The twelve Federal Reserve Districts weighed in on how their individual markets are doing, painting different housing market conditions. Residential real estate activity was split between them, with sales of existing homes and construction of new homes generally expanding or holding steady in about half of the districts.
Eminent domain at its core is used to seize land to build public necessities; however, when the very company pushing for the product is dropping the ball, it is hard to jump on board the idea that eminent domain is a good idea.
Purveyors of the idea that eminent domain can be used to assist homeowners in distress are facing new allegations that their plan is to profit, not to help. A recent analysis in Richmond, CA is the latest to fuel the fire.
For many observers, “skin in the game” is synonymous with a large down payment that limits lender or investor risk. However, skin in the game can be defined much more broadly, since financial investment is only one factor that mitigates risk.
The Silicon Valley area added 385,000 jobs between 2010 and 2015, but only issued building permits for 58,000 units in that same time frame, creating an unsustainable housing marker that shuts out all but the richest buyers. What, if anything, can be done to cool off skyrocketing home prices?