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Florida Dominates Top Five “Hottest” Single-Family Markets

Florida Dominates Top Five “Hottest” Single-Family Markets

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 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. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Florida Dominates Top Five “Hottest” Single-Family Markets Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago October 24, 2016 1,350 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: ATTOM Data Solutions and UtilityScore Form Partnership Next: Watt: FHFA Adjusting to “New Normal” of the Market  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Single-Family Housing Markets Ten-X 2016-10-24 Kendall Baer Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Kendall Baer Tagged with: Single-Family Housing Markets Ten-X Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Despite the troubles Florida has faced in the recovery from the housing crisis, the state leads the nation in markets for single-family homes, according to a new report by Ten-X.  The company’s fall Top Single-Family Housing Markets Report put Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach County, Tampa, and Orlando at the top of the list for American metro areas, with Las Vegas finishing the top five.The company said each of these markets demonstrated “a vigorous combination of consistently strong demand, home price appreciation, and economic and demographic growth.” Seattle, a fixture in the top five, was bumped by Las Vegas.”Florida’s housing market continues to set the pace for the nation, with five of the top ten metros on our report,” said Ten-X executive vice president Rick Sharga. “While all of the top five markets took substantial hits during the housing crash, especially Las Vegas, the continued road to recovery for these destination cities is looking even brighter.”Florida metros, the report found, have seen their markets surge through solid economic and demographic expansion. Fort Lauderdale’s comeback from the housing bust in particular has been considerable. Seasonally adjusted home prices reached nearly $240,000 this past quarter, up nearly 12 percent from a year ago. Home prices are now at their highest level since 2007. However, they remain 17.6 percent below their prior peak, “leaving plenty of room for growth,” the report stated.Similarly, existing home prices in Palm Beach County are 10.5 percent higher than a year ago; Tampa’s economic expansion is moving forward as payrolls are up 3.1 percent year-over year; Orlando’s sales are up 4.7 percent year-over-year, nearing pre-recession numbers; and Las Vegas sales are 15 percent higher than a year ago, and now at an all-time high of 5.9 percent-above its prior peakOn the flip side, once rock-solid markets have been slow on the recovery.”This quarter’s report is a strong reminder of how uneven the housing recovery has been, with strong performance by cities in the South, Southeast, West and Pacific Northwest, and much weaker trends in the Northeast and Midwest,” Sharga said. Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Florida Dominates Top Five “Hottest” Single-Family Markets Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Calhoun ends spark at UW, looks to carry flame in NFL

