Rent Growth Hits 10-Month High

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago March 15, 2019 1,228 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago According to the February Zillow Real Estate Market Report, rent prices grew at their fastest rate in 10 months in February, reaching 2.4 percent year-over-year appreciation. However, while rent price growth increased, national home value appreciation sagged to its lowest level since December 2017. The report found that the U.S. median monthly rent was $1,472 in February, recording an increase from $1,438 a year earlier. This translates to more than $400 in additional yearly expenses for the typical renter. Zillow noted that rents have steadily recovered since a slowdown in the fall that saw the first annual price decreases in more than six years. Data on the annual rent growth reflected an acceleration from January rates in most large housing markets, with the biggest jumps coming in Portland—a turnaround after six straight months of annual rent declines from July through December—and Indianapolis.Orlando and Pittsburgh were the only two large housing markets where rent growth declined. Despite that slowdown, both areas experienced higher-than-average growth, with Orlando rents growing at a faster pace compared to any other large metro area (7.0 percent). Addressing Amazon’s HQ2 withdrawal from Long Island City, the report indicated that New York renters are yet to feel the effect. New York rent prices along with those in Washington, D.C., and Nashville—two markets where Amazon still intends to build large office spaces—have largely followed national trends since the November announcement, Zillow pointed out. “The rental market spent part of last year catching its breath after several years of breakneck growth,” said Jeff Tucker, Economist at Zillow. “Landlords are now coming to terms with the fact that rent cannot grow faster than income forever, and after that short correction we can expect a much more vanilla, slow-growth market going forward. As we enter the 2020s, the demand for rentals is projected to fall as many millennials move on to homeownership,” he added. The median U.S. home value increased by 7.2 percent increase from a year earlier with a  cooldown mostly felt in San Jose, California; and San Francisco. U.S. for-sale home inventory grew 1 percent year-over-year, an increase of 16,137 homes. Inventory picked up the most in San Jose, Seattle, and Los Angeles, further signaling a cooldown from the frenetic pace of the past year in major West Coast markets. Zillow stated that Mortgage rates listed were mostly flat in February. Rates ended February at 4.16 percent, down one basis point from the start of the month. Click here to read the full report. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Home Values Appreciation Jeff Tucker rent growth Zillow About Author: Donna Joseph Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Home Values Appreciation Jeff Tucker rent growth Zillow 2019-03-15 Donna Joseph Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Brexit’s Far Reaching Impact on U.S. Housing Market Next: Breached: How the Mortgage Industry Can Implement Stronger Cybersecurity Share Save Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Rent Growth Hits 10-Month High Rent Growth Hits 10-Month High Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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Photos: Former 49er, Raider Rod Woodson sells Pleasanton home

first_imgHall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson has sold his Pleasanton, Calif. home for $2.075 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The six-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath property that was originally listed for $2.35 million spans 4,592 square feet. It features a solar system, pool and outdoor entertaining area among many other amenities. The home was purchased in 2004 for $1.6 million, according to public records. Janna Chestnut with Alain Pinel is the current listing agent. …last_img

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The Ultimate Streaming Music Service: Just Merge Rdio And Spotify

