A Snapshot of the Housing Market in 2019

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: New Jersey Aims to Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Next: Economy Gets an Upgrade, Despite Housing Drag A Snapshot of the Housing Market in 2019 in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News August 15, 2018 5,939 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The headwinds that troubled the housing market for most of the first half of 2018 are likely to continue into the third quarter, according to an analysis by Metrostudy.During a webcast on Wednesday, Mark Boud, Chief Economist at Metrostudy gave an overview on the state of the housing market in Q3 and beyond.Speaking of the rising impact of tariffs on the construction industry, Boud said that the rising tariffs were leading to increasing in construction timelines. “Overall trade used to be about 10 percent of GDP, but now it is closer to 30 percent so over the decade the impact of trade and the impact of tariffs on trade tend to increase as our reliance on trade increases. A lot of these tariffs were directed towards the construction industry,” Boyd said. “Tariffs hurt the economy, especially the new home industry.”Outlining macro trends that were already impacting or likely to impact the housing industry, Boud said that while tax reform had hurt some of the high priced markets, rising inflation was another concern that was likely to slow economic growth. However, he pointed out to the strong jobs data that remained solid in August and said that was likely to continue through the year.’While he predicted that national debt would slow economic growth, Boud said, “Rising mortgage rates are just beginning and inflationary pressures are slowly building. Overall we are in the bottom of the seventh inning of a challenging and rewarding housing market in an environment of under supply and increasing costs.”Giving the current comparison between housing inventory and annual closings by price range, Boud said that the overall percentage share of housing inventory was far below closings in percentage terms at all price ranges below $200,000. “As soon as it hits $400,000 the inventory is increasing and especially in the $800,000 range it far outstrips the closing,” Boud said.Some of the other factors, that he predicted would impact housing in the coming months also included the fact that the national housing market would become increasingly overvalued. However, “the risk of a price collapse is small due to under supply,” Boud projected. “The surge in remodeling/renovation will continue.”Click here to view the complete recording of the webinar. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / A Snapshot of the Housing Market in 2019center_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Constructions Demand Homes HOUSING Housing Market Inventory Metrostudy Supply tariffs 2018-08-15 Radhika Ojha Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share 1Save Tagged with: Constructions Demand Homes HOUSING Housing Market Inventory Metrostudy Supply tariffs The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Subscribelast_img read more

Bureau Veritas Grants AIP for 19,000 cbm LNG Bunkering Vessel Design

first_imgBureau Veritas Marine & Offshore has granted approval in principle (AIP) for the design for the Quadelprop, a 19,000 cbm LNG bunkering vessel with a GTT membrane type tank.The design has been developed by French technical consultancy Marinnov with engineering support from ship designer Marine Assistance.“The early development of the LNG bunkering market has seen several LNG bunker ships entering service which were not specifically designed for the main mission of bunkering,” Arthur Barret, Marinnov Founder and Managing Director, commented.“I hope the industry is now ready to move to more dedicated and purpose built and more cost effective solutions enabling a lower cost of delivered LNG to benefit end users willing to shift to clean fuels.”Speaking at Marintec in Shanghai on December 3 during the presentation of the AIP to Marinnov, Matthieu de Tugny, President of Bureau Veritas, Marine & Offshore said:“This project underlines just how fast and far the industry is going to meet tomorrow’s challenges today and it is a great pleasure to hand over this approval for such an exciting design.”Quadelprop features four azimuth thrusters fitted at each corner of the hull, four dual-fuel generator sets installed in the engine room compartment, complemented by an energy storage system, and a redundant dynamic positioning (DP) system.As explained, the high precision of the design’s DP system allows Quadelprop to keep position relative to the client ship so that the LNG transfer system is always within a safe working envelope. Thanks to the DP system, ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations can also be envisaged safely at anchorage and in waiting areas.The absence of mooring requirements with the client ship not only simplifies and shortens the overall duration of the bunkering operation but also allows the bunker ship to immediately move away from the client ship in case of an emergency shut down and disconnection of transfer hoses, according to Bureau Veritas.The vessel is particularly adapted to coastal navigation and port operations with advanced manoeuvring capabilities and a high level of safety with a full ‘B/5’ wide double hull protecting the cargo tanks area and the engine room as well as a full redundancy of main and auxiliary equipment.The ship is designed to carry LNG, under a maximum pressure of 0.7 barg in two identical membrane-type tanks. The work has involved collaboration with Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) and Air Liquide.last_img read more

