Pending Legislation Seeks to get a Handle on Short-Term Rentals in San Francisco – By Noni Richen

San Francisco is the nation’s top destination for travelers of all ages. Our city’s attributes, within tight geographical boundaries, make for hotel rates that exceed those of many other cities, thereby creating an incentive for visitors to seek alternatives to pricey hotels. The short-term rental is a form of lodging that is very attractive to…

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More Data Suggests a New Housing Boom Has Begun – By Cullen Roche

A version of this article first appeared on February 7, 2013 in the Daily Crux, published by Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, an independent investment research firm.  You can visit them at www.stansberryresearch.com. From PragCap If you’re looking for things I’ve been wrong about recently you can chalk housing up on the list.  Last year…

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House Prices, Real House Prices and Price-to-Rent Ratio – By Bill McBride

There is a clear seasonal pattern for house prices, and earlier this year I predicted that the Case-Shiller indexes would turn negative month-to-month in October 2012 on a Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) basis.  That is the normal seasonal pattern. Also I expected smaller month-to-month declines this winter than for the same months last year. Sure enough,…

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