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… The unofficial leaders of the streaming-music market, Rdio and Spotify, are both awfully good services. But neither is close to perfect, which led me to wonder just how you’d create the ultimate online music service.The answer isn’t hard: Just merge Spotify and Rdio. Alternatively, the two sites should just copiously steal features from one another. Or someone could found a new service that blends the best of both. Whatever. I want the best of both, and I want it now.Allow me to explain. Almost two years ago, when Spotify finally launched in the U.S., I signed up. Within 48 hours, I had canceled my Rdio subscription and agreed to pay Spotify $10 per month to access its service on my phone, ad-free. (See Also: How To Choose The Right Music Subscription Service)But for the last few weeks, I’ve had the luxury of using a premium Rdio demo account, and I’ve gotta say: It’s sometimes tempting to switch back. As impressive as Spotify is, Rdio is much, much better designed. On the other hand, Spotify has a few excellent features Rdio lacks. (Both sites offer approximately the same amount of music, which is often available via high-quality 320 kbps streams.)Frankly, I’m torn. But I’d rather not have to choose at all. I suspect many other music fans — whether they know it or not — feel the same way.What Rdio Gets Right: Design and Music ManagementWhen it comes to design, Rdio wins, hands down. Spotify’s apps aren’t terrible, but Rdio sports what feels like a cleaner, more minimalist design. The blue and white color scheme is more refreshing and it feels like the company put some thought into typography. More importantly, Rdio organizes your music much, much better than Spotify does. It has long blown my mind that Spotify refuses to display your music library in a way that’s at all analogous to how you’d organize music in real life. There’s no collection. There is no “Albums” tab.  It’s just playlists, starred tracks and search. If I find a new album I want to routinely listen to, I have to star the whole thing or add it as a playlist. It’s bizarre.  4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow Tags:#mobile apps#music#rdio#spotify#streaming music 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… By contrast, Rdio lets me easily add albums to what is intuitively labeled my “Collection,” which is organized by artist. To anybody who’s ever used an iPod, scrolling through a list of artists is an familiar, almost expected interface. Spotify users, for whatever reason, don’t have this simple luxury. Rdio’s built-in music discovery is also superior. The “Heavy Rotation” tab recommends music to me based on what I listen to and who I follow on Rdio. Depending on those two details (especially who one chooses to follow), the suggestions can actually be pretty spot-on. I don’t know what powers the “Recommended Albums” carousel in Spotify’s “What’s New” tab, but the fact that it thinks I’d enjoy Kelly Clarkson’s new album suggests it’s not paying very much attention.What Spotify Gets Right: Add-On Apps & Infinite MusicWhat Spotify lacks in native recommendation features it makes up for via third party add-ons available through its built-in app platform. Spotify might not be aware of what I actually like, but Last.fm is — and its Spotify app is a mere click away. If I want music to match my mood, there’s MoodAgent, which builds playlists based on things like tempo and the emotional qualities of a given song. For less robotic, more human-curated recommendations, there are apps like Hype Machine and Shuffler.fm, both of which corral the best new stuff from influential music blogs, broken down by genre. Then there are good, old-fashioned hand-picked recommendations from individual critics via the Rolling Stone, Guardian, Pitchfork or NME apps. Spotify’s third party app platform is by far its most promising feature, aside from the music itself. Realizing that it can’t build the end-all, be-all music service for every listener, Spotify has smartly opened up its platform to developers, who can use HTML5 and related Web technologies to build applications that plug into Spotify’s vast music library.These add-ons have yet to find their way into Spotify’s mobile apps, but they continue to push the desktop experience forward in a way that makes it hard to break the Spotify habit. And Another Spotify Win: ImportsThe other chief advantage Spotify offers — and that Rdio and others should just steal outright — is the ability to import your own MP3 collection into the service. This is a huge perk.No matter how many licensing deals these companies strike, their music libraries are never going to include everything. There will always be big-name holdouts like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, not to mention a score of smaller, independent artists who either haven’t done the leg work to get their music onto streaming services or simply don’t want to. Allowing users to effectively merge their personal music collections with Spotify’s music library makes for an experience that feels more comprehensive and focused. As more of our music consumption moves online, the listening experience inevitably becomes fractured across sites and apps. We might not be able to avoid this entirely, but Spotify’s integrated approach makes it easier to at least minimize the problem.  There are, as always, technical limitations to implementing this feature. Since Spotify primarily exists as a desktop app, it can easily scan your hard drive for music tracks and index them, iTunes-style. The alternative would be to allow users to upload their tracks directly to the service, a la Google Music and the Amazon Cloud Player.Waiting for thousands of songs to upload doesn’t present the most compelling user experience, but it is one possible technical solution. For the most part, Spotify’s local indexing approach works pretty well. Rdio has desktop apps, but they’re more or less a clone of its Web interface without much extra functionality tacked on. If Rdio were to include the ability to import and manage music, I’d be that much closer to ditching Spotify. The desktop app is also a crucial component to syncing local MP3s to users’ phones and tablets, another feature unique to Spotify in the U.S. (Deezer does this, too). Toward The Ultimate Streaming ServiceMusic is a pretty personal thing. If these companies want us to shift our listening habits into their respective clouds, they need to be particularly sensitive to what works for users. I’ve presented one framework here. Perhaps you have your own ideas, which I encourage you to leave in the comments. A flawlessly-designed, super-comprehensive, extensible and flexible music subscription service would be well worth the money. It’s a little frustrating, because Spotify and Rdio collectively have most of the pieces required to build the ultimate streaming service. It’s almost as if the two could merge and we’d be set. It’d be unlikely, but if this new hybrid music dream service could steal a page from Tomahawk’s playbook and integrate additional music sources like SoundCloud and YouTube, it’d be even better. Whether or not Rdio, Spotify or any of its current direct competitors deliver this mythical dream service, somebody will. The music subscription space is going to heat up substantially this year, as Google and Amazon are both rumored to be entering this market. Meanwhile, MOG will be reborn as Daisy and Deezer is expected to launch in the U.S. We already have a few very awesome, yet imperfect music subscription services. As the space gets more crowded, there exists a real opportunity to launch something truly, thoroughly compelling. Who will it be? Lead photo by Alexandre Normandlast_img read more

