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No Couch on the Porch and Other Strange Real Estate Laws

Real estate laws are made up of federal, state, and local statutes that govern how individuals and organizations may use, develop, or transfer real property. At the state and federal levels, real estate laws are generally pretty uniform. When you get down to the local level, however, things get downright weird.

Strange Real Estate Laws

Aspen, Colorado

They ruin all the fun! In this snowy ski-town, throwing snowballs at public or private property is illegal. Lumped into the same law is a prohibition of throwing any missiles of any kind at public or private property. This includes shooting guns — a part that we certainly agree with!

Boulder, Colorado

Take for instance Boulder, Colorado, where it is illegal to have a couch on your porch. As with the rest of the items on this list, the law tells you something about the town. What kind of people would put couches on their porches? College students, of course, and Boulder is a huge college town, home to the University of Colorado. Other college towns across the country have followed in Boulder’s footsteps.

Ridgeland, Mississippi

In Ridgeland, Mississippi it is illegal to install burglar bars on the outside of your windows. They may be installed inside so they are not visible to the street, but not on the exterior. Homes with burglar bars that were installed before 1996 are exempt.

Walnut, California

This town has something against dirt, sand, rock, cement, rock, trash, rubbish and dead animal carcases. All of them are not allowed on your property. Though with the ongoing California drought, this code is not being enforced too much. Many homeowners have opted for eco-friendly landscaping, like decorative rocks, that require no water.

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How One State is Solving Home Affordability

This is a story about supply and demand, about basic economic principles, and how one state is ideally situated to solve one of the greatest problems in the housing market today: lack of home affordability.

Home Prices And A Stubborn Inventory

According to the most recent quarterly report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), home prices breached another all-time high in the second quarter of 2017. Prices rose in a surprising 87% of measured markets. 154 of the largest 178 metropolitan areas registered increases in median home prices. The national average stands at $255,600. More than any other factor, these hikes are due to a severe scarcity of homes.

To make matters worse, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau recently issued a report that showed housing starts decreasing in July. Single-family home construction has barely nudged in the last several months. Most builders are focusing on multifamily construction, leaving those in the market for single-family homes stuck with few options.

How One State Is Solving The Home Affordability Problem

Across the country, home prices are rising. In many areas, the precipitous rise has been caused by an acute shortage of homes. One state in particular is tackling the inventory problem with gusto, alleviating affordability concerns for would-be homebuyers: Texas. Texas is on a crazy-fast home building spree. Just three Texas markets make up 10% of all building permits in the U.S. Allow that to sink in.

The three markets are Houston, Austin and Dallas. Dallas takes the cake for homebuilding in the country, with nearly 49,000 projected permits. Houston takes second place in the nation with 48,000.So, why the boom in the Lone Star State? The right mix of conditions: lots of flat and developable land and a business-friendly regulatory approach that has led to significant job creation. This environment has impacted the economy and the real estate market in three ways:

– Job growth, which provides a steady source of income and creates greater demand for housing.

– Income growth, which is causing existing homeowners to trade up to newer, bigger homes; and allowing renters to make the leap to ownership.

– Home price appreciation. As is the case with all goods and assets, a low supply of housing causes the price to increase. This incentivizes suppliers to create more.

Texas, of course, isn’t alone in trying to solve the death of available inventory in the country, but they are leading the pack. New York rounded out the top three, with a projection of just over 40,000.

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