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Read previewThe company behind San Francisco's $700-a-month tiny sleeping "pods" has accused city officials of worsening the city's homelessness problem as it battles a lengthy investigation. James Stallworth, CEO of Brownstone Shared Housing, told Business Insider that San Francisco Planning Department staff had an "adversarial attitude toward housing." Brownstone says it is waiting for city officials to approve a change-of-use request so it can continue operating its 4-foot-high sleeping pods in Mint Plaza. City officials told BI that Brownstone still needed to complete important safety upgrades to comply with the law. AdvertisementThe pods made headlines late last year after proving a hit with some tech workers seeking affordable accommodation in central San Francisco.
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New York City is the No. 10 city where homeowners are paying more than renters, according to a May SmartAsset report. The report assessed the difference in monthly costs between owning a home and renting in 343 cities with a population of over 100,000 people. In the top two cities, Berkeley and California, owning costs are up to $2,000 or more per month compared to renting. Homeowners in these areas often pay twice as much as renters, the report states.
Organizations: New, Survey Locations: U.S, New York City, California, Berkeley
Inflation is taking baby steps towards coming back to where policymakers want it, with a report due Friday expected to show more of that creeping progress. Core inflation is expected to have slowed to 0.2%, which would represent at least some further progress toward easing price pressure on weary consumers. "That said, getting to the Fed's 2% target is apt to be a bumpy landing." However, policymakers' expectations that housing inflation will cool this year have been largely thwarted, throwing another wrinkle into the debate. CPI inflation ran at 3.4% for the all-items measure in April and 3.6% for core, well above the Fed's target.
Persons: Dow Jones, Carol Schleif Organizations: Dow, BMO Family Office, Labor Locations: PCE
U.S. consumers and businesses alike have turned cautious on spending this year because of elevated inflation and interest rates, according to Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan. That's a sharp slowdown from the nearly 10% growth rate seen in May 2023, he said. Referring to consumers and businesses, Moynihan said: "Both of our customer bases that have a lot to do with how the American economy runs are saying, 'You know what? The same is true for small- and medium-sized businesses, the Bank of America CEO said. Moynihan and other bank CEOs have a birds-eye view of the economy, given their coast-to-coast coverage of households and companies.
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Renting is cheaper than owning in many cities due to high prices and mortgage rates. SmartAsset ranked 343 cities on monthly cost differences between renting and owning a home. In cities like Los Angeles and New York, renters can save thousands per month vs. homeowners. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . That means in many places, it's cheaper per month to rent versus own.
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download the appSign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. AdvertisementWhile growth has normalized, prices still remain elevated, with median prices of existing and new homes both near all-time highs. In fact, the Housing Affordability Index fell to its all-time low last year, but Schwab noted that it seems to be pushing back up from the bottom. AdvertisementThe bank added that mortgage rates are likely to keep drifting higher, as federal interest rates normalize at around current levels. "Yet, a stabilization in activity, price growth, and interest rate volatility will likely provide a more stable foundation for the sector."
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Homeless people in Edinburgh are being relocated to make room for Taylor Swift fans. The surge in visitors for Swift's shows has caused a significant increase in hotel demand. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementA number of homeless people have been sent out of Edinburgh to make room for tourists visiting the Scottish capital for Taylor Swift's upcoming shows, according to BBC News. According to Edinburgh Live, some 210,000 Swifties are expected to attend the Edinburgh shows, which could bring more than $125 million to the Scottish economy.
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Polls consistently show that his support from Black voters has declined to alarming levels for a Democrat. Four years ago, nearly nine in 10 Black voters nationwide cast their ballots for Mr. Biden, according to exit polls. Image Recently, Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris have been speaking directly to Black audiences at multiple events per week. “The Biden campaign is panicking because they see that Black voters aren’t buying what Biden is selling,” Ms. Thomas added. Recently, Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris have been speaking directly to Black audiences at multiple events per week.
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Zero-down mortgages are making a comeback
  + stars: | 2024-05-30 | by ( Matt Egan | )   time to read: +8 min
That massive roadblock is being removed by a new zero-percent down mortgage program launched two weeks ago by one of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders. ‘Demand has been huge’These mortgages are only open to first-time homebuyers and those making no more than 80% of the area’s median income. That’s because in order to refinance at a lower rate, the homeowner would need to fully pay off that second mortgage. For instance, Bank of America launched a zero-down payment mortgage program in 2022 for first-time homebuyers in certain Black and Hispanic neighborhoods. “These mortgages are going to be ticking time bombs – just like subprime mortgages –unless home prices continue to increase very substantially,” Kelleher said.