Calhoun ends spark at UW, looks to carry flame in NFL

first_imgIt was the first day of class. Twenty or fewer students gathered in a cramped, sweltering basement classroom to find out what this semester would hold for them. Some students read the paper, some tinkered on the computer in front of them and others glanced around the room in search of that one “hot girl” or “hot guy” in every class.While some big-name athletes were noticed (such as basketball’s Alando Tucker and football’s Brandon Williams), one particular athlete, who scored five touchdowns just three days prior, went overlooked. In fact, it took roll call for the class to notice this modest individual. “Brian Calhoun,” the professor announced. “Here,” the future star running back replied. Heads turned, eyes rotated and whispers echoed through the room.With linebacker LaMarr Watkins later enrolling in the lecture, this was a Badger all-star class — and Calhoun, after only his first game, caused the most noise.Like most athletes with whom I have had the pleasure of sharing a lecture, I thought this setup was nice and would probably be the last time I would see the guys in there.However, most of them proved me wrong, and Calhoun surpassed my judgment of most high-profile football players by far.In the beginning, the running back never missed a lecture (and this was a rather difficult class to attend), always had his hand up and was eager to advance in the class. He was a role-model athlete and a role-model student.But halfway through the semester, something changed in Calhoun. Though he still had a spark on the field, he was missing the spark in the classroom. Calhoun had started to miss class and, when he was there, he’d play on the computer. Something had changed, and it was obvious.November rolled around and his appearance faded just as fast as Booker Stanley’s appearances grew in the courtroom. By the time December snuck up, it was all but obvious — he wanted to go pro. And after a stellar performance at the Capital One game, Calhoun finally announced the decision last Thursday.”I have decided to announce that I will enter the 2006 Draft,” Calhoun said. “The decision to leave with one year remaining and eligibility to play football was a difficult decision, but it was done with a lot of forethought.”According to Calhoun, he started thinking about leaving UW back in October, right around the time he began to slack off in the classroom.”There really wasn’t a time when I said I should go into the NFL Draft. [There] were a lot of people speculating or talking about it before [the decision] became aware to me. It started back in October and, right around the Hawaii game, I started giving it a little bit of thought.”Ah-ha!It all made sense.Why stay in school and pick up a check for $913 a month from the athletic department when you could make millions in the NFL?The answer is easy — memories. Though he will get a chance to go to the NFL combine and draft injury free, he is giving up a chance to possibly go to the Rose Bowl, win a Heisman, set more records, be a hero to thousands and be the integral component in a rising team.There is also a huge list of running backs already entering the draft. Reggie Bush, LenDale White, Maurice Drew, Laurence Maroney and DeAngelo Williams will all be gunning for the first round. So why go pro now?”I think this is the right choice and this is the right time for me to make the jump,” Calhoun said. “I think after the bowl game … I thought I was ready to make this step.”Still, after a great year, what is the harm in staying another year at Wisconsin?Carly Piper gave up thousands of dollars after the Olympics to stay one more year, and the amount of money she gave up is almost unheard of in that sport.Peyton Manning also gave up a No. 1 pick in order to try to win a Heisman and a national championship for Tennessee. Unfortunately, he just missed out on both.But look at Manning now. This season, he led the Colts to 13-straight wins and now has a chance to win a Super Bowl. He is also the highest-paid player in the league and has twice been named NFL MVP.Piper and Manning both had one more shot and are doing fine now, and I think Calhoun should stick around like they did. But, instead, he will look to add the spark that he showcased at Camp Randall to some lucky NFL team.Also this summer, Calhoun plans to return to the classroom, where he used to show that spark of academic talent.”I’m fortunate to have a family where all three of them have degrees,” Calhoun said. “So it would be awkward if I didn’t finish my degree. It’s my No. 1 priority, and I’m going to take some classes this summer and next summer, too.”Shannon is a senior majoring in life sciences communication with the rest of the football team. If you would like to chat about players in the classroom, hit her up at [email protected]last_img read more

Beauty and the ‘beast’

Beauty and the ‘beast’

