Real Estate Is Latest Target for Would-Be Disrupters – WSJ

A real-estate startup called Compass Inc. has hired hundreds of sales agents away from older rivals, collected $225 million from marquee investors and amassed a valuation of over $1 billion, all with the pitch that its software can make brokers more efficient. Real-estate veterans say they’re baffled by how the four-year-old firm, active in only […]

Something in the Airbnb: hosts anxious as New York begins crackdown | Technology | The Guardian

A war of words between Airbnb and New York, its largest market, has escalated with the first fine issued by the city in what is expected to be a crackdown on “hosts”. Tatiana Cames, a host who advertised “shabby chic” apartments in Brooklyn to tourists and business travelers, was fined $5,000. Penalties will escalate if […]

SF’s shrinking population of children raises concern for city planners – by nsawyer – The San Francisco Examiner

post details byline /post details An educational presentation on San Francisco’s low population of children took place during a Planning Commission meeting Thursday, launching a discussion into what, if anything, The City can do to remedy this issue. Nationwide, the percentage of homes with children is 29 percent. In San Francisco, it’s 18 percent — […]

STATEMENT: On First Day in Office, Trump Makes it More Expensive for Americans to Buy a Home – Center for American Progress

.entry-header Washington, D.C. — After being sworn into office today, the administration of President Donald Trump moved to raise Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, premiums for new homebuyers by 25 basis points. This action, which reverses an Obama administration move to lower premiums by 25 basis points, will cost a new homebuyer an additional $500 on their […]