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AdvertisementIn addition to his eBay store, Richard owns a vintage clothing store, The Spot, in Coral Springs, Florida. Advertisement"The customer for a Tommy Bahama shirt is totally different from a customer that wants a Nike skateboard shirt," he said. For example, if you're selling a Tommy Bahama shirt, don't just title your listing "Tommy Bahama shirt," he said. "If your title says 'Tommy Bahama Shirt Purple Monkey Dishwasher,' nobody is ever going to search that," he said. So every single time a customer searches 'Tommy Bahama Hawaiian Shirt,' I show up; 'Tommy Bahama Camp Shirt,' I show up.
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Patriotism, Diversity and the Election
  + stars: | 2024-05-30 | by ( David Leonhardt | )   time to read: +1 min
Student debt. One is the contrast between the country’s most heated political debates and the top concerns of most voters. Student debt and housing costs make for a useful comparison. Student debt, a subject that the Biden administration has emphasized, may seem like the ultimate pocketbook issue. In reality, it’s more niche: Only 18 percent of U.S. adults have any federal student debt.
Persons: Biden Organizations: Democratic Locations: Gaza, U.S
Since May 2022, homeownership costs have grown twice as fast as incomes, putting the dream of owning property out of reach for many Americans. During that time, median mortgage payments rose from $2,319 to $2,835, per data provided by Redfin. To get a better sense of how rising prices have affected different markets, Redfin compared mortgage payments for 50 of the largest U.S. cities in May 2022 with May 2024. The city has a rich cultural history and is near Boston and New York, making it a popular market for second homes. Monthly payments increased in places like Ohio and Wisconsin, but are still well below the 2024 national median of $2,835.
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We've got three adult children, and two of them have boomeranged after college. I also look at the low interest rates from the pandemic, trying to prop up the economy. Interest rates — people don't want to move out of their homes when they have good interest rates. They don't sell because they know they're going to get into a new mortgage with higher interest rates. We feel like we're blessed that our adult kids want to spend some time with us.
Persons: , Alex Gonzalez, Gonzalez, We've, it's, They're Organizations: Service, Business, Utilities Locations: Bloomington , Minnesota, Minneapolis
After finally dropping below 7% earlier this month, 30-year mortgage rates have been holding relatively steady in the mid-to-high 6% range, according to Zillow data. Once the Fed is able to start lowering rates, mortgage rates are expected to fall. Mortgage rates are expected to go down this year, but they might not drop as much as initially expected. See more mortgage rates on Zillow Real Estate on ZillowToday's refinance ratesMortgage type Average rate today This information has been provided by Zillow. This means your entire monthly mortgage payment, including taxes and insurance, shouldn't exceed 28% of your pre-tax monthly income.
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Investors searching for income can find some bargains in dividend stocks, according to Ben Kirby, co-head of investments at Thornburg Investment Management. Now investors have an added benefit in that dividend stocks are selling at a big discount, he said. When looking for the right dividend stock, Kirby wants companies offering solid balance sheets and free-cash-flow, as well as competitive advantages and sustainable profit margins. Here are some of the stocks Kirby owns in his funds and that he particularly likes right now. If the reductions continue, coupled with the stock's dividend yield, "that alone will drive a pretty competitive return," Kirby said.
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BEIJING — The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday raised its forecast for China's growth this year to 5%, from 4.6% previously, due to "strong" first quarter figures and recent policy measures. The organization now expects China's economy to grow by 4.5% in 2025, up from the previous forecast of 4.1%. But by 2029, they anticipate China's growth will decelerate to 3.3% due to an aging population and slower productivity growth. That's down from the IMF's prior forecast of 3.5% growth in the medium term. China's economy grew by a better-than-expected 5.3% in the first quarter, supported by strong exports.
Organizations: Monetary Fund, Data Locations: Beijing, BEIJING, China
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailJPMorgan's Michael Rehaut: Homebuying intentions among renters at highest level in six monthsMichael Rehaut, senior homebuilding analyst at JPMorgan, joins CNBC's 'The Exchange' to discuss outlooks on the housing market, rate moves, and more.
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These "forever renters" vary widely in their reasons for not pursuing home ownership. Others prefer the flexibility to move and freedom from ownership costs that renters enjoy. Homeownership and renting have numerous pros and cons, making it hard to say whether forever renters are acting shrewdly or making a big mistake. Renters avoid large down payments and the varying costs of homeownership, such as mortgage payments, taxes, maintenance, and repairs. It's also cheaper to change the place you're renting than the place you're buying because of real-estate agent fees."