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Will Apple’s FCPX Z-Depth Patent Revolutionize the Industry?

first_imgApple’s latest patent – Z-depth in Final Cut Pro X – looks to introduce light field technology to the world of video editing.Apple just recently filed a patent for a new Z-depth image segmentation workspace inside FCPX. The patent was non-specific about the way in which Apple is looking to implement the technology into their high-end editing software, but the implications are huge for the future of video editing.Z-Depth/Light-Field TechnologyZ-Depth mapping is an incredibly important imaging technology that is currently limited to still photos only for consumers. In a nutshell, z-depth relates to the physical distance between the camera and the objects it’s shooting. To capture images with z-depth data, users have to use a special device called a light field camera.A light field camera is different from a traditional digital camera because, in addition to capturing light, it can record where the light is coming from and how far the source of the light is for each pixel. There have already been some pretty significant advancements in this technology.Notably the new Lytro ILLUM which allows users to take a picture and then focus in post. Here’s a quick demo of how this technology works:You can actually buy a Lytro ILLUM for $1,299 online. However, no such technology is available for video, at least not yet. This is where Apple’s patent comes into play. With the acquisition of LinX Imaging and PrimeSense, Apple is likely trying to prepare their high-end editing platform for the inevitable day when light field video hits the market. Photo via Patently AppleApple’s patent is specifically for a technology to take the information from a light field camera and break it down into separate layers across z-space. To visualize depth, Apple has patented a new version of a histogram that will display depth information along a graph.ImplicationsAdjustable FocusThere are huge implications to having access to z-depth information. Notably, if users shoot their video using a light field camera they could potentially change the focus of their video in post-production. Didn’t nail focus correctly on set? Don’t worry – you can literally fix it in post. Apple’s patent features what looks like a slider-based depth control which could be used to adjust focus with ease.Customizable Depth of FieldIt’s also rumored that users will be able to change the size of the depth of field in post. This could have great implications for filmmaking, as you can pin-point exactly how large your depth of field needs to be by adjusting a simple slider. In addition, users would gain control over the size and potentially shape of their bokeh using such technology.Easy KeyingIn terms of keying and rotoscoping, the addition of Z-Depth technology into editing softwares, not just FCPX, would mean users could key out a subject based on position in relation to the camera, not just color. So if your subject was 4 feet away and the background was 10 feet, you could hypothetically just erase anything further than 5 feet away. This technology could replace green screens ,and it seems like Apple’s patent is hinting that FCPX will gain this ability.Simplified CompositingThis technology could also have huge implications for the compositing world, as footage with depth information already stored inside could be easily integrated into 3D modeling and compositing softwares. While FCPX isn’t an ideal software for compositing, it’s safe to assume that other softwares will be getting similar light-field technology very soon.When will we see this technology?It’s hard to say when we can expect to see this technology inside of FCPX, especially considering light field cameras aren’t video-ready yet. If and when this technology does hit, we can expect there to be a huge demand for such control, especially in the professional filmmaking world. Currently light field video cameras are only available in laboratory settings.Want to learn more about light-field cameras and z-depth mapping? Check out a few of these resources:Apple to Bring Z Depth Mapping to Final Cut Pro X – Patently AppleHigh-Speed 3D Light Field Video Cameras – RaytrixLight-Field Camera – WikipediaWhat do you think of this new technology? Could it revolutionize the film/video industry? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

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Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of Cincinnati event