The Memorial: Bryson DeChambeau inspired by Tiger Woods’ fearlessness

first_imgAs for DeChambeau, he would love to impress Nicklaus, golf’s greatest champion.”Anytime you get to play Muirfield Village and play in front of Jack, it’s a special honor,” said the 26-year-old.”It’s definitely a challenge no matter how you look at it with this added length, and I appreciate it, and look forward to using it to my advantage hopefully a few times this week.” While Woods has been away, DeChambeau has been hard at play, the new power generation leader stretching his run of top-10 finishes to seven tournaments, including a win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit earlier this month.THE MEMORIAL: Leaderboard | Tee timesTackling the Muirfield Village course this week is the latest challenge for DeChambeau, who has gotten bigger physically in recent months to greatly improve his distance off the tee. Many bookmakers make him the favorite for this week, given his recent consistency.Where Woods was once the biggest hitter on tour, DeChambeau is now setting the standards in length, but with extra yardage comes the need for greater subtlety with the short irons, and that is an area where DeChambeau knows he needs to tune up.”I haven’t really worked that hard on it because I’ve been working so hard on the driving and on the putting, and it showed in Detroit,” DeChambeau said.”That’s the next step for us and for my team … how to become like a Steve Stricker or like a Tiger with his wedges, or JT, Justin Thomas. He’s unbelievable with his wedges. If I could gain a little bit of that magic, that’s just another edge that we’re trying to get at.”I have worked on it a little bit. I know where we’re going to be heading to try and test some stuff.”Dew sweeping with @TigerWoods and @B_DeChambeau. pic.twitter.com/3iRe1RlFlx— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 15, 2020DeChambeau, who will begin in a group with Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay,has long lived in awe of the 44-year-old Woods, a 15-time major winner.”Even now, he’s hitting it pretty long. There was a couple of holes he hit 320, 325 [yards]. That’s pretty good for his age. It’s amazing for his age,” DeChambeau said.MORE: Rory says Tiger may have early trouble with empty courses”I’d say that he inspired a whole new group of golfers to do new and amazing things, to not be afraid of hazards, to not be afraid of tough golf courses and go after it and just play without fear.”I never imagined that I’d be even hitting it this far. That was never my game. It wasn’t a thought until this last fall, until I started saying, you know what, maybe there’s something here. Maybe I can gain a little bit of yardage if I go down this route, and lo and behold, there was a lot of yardage to be gained that I never thought I would have done when I was a kid.”Jack Nicklaus, the founder of Muirfield Village, said he is relishing seeing DeChambeau up close this week.”I’ve seen him on television, and he’s a much bigger man. But he was tall to start with, but if he’s carrying 250 pounds, that’s a lot of weight for Bryson,” Nicklaus said.”But Bryson, he doesn’t look heavy, he just looks big. I want to watch a little bit, watch him play a little bit. I’d like to see what he does and how he’s actually doing that because he’s obviously doing something right. The ball is going a long way. And he’s playing well with it.” Tiger Woods might be the center of attention, but big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau was impossible to ignore ahead of the opening round of the Memorial Tournament.Woods and the newly bulked-up DeChambeau practiced together on the eve of the tournament, which marks the former’s return to the PGA Tour after a five-month absence.last_img read more

Things to know: Sharks’ Erik Karlsson is enjoying his first California winter

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks coach Pete DeBoer isn’t afraid to acknowledge that the bar is set a little higher for his team this year.In the wake of Erik Karlsson’s arrival in training camp, the Sharks are expected to contend for a Stanley Cup this season. Anything short of that goal will be a disappointment.“I’m not one of those guys that doesn’t want to talk about it,” said DeBoer, who will coach in his 800th game behind an NHL bench on Monday. “That’s the reality.”Get Sharks news in your inbox. Sign …last_img

