Three’s Company Reboot: Married Couples Living With Roommates

Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Three’s Company Reboot: Married Couples Living With Roommates Roommates aren’t just for college days anymore, the number of married couples who are sharing their homes has increased significantly since the 1990s. Trulia decided to investigate this phenomenon by comparing data between 1995 and 2016 and came up with some telling numbers.In 2018, 3.28 percent of all U.S. households, or nearly 4.2 million, lived with a roommate. But among married couples, that rate was just 0.46 percent (just over 280,000 married households) which is double the rate observed in 1995.  Among all married householders, 0.46 percent live with roommates, up from a historical average of 0.36 percent. This increase is mostly from married homeowners, 0.34 percent of whom live with roommates, or nearly 40 percent higher than the historical average.The increase is higher in the nation’s most expensive markets, proving high housing costs are forcing some married couples to offset the financial burden. It comes as no surprise that the share of married householders who have roommates is correlated with challenging housing market conditions. In fact, the number of married homeowners with roommates peaked in 2012 at roughly the same time as the national foreclosure crisis.There are two distinct trends among married couples who own compared those who rent.  Renters are subject to fluctuating costs during their tenancy or when they move. Homeowners tend to stay in one home longer because their cost is usually stable having been determined when they bought their home. As a result, married homeowners are less likely to bring on roommates when faced with escalating housing costs than married renters. It’s probably no coincidence that the areas with the most married-with-roommate households are more pricey like the West Coast,  known for its high home prices. In Honolulu, the rate almost doubled, accompanied a booming housing market with rising prices. On average every $100,000 increase in the median metro home value corresponds to a 0.25 percentage point increase in the share of married couples with roommates. There is clearly a direct link between affordability and the presence of a roommate in married couples’ homes, soon it could be the new norm. Click here to read the full report. Share Save About Author: Stephanie Bacot  Print This Post 2019-02-12 Radhika Ojha February 12, 2019 1,155 Views Previous: HUD Offers Helping Hand to Displaced Earthquake Victims Next: HELOCs on the Wane? in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily Stephanie Bacot is an experienced multimedia writer having created content for print, web, television, and more. She is the past producer of BIZTV, a national television network for businesses and entrepreneurs that reached more than 200,000 professionals. She has more than 15 years’ experience in healthcare marketing and was an advertising exec for Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge, a trade publication focused on the healthcare industry, as well as the marketing director for a $5 million surgery center. Bacot is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in Marketing and Communications. She resides in Dallas when she’s not pursuing her love of travel. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Three’s Company Reboot: Married Couples Living With Roommates Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe read more