first_imgBam, zap, wow, boom and crack. No, I am not talking about the sound effects we hear while sitting through an old Batman TV episode, nor am I referring to a current narration of “America’s most violent game” by NFL Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster John Madden. I am alluding to the sounds caused by the Pittsburgh Steelers recent graduate from “Madman” University with a Ph.D. in “anti-cross-the-middle-ism.” James Harrison makes those ear shattering noises when he meets another player head to head on the gridiron. The Steelers beat the Browns 28-10, but Harrison beat Cleveland wide receivers Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi 2-0, both leaving the game with head injuries. The way Mr. Harrison delivers punishment it is very difficult to discern whether to: 1. Throw a penalty flag after he finishes off a play; 2. Charge him with simple assault and deliver him to the nursing home of the retired magistrate that presided over the “underground courthouse” that was located within the bowels of old Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. A special branch of jurisprudence was practiced in the “night court” with a no-nonsense judge who charged, tried and sentenced fan/felons for various violations of “civilization codes” that were routinely and consistently violated during a typical Eagles game; 3. Strap Harrison to a chair, administer Gatorade intravenously and force him to watch game films of old school assaulters Bronco Nagurski, Dick Butkus, “Big Daddy” Lipscomb, Deacon Jones, Jack Lambert, Jack Tatum, Mel Blount and Donnie Shell delivering treacherous and pre-meditated torture to offenses of yesteryear B.F. (before fines); 4. Sanction and permit the issuance of special gun permits to offensive players directed to create a GPS free route across the middle en route to the end zone. These players would have to have special firearms training to be accurate in hitting a target area just below Harrison’s knees and above his ankles or 5. Finally, suspend Harrison for a minimum of four games for posing as a chiropractor and practicing the art of headhunting and neck bone rearranging within the confines of an NFL stadium without a license.In a 1984 article in Sports Illustrated, Paul Zimmerman wrote, “It’s not the kind of thing you’d want your mother or your wife to see. It’s what Attila must’ve looked like while he was sacking a village, or the way a Viking chieftain was with his blood lust up. Only this Viking wears No. 58 and he’s dressed in the gold and black of the Steelers, eyes flashing in a maniacal frenzy; blood flecking his nose; his mouth, minus three front teeth, bared in a hideous leer. Jack Lambert’s portrait epitomizes the viciousness and cruelty of our national game.”The NFL, pressed by the “hard lemonade” drinkers, is being held at gunpoint with the rule book pressed into the wall. At this very moment, the game is being robbed of its gladiator ambiance. Concussions are a product of the game not the result of helmet to helmet, smelts to smelts hits. Is James Harrison supposed to ring the doorbell and introduce himself before he rings the opposing player’s bell? Football is a violent and bloodthirsty sport played by violent men in violent and bloodthirsty times. If men are going to be paid to fling each other around and smash each other onto the ground then don’t expect them to leave the field of play with injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome or some other malady usually associated with being an MBA or some other white collar vocation that requires your XP skills to be picture perfect as opposed to your tackling techniques.Zimmerman went on to say, “At one time middle linebackers roamed the league like goliaths. Nitschke, Butkus, Schmidt—names as tough as the people who carried them. Willie Lanier, with the pad he wore on the front of his helmet. Mike Curtis, the Animal. Bob Griese talks about staring across the line at Butkus and feeling his legs turn to jelly.”This next observation is by no means meant to trivialize or minimize the importance of the men and women who shed blood, sweat and tears for the freedom of our country. Soldiers are trained to kill other human beings as one of the processes of and in the act of war. But often when they return home, they retain the aggressive, survival traits that have been woven into their psyche. Similar issues may possibly apply to James Harrison, the pro football player. He is just doing what he was trained to do. Athletes who play football are taught from the earliest ages to hit first and ask questions later. As soon as they develop and refine that skill to its optimum level, the two-headed dragon called the “book of rules” attempts to change the nature of the game as well as the nature of the “beast.” When James Harrison stops an opposing player in his tracks it is a thing of beauty. My suggestion is to leave the beauty, (the game) and the beast, (the players) alone. Let the games begin.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Biomimetics Frontier: The Wild Wet

Biomimetics Frontier: The Wild Wet

first_imgSome animals have figured out how to turn wetness into an ally instead of a nuisance, and some research teams are hard on their heels trying to learn how to settle that frontier.Wet feet:  Geckos cling to walls and ceilings even when their feet are wet.  How do they do it?  It would be nice to know, because human adhesives typically get gooey and slippery when wet.  Kellar Autumn, the one who figured out how their feet cling to surfaces using atomic van der Waals forces, has been studying the effects of moisture on gecko feet.  According to Science Daily, he and his team at Lewis and Clark College figured out via experiments on discarded gecko setae that the cling isn’t due to capillary action.  Composed of keratin, the setae become softer when moist.  This makes them deformable and creates more adhesion, giving the animals an even better grip than their remarkable cling on dry surfaces.Wet silk:  Another “completely counterintuitive” discovery was made about wet silk from silkworms.  Most man-made substances become more diffuse when wet, but silk becomes more concentrated.  Researchers at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Sweden, working with others from Oxford, first found that the silk proteins are hundreds of times more concentrated inside the silkworm than most proteins can be and remain stable.  “Even stranger, as the concentration drops the proteins begin to expand and flow, until they eventually clump together — this is the reverse of what we’d expected,” a team member said, according to Science Daily.     Silkworms exceed the capabilities of the scientists to control this substance.  The scientists lose control when the proteins get diluted.  “In the lab, the effect is a like a neat ball of string becoming unravelled into a big mess that ties itself in knots,” the article said.  “However, the silkworms are able to control this process so that the proteins are spun into highly ordered silk filaments as they unfold and begin to flow.  This surprising observation is a vital step towards understanding the liquid precursor, which is essential to synthesise silk and develop new materials with silk’s desirable mechanical properties.”Wet backs without sunburn:  Somehow little creatures called water fleas can live under UV radiation in their clear watery habitat without getting sunburn.  PhysOrg described how they manage without extra melanin – the dark protein that provides some UV protection in human skin.  The article did not explain how the water flea Daphnia does this trick in its Olympic Mountain pond environment.  Scientists at the University of Washington would like to know. Brooks Miner, who is using National Science Foundation funds to study the water flea, is learning his Darwin storytelling well.  Faced with no explanation for how the bugs shield themselves from ultraviolet light, he said, “It could be that they evolved to use other strategies because the ultraviolet isn’t as intense here.”  According to this notion, melanin slows down their growth, so “the water fleas in the Olympic Mountains apparently evolved less-costly means to deal with UV radiation.”  How they did that, he did not say.Miner’s little transgression illustrates how Darwinists take irrefutable evidence for design and subvert it into Darwinian storytelling, not because the evidence demands it (quite the contrary), but because the culture of storytelling Darwin created with his “one long argument” tall tale makes it a kind of expected tradition.  For more examples of this besetting sin of the Darwin Party, listen to Casey Luskin on an ID the Future podcast describe how several more of Nature’s list of “Evolutionary Gems” (see 01/02/2009) turn out to say, when the original sources are examined, almost nothing about evolution, but only add a “narrative gloss” to the explanation in spite of the evidence.  Meanwhile, the de-facto I.D. science of biomimetics marches on.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar eyeing gold at Asian Games

Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar eyeing gold at Asian Games

first_imgDipa Karmakar gave India its first medal in gymnastics at the Commonwealth GamesShe rose from oblivion by giving India first women’s gymnastics medal in the Commonwealth Games but heading into the upcoming Asian Games, Dipa Karmakar said heightened expectations have put her under slight pressure for the event in Incheon starting September 19.The 21-year-old became the toast of Tripura, her native state, after she bagged the bronze medal in the women’s vault event, behind England and Canada.”Yes, there is a little bit of pressure this time around.After winning the CWG bronze now, people have expectations from me. But I think it’s a positive change of course. I am practising to give my best. I hope that I don’t disappoint my well wishers,” Dipa said.If CWG was tough then Asian Games might be tougher with gymnasts from China, Korea and Japan hitting the floor but the Agartala-born gymnast differs on that count.”Even Commonwealth wasn’t easy. I would rate the Asian Games competition at par with CWG. If England, Canada and Australia were the big guns in Glasgow then China, Korea and Japan will be tough competitors in Incheon. So it’s three-all,” said Dipa.Allahabad gymnast Ashish Kumar won an Asiad bronze in the 2010 Guangzhou Games but had a faulty landing in the second vault attempt to finish last in Glasgow CWG. For Dipa though Ashish’s achievements are inspiring.”I hope to get a medal. I am targetting to emulate Ashish (Kumar) bhai’s good showing in Guangzhou last time around. We follow the same routine as far as practice and training for a particular event goes. We just follow the regimen, so what we did for the Commonwealth Games, we will do for the Asian Games as well,” said Dipa.advertisementIn the Asiad, Dipa is hoping to improve the colour of her recent medal when she takes the vaulting table, floor exercises, balancing beam and uneven bars.”Though I am struggling with an ankle strain, which I picked up in Glasgow, I hope I can overcome the pain and win a medal. Remember, no pain, no gain.”I have been unable to give rest to this ankle of mine.But I am just hoping and praying that the injury doesn’t play on my mind to hamper my medal-winning chances in Incheon,” she added.At any point of career, in success or otherwise, Dipa does not forget to thank her coach and mentor Biswasar Nandi.Dipa was six years old when Nandi took charge of her and the ward sure has done him proud.”I will give all the credit to Nandi Sir. He has been instrumental in taking me where I am. It’s his practice routine before any tournament that sets the tone for me,” said the young Dipa.”It is Nandi sir’s dream to see me getting an Asiad medal and if I can fulfil his dreams it will be my guru dakshina,” she added.Having been with Dipa for 14 long years, Nandi gets emotional while talking about his favourite ward.”I have been with Dipa since childhood and I am very happy with what she has achieved. I have made and seen her practice. We are targeting the Asian Games and if she gets a medal there then I will think that my coaching is a success and my student Dipa Karmakar is also a success. But having said that, our ultimate aim would be to book a ticket for the 2016 Rio Olympics. We are taking it one at a time,” Nandi told.Dipa is also lucky to have encouraging seniors like Ashish, who are happy to share the limelight with the upcoming gymnast.”Dipa getting a bronze in Glasgow has been a definite plus for the sport of gymnastics. It broke the notion that women’s gymnastics is not that good. Now suddenly people notice women gymnasts from India and give them a chance. So going into the Asian games she will be motivated with a CWG bronze in her pocket,” Ashish told.”Her medal has also taken some pressure off me. It’s good to have a person who is equally popular as you are and the pressure and expectations get divided. It’s always good to enter a competition with less pressure,” he added.last_img read more

