Oakland set to ban criminal background checks for renters



The city of Oakland, California could become the first in the state to ban landlords from denying potential renters based on their criminal records. A new measure passed by the Oakland City Council last week aims to ease homelessness, and will undergo a final review in February before coming into law. Similar measures have already […]

Ditching security deposits could come back to bite renters, expert says



Recently, some lawmakers have been proposing alternatives to the traditional security deposit in an effort to help tenants by eliminating the need for a large, upfront payment. But some housing experts say this could actually end up costing renters more money in the long run. Charles Tassel, chief operating officer of the National Real Estate […]

Wildfires cause slowdown in California home sales



Wildfire-prone areas in California are seeing home sales slow as insurers retreat from high-risk regions, The Wall Street Journal reported. Insurers paid more than $24 billion for California wildfire losses in 2017 and 2018. Now, they’re looking to cover their losses and are reportedly raising prices or declining to renew policies in some parts of […]

California’s solar power requirement for new homes comes into effect



California now requires all newly constructed homes and low-rise apartment buildings to be equipped with rooftop solar panels, following a new law that came into effect January 1. It’s the first state in the U.S. to introduce such a regulation, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Under the new law, homes are also required to have […]

U.S. home value growth stalls as market stabilizes



Annual home value growth has reached its lowest point since January 2013 as the housing market continues its return to historic norms after a red-hot 2017 and 2018. The typical U.S. home value grew 3.8% to $243,225, according to the November Zillow Real Estate Market Report. Annual home value growth has now slowed in each […]

Universities adding more senior housing as they target baby boomers



What with traditional students being saddled with ever-growing debts, some universities are looking to seniors as a new source of income, and they believe those people may also be interested in buying homes near their campuses too. Universities are increasingly looking at retired baby boomers as a promising source of income, The Wall Street Journal […]

Zillow: Relaxed zoning laws could lead to millions of new homes



Allowing for even modest amounts of new density in the nation’s overwhelmingly single-family neighborhoods could lead to millions of new homes nationwide, according to a new Zillow analysis, helping alleviate a housing affordability crisis that has been decades in the making. If the Los Angeles area, for example, continues to add housing largely as it […]

From Trash To Treasure: Homes From Recycled Parts



In recent years, more and more homebuyers have become incredibly eco-conscious as they search for a home with an ever-shrinking carbon footprint. While many homeowners are perfectly content to settle for a home with new energy-efficient appliances, some take it several steps further. These innovative young buyers are creating homes from recycled components, and not […]

U.S. rents rise for the 4th successive month



Rents across the U.S. are rising steadily, according to the October Zillow Real Estate Market Report, which found that the rate of year-over-year appreciation has increased in each of the past four months. The typical rent in the U.S. is now $1,600 per month, an annual increase of 2.3% in October – just off yearly […]

Gen Z survey shows growing optimism over homeownership



If you’re looking for a reason to be optimistic about the future of housing, look no further than Generation Z, the demographic that comprises the youngest potential consumers. A new survey from Freddie Mac shows that Gen Zers aged 14 to 23 on the whole are more positive about what it means to be a […]