• Real Estate

    Why You Should Wait Out the Wild Housing Market

    On the demand side, demographics are the big, invisible engine driving the machine. Millennials are the largest generation in American history. Having been too financially constrained to buy houses at a normal rate in the previous decade, many of them are now storming into the housing market. Some might feel a desperate need to escape their current apartment, basement, or home after the coronavirus pandemic closed much of the world for more than a year and led to an outbreak of mind-numbing cabin fever. To make things even wilder, homebuyers are flush with cash after a year in which the national savings rate soared to its highest level in decades.…

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  • Real Estate

    It’s Game of Homes in N.J.’s wild real estate market | Letter from your editor

    We made it to another Saturday, friends, and I’m glad you’re back! Last week’s Letter From Your Editor included a note about how our reporters were looking into the residential real estate market in New Jersey and looking for agents, buyers, sellers and others to share their stories. Whoo, boy, did you folks share some stories. Fistfights at the open house. Cash incentives out of the pocket of agents hoping to close a sale. Full price, sight-unseen offers. Love letters, free Netflix, and tacos for everyone! It’s a full-on Game of Homes out there. And this isn’t even counting the houses that change hands before they ever have a sign…

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  • Home Design

    10 Wild Home Inspection Photos That’ll Make You Go ‘WTF?’

    Instagram is an endless trove of eye candy in the form of celeb selfies, cute pets, and cool home design ideas—but who would have thought that shocking home inspection photos of rusty toilets or electrical hazards would become Insta-famous, too? That’s the kind of fare you’ll find on the unlikely but addictive account @bostonhomeinspectors, which boasts 13,600 followers and counting. Home inspector James Brock started this account five years ago at the urging of his teenage daughter. Every day, Brock posts a new photo from his home inspections as a warning to home buyers on what they might encounter—but also just for laughs. “I look for the humor,” he says.…

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