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Which is harder: Buying a home now or in 2007?

Last week, rental site Zumper projected that only 40 percent of people in San Francisco can really afford to buy a home in the city. At the time, we noted that even that seemingly dismal number is actually incredibly optimistic: The California Association of Realtors previously projected a figure …

7 Smart Questions You Should Ask at the End of Every Job Interview

A candidate who asks me questions during her job interview is a candidate who gets my attention.<p>It shows me she’s doing her part to ensure we’re the …

52 Movies That Are So Clever They'll Have You Thinking For Days

All these films will stay with you long after they've finished playing.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Short-Term Memory

Europe's Next Financial Crisis

<i>Headquarters of the European Central Bank</i><p>A new financial crisis is brewing in Europe, one that will prove as devastating as the last economic crisis. This one will also be centered in southern Europe--only this time, instead of the sovereign debt of the region's governments, it will involve the …

Is Stockholm’s House Party Over?

In Sweden’s capital, it’s so difficult to find a place to live that even Spotify is complaining. A protracted period of negative interest rates, …

Eastern Europe has the largest population loss in modern history

Eastern Europe’s population is shrinking like no other regional population in modern history.<p>The population has declined dramatically in war ridden …

Europe

Forget the footy: which Euro 16 nations have boom or bust housing markets?

If only the Euro 2016 tournament was won and lost on the streets, rather than the football pitch, and the goal was to achieve the fastest rate of property price growth. If that were the case, the three lions would surely be a contender to lift the trophy. In reality the bookies have given England a …

Opinion: Europe’s unemployment crisis is much worse than we thought

LONDON (MarketWatch) — Unemployment is running at more than 24% unemployment in Greece. It is above 20% in Spain, and in France and Italy it is well …

Economics

Story of cities #49: the long road to Rawabi, Palestine's first planned city

Is this privately financed city project in the heart of occupied West Bank a momentous trailblazer, or a colossal folly? Harriet Sherwood pays a visit<p>In a hi-vis jacket and jeans, Shadia Jaradat pauses on a tour of Rawabi, a new city rising out of a West Bank hill, to point up at the top floor of …

British property market has peaked, estate agency boss says

Sellers will have to cut prices to find buyers, says Paul Smith, whose company operates Haart, Felicity J Lord and others<p>The boss of one of Britain’s biggest estate agent chains appears to have called the top of the property market, saying there has been a big slump in demand from buyers after the …

Real Estate

Revealed: the 31 hotspots where house prices will surge now

'You have to ask, 'What would you do with a bigger garden’,” the estate agent said as we stood on a postage-stamp-size piece of fake turf in Barnes four years ago. We both knew what he meant: I couldn’t afford a larger outside space in this part of leafy south-west London. So off I trundled to buy …

Sweden has a radical plan to move an entire city

That was the question the remote Swedish mining town of Kiruna faced in 2004 when its 18,000 residents learned that the ground below it was growing increasingly unstable.<p>The city center sat on top of the world's largest iron mine, and high demand for the material had meant that the state-owned …

This Is How London's Luxury Flats Are Built With Little Affordable Housing

If you've ever wondered how developers at the top end of London's property market manage to build homes without meeting local authorities' affordable housing targets, BuzzFeed News explains.<p>If the UK has a housing crisis, London is its beating heart.<p>House prices in the capital have risen 57% in the …

House prices are creeping toward bubble territory again

A decade ago, a bubble in house prices led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.<p>House prices then collapsed, falling below their long-term trend.<p>In recent years, however, as the economy has recovered, so have house prices. And while they are still a long way from their 2005-2007 …

A Decade Out From The Mortgage Crisis, Former Homeowners Still Grasp For Stability

Before the mortgage crisis, real estate seemed like a sure bet. Pretty much anyone could buy a house: no money down, thousands of square feet, second and third vacation homes were not out of the question. Then the bubble burst.<p>Homeowners across the U.S. confronted the reality that their houses were …

Paris Rents, Mapped by Metro Station

Want something cheap(er)? Then go east.<p>Many of us have dreamed of moving to an apartment in some charming, photogenic Parisian <i>quartier</i>. Now there’s a map that allows you to put an exact price on the fantasy. Created by French Magazine <i>Streetpress</i> together with website <i>Rentswatch</i>, the map (available …

The Good and Bad of San Francisco’s Really Big Housing Experiment

What can a city with the worst housing affordability in the United States do to make things better, or at least not make them worse? Can cities enact …

The Closed Kitchen Makes a Comeback

During a New Year’s Eve dinner party several years ago, fun and laughter quickly turned to anguish for Jennifer McAllister-Nevins. The pipes in her kitchen were suddenly blocked. And because she lived in a TriBeCa apartment with an open kitchen, all the guests got to witness each chaotic moment as …

The housing crisis is great news for America

Right now, inventory levels are not enough to service potential homebuyers in many markets.<p>This imbalance has contributed to a rise in home prices that is locking many out of homeownership. San Francisco is probably the poster child of this problem.<p>But the demand side of the equation is reason to …

How to stop our cities from turning into gated communities for the super rich

Some of the most sought-after cities in the U.S. face a growing affordability crunch. While San Francisco and New York are known for especially high …

Housing

April Housing Starts Jump 6.6%

U.S. housing starts rose more than expected in April as builders ramped up the construction of single and multi-family homes, supporting views that the economy was regaining steam early in the second quarter.<p>Groundbreaking increased 6.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.17 million …

Paris Declares War on 'Ghettoes for the Rich'

The city will build public housing in its wealthiest neighborhoods.<p>“Rich people’s ghettoes in Paris—they’re finished!”<p>So shouted the headline of an interview with Paris Habitat Commissioner Ian Brossat this weekend. Charged with looking after the city’s housing needs, Brossat is hoping to take …

How One Colorado City Instantly Created Affordable Housing

Relaxing rules on “Accessory Dwelling Units” drastically increased affordable housing stock in the small city of Durango.<p>Planners call them Accessory Dwelling Units—plus the inevitable acronym, ADUs. What they mean are the granny flats and in-law apartments sprinkled throughout cities and towns …

'Affordable' Housing Remains Out of Reach for Full-Time Working Families

Nowhere in Baltimore can two full-time minimum-wage earners afford the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment, according to a new report.<p>For Baltimore’s Project C.O.R.E. urban redevelopment plan, the state of Maryland is offering up hundreds of millions of dollars to seduce investors into …

House prices hit record highs - but could this be a 'last hurrah'?

House prices jumped in March, fuelled by a buy-to-let surge that sparked huge increases in London and the south east – but experts have warned this might be the last rise for some time.<p>The UK’s average house price grew by 9pc in March, from 7.6pc in February - the highest rate since the same month …

Housing

Why some suburbs are trying to be more like cities

For more than a generation, the suburb of New Rochelle, N.Y., has been struggling with a stagnant economy, closed storefronts and tax revenue that …

Urban Design

Why Grocery Store Parking Lots Are Disappearing in London

For one, fewer residents are doing their shopping by car.<p>Anyone who thinks housing-starved inner London doesn’t have any space left to build on probably hasn’t been grocery shopping in the area recently. While inner London’s supermarkets aren’t as sprawling and vast as their suburban counterparts, …

Digital banking transformation: More action less talk needed

05 May 2016 | 18395 views | 5<p>Are banks just paying lip service to digital transformation? That's the question asked by Accenture in a new study which …

The housing bubble is finally bursting – here's what that means for you

Is it possible that homes are, at last, about to become more affordable? The Government announced last summer, at the Conservative party conference …