Investigation: Local elections

first_imgJames Johnson of Brasenose said that he wanted to work to make the interface between students and the council more successful. “After living in Oxford for three and a half years, I’ve decided to stand as I feel there is a disconnect between students and the city council.”Aled Jones, running for Labour, wants to use his student political experience on a bigger stage. He told C+, “As a previous chair of Oxford University Labour Club, I’ve seen first-hand the value that the Oxford City Council provide to the city, and it would be fantastic to be able to help provide that support to the students of Oxford as a councillor.”Stuart O’Reilly is running for UKIP. “I’m a second year historian at Pembroke College and I’m standing as a candidate for Hinksey Park as I believe the Labour administrated City Council are making decisions that will prove to be disastrous for Oxford.”Often there is, as James Johnson expressed, a “disconnect” between students and the city itself, so C+ set each of our candidates to the task of explaining why students ought to care about the upcoming elections. Ruthi Brandt began by pointing out, “Students are part of this city. Even if they are in Oxford for only a few years the actions of the city council will have an affect on their lives here. And who knows, they might end up staying here after they graduate, like so many of us seem to do.” Aled Jones agreed, saying that, “Students should vote in these elections because ultimately the decisions that the City Council make affect their lives, and it’s important that they use the voice they collectively possess. From housing opportunities to making cycling safer, students have an opportunity on the 22nd to vote and help to shape those decisions.”A pattern in these responses became apparent as Stuart O’Reilly told C+, “Students should vote in these local elections as we are as much citizens of Oxford as those outside the university. Students make up a significant proportion of the city and are affected by many City Council policies.”Maryam Ahmed turned on the current council, and suggested that students ought to vote in order to change the status quo. “You deserve to be represented by someone who has the courage to speak up for what’s right and actually get things done, rather than the current cohort of ineffectual pen-pushers running Oxford City Council.” Eleanor Law combined these approaches, linking student participation in elections with greater influence in decisions. She told C+, “Students should vote in this election (and the European elections) because unless young people vote, the government has no incentive to deal with the issues and problems that young people and students face. Young people have been hit hard by the coalition government because they think they can get away with it because students won’t vote. Students need to vote to show that we do care, and that we are engaged with politics, and that we will not allow the government to destroy vital services.” C+ then questioned how the candidates would proceed were they to be elected. Maryam Ahmed wants to know “why the Council has capped the number of rental properties in town, making the cost of living out skyrocket”, and “why the Council is planning to build student flats next to a noisy railway line, using us as sound buffers.”In turn, Aled Jones focused on the homelessness issue which blights Oxford. He told C+, “As a local councillor I’d focus upon fighting the cuts to homelessness provision caused by the Tory-led County Council, working with student societies and organisations to ensure a better student experience in Oxford, and ensuring that affordable and quality housing is prioritised.”He said he would also engage with closing the apparent council-student gap. “I would specifically focus on ensuring that the City Council have as close a relationship with students as possible; working with OUSU and other organisations, and would also run regular surgeries in student JCRs.”Ruthi Brandt’s ambitions were, unsurprisingly, eco-friendly, “As a cyclist and an environmentalist, I want to greatly improve the cycling infrastructure in the city. Cycling should be made safer and easier to undertake, and more on-street bicycle parking should be available. She went on to discuss planning projects such as the expansion to the Westgate centre. “I would like to make sure that these projects are properly thought through – that they are indeed beneficial to the city, sustainable (for example – we shouldn’t be building in the city’s green belt!) and connected to the needs of the whole city.”The UKIP candidate Stuart O’Reilly echoed Brandt’s concern for the state of the city, this time focusing upon the Covered Market.“The Covered Market is in real danger of losing its character as a space for local independent traders. He went on to criticise the fact thar “residents’ voices are not being listened to on issues such as the Port Meadow development. Homelessness was an issue which surfaced again, O’Reilly said, ”If elected I would make tackling the issue of homelessness the number one priority – current councillors seem more concerned with blaming each other than sitting down with all parties and coming to agreement on policies.”James Johnson explained that he was concerned with the transparency and effectiveness of the council. “I want the city council to stand up for students, to be a visible and more effective voice for them and their concerns. The other Conservative candidates and I will work to help Oxford students across the board, particularly on housing and rents.”Eleanor Law told us that she feels strongly about the Oxford housing situation. She told C+, “I will campaign for more affordable housing, as Oxford is currently the least affordable city in the country, and the high house prices have a knock on impact on rents, effecting both students and permanent residents. I would also continue to campaign for a living wage across the city, and oppose the cuts the Conservative County Council are making to resources for the homeless.”[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%9723%%[/mm-hide-text] In the survey conducted by C+, one anonymous respondent commented, “I think it is disappointing that many of those running for Oxford City Council have little or no interest in local politics but are motivated purely by ambition”. However, following an in-depth investigation by C+ into each of the candidates’ policies, it would seem that the upcoming elections have much more at stake.Ahmed and Brandt are running in Carfax ward, O’Reilly in Hinksey Park, Jones in Holywell, and Law in Summertown.This article has been amended to show that Labour won a by-election for the North ward of Oxford City Council in September 2013, so they hold both council seats for that ward.center_img On May 22nd, elections will be held for 50% of the seats on the Oxford City Council. A survey conducted by C+ has found that, whilst 61% of students plan to vote in the coming elections, only 15% would consider becoming a candidate. In light of this, and with a considerable number of current or former Oxford students running, C+ spoke to Labour’s Aled Jones and Eleanor Law, along with Maryam Ahmed and James Johnson of the Conservative Party, and Ruthi Brandt of the Green Party to discover why they’re running, and what we can expect from them.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%9701%%[/mm-hide-text] Ahmed described herself as a “working class girl from an immigrant family”, going on to say that, ”I studied Engineering at Christ Church and now I’m doing a PhD at Wolfson.” She emphasised that, “I don’t mindlessly tow the party line. I’m a proud Conservative but I will applaud sensible policies and slap down stupid ones, regardless of party loyalty.“Our Labour City Council is seriously lacking in common sense. This makes me angry and it should make you angry, too. I want to stand up for students and be the voice of reason and compassion on our City Council.” Ruthi Brandt told C+ that, “ I came to Oxford to pursue a research degree in animal behaviour and during my time as a student I campaigned on issues ranging from wildlife conservation to climate change.” She claimed to be motivated by love, “I love this city, and have made it my home, but there are many things that need protecting and improving, and I want to be in a position to be able to do that.”Eleanor Law, a third year at Hertford, explained that she was driven by a desire to counter the destructive work of national government. “I’m standing to be a councillor because l’m horrified by the cuts the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government have been making to our services, in particular the NHS, and their divisive, nasty and inaccurate attitude towards unemployed people and those receiving benefits.”last_img read more

