Online Home Buying by Generation

There’s no question that the internet has changed the way people buy homes. The ability to research properties and neighborhoods, contact agents and sellers, do virtual walk-throughs, and even apply for mortgages online was the stuff of science fiction in recent memory. This week, we’re looking at how home buyers of different ages use the web to find their homes, …

Where the Packages Go – The New York Times

Scott Krauss, a tenant in an eight-unit building in Bedford-Stuyvesant that Z+G owns and manages was an early adapter. “One thing that’s really cool is that I have accounts with UPS and FedEx,” said Mr. Krauss, 37, the director of sales at ActionIQ. “I’ll get a call that they are outside, and I’ll text them a code to get them …

Fort Greene, Brooklyn: Riding the Wave of Gentrification

As of Nov. 5, StreetEasy’s website featured 43 properties for sale, culled from multiple sources. The least expensive active listing was a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment at 115 Ashland Place with a no-pets policy, priced at $699,000, with a monthly homeowner’s fee of $947. The most expensive was a five-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom townhouse at 322 Carlton Avenue, priced at $3.995 million, with …

How to Build a Modern Barn

Three years ago, Marc and Lana Reuss found themselves happily untethered, in the enviable position of being able to make a new home for themselves almost anywhere they pleased. They had spent the previous eight and a half years in Europe, where Mr. Reuss helped take a medical products company public. Ms. Reuss had retired from teaching. And their twin …

Second Act for Shuttered Mills Revitalizes New England Towns

In 1997, David Moresi moved back home to North Adams, Mass., to renovate houses, a business he has expanded to include development and property management firms. But recently, he has turned his attention to bigger, vacant properties that abound in New England: mills and factories. Decades after they were shut down, taking thousands of well-paying jobs with them, many of …

In Amsterdam, Floating Homes That Only Look Like Ships

AMSTERDAM — When Karen Bosma first moved her boat to the Borneokade, northeast of Amsterdam’s bustling city center, in 1999, the neighborhood was barely more than a cluster of commercial docks and underused warehouses. “It was for poor people — a lot of artists lived on boats,” she said, sitting in her neat, cozy living room just below the waterline. …

Apple Commits $2.5 Billion to Ease California Housing Crunch

Apple on Monday announced a $2.5 billion plan to help address the housing crisis in California, becoming the latest tech giant in the state to address a problem that it helped cause. The plan includes $1 billion for an affordable housing investment fund and another $1 billion to help first-time home buyers find mortgages. Apple joins other Big Tech companies …

$2.2 Million Homes in Georgia, Massachusetts and New York

Rome, Ga. | $2.2 Million A late 19th-century Carpenter Gothic house with four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom carriage house and a saltwater swimming pool, on 5.65 acres In the late 1990s, the owner, a commercial builder, renovated what was then a dilapidated home surrounded by virgin woods outside his hometown, Rome, 90 minutes northwest of …

The Housing Market Needs More Than Low Mortgage Rates

The Federal Reserve is hoping that its latest interest-rate cut will help keep the economy safely at cruising altitude. But don’t expect it to provide much of a lift to the housing market. Housing is one of the pathways by which Fed policy produces results. When the central bank cuts interest rates, it encourages people to buy houses (since mortgages …