Home Values Rise Higher in August

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago August in the housing market remained steady as warm breeze, with inventory tight and house prices growing slowly, Zillow reported Thursday. For the 49th month in a row, in fact, the median U.S. home value rose year-over-year in August, to $188,100. That’s up a really modest 0.4 percent, but up 5 percent from August 2015, according to Zillow’s August Real Estate Market Report.“In each month thus far in 2016,” the report stated, “annual home value growth has been no slower than 5 percent per year, and no faster than 5.2 percent – a notable stretch of consistency.”According to Zillow’s chief economist, Svenja Gudell, the steady appreciation of the  U.S. housing market began two years ago.“Throughout much of 2015, home values grew in a similarly narrow range, between 4.4 percent and 4.7 percent annual growth, before accelerating into the 5 percent range at the end of last year‒‒where it has largely stayed since,” Gudell said. “This long period of steady annual home value growth almost looks like an anomaly when seen next to the sometimes wild up and down swings experienced nationwide over the past two decades.”A potential answer for why the market has been so stable, she said, may just come down to those three famous needs for success in real estate: location, location, location.“The U.S. housing market is really a collection of dozens of local markets, each behaving differently and with their own unique fundamentals,” Gudell said. For example, “some once-red-hot markets, including the San Francisco Bay Area, have cooled considerably this year.”According to Zillow, values in San Francisco and San Jose metro areas dropped from a more than 11 percent annual pace in January to 6 percent in August. At the same time, home value growth in other markets like the booming Pacific Northwest has picked up. Seattle and Portland have both increased by more than a full percent each this year.Home price growth, however, is bigger at the bottom, Zillow reported.“Annual home value growth at the bottom end of the market continues to far exceed growth at the top end,” the report stated. “In August, the typical U.S. home valued in the bottom one-third of all homes was worth $106,200, up 7.3 percent from August 2015. The typical home valued in the top one-third was worth $342,600, up 3.8 percent year-over-year.”Inventory remains well below peak levels from a few years ago in every large market.“A big driver of faster home value growth overall among more entry-level homes is a lack of such homes to buy relative to the most expensive homes,” Gudell said.Nationwide, inventory of bottom-third homes available for sale in August was down by 9.2 percent annually, compared to a smaller 1.8 percent annual decline in the number of top-third homes available, the report stated. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Dr. Svenja Gudell Home Values Zillow Home Values Rise Higher in August Dr. Svenja Gudell Home Values Zillow 2016-09-23 Kendall Baercenter_img Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Texas, Baer now works as the online editor for DS News. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Kendall Baer The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Home Values Rise Higher in August  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago September 23, 2016 1,499 Views Share Save Previous: Are Seller’s Still Calling the Shots in the Housing Market? Next: Refining the Servicing Sector The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Rape reported on Notre Dame campus

first_imgA rape was reported to the University Title IX Office, according to Wednesday’s University crime log.According to the crime log, the alleged rape happened before March 1, 2019 and was reported Tuesday. While the alleged incident happened on campus, the precise location is unknown.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from the NDPD and Title IX office websites.Tags: crime log, rape, Title IX Officelast_img

Absa in Barclays Africa franchise deal

first_img26 February 2013South African bank Absa is to step up its African expansion following shareholder approval for an R18.3-billion deal to combine with Barclays Africa, enabling it to start serving 14.4-million customers across 10 countries on the continent.The deal will see Absa Group Limited combine with Barclays Africa and change the name of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company to Barclays Africa Group Limited in order to illustrate the “enlarged nature of the business”, the firm said in a statement following the shareholders’ vote on Monday.“This is an exciting and transformational deal that will create a high quality franchise in Africa with a leading network of more than 1 300 outlets and 10 400 [automated teller machines] across 10 countries,” said Absa Group chief executive Maria Ramos.“The vote of confidence from Absa’s independent shareholders is an important milestone in our journey towards becoming the ‘go-to’ bank across Africa.”The deal also got the green light from South Africa’s biggest institutional investor, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).The PIC is owned by the South African government, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as its shareholder representative; it was established in 1911 and has become one of the continent’s largest investment managers, investing funds on behalf of public sector organisations and representing over R1.17-trillion in assets.The PIC said the deal, worth R18.3-billion, afforded the bank the chance to diversify its income outside of the South African market. “We support the deal primarily because this provides Absa with an immediate exposure to a higher growth trajectory market,” it said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Firefox’s Ubiquity Starts Thinking for Itself