U.S. Coal-Fired Generation Dropped to 23.8% of Total Mix in March

first_imgU.S. Coal-Fired Generation Dropped to 23.8% of Total Mix in March FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jim Levesque for Platts Coal Trader:Coal dropped to 23.8% of US utility-scale power generation in March as natural gas and renewables continued to grab a greater market share, US Energy Information Administration data shows. The agency’s latest Electric Power Monthly report released Wednesday shows coal generation totaled 72.3 GWh in March, down 22.2% from February and 33.4% from the same month a year ago. Gas comprised 34.1% of the total electricity mix with almost 103.5 GWh. Gas generation increased 5.2% from February and was up 4.4% from the year-ago month. Renewables continued to climb closer to coal’s power output, accounting for 19.2%, or 58.2 GWh, of total generation. Renewables generation climbed 9.2% from February and was up 18.6% from the year-ago month. Total US power generation came to 303.8 GWh in March, down 3.3% from February. Through the first three months of the year, coal has accounted for 28.7% of generation compared to 32.1% from gas. In the year-ago period, coal made up 36% of generation compared to 28.6% from gas. Stockpiles grow Power sector coal stocks totaled 194.3 million st in March, up 2.8% from February and up 25.4% from the year-ago month. Stockpiles are 16.4% above the five-year average. Subbituminous stocks totaled 108.3 million st, up 1.5% from February, up 28.4% from the year-ago month and 24% above the five-year average. Full item ($): Coal drops to 23.8% of US generation mix in Marchlast_img read more

It started life as a simple cottage and was transformed into an modern, luxury home

first_img19 Plunkett St, Paddington.One of the more unusual additions to the house is its own lift, which Mr Serra said came in very handy.He included it because Paddington was quite hilly and many of the houses were multi-level, otherwise he would be faced with a lot of steps walking from the very bottom of the home to the top.And one of Mr Serra’s favourite parts of the house is right at the top. 19 Plunkett St, Paddington.There are indoor and outdoor entertainment and family areas and the home has panoramic views.It has a fully automated, state-of-the-art security, lighting system and internal lift access to all levels.The kitchen has a floating Calacatta island bench and butlers pantry and Miele appliances.There is a wine cellar and two large, separate living areas spread over two levels. 19 Plunkett St, Paddington.Joe and Maria Serra built their home at 19 Plunkett St, Paddington, about six-and-a-half years ago.“It is elevated, on the high side of the street,” Mr Serra said.“We actually built it. It has been a great location for us and for our kids.’’With their three daughters now moved on, Mr Serra said it was time to sell, downsize to an apartment and do a little more travelling. 19 Plunkett St, Paddington.The four bedrooms are all large including the main bedroom and a separate guests’ quarters. They all have built-in wardrobes.The home has fully ducted heating and cooling and there is a four car garage.Agent Matt Lancashire from Ray White New Farm described it as “luxurious inner city living at its best’’.center_img 19 Plunkett St, Paddington.“It is quite elevated with views to the city and over to Mt Coot-tha to the west,’’ he said. He also enjoys the swimming pool and entertainment area. The home was designed by Kevin Hayes Architects. Mr Serra said they had done a really good job of designing an open, inviting home.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by “(Kevin Hayes) has done a great job, upstairs has really big spans, about 7.5m, all open with no structure in the way,’’ he said.It felt like penthouse living but without the body corporate fees, Mr Serra said.“It is so close to the city but it is not in the city so you can walk to Caxton St, walk to all the Suncorp events.’’ 19 Plunkett St, Paddington.The poolside terrace has a gas outdoor kitchen which overlooks the saltwater pool with turbo swim jets.Inside the home are vitrified gloss tiles and timber flooring and there is a mezzanine home office or studio space.The 415sq m home is in the heart of the Paddington village area.last_img read more


