Category: Rental

The hipster’s mobile home: Part 2, Sheer joy of showering outdoors

10 February, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Design, Development, Housing, Innovations, Land use, Micro-units, Rental, Speculation, Tenure, Tiny houses, US News, Usonian, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith And I sling the hash and wash the dishes Thank you, thank you, Mister Chairman, for those kind words; but why don’t you tell them the whole truth: founder, owner, editor, and I also sweep out the place. – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance As […]

The hipster’s mobile home: Part 1, The three constraints

9 February, 2016 (10:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Design, Housing, Micro-units, Rental, Speculation, Tiny houses, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith When the legend becomes fact, print the legend. – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance “You’re not gonna use this story, are you Mr. Scott?” The secret of Twitter or Facebook, or the political arcs Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and a host of others whom it would be tedious to mention, […]

Yuan to buy American housing? Part 4, Fall back on the tired old trick

4 February, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Capital control, Capital markets, China, Exchange rates, Finance, Global news, Housing, Investment, Monetary policy, Rental, Speculation, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. Napoleon Bonaparte Whenever a government decides to intervene in the financial markets – and modern governments are already intervening, […]

Yuan to buy American housing? Part 3, Befuddled by free markets

3 February, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Capital control, Capital markets, China, Exchange rates, Finance, Global news, Housing, Investment, Monetary policy, Rental, Speculation, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. Napoleon Bonaparte Markets have a nasty habit of speaking truth to power, and for that reason, they are worth hearing, even when the power is the newly assertive nation of China […]

Yuan to buy American housing? Part 2, A high price for the honor

2 February, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Capital control, Capital markets, China, Exchange rates, Finance, Global news, Housing, Investment, Monetary policy, Rental, Speculation, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] In politics, never retreat, never retract, never admit a mistake. Napoleon Bonaparte As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, judging by the report in Bloomberg Business (January 14, 2016) and a similar article and editorial in the Economist’s January 16 issue, something is badly awry in […]