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Rent Control Is Pushing up Us Apartment Cap Rates

Investors and lenders in the apartment market are on pins and needles over growing calls for rent control. As a solution to a real problem though, new demands for rent control are repricing assets in a way that may lead to loan defaults and lower housing availability over the long run. The rent is too darned [...]

2019-09-17T16:34:07-07:00September 17th, 2019|Advocacy|

Bernie Sanders Reveals National Rent Control Plan in Las Vegas

Vermont senator and 2020 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders returned to Las Vegas on Saturday to unveil his plan to tackle affordable housing through a $2.5 trillion national rent control initiative and major investment for building new homes and updating public housing. “I don’t have to tell anyone here today that we have an affordable [...]

2019-09-16T16:31:47-07:00September 16th, 2019|Advocacy|

Trump’s housing-finance plan aims to curb GSE lending in areas with rent control

Buckle your seatbelts, California. You may be in for another showdown with the Trump administration. You too, New York and Oregon. When Treasury released its housing finance reform plan a week ago, there was one proposal buried in the middle that didn’t get much attention: curbing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac multifamily lending in areas that adopt rent control. It [...]

2019-09-16T16:20:28-07:00September 16th, 2019|Advocacy|

More Tucson Apartment Complexes Ban Smoking

Doug Turner works out at The Herbert, a smoke-free apartment complex downtown. Hundreds of Tucson renters are being advised that their complexes are going smokeless. Tucson’s Scotia Group Management has started the transition to making its 35 complexes non-smoking as well. Click here to continue reading.

2019-09-16T16:09:52-07:00September 16th, 2019|Advocacy|

Looking for an Apartment? This Startup Has You Covered

Hunting for a new apartment can always be a time consuming, expensive, and anxiety-driven process for potential new renters. That’s why this East Coast startup wants to put those on the hunt for a place to live in charge. WhoseYourLandlord (WYL) is a web-based service that allows renters to write and post reviews about their [...]

2019-09-16T15:57:49-07:00September 16th, 2019|Advocacy|

California Government Ignores California Voters, Imposes Rent Control

As expected, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed legislation passed by the state legislature last week that imposes statewide rent control on landlords in the state. The measure passed the state legislature last week by a large 48-26 margin. Interestingly, the legislature was apparently unmoved by the fact that California voters handily defeated — by an overwhelming margin — a rent [...]

2019-09-16T14:38:26-07:00September 16th, 2019|Advocacy|

The Collapse of the American Empire?

The Agenda welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, who over the past decade and a half has made his name as a columnist, activist and author. He's been a vociferous public critic of presidents on both sides of the American political spectrum, and his latest book, 'America Click here to continue reading. [...]

2019-09-13T13:08:43-07:00September 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Some California Housing Markets More at Risk Should Recession Hit

California has several of the most vulnerable housing markets should another recession hit, but new research shows it's not all bad news. Real estate data firm Redfin looked at the 50 largest housing markets in the United States, ranking them from lowest risk to highest based on seven factors including price volatility, number of [...]

2019-09-13T12:06:12-07:00September 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Trump Officials Get Look at Los Angeles Homeless Crisis

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of the Trump administration visited Los Angeles Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the city’s sprawling homeless encampments and efforts to control them, while President Donald Trump directed his staff to develop policy options to address the national crisis of people living on the streets. The visit by [...]

2019-09-13T12:02:25-07:00September 13th, 2019|Advocacy|