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But perhaps it will also be an indictment of the Labour Party opposition, which seems remarkably uninterested in seizing the moment. is 8.4 percent below its 2007 peak — a significant decline, which has helped make the country outside of London poorer than Mississippi. And although the prolonged slowdown in productivity may be the worst Britain has experienced since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, the country’s struggles aren’t purely economic. Britain has been governed by austerity-minded Tories now for 14 years, and the results have been bleak. Brexit was another self-inflicted wound from the British right and is now lamented by a large majority of the public.
Persons: Rishi Sunak, Brexit, Boris Johnson’s, it’s Organizations: Conservative Party, Labour Party, Britain, National Health Service Locations: Britain, London, Mississippi, British
President Biden made an aggressive push on Wednesday to head off former President Donald J. Trump’s modest gains among Black voters, condemning his Republican opponent as a racist who had lied to Black Americans about what his term in office delivered them. Speaking alongside Vice President Kamala Harris at a rally in Philadelphia, Mr. Biden pressed home a series of arguments about why Black voters should choose him over Mr. Trump, who has been trying to court Americans of color. “This is the same guy who wanted to tear-gas you as you peacefully protested George Floyd’s murder,” Mr. Biden told the predominantly Black crowd as he and Ms. Harris announced a national coalition of Black voters working on their behalf. “The same guy who still calls the Central Park Five guilty even though they were exonerated. He’s that landlord who denies housing applications because of the color of your skin.”Invoking the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021, and nodding to Mr. Trump’s remarks about pardoning the rioters, Mr. Biden said: “What do you think would have happened if Black Americans had stormed the Capitol?
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This signal could be good news for the stock market
  + stars: | 2024-05-29 | by ( Nicole Goodkind | )   time to read: +7 min
Some analysts think that means good news for stocks in the second half of the year. While [gross domestic product] and the labor market seem to be slowing, earnings are accelerating,” wrote the Bank of America analysts. That means an improving manufacturing cycle but slowing services can lead to a divergence between market performance and economic performance. “We’ve witnessed records repeatedly break in both stock and housing markets over the past year.”In addition to unrelentingly high home prices, the housing market is also grappling with a chronic lack of homes on the market and elevated mortgage rates. Put together, it has resulted in a tough housing market, especially first-time buyers.
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When her daughter enrolls in kindergarten soon, Horrocks said she will return to the workforce but not to the high-stress position she held. Instead, given the luxury to pursue her passions, she's considering financial coaching or planning as options. "I think work is not the goal. She no longer needs to strive for the highest-paying or most prestigious position, and she's considered becoming a financial coach to help people achieve their financial goals. "Also, a lot of financial advisors don't have their client's best interests at heart and aren't wealthy themselves."
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The documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the movie-ticket-subscription company MoviePass, and is based on award-winning reporting from Business Insider . The big storyRetirement mathGetty Images;Alyssa Powell/BIFor some millennials, the reality of their retirement plans is that they're a fantasy. AdvertisementIt's not the first time we've gotten troubling data about millennials' retirement plans. But it's not just a lack of savings working against millennials' plans of riding off into the retirement sunset. AdvertisementAnd if you're hoping for a Hail Mary in the form of a fat inheritance to jumpstart your retirement plans, that's not looking great either.
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Rent prices have been a lone bright spot amid high inflation, as one-bedroom homes in many cities are cheaper than they were a year ago. While one-bedroom rental prices ticked up 1.2% on a monthly basis in May, they've been mostly flat in 2024. The decline in rental prices in southern cities is largely due to increased construction of rental units, but also population loss in some cities, especially in California, Zumper's study says. The city has encouraged new construction through property annexation and zoning reform, adding thousands of rental units in 2023. Here's a look at the 15 U.S. cities with the largest drops in one-bedroom rental prices for the year ending May 24, according to Zumper's data.
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When mortgage rates shoot up, as they did over the past two years, many would-be sellers decide they don't want to move after all. AdvertisementAs the Federal Reserve began pushing up borrowing rates in the spring of 2022, hoping to reel in rising inflation, mortgage rates went vertical. So far, this system of pooling together mortgage bonds and selling them to investors is pretty close to the American way of doing things. When US homeowners pay off their mortgages, they have only one option: pony up the amount left on the loan. That's not just good for buyers or sellers or mortgage loan officers — it's good for everyone.
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