Housing

Business & Economy
7:46 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

How To Sell A Home? Let Someone Else Live There

Almost all of the furniture in this home belongs to Showhomes. Cora Blinsman only brought her own bed along.
Credit Eric Mennel / WUNC

About a year ago, Cora Blinsman’s mom passed away. Needless to say, it was a really hard on her. She started taking stock of her own life. Cora had been a full-time, stay-at-home mom for 20 years, and she was feeling burnt out. She needed space. So … she got a lot of it.

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Politics & Government
9:39 am
Wed November 20, 2013

There's A Megalopolis In North Carolina's Future

Aeriel snapshot of NW Charlotte, 2005.
Credit UNC Population Center

The Carolina Population Center at UNC is debuting a new unit this week that will focus on translating complicated Census data for businesses and the public.

The new unit is called Carolina Demography.  And the first project by Director Rebecca Tippett is dissecting current and future North Carolina housing units for a span covering 110 years.

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Business & Economy
9:29 am
Mon September 9, 2013

NC Bankers Talk Mortgages In Recovering Housing Market

Credit City of Raleigh

National housing experts are in Raleigh today to talk about the future of the mortgage market. 

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Business & Economy
8:39 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Triangle Home Sales Up Almost 40 Percent

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July home sales are up 39 percent in the Triangle, compared to the same period last year. That number comes from Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake County sales.   

As home sales have increased, inventory has gone down, by over 10 percent. Currently, the region has just a three month supply of homes on the market based on current trends.   

Stacey Anfindsen, a market analyst with Birch appraisal Group, says these numbers need perspective. 

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Education
4:24 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

UNC Governors' Board Says 'No' To Gender-Neutral Housing

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WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on the UNC Board of Governors' vote to ban gender-neutral housing on all system campuses.

UNC Board of Governors members voted unanimously to cancel a policy allowing men and women to live together on the Chapel Hill campus.  The vote nullified the UNC Chapel Hill trustee board's endorsement of gender neutral housing.

Some male and female students were going to live together in 32 living spaces set aside in two dorms starting this month.  But the board of governors said that arrangement would be inappropriate.  Chairman Peter Hans says their consideration of the policy included the unfavorable opinions of some state lawmakers.

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Politics & Government
3:30 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

NC Congress Members Consider Bills To Dismantle Fannie & Freddie

Sen. Kay Hagan is co-sponsoring a new housing bill in the US Senate.
Credit Kay Hagan

Some members of Congress from North Carolina are getting behind proposals to dismantle mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Triangle Tenants Brace Themselves For Section 8 Cuts

Public Housing in Chapel Hill
Credit Town of Chapel Hill

Section 8 is a federal subsidy program that bridges the gap between people with low-income and market rentals. But this summer, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Raleigh, all face cuts to their Section 8 Voucher Program.

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Business & Economy
7:44 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Raleigh Development Flourishes Thanks To Resilient Economy

Credit City of Raleigh

Raleigh city officials have plans for several new residential developments in the middle of the capital city.  They say it's part of their master plan to entice not only new residents but new business downtown.

It is also an indication that Raleigh is doing well economically.  City Planning Director Mitchell Silver says residences that are on the drawing board or under construction are geared toward not just urban professionals, but families.

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Business & Economy
9:34 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Duke Study: Minorities Dig Deeper In Their Pockets To Buy Homes

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Blacks and Hispanics are paying significantly more in home prices than whites. That's according to new research out of Duke University that tracked more than two million home sales in Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and L.A.

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Business & Economy
5:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Triangle Housing Market: Advantage Sellers

Sales of homes in the Triangle jumped 33-percent last month, when compared to January, 2012. The average length of time a house is sitting on the market is down to 115 days, from 130 a year ago. Stacey Anfindsen is a local residential real estate appraiser, and market analyst. He’s says improved sales are tied to a growing workforce in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill region.

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