Category: Production

Faith, home, and elderly charity

14 May, 2012 (11:23) | Apartments, Charities, China, Demand, Demographics, Economics, elderly housing, faith-based organizations, Global news, Housing, Production, Tenure |

By:David A. Smith   As China ages at warp speed, old notions of intergenerational family structure are giving way to economic pragmatism, and as shown in a recent article from the Economist (April 21, 2012), that is creating intriguing business opportunities that might just change the political ecosystem:   Social problem or housing opportunity?   […]

Month in Review: February, 2012

4 May, 2012 (10:30) | Admin, Apartments, California, Cuba, Eviction, Global news, Greece, Housing, Land use, Month in review, Moving, Production, Speculation, Travelers, United Kingdom |

[Previous Month in Reviews available here: Jan 12, Dec 11.]   By:David A. Smith   All housing starts with the micro, and February featured three stories that illustrate micro-markets in action, starting with the deflating history that people you thought were your friends now see you as just a charitable benefactor, in Rent as social […]

Old before rich? Part 2, too late rich

3 May, 2012 (10:43) | Apartments, China, Demand, Demographics, Economics, Global news, Housing, Policy, Production, Speculation |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Too soon old; too late smart. – Gordon Livingston   In yesterday’s Part 1, using as source text a quantitative and frightening demographic projection presented in the Economist, we saw that China’s population is aging at an unprecedented and virtually unimaginable rate, as a result […]

Old before rich? Part 1, too soon old

2 May, 2012 (09:29) | Apartments, China, Demand, Demographics, Economics, Global news, Housing, Policy, Production, Speculation |

By:David A. Smith   If youth knew; if age could. – Sigmund Freud   Things get bad when a society’s net economic consumers outnumber its net economic producers, for then living standards have to drop – and that’s the problem facing China’s economy, China’s housing requirements, even as the nation rushes up the economic and […]

Suburb stuffing: Part 2, Nobody’s going to stop them

27 April, 2012 (11:47) | Affordability, Apartments, China, Cities, Global news, Housing, Markets, Production, Subsidy, Supply side, Tenure |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   In yesterday’s post, using as its source an AP story reported in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, I delved deeply into China’s efforts to shift their construction-in-overdrive model from building luxury flats (that it appears people increasingly will not buy) into building affordable flats where they […]