Real deal: Silicon Valley property values experience moderate gains

Silicon Valley property values continue to rise, but not as much as they did a couple of years ago, according to San Jose appraiser Tim Tolbert. Tolbert, who recently spoke at a Silicon Valley Association of Realtors district meeting in Los Gatos, said the market was insane from February through June last year, but by the end of fourth-quarter 2018, prices had dropped close to their 2017 values. Tolbert said he is now seeing values rising by about 3-4 percent.

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Rent Control In London: About To Change Our Lives (& Finances) Forever?

How do you solve a problem like London’s private rental market? For years it has been an expensive race to the bottom as our capital quickly became the epicentre of Britain’s housing crisis. It is now a city of wild extremes – a place where steel-boned, gleaming glass high-rises sit empty, the flats within them bought by offshore investors, while elsewhere, living rooms have become the height of luxury, so rare are they, and people on middle and low incomes cram into crowded HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) because it’s all they can afford. And even then, they’re not that cheap: according to the Greater London Authority, the average private rent for a one-bed home in the capital is now more than the average cost of a three-bed in every other region of England.

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