Is the Market Moving Deeper into Buying Territory?

first_imgSubscribe September 14, 2016 925 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The latest national index produced by Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University faculty indicates the United States housing market as a whole is moving marginally deeper into buy territory. According to the recent report from the university, this trend suggests that, on average, the majority of housing markets around the country are in good shape and remain a sound investment.The report states that based on numbers from the end of the second quarter, the latest Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index comes on the heels of the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which found home prices climbed nationally 5.1 percent since June 2015. The report also states that both indexes incorporate property appreciation from housing markets around the country, but unlike Case-Shiller, the BH&J Index adds additional rental, maintenance, and alternative investment data streams, among others, to indicate when and why housing markets might be changing direction.”Housing prices, in general, continue to slow and when considered in light of the recent trends in the Buy vs. Rent Index signal that ownership remains an excellent investment for the majority of Americans,” said Ken Johnson, Ph.D., a real estate economist who is one of the index’s authors and an associate dean of graduate programs and professor in FAU’s College of Business.The report states that they believe the U.S. housing market has moved marginally more in favor of homeownership over renting a comparable property and investing monthly rent savings in a portfolio of stocks and bonds. The report also states that overall, 15 of the 23 metropolitan markets investigated are trending more in favor of ownership since last quarter.Additionally, the report shows that cities such as Honolulu, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle are considered to be minimally in rent territory and show signs of slowing. It is also noted that the U.S. as a whole and all but three of the remaining metro areas remain in buy territory, favoring ownership as a way to create more wealth, on average.”Many of the hardest hit metropolitan areas during the real estate crash are showing signs of resilience as the cost of ownership relative to the cost of renting remains more in balance,” said Eli Beracha, Ph.D., co-author of the index and assistant professor in FIU’s T&S Hollo School of Real Estate. “There are very few signs to indicate a market crash in these cities.” Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Is the Market Moving Deeper into Buying Territory? Home / Daily Dose / Is the Market Moving Deeper into Buying Territory?center_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Homeownership Housing Market The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago 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. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: New Tool Launched for REO Market Next: Staying Current with the Changing REO Space Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Homeownership Housing Market 2016-09-14 Kendall Baer in Daily Dose, Featured, News About Author: Kendall Baerlast_img read more

Individual variation in migratory movements and winter behaviour of Iberian Lesser Kestrels Falco naumanni revealed by geolocators

first_imgThe population decline of the Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni has been the subject of studies across its Western Palaearctic breeding range, but little is known about its use of pre-migratory areas or African wintering quarters. We used geolocators to describe the temporal and spatial patterns of Portuguese Lesser Kestrel migration and wintering behaviour. Data on the complete migration were obtained from four individuals and another three provided further information. Prior to southward migration, Lesser Kestrels showed two different behaviours: northward-orientated movements to Spain and movements in the proximity of the breeding area. Autumn migration took place mostly in late September; spring departures occurred mainly in the first half of February. Wintering grounds included Senegal, Mauritania and Mali, with individuals overlapping considerably in Senegal. Movements registered within the wintering grounds suggest itinerant behaviour in relation to local flushes of prey. During spring migration, birds crossed the Sahara Desert through Mauritania, Western Sahara and Morocco before passing over the Mediterranean to reach Portugal. Autumn migration lasted 4.8 ± 1.1 days, and spring migration lasted 4.1 ± 0.3 days. The mean daily flight range varied between approximately 300 and 850 km for an entire journey of around 2500 km. Effective protection of roosting sites in both pre-migratory and wintering areas and maintaining grasshopper populations in Sahelian wintering quarters appear crucial in preserving this threatened migratory raptor across its African–Eurasian flyway. There was no evidence of any deleterious effects of fitting birds with loggers.last_img read more

