I DON'T USUALLY get excited about new computer gadgets, because they usually add to my workload rather than lighten it. But a funny thing happened on my way to a conference of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, held here this week at the Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia in Center City. A table outside one of the meeting rooms had an array of cell phones lying next to a stack of printed world atlases bearing the Mapquest.com logo.
BACK IN the day, women thought homeownership came with a husband and 2.5 kids. Not any more. At least 22 percent of all homes sold in the U.S. last year were purchased by single women - the not-yet-marrieds, divorcees and widows. And most of these independent ladies bought condominiums.
IN A WEEK before the primary election that will virtually decide who will be the next mayor of Philadelphia, the current mayor quietly signed an executive order creating a committee to develop zoning legislation that will promote private development of more affordable housing.
TO BUY or not to buy a home right here right now, that is the question. OK, so I've mangled Shakespeare. However, the question remains: What's the market like out there for home buyers and home sellers? The answer depends on the age-old real estate mantra "location, location, location"."
I RECENTLY caught up with John Norquist, former mayor of Milwaukee and president and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism, as he was pounding the pavement in Francisville. Norquist was on the hunt for local venues to set up mini-neighborhood planning sessions during CNU's 15th annual international conference here, May 17 to 20.