Nightcaching at Sweden’s largest Mega-Event

first_imgAndrea, representing Geocaching HQ. Photo: Marcus BengtssonEditor’s note: Geocaching HQ staff are joining geocachers at Mega-Events around the world to celebrate and share the adventure of geocaching. Andrea Hofer attended Swedens oldest and largest annual Geocaching event – FUMBLE AFTER DARK 2013. This is Andrea’s account of her trip.After attending Florida Finders Fest, I hopped on a plane and made my way to Fumble after Dark in Sweden, getting a chance to see two different communities back to back! Sweden in November feels much like Seattle in November – short, drizzly days and long, chilly nights. That’s why Fumble after Dark is so great: 900 participants come together to embrace the long nights and make them into an opportunity for amazing geocaching!Photo courtesy of Marcus BengtssonThe event was in Sodertalje, a one-hour drive from Stockholm. After my 22 hour travel from Florida, I gratefully settled in at the adorably Ikea-esque Scandic hotel. A few fun facts about driving in Sweden:You have to keep your Headlights turned on 24/7 by law.Traffic lights briefly turn orange after red to warn that green is coming.In a Peugeot, “A” means “drive” and when you brake, the motor goes completely silent.The Fumble After Dark event ran from 10 AM to midnight. Noon to 5 was reserved for presentations, which included puzzle cache tips, a fascinating presentation on “lost places” (especially Detroit), and cache hiding tips from the Swedish Reviewers. I gave a presentation focusing on what the Geocaching HQ Community Team does and our plans for 2014. I also learned that the majority of the attendees are on Facebook and completed the entire #31in31 August challenge!Swedish reviewers presenting. Photo: Marcus BengtssonNext it was time to load up the night caches’ GPS coordinates (including the 10 lab caches) and head out into the woods for 3-4 hours of spooky excitement celebrating All Souls’ Day.Setting out. Photo: Marcus Bengtsson SharePrint RelatedMid-West Geo-Bash 2013 — One Geocaching HQ staffer’s journey into Area 51August 5, 2013In “Geocaching.com Videos”A Texas Sized Mega-Event (and Squirrel)… in TexasApril 2, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out”7 Tips to Attending a Mega-EventOctober 26, 2011In “Community” The only light is the one you bring. Photo: Marcus BengtssonA knot-based puzzle off-trail in a forest.Climbing to get the find code for one of the Lab caches. Photo: Marcus BengtssonIt was utterly dark, chilly, off-trail in a forest, muddy, hilly, scary, and exciting, and I was glad to have been invited to tag along with the Swedish Reviewers. Much of the cache terrain was higher than one would see at a similar event in the U.S. and the geocaches were all clever, especially the haunted kindergarten lab cache:Many thanks to organizer Fredrik Wellener and all the geocachers who helped create this very special experience.Click here to see more pictures from Fumble After Dark. Have you ever gone nightcaching? Share your best experiences with us in the comments below!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

World Series patches in place, Dodgers prepare for Astros

first_imgThe Los Angeles Dodgers players celebrate after Game 5 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Chicago. The Dodgers won 11-1 to win the series and advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers love their analytics, collecting so much data that manager Dave Roberts proudly proclaims: “I don’t see any team that’s more prepared than we are.”All the numbers, video and advanced scouting reports are great. But firsthand looks are nice, too.ADVERTISEMENT Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “A lot of it is going to be learning as you go,” Granderson said.Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw is set to pitch Game 1 on Tuesday night against Dallas Keuchel at Dodger Stadium. Rich Hill will start Game 2 for the Dodgers vs. AL Championship Series MVP Justin Verlander.Yu Darvish will start Game 3 for the Dodgers when the Series shifts to Houston on Friday night. Acquired from Texas on July 31, he’s the most familiar with the Astros.Darvish is 5-5 in 14 career starts against them, including 1-1 this season.Keuchel has never faced the Dodgers. Verlander beat Los Angeles on Aug. 20 with eight dominant innings, shortly before he got traded from Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next So Curtis Granderson, what do you know about your World Series opponent, the Houston Astros?“I saw them a couple times in spring training, when I was with the Mets,” the outfielder said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOK, then.Funny, in a way. The Astros and Dodgers have played more than 700 times over the years, but these clubs know very little about each other. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Seager didn’t play in the NL Championship Series against the Cubs because of a back injury. But Roberts said team was “very confident” Seager was ready to return.Seager hit .295 with 22 home runs and 77 RBIs this year. He went 3 for 11 with four walks in the NL Division Series against Arizona, but tweaked his back during a slide in Game 3.Charlie Culberson did well while filling in for Seager during the NLCS. Chris Taylor also saw action at shortstop against the Cubs and was the co-MVP of the series.It is possible Seager could be the designated hitter for the Dodgers when the Series moves to Houston.“In a perfect world, he would play shortstop and hit second,” Roberts said. Del Potro beats Dimitrov to win Stockholm Open “It’s hard to dismiss the two guys at the top of the rotation,” Roberts said, also praising Houston’s “athleticism” and “ability to slug.”The Astros showed off all facets Saturday night, beating the New York Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of the ALCS.The Dodgers haven’t played the Astros since 2015, when they dropped a three-game series at Houston. The previous time they met was 2012, back when Houston was still in the National League and stuck in the midst of three straight 100-loss seasons.Boosted by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, the Astros are now among the elite teams in the majors.Hill also knows how quickly things can turn around. Wearing a hat that had a World Series emblem on the side, the 37-year-old reflected on where he was fairly recently.In 2015, beset by injuries, no team in the big leagues wanted him and he wound up pitching for the Long Island Ducks.“A couple years ago, I was using a bucket in independent ball as a toilet,” he said.Not anymore.Hill became a valuable member of the Dodgers’ staff, signed a rich contract and has helped them make it back to the World Series for the first time since 1988.Like Hill, All-Star shortstop Corey Seager is expected to make his first World Series appearance. Seager got there a bit faster — at 23, a season after he was the NL Rookie of the Year. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPlast_img read more