Trojans expect Utes’ best shot

first_imgUSC will get another chance to impress on a national stage this week as it gears up for its Thursday matchup against Utah in Salt Lake City. The last time the Trojans were under the national spotlight was two weeks ago in Palo Alto, Calif. when they were upset by Stanford. Now, coming off a victory over California and a bye week, the team is ready for the next challenge.Playing keep-away · Quarterbacks have not been throwing into Nickell Robey’s coverages. As a result, he has yet to record an interception. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan“The players are ready to play again after having some extra time off,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “We’re excited for what I think will be a very entertaining game. That place will be rocking as we go in there, and it will be a good test for us.”Rice-Eccles Stadium is expecting a sellout crowd in what Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said before the season would be one of the biggest games in the school’s history. Utah’s various media outlets echoed this sentiment at Pac-12 Media Day in July.A lackluster start for Utah, however, has seemingly quelled such rhetoric. After winning their season opener against Northern Colorado in decisive fashion, the Utes faltered in their second game against rival Utah State, losing 27-20 in overtime.In the loss, senior quarterback Jordan Wynn also suffered a season- and career-ending shoulder injury. Injuries to Utah’s star running back John White and members of its offensive line have rendered the offense inconsistent, as evidenced by the team’s 37-7 loss to Arizona State last week.Still, regardless of what the Utes have done this season, Kiffin expects a different showing from their offense on Thursday night.“They’re replacing a lot of linemen, just like us,” Kiffin said. “I anticipate them being at full strength after having some time off, just like us. I think White will be ready to go.”In last season’s meeting, the Trojans’ defense held White to just 56 rushing yards on 20 carries — a far cry from his 2011 season average of 116 yards per game.The star for Utah in last year’s meeting was receiver Devante Christopher, who had 11 catches for 136 yards. Even with new quarterback Jon Hays, who has a 6-3 career starting record, the USC secondary will face challenges against the Utes’ passing attack, particularly at the second cornerback spot opposite junior Nickell Robey.“We need to play better at the other spot and force them to throw at [Robey],” Kiffin said. “Right now, nobody’s throwing at him.”Kiffin hopes another defender will emerge opposite Robey so that the lockdown corner can have more opportunities to make plays on the ball and get turnovers.“There’s no secret. We haven’t played well there all year,” Kiffin said in reference to the second cornerback spot. “It’s unfortunate for Nickell, because the ball is always going the other way. We have to be more consistent in tackling and in press coverage.”last_img read more

A head Turner for S.D.

first_imgSAN DIEGO – The San Diego Chargers certainly were aware that Norv Turner was 24 games under .500 and made only one playoff appearance in his nine seasons as an NFL head coach. It didn’t scare them off in the slightest. The Chargers also signed Ted Cottrell a two-year contract as defensive coordinator, then added Ron Rivera as linebackers coach just hours after the Chicago Bears said he wouldn’t be back as their defensive coordinator. Rivera, a linebacker on the Super Bowl champion 1985 Bears, had interviewed for the job that went to Turner. While the immediate reaction by fans was lukewarm, the Chargers pointed to Turner’s previous experience and the chance at continuity. Turner was San Diego’s offensive coordinator in 2001, when he installed the system that helped carry LaDainian Tomlinson to the league MVP award in 2006. “This isn’t a team where you’re rebuilding,” said Turner, who had been San Francisco’s offensive coordinator. “We should start fast. We should be good early and we should be good late. Not having to go through the normal things you have to go through when you make a coaching change is going to help the players more than anyone.” Turner has done well working with young players, and quarterback Philip Rivers is expected to benefit from his tutelage. Rivers was voted to the Pro Bowl as a first-year starter. Turner also knows general manager A.J. Smith, who was an assistant to the late John Butler in 2001. Smith survived a power struggle with Schottenheimer, who was fired last Monday by team president Dean Spanos, who cited a “dysfunctional situation” between the coach and GM. Turner said he spoke with a handful of players on Monday morning and they seemed relieved there wouldn’t be major changes. “Everyone I talked to today said one central thing: We want to win a championship,” Turner said. “We’ve been talking about it ever since I had the opportunity to interview. If it happens, it would be a heck of a deal for all of us.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Turner got his third shot at a top job when he was given a four-year contract Monday to take over a team that went an NFL-best 14-2 before melting down in the playoffs and then in the front office. The hiring came a week after the surprise firing of Marty Schottenheimer and less than 24 hours after the Chargers finished interviewing the last of six candidates. Turner was the only one with NFL head coaching experience and the only one from the offensive side of the ball. last_img read more