first_imgIt also appears that if you weren’t looking for the restaurant called “pasta,” you could use the other suggestions provided to perform the action you wanted instead. Maybe you wanted to “translate pasta,” or read about pasta on Wikipedia…those links are only clicks away, although they didn’t appear in the immediate results.If Ubiquity can now accept any word into its interface, this expands the possibilities for use far beyond that of the geekified tech set because it means that, in theory, you would never have to memorize any of those commands at all. You could simply use the suggestions feature. Of course, a lot of this depends on how well Ubiquity can actually figure out what you meant based on the responses returned from the web services it queries. We’ll obviously need to extensively test this feature before we can really determine that. Still, the potential is there. Other Updates: Standardized Commands & More LanguagesAssuming you do want to learn the commands, though, you’ll be glad to know that they’ve now standardized those verbs to make them easier to learn. There are no more commands with hyphens, like the ugly “add-to-calendar,” for example.For non-English speakers, the new language options will be a plus. In Ubiquity 0.5, commands will come localized in Danish, English, and Japanese. Other languages will be added in the future, but if you can’t wait, the introduction of a new parser localization tool will help you teach Ubiquity your language.A Better Browser? The innovations being delivered by Ubiquity are enough for this blogger to keep Firefox around – at least for now. Despite having made a nearly 100% switch to Google’s Chrome (it’s the speed!), news like this has me contemplating a switch back. Yet my Firefox install is currently weighed down with a number of can’t-live-without-em (until I did, in Chrome) extensions that seem to slow it down. Perhaps it’s time for a fresh install with only the one extension: Ubiquity. Because really, the way it’s shaping up, it may be the only one you need.  Ubiquity 0.5 can be downloaded directly from here. Image credit: command line tee – flickr user pixelfrenzy Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Browsers#news#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Ubiquity, the experimental Firefox add-on that lets you tell your browser what to do by typing in natural language commands, has just been updated to version 0.5. This preview release adds support for more languages, which is great news for non-English speakers dying to get their hands on this cutting-edge technology. What’s more fascinating about this update, however, is the new way that Ubiquity works to understand your input. Instead of being limited only to what it already knows, it can now reach out and query web services to help it figure out what your input means. Did our browser just get smarter?Ubiquity in the Past In the past, Ubiquity worked by letting you enter in specialized commands called “verbs” into its interface which is launched by hitting “Ctrl + Space” on your keyboard (or “Option + Space” if you’re on Mac). These verbs let you update, interact, and access various web services from Wikipedia to Twitter to YouTube and so much more. Some verbs are built into the extension, while other custom verbs can be added on as you choose. (For a big list of custom Ubiquity verbs, check out this post.) Using Ubiquity gives you a geeky high as you type in commands like “twitter [message]” or “g [Search term]” to update your Twitter status or perform a Google search, respectively. However, interacting with the browser in this way probably appeals more to techies who probably still prefer the command line over that new-fangled GUI interface and have every keyboard shortcut memorized. It’s harder to imagine mainstream users (yep, those same ones who don’t even know what a browser is) using a UI such as this. But with the recent update, that may change. It’s Not About Knowing Everything, It’s About Knowing Where to LookAs people, we know we don’t have all the answers, but that never holds us back. We launch Google, enter our question, and parse through the results provided until we find what we need. But ask an application to do something that it hasn’t been programmed to understand, and it will just give you a blank look. (OK, probably an error message, but you get the idea).That’s why what Ubiquity is doing is so interesting. It can now accept and process input, even if it doesn’t know the word. Maybe it’s not really “thinking” as the title of this post implies – it’s not all of a sudden an A.I. engine or anything – but it has just made a giant leap. For example, explains Jono DiCarlo on behalf of the Ubiquity team, the software can now make network calls to help it figure out what you meant when you entered a word. “You can now type ‘pasta’ into Ubquity,” he says. “Before, it wouldn’t have known what to do with this input. But now, by making network calls to web services, it recognizes ‘pasta’ as a type of restaurant, and suggests the Yelp command to find pasta places near you.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

9 months agoSarri tells Chelsea: I need a Cesc replacement

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sarri tells Chelsea: I need a Cesc replacementby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has told club chiefs they need a midfield signing after victory over Newcastle.With Cesc Fabregas having left the club yesterday, Sarri hopes we will be able to bring in a replacement for the midfielder.He said, “As you have seen today, Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn’t a player for that position, so I need a player for that position, I need another option for Jorginho.”The club knows very well my opinion. I need a player there so it depends on the club’s decision, I can’t do anything more.” last_img

Strong Interest from Diaspora in Upcoming Conference

first_imgState Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, says that there is significant interest from overseas Jamaicans in the upcoming Diaspora conference and the opportunities to invest in the country.He said that coming out of recent promotion activities overseas “the response to the conference has been tremendous.”The State Minister, who was addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on Wednesday, May 1, said there have been endorsements for the event from several Jamaican investors living abroad. “There is significant interest among Jamaicans in the Diaspora about the opportunities to invest in Jamaica and we are seeking to encourage that investment,” he stated.[RELATED: Business Leaders On-Board for Diaspora Conference]The 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, which has been re-branded to focus on trade and investment, will be held from June 16 to 19 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, under the theme: ‘Nation on a Mission: Jamaica – Diaspora Partnership for Development’.Mr. Brown said the event, is going to serve to “galvanize and send a serious signal to the members of the Diaspora that the Jamaican Government and the people of Jamaica are welcoming of investment of Jamaicans in the country.”The State Minister, who has portfolio responsibility for Diaspora Affairs, stated that the event will also provide the platform to strengthen the homeland-Diaspora partnership as part of the country’s growth strategy.“The conference, we hope, will be a turning point in terms of the homeland (Diaspora) partnership and to make it more structured and institutional and to take it to the level where we can leverage the benefits of economic growth and development,” he stated.He said that after examining several successful partnerships in other countries such as Israel, India, Ireland, China and Mexico, the intention is to pull elements from those models that can be replicated in Jamaica.“These countries have been very successful in leveraging their homeland-Diaspora partnership in terms of bringing about economic growth, economic development in their country and we believe that Jamaica is in a position to do the same,” he stated.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Ohio State football more than all right with JT Barrett at quarterback