10 months ago​Liverpool boss Klopp sympathises with Benitez

10 months ago​Liverpool boss Klopp sympathises with Benitez

first_img​Liverpool boss Klopp sympathises with Benitezby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has a lot of sympathy for his opposite number Rafa Benitez.The former Liverpool boss has faced a tough situation at Newcastle, where he is unable to sign many players to improve his side.But he still has them punching above their weight, out of the relegation zone for now.”I heard that nobody was really happy with the amount of money they had to sign players,” said Klopp of the Newcastle situation in his press conference.”Rafa [Benitez] is too experienced to carry that for a full season, those emotions. Meanwhile, they are really settled and in a good moment results wise. It is always difficult to play against them.”We know it will be a tough job.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kacie McDonnell And Aaron Murray Have Reportedly Ended Their Engagement

Kacie McDonnell And Aaron Murray Have Reportedly Ended Their Engagement

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Sad news, Georgia fans. Former Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray, who is now a backup signal-caller for the Kansas City Chiefs, is no longer engaged to television anchor Kacie McDonnell. McDonnell, who moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City to be closer to Murray, told Philly.com that the engagement is off. Their love affair had been highly publicized over the past few years. Via Philly.com:“I’m loving my career in Kansas City. I’m really committed to being a part of this community for the time being. The engagement is off. I wish him the best, it’s best to part ways. I’m moving on my with life.”Oddly enough, McDonnell posted an Instagram video of the two kissing at a concert just last week. Murray has not yet addressed the news publicly.last_img read more

Video: Florida State RB Commit Runs For One Of The Most Ridiculous Touchdowns You’ll Ever See

Video: Florida State RB Commit Runs For One Of The Most Ridiculous Touchdowns You’ll Ever See

first_imgFlorida State RB committee carries ball and evades the defense.Florida State RB Ridiculous RunZaquandre White is a four-star running back recruit from Cape Coral who is currently committed to the Florida State for the class of 2017. That should excite Seminoles fans, because apparently, he’s very hard to tackle. Earnest Graham, former Florida star, posted a video of White breaking a ridiculous number of tackles during a spring game for his high school team. It’s one of the craziest runs you will ever see. Via Tomahawk Nation: Here is a look that does the run way more justice. #applypressurePosted by Earnest Graham on Saturday, May 23, 2015Good luck to future opposing ACC defenses.last_img

Utah, UCLA Make Huge Leaps In Latest ESPN Power Rankings

Utah, UCLA Make Huge Leaps In Latest ESPN Power Rankings

first_imgLatest ESPN Power Rankings.ESPN Power RankingsESPN’s weekly college football power rankings are out this afternoon and much of the action in the poll featured Pac-12 teams.  Utah and UCLA made sizable jumps after blowing out Oregon and Arizona respectively Saturday night. The 4-0 Utes climbed 10 spots to No. 9 while the 4-0 Bruins vaulted from No. 9 to No. 3, where they are now tied with Michigan State. For the record, I have Utah at No. 1 in ESPN power rankings, followed by UCLA, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Ohio State, LSU, TCU, MSU. Fire away— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 27, 2015Meanwhile, another Pac-12 team, Stanford, made a four-spot leap to No. 16, while Cal debuted at No. 22. Oregon, one of the Pac-12 favorites in the pre-season, took a precipitous fall from No. 10 last week to No. 32 after being clobbered by Utah.Michigan also cracked the ranks for the first time at No. 23 after shutting out BYU. Here’s the full list: 1. Ohio State2. Ole Miss3 (tie). Michigan State    UCLA5. Notre Dame6. LSU7. TCU8. Georgia9. Utah10. Baylor11. Alabama12. Texas A&M13. Clemson14. Florida State15. Oklahoma16 (tie) Stanford       Northwestern18. USC19. West Virginia20. Oklahoma State21. Wisconsin22. Cal23. Michigan 24. Florida25. Boise StateDid they get it right?[ ESPN ]last_img read more