Macron cheers from the stands — then ‘dabs’ in the changing room

first_imgAfter the final whistle, Macron found himself on the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium without an umbrella during a fierce downpour that started during the trophy presentation — unlike Putin who was sheltered by an aide.“MERCI” he wrote in a one-word tweet after the match, which gave France its second World Cup victory and sparked euphoric street parties across the country.Widely shared footage posted on Twitter later showed him with French defender Benjamin Mendy and star midfielder Paul Pogba in the changing room attempting to “dab” — a craze thought to have been started by Atlanta rappers.“Mr President, what’s the new move nowadays?” Mendy says to Macron, “The dab!” he adds, as Macron obliges with two attempts at the movement popularised by American football player Cam Newton.Macron, who used to play left-back in university football teams, had met the squad before they left for the competition, urging them to return home with the famous golden World Cup trophy.He will welcome them at the presidential palace in Paris on Monday when the victorious players return home and the former investment banker will be hoping some of the feelgood factor rubs off on him.Former President Jacques Chirac benefitted from a leap in his ratings in 1998 when France won its first World Cup despite not knowing many of the player’s names.Macron, who has pushed through a series of pro-business reforms since his election in May last year, has seen his ratings slide again recently following criticism that he is out-of-touch and elitist.A recent poll by the Odoxa group found that 75 percent of respondents judged him “not close to the people.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000President Emmanuel Macron celebrates despite pouring rain as the France team are presented with the World Cup © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 15 – President Emmanuel Macron was pictured cheering from the stadium, got drenched in the rain on the pitch, then attempted to “dab” with the players in the changing room Sunday after France’s victory in the World Cup.The football-loving 40-year-old leapt to his feet to celebrate France’s goals as he attended the game in Moscow alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.last_img read more

DD Fitness: Paddy’s Day drinks

first_imgHappy St Patricks day everyone.Everything and everywhere is going green to honour the patron Saint of Ireland and today’s article is doing the same.I am giving you three green-themed drinks that you can use and they all taste great. These are all non-alcoholic as most of you will be having enough of that over the next few days.Have a great day and don’t over-do the festivities!ST PATRICK’S DAY SMOOTHIEServes 1INGREDIENTS 1 Kiwi, peeled1 Avocado, flesh only1 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds25g Spinach200ml Almond Milk 2-3 Ice CubesMETHODPlace all the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth.Serve and enjoy.GREENS ‘WAKE UP’ BREAKFAST SMOOTHIEServes 1 INGREDIENTS100ml Coconut Water1 shot Espresso2 handfuls of Spinach½ Lemon½ Avocado1 tsp Flax Seeds1 scoop Protein Powder2-3 ice cubesMETHODPlace all the ingredients into highpowered blender & blend until smooth.Serve immediately and enjoy.CUCUMBER, ORANGE & MINT SMOOTHIEServes 1INGREDIENTS1 small Apple, roughlychopped½ Cucumber, roughlychopped1 Orange, flesh onlyfew Mint Leaves100ml Water2-3 Ice CubesMETHODPlace all the ingredients in a blender &blend until smooth.Serve immediately and enjoy.There you have it.3 green drinks where you can get your vitamins and minerals in, in a delicious smoothie.This is especially good for people who struggle to eat fruit and veg.Give them a go and let me know what you think of them.#leanin2019If you would like more recipes like these, we give our members weekly recipes in our LEAN IN 2019 program.We had numerous members lose over three stone in the past few years and they now know how to keep it off.Our next program starts on April 1st and you can sign up now through the link below. Fitness: Paddy’s Day drinks was last modified: March 16th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dd fitnessemmet rushelast_img read more