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sad farewell for injured Usain Bolt as Britain wins 4x100m relay LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentscenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The injury cast more doubt over Sharapova’s participation at the US Open, which starts in New York on August 28. Due to her low ranking, Sharapova would need a wild card to play in the main draw of the tournament.Sharapova suffered the injury while playing in her first US match in more than two years, defeating American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener.She had not played in the US since March of 2015 due in part to a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium.ADVERTISEMENT Maria Sharapova of Russia competes against Jennifer Brady of the United States during day 1 of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University Taube Family Tennis Stadium on July 31, 2017 in Stanford, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPFive-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew Saturday from next week’s WTA tournament in Cincinnati with a left forearm injury.The move came a week after the former world number one from Russia withdrew from a WTA event in Toronto from the injury she suffered in a second-round match at Stanford, where she withdrew after her opening-round victory.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Sharapova, the 2011 Cincinnati champion, arrived Friday and made the decision to withdraw after consulting with the event medical staff on Saturday.“I arrived in Cincinnati yesterday eager to play. However, following the doctor’s advice on-site, as a precaution for the US Open, I am unfortunately withdrawing from the tournament with the left forearm injury I sustained in Stanford,” Sharapova said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I want to thank the tournament for the wildcard opportunity and really look forward to competing here next year.”Sharapova was due to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round. Either a qualifier or lucky loser will replace her in the draw.last_img read more

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Maria Sharapova claims in memoir Serena Williams had nasty words against her

first_imgRead Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Russian tennis pro Maria Sharapova’s memoir “Unstoppable: My Life So Far” gives an inside look on her personal life and career.Image: Twitter/@mariasharapovaBefore the book’s release, the 30-year-old athlete shared excerpts with People magazine. One of the highlights is her relationship with top-ranking player Serena Williams.ADVERTISEMENT In this March 7, 2016, file photo, tennis star Maria Sharapova speaks about her failed drug test at the Australia Open during a news conference in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Following the controversy, Williams said she “showed a lot of courage” for being honest about the drug test.In one of the excerpts, she cites that the media called her “a cheater and a liar” and that she was “overjoyed” when her suspension was reduced from two years to 15 months. She wrote, “Before I was thinking only about how I would make my exit. Now I think only about playing.”  Niña V. Guno  /raRELATED STORIES:Drug in Sharapova doping case used by Soviet troops in 1980sTennis: Sharapova back in business, like it or not Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments She and the American went head to head in 2004 when at 17, Sharapova defeated Williams in Wimbledon.At the time, Williams was still recovering from a left-knee injury she had endured since 2003.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn her autobiography, the five-time Grand Slam winner shared that both of them “should be friends…but we are not.”She states that after the finals, Williams hugged her and said “good job.” WWE: Pro wrestler Ric Flair out of surgery and resting SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension However, in the locker room she heard “guttural sobs.”“I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon,” wrote Sharapova. “But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. Not long after the tournament, I heard that she told a friend—who then told me—‘I will never lose to that little b…. again.’”She blames that moment for her dismal record against Williams, which is two wins in their 19 matches.Sharapova also opens up about testing positive for the banned substance mildronate at the Australian Open in 2016, earning her a suspension. The Russian said she needed it for health reasons and that “in Russia, millions take it, even my grandmother!”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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10 months agoREVEALED: Real Madrid want Man Utd to buy Bale and fund spending spree

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Real Madrid want Man Utd to buy Bale and fund spending spreeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to make this the final season at the club of Gareth Bale.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, who was speaking on El Chiringuito.”Bale will be sold next season, it’s a decision that’s been made,” Inda explained. “They would sell him for €180m, it’s their starting price. They want to sign a centre-back, a left-back, a midfielder and two craques in attack.”Inda says Florentino expects Manchester United to come forward next year with a new proposal for Bale.And an offer of £150m is anticipated, despite Bale’s persistent injury problems. last_img read more

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9 months agoPSG push Everton to drop Gueye price

first_imgPSG push Everton to drop Gueye priceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are willing to sell to Idrissa Gueye this month.PSG are in contact with Everton about a deal for the midfielder, says L’Equipe.And Everton are prepared to sell Gueye – but for no less than €45m.The price is deemed too rich by PSG, which rate the player closer to €30-35m.Gueye is tied to Everton until 2022. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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16 days agoAC Milan director Maldini welcomes Pioli appointment

first_imgAC Milan director Maldini welcomes Pioli appointmentby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director Paolo Maldini has welcomed the appointment of new coach Stefano Pioli.Pioli arrives to replace Marco Giampaolo.”Pioli isn’t a gamble,” said Maldini.“We want to be leading lights this season, we don’t want to write this season off.“I thank Giampaolo for his professionalism. Three months ago, we were here talking about him, but this was a considered and shared choice.“If we go back in time, he was the right choice for a young team, but it just didn’t work. I defended Giampaolo because that was the right thing to do.“We have 31 games in front of us. We can still turn things around this season. We don’t want to still be waiting to become competitive in 10 years’ time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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