first_img$75,000 MIZDIRECTION STAKES GOES TO ZIEBARTH HOME-BRED SO SWEETITIZ ARCADIA, Calif. (May 21, 2016)–With a lively pace to run at, Wild Dude skimmed the rail turning for home under Rafael Bejarano and overtook favored Subtle Indian in the final sixteenth of a mile to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes by one length. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Wild Dude, who broke from the rail, covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.10.In a bizarre turn of events, Subtle Indian, who was riding a four-race winning streak at Oaklawn Park coming into the Kona Gold, broke sharply under regular rider Ramon Vazquez and when recent Los Angeles Stakes winner San Onofre was abruptly pulled up coming out of the seven furlong chute, Subtle Indian found himself on a lonely lead heading to the half mile pole and into the far turn. However, the field compressed approaching the quarter pole and Wild Dude, who was well back early, took command late.The third choice in the wagering in a field of eight older horses at 9-2, Wild Dude paid $11.20, $4.00 and $2.80.“We gave this horse a little time and he’s been training really well,” said Hollendorfer, who also co-owns the 6-year-old Florida-bred horse by Wildcat Heir with Green Smith, Jr. “I didn’t know if the number one post would hurt him, but he got real lucky and got through, so that was what won the race for him. He’s a real nice horse. He’s a millionaire now and we’re very proud of him.With the winner’s share of $120,000, Wild Dude’s career earnings zoomed to $1,095,232. In getting his fifth career Santa Anita win, Wild Dude improved his overall mark to 22-8-5-4.“I knew that (Subtle Indian) would go to the lead,” said Bejarano. “I thought other horses would go with him but I just took my time. I knew my horse would show me a big kick but I had to make sure by the three eighths pole that I had enough room. I let him go in the stretch, had a clean trip and my horse won.”Hammered to favoritism at 4-5, Subtle Indian fought off all challengers a quarter mile out, but couldn’t withstand the late charge of the winner and had to settle for second, a half length in front of Cautious Giant. Subtle Indian paid $2.80 and $2.40.“I think Subtle Indian ran a good race today,” said Vazquez. “He never quits and he tries really hard. I think he is better at six furlongs. Today, at six and a half, he had to go a little more. In this case, the other horse just ran better than mine.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Cautious Giant out-gamed Coastline late and finished third by a neck. Off at 14-1, Cautious Giant paid $4.20 to show.San Onofre, who was ridden by Edwin Maldonado, sustained two broken sesamoid bones in his right front ankle and had to be euthanized.Fractions on the race were 21.58, 44.37 and 1:08.76. Saturday’s co-feature, the $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes, for fillies and mares 3 and up at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, was run immediately following the Kona Gold, as the 10th race on an 11-race card. Taken in gate to wire fashion, it was won by Pamela Ziebarth’s homebred So Sweetitiz, who won by a half length over Miss Double dOro while getting the distance in 1:13.70.Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Marty Jones, So Sweetitiz, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Grand Slam, was off at 7-1 in a field of eight and paid $17.00, $7.00 and $4.20.“It’s been a process with this filly,” said Jones. “She’s had her ups and downs and she’s been real aggressive. It seems like once we got her on the turf, she started getting confident and doing things the right way. Mike rode a great race. I expected her to be up close, but with Mike you kind of just tell him what she’s like, and he takes care of the rest.”Miss Double d’Oro paid $3.60 and $2.40.Swift Lady, the 9-5 favorite, paid $2.60 to show.First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more