Gadgets on the go

first_imgCasio Tryx (Ex-TR100)The battery life leaves us wanting a bit more. And there is a high probability that people might just run away with it. Apart from that, there’s nothing not to love about the most strangest of cameras that we have seen in a long time. The Casio Tryx (Ex-TR100) is a swivel camera with a pop-out display and has two buttons for operation. The swivel turns a full 360 degrees and the 12 MP sensor produces good images. Add the (now) standard 1080p HD recording to the talent pool, you’ve got a looker of a camera. Priced at US$ 250 and available in prominent online retail outlets. www.casio.comSanyo eneloop mobile boosterWith considerable certainty, we can assure you that finding a plug point while walking the Kalahari is a big challenge. And with a battery (no pun intended) of gadgets in your pocket, we can understand the anxiety you might experience. Time to add the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile booster to your bag. This 5,000 mAh high capacity Li-Ion battery provides 240 minutes of power and can power up most of your mobile devices and even partially charge an iPad. The battery pack itself takes seven hours to charge from AC power and longer from USB ports. For US$ 80, this is an excellent buy. www.us.sanyo.comCasio G’zone commandoIf your vacation plan involves scaling the Appalachians or taking a dip or two while being on call (what vacation?), take a closer look at Casio’s G’zone Commando. This Android sporting smartphone meets military standards for rain, shock, dust, fog, extreme altitudes and temperatures, and water immersion. Throw in features like compass, thermometers, tide, sun, moon and star info, this is the only gadget you’ll need on that adventure outing. Available in the US from US$ 200 on Verizon. Expect it around the rest of the world anytime now. www.casiogzone.comAltec lansing orbit USB speakerLaptop speakers are seldom adequate in providing a good sense of sound. Most of them are just loud enough if you keep your laptop close to your ears. These Altec Lansing Orbit USB speakers are a welcome addition for travellers. When not in use, fold up the stand and fix the speakers together for portability. A single USB cord connects to your laptop and no batteries required too. Available for US$ 50 from www.alteclnsing.comFossil meta watchCome this month and you’ll be able to snag one of these extremely innovative and funky Fossil Meta Watches. Geekery apart, this can tether itself with your laptop, mobile or tablet and display select bits of information that you choose. The two models are built on Texas Instruments’ CC2560 Bluetooth platform, which allow them to receive push notifications from smartphones and tablets. Available in digital and analogue, these are priced at US$ 200 and pre-orders should begin soon. Head to https://estore.ti.com for more information.Producer and anchor with CNBC-TV18, Ashwin is correspondent for Tech Toyz.advertisementlast_img read more

London Olympics 2012: Saina will win gold, says Maken

first_imgSports minister Ajay Maken on Thursday lauded India’s badminton ace Saina Nehwal’s performance after she beat Tine Baun of Denmark 21-15, 22-20 to reach the semi-final of the women’s singles badminton event at the London Olympics.Speaking to Headlines Today, Maken said: “Saina will win gold.”Maken added, “The way she played today, she can beat anyone in the world. She is the number one player.”He even thanked his father Harvir Singh for giving India such a great player.He was all praise for her coach Pullella Gopichand, under whose guidance both Siana and P Kashyap have done well at the Olympics.Later Maken even tweeted saying: Padam Shri Gopichand has Khel Ratna, Dronacharya & Arjuna Awards under his belt. Pray that Saina & Kashyap give him the ultimate GURUDAKSHINA! He later tweeted: Both Saina & Kashyap have already created record by entering semis & quarterfinals respectively. Congrats coach Gopichand on your hard work!last_img read more

18 days agoPablo Machin named new head coach of Espanyol

first_imgPablo Machin named new head coach of Espanyolby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePablo Machin has been named new head coach of Espanyol.The former Girona and Sevilla boss takes over from David Gallego, who was sacked on Monday.Machin had been out of a job since leaving Sevilla in March and will be presented at the RCDE Stadium on Tuesday morning.Espanyol are currently in 19th position in LaLiga Santander and haven’t won a home game all season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Jane Goodall Meets Leonardo DiCaprio At Charity Event

first_imgDr. Jane Goodall met with Leonardo DiCaprio and Moby at an event in LA this week.Jane Goodall with Leonardo DiCaprio and MobyCredit/Copyright: FacebookThe Up Close With Dr. Jane Goodall and Friends event was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday.The event raised money for the Jane Goodall Institute. Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior — research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in more than 120 countries.last_img read more