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The Developments blog features exclusive news, analysis and commentary on residential and commercial real estate from The Wall Street Journal’s real estate bureau.  The Wall Street Journal is one of the world's most trusted publishers of accurate financial news and business information. 



Airbnb Pushes Up Apartment Rents Slightly, Study SaysOpen in a New Window

Airbnb, an online listing service for short-term accommodations, has long been criticized for driving up apartment rents from Venice Beach to Hell’s Kitchen.


Kayne Anderson Deal Shows Student Housing Winning FavorOpen in a New Window

Investors are getting more comfortable with student housing.


Slowing Momentum Might Signal Peak in New-Home PricesOpen in a New Window

What does the recent slowdown in new-home price increases mean? It primarily means two things: Home builders appear to have exhausted buyers’ tolerance for big price increases, and builders are constructing a greater number of less-pricey homes.


Former Blackstone Exec Launches Fund to Focus on Benelux CountriesOpen in a New Window

A UK-based private equity firm founded by a former Blackstone Group LP executive is launching Icon Real Estate a new company that will invest up to €1 billion in real estate in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg where relatively high yields and recovering economies have been attracting new foreign capital.


Is There a Bearish Case on Spring’s New-Home Sales?Open in a New Window

With the likes of Lennar Corp. and KB Home last week posting sales-order gains of 18% and 24%, respectively, for their quarters ending Feb. 28, can a bearish case be made on new-home sales so far this spring? Yes, but not much of one.


Report Says “False Equity is on the Rise” in Housing MarketOpen in a New Window

Home prices in some U.S. markets are rising much faster than rental incomes or what it would cost to build new houses in those markets, according to a new study by a real estate valuation firm.


5 Things Lennar’s Results Tell Us About the New-Home MarketOpen in a New Window

Lennar Corp.’s quarterly results on Thursday depict a new-home market shifting into a higher gear so far this year, perhaps finally shaking off last year’s doldrums.


The Cost of Sprawl: More Than $1 Trillion Per Year, New Report SaysOpen in a New Window

The sprawling suburbs of cities like Atlanta and Houston have hidden costs to the United States economy that come to more than $1 trillion a year, according to a new report.


Braves Hit Home Run With Comcast DealOpen in a New Window

Baseball season hasn’t started yet, but the Atlanta Braves just scored a big win.


Let Building Permits Tell Tale Of February Home ConstructionOpen in a New Window

The Commerce Department’s data for February home starts, released Tuesday, is an anomaly born of harsh weather in many parts of the U.S. last month. Residential building permits provide a better view of the market’s trajectory.
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