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scans the field during practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 9.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen a team loses its senior Heisman-candidate quarterback, it can typically expect to see a big drop off in its offensive strength.If you ask Ohio State redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett, though, he’ll tell you that won’t necessarily be the case as redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett takes the place of the injured Braxton Miller.“I think with the way they (Barrett and redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones) have been playing right now, I don’t think we’ll skip a beat,” Vannett said Monday after practice. “I think we’ll be just fine.”While Barrett has yet to take a snap outside of practice for the Scarlet and Gray, he and Jones have been practicing with the first-team offense since the spring. Miller initially injured his shoulder against Clemson in the Orange Bowl to end last season, paving the way for Barrett and Jones to get the only significant reps at quarterback in spring practice.Miller was limited again this fall because his shoulder was sore after an offseason surgery. And then he tore his throwing shoulder labrum in practice Aug. 18.Vannett said practice time will help the offense continue on the same beat going forward, even though the team initially expected Miller to make a full recovery from the first injury.“We did a really (good) job with our quarterbacks, 0having J.T. and Cardale getting reps in the spring as well with (Miller) out,” he said. “It’s not like it’s a last minute thing where we’re just jumping in and kind of rushing stuff.”Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said there will be changes to the offense, but agreed that Barrett, as well as Jones if he plays any reps, will be ready to go because of the amount of practice time they’ve had since the season ended.“They’ve been throwing the ball so much all throughout camp, and really all throughout the offseason, that it’s not that much of a transition for us just because that’s what we’ve been going through,” Spencer said.While many wrote off OSU as a contender in the National Championship race after Miller went down, Spencer said he’s seen enough in practice to have plenty of confidence heading into the season.“Personally, I think what we’ve been seeing out at practice — and a lot of the other seniors can back me up — is … we’ll be way more than all right this year,” he said. “That’s for sure.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he believes Barrett and Jones have been up to the challenge since Miller was injured, and the changes at the position will be helped along by a plethora of talented receivers.“J.T. and Cardale responded very well (after Miller’s injury),” Meyer said at a Monday press conference. “The biggest issue I see, or the positive we have right now, is we have a good one and two group of receivers that are just rotating out.”Meyer said there will be six different receivers rotating through the lineup, with the plan being to give Barrett the freshest and most rested targets possible throughout OSU’s season opener.Then-redshirt-freshman quarterback Cardale Jones (12) avoids a defender during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Lantern file photoEven though Meyer announced Barrett as the No. 2 quarterback before Miller went down with his injury, he said there isn’t a big gap between his and Jones’ talent. The third-year OSU coach confirmed, though, that Barrett is the starter heading into the season.Meyer also said it would be possible for Jones to come in for Barrett if the latter doesn’t perform up to expectations in the first weeks of the season.Regardless of his performance on the field, Spencer said the team has confidence in Barrett as a leader, which is a role he has taken on since Miller’s injury.“You could kind of tell from the beginning of camp that (Barrett) was trying to work on his maturity and his leadership as a young player,” Spencer said. “But after Braxton went down in practice, I think he kind of realized pretty quickly, ‘All right, well, time to take a leadership role.’”Spencer said as soon as the team realized Miller would be out, Barrett stepped up to the challenge of filling those shoes.“In the huddle from then on, when (Barrett) was in practice and doing stuff like that he was just making sure that he was keeping people going,” Spencer said. “If we were having a rough day, he was making sure that we’d stay up, that we’d stay motivated.”Meyer said one of the first things he noticed about Barrett was his competitive spirit. He said Barrett isn’t any louder as a leader than Miller, but added the’s “very confident.”Spencer said Miller and Barrett have different leadership qualities, but said both are good at what they do. He added Barrett is a strong motivator and he’s excited to see what happens going forward.OSU’s first game of the season is scheduled for Saturday against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

First time Coach Stephen Purches explains motivation

first_imgFirst-time coach who just received his UEFA Pro License to coach from Fifa, Stephen Purches, explains his motivation to go through the FA’s demanding coaching qualifications.The former full-back Purches says he started his coaching journey some years ago.“I started my coaching badges quite early during my playing career and this is a huge piece of the puzzle I wanted to attain in regards to my role at the club, and they’ve supported me throughout the time I’ve been working through my badges,” he said.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“It’s been a case of gaining as much knowledge as I can and making contacts on the course, hopefully that can then benefit everyone.“Coming on these courses allows you to see what the trends are and what’s current not just at our club but around others, as well as the FA and everything they’re doing with the England teams throughout the different age groups.”last_img read more