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    Philadelphia Real Estate News | The Untold Stories

    As an artist, my eye is trained to see the form and flow in negative space which often has the strongest impact in design, and can be seen as form itself.

    What does art have to do with real estate news?

    Great question! Makes me flash back to my college days being asked why I double majored in Art and Business.

    I find the same perspective valuable in analyzing real estate news from both national and local sources.

    Often dangerous rip tides are not immediately visible in what appears to be calm water. Ok, I’m mixing metaphors but you get the idea?

    The connecting negative space with three stories from this week are a prime example.


    Supreme Court throws out eviction moratorium

    More Philly landlords are selling properties and deferring maintenance, which threatens the supply of affordable housing

    “The nearly 21% of Philadelphia landlords who listed properties for sale in 2020 is a steep increase from 3.5% in 2019, according to the report released last month “- Philadelphia Inquirer

    Hedge Funds Buying Residential Properties

    Who’s outbidding you by tens of thousands of dollars for that home of your dreams? – NBCNews.com

    What Happens When Hedge Funds Buy Up Neighborhoods – TheFederalist.com

    Investment Firms Aren’t Buying All the Houses. But They Are Buying the Most Important Ones

    Sound familiar? Like 2008?

    During the mortgage crisis, we saw Wall Street funds use bailout money to buy distressed properties across the country to hold in REIT’s as long-term rentals. It appears the same dynamic is well underway post-COVID.


    How do these tie together?

    The connectivity lies in the “negative space” between these stories. Just like statistics can be a one dimensional polaroid, so can news bytes.

    For instance, tenant moratoriums appear to be in the best interest of renters, but is that how it played out?

    With individually owned rental properties disappearing into hedge funds, we are losing the local neighborhood landlords who tend to be more friendly and negotiable.

    Rents are skyrocketing. Buying at today’s higher values means owners have to raise rents to make the numbers work. Not only are we facing a housing crisis with evictions, there are no longer Mom & Pop landlords willing to work with tenants in various situations.

    Another dimension is the undermining of generational wealth. Yes, today’s market is strong and hopefully these families yield equity from the sale of their rental properties. But real estate wealth is a long game. Holding and passing on income generating properties to future generations is at the core of wealth creation.

    I was first alerted to this dynamic listening in Clubhouse discussions with lenders, institutional investors, realtors and advisors from across the country. Join me ♣️🏚


    Other news stories of interest:

    The U.S. Expected an Economic Takeoff. It Got a September Slowdown

    “Economists don’t expect the variant to push the U.S. back into recession. But the loss of steam could prolong the recovery of the millions of jobs lost during the pandemic …At the same time, that damping effect could ease inflation pressures if it reduces consumer demand.”

    WSJ.com

    Philly Houses Selling Faster and for More Money Than Ever. How Long Can That Last?

    According to Kevin C. Gillen, senior research fellow at Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, this market is like none he’s seen in his years of analyzing Philadelphia residential real estate sales. Since last summer, he says, the market has outstripped even the 2008 market…”

    Sandy Smith, PhillyMag.com

    Examples of negative space in art, including one of my own:


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