childre

    08/13/2003 12:42:18 AM PDT · by bd476 · 15 replies · 320+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 13, 2003 | By LAURA MANSNERUS
    OPATCONG TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Everyone agrees that this recently rural township, its sleepy streets fringed by old farms, is a fine place to rear children. And in just a few years, hundreds of children have arrived, each like an invoice addressed to taxpayers. Now the town faces another expense, the legal defense of a new ordinance that will, in effect, keep down the number of families moving in. The courts will decide whether the restriction, limiting new multifamily housing units to two bedrooms, crosses a fine line between zoning meant to slow galloping development and zoning meant to keep out...
  • Big bucks, tiny apartments (For the right price, you can own your own closet, er, studio co-op)

    08/09/2003 8:34:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 114 replies · 919+ views
    New York Daily news ^ | 8/3/03 | Tracy Connor
    Big bucks, tiny apartments By TRACY CONNORDAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Saturday, August 2nd, 2003 The real-estate ad warned, "Think Treehouse or Cruise Ship Cabin," but the size of the apartment - 160 square feet - still looked like a misprint. It wasn't. Barely twice the size of a Death Row prison cell, the itty-bitty studio on Perry St. in the West Village just might be the smallest co-op for sale in Manhattan. It has a twin bed built into the wall, with a cubbyhole at the foot for a small television, a speck of a kitchenette and room left over...
  • Manhatten Disgrace: GIS NEED NOT APPLY

    02/03/2003 8:52:06 AM PST · by SheLion · 34 replies · 471+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3 February 2003 | JEANE MacINTOSH
    Uncle Sam wants them, but a swanky Manhattan apartment group has no room for the country's military personnel and reserves. Prospective tenants at 13 luxury apartment buildings owned by New York City megadeveloper Donald Zucker must sign a waiver stating they aren't in the military before they can get a lease - a violation of city law. "[The waiver] has to be filled out in order for the lease to be approved," a manager at Manhattan Skyline, which runs the buildings, told The Post. The first sentence of Zucker's "nonmilitary affidavit," obtained by The Post, reads: "The tenant has advised...
  • Kuwaiti With Petrol Bombs Arrested Near US Apartments

    10/17/2002 7:00:06 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 272+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 10-17-2002
    Kuwaiti with Petrol Bombs Arrested Near US Apartments Thu Oct 17, 9:45 AM ET KUWAIT (Reuters) - A Kuwaiti man with Molotov cocktails in his vehicle was arrested Thursday near a complex housing scores of U.S. military officers in Kuwait. "The man gave himself up and nothing happened," a senior Kuwaiti security source told Reuters. "He said he had Molotov (cocktails) in his car and that he had received orders by the Internet to carry out an attack" in an area on the outskirts of Kuwaiti City
  • Another Warning from Zubaydah (Severe terrorism warning for "soft targets" in the US)

    05/12/2002 7:40:10 AM PDT · by mhking · 148 replies · 1,915+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 5.11.02 | Elaine Shannon
    Another Warning from Zubaydah The captured bin Laden aide puts the FBI on alert again — this time over "soft targets" Saturday, May. 11, 2002 The FBI has issued another alert about possible terrorism attacks, but this time quietly. Law enforcement sources tell TIME that the bureau has sent word to its field offices and 56 federal terrorism task forces that they should advise local officials to tighten security around large apartment buildings, as well as busy malls, supermarkets and restaurants. The alert is a response to statements made by the same man whose words put U.S. banks on alert...