Taking the I-Pledge for safer roads

first_img11 November 2011The Imperial I-Pledge road safety campaign, launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday, challenges South African motorists to help create a culture of safe, friendly road use in the country in the only way that works in the long run: by changing our own attitudes.The campaign, launched within the company in July, and now extended to the South African public at large, encourages people to signal their commitment to road friendliness and safety by visiting and taking the I-Pledge.With over 25 000 pledges taken among Imperial employees since July, the challenge is now open to all South Africans – be they motorists, bus and truck drivers, bikers, cyclists or pedestrians – to add their numbers, and voices, to the campaign.People can also keep updated and help advocate for safer, friendlier roads by following @IPledgeZA on Twitter and the I-Pledge group on Facebook.‘Road safety starts with every one of us’“The essence of the campaign is that road safety starts with every one of us,” Tak Hiemstra, Imperial’s executive director for strategic development, said in a statement.“As a group, we started with ourselves by encouraging our employees to personally pledge their commitment to better behaviour on the roads. It made a real difference in our attitudes. We are now driving the campaign to the South African public to change their behaviour as well.”Speaking at Tuesday’s launch, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said that road crashes in South African resulted in at least 40 deaths every day, 1 000 deaths every month and about 14 000 a year, costing the country in the region of R60-billion annually.‘Not just the responsibility of law enforcement’Making the country’s roads safer was not just the responsibility of law enforcement, but the collective responsibility of everyone in society, Ndebele said. More specifically, road safety campaigns would only succeed when road users changed their attitude towards the rules of the road.The I-Pledge campaign also encourages companies – especially those with company fleets – to implement stringent road safety policies to improve compliance to basic rules such as the wearing of seatbelts and not using mobile phones when driving.“Companies such as Imperial Holdings have taken an important step towards helping change the attitude that government alone must stop the carnage on our roads,” Ndebele said. “Imperial and other such companies represent the broadening of the movement for road safety.“I urge the entire private sector to adopt Imperial’s commitment to prioritise road safety in the workplace.”SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

I-joists are not ductwork

first_imgWhat’s wrong with this picture?a) The rim joist is too heavily notched.b) Using framing cavities as duct runs is frowned upon by codes and professional associations.c) This passed the framing inspection.d) All of the aboveThe answer is d, all of the above.While it appears that this rim joist isn’t structural (there are studs below it), The Engineered Wood Association says that when cutting multiple holes in a rim joist, the spacing between the holes should be at least twice the length of the longest side of the longest rectangular hole. And according to Joe Lstiburek, the photographer, this also passed the framing inspection.This leaves option b, “Using framing cavities as duct runs is a bad idea.” This photo shows both stud and joist cavities being used as return air ducts. In their duct design guide Manual D, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) recommend not using panned joists for return ducts, and the 2006 IRC and IECC codes prohibit joist cavities for supply ducts. It’s too bad that neither does both.Framing cavities make bad duct runs because they leak and they’re connected to every part of the house via framing gaps and holes for wire and pipe. These leaks suck in air from unintended sources (outdoors, attics, garages, and crawl spaces). Along with this unintended air comes humidity, mold, dust, and whatever else is in these spaces (radon, carbon monoxide, gasoline, paint thinner, pesticides). Not only does this poison the indoor air supply, but it increases the heating and cooling loads while decreasing the efficiency of the mechanical equipment. A bad idea all the way around.—Bruce Harley is technical director of Conservation Services Group and author of Insulate and Weatherize (Taunton 2002).Photo by Joseph LstiburekGot a dumb building picture? Send it to dan[at] Ducts093.jpglast_img read more