New and Updated in the Library – July 2016

The following Field Guides have recently been updated in the Library:

Women Homebuyers

According to the 2015 Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers, married couples have the higher household but first time home buyers are more than likely to be single females or males.  However, today single female buyers only made up 15 percent of buyers while the share of single male buyers is 9 percent less. In past years, single females made up more than one-fifth of the market place and single males made up more than one tenth of recent buyers. This suggests that while strict lending conditions continue, married couples are still better able to provide the purchasing power needed to buy a home.

This Field Guide contains books, websites, statistics, reports and journal articles on women and new homeownership trends, home buying needs and special issues concerning women and financing.

Golf Courses

Several aspects of golf courses are explored in this Field Guide—the California drought, environmental concerns, and the golf industry outlook. Can they survive these challenges?

Meth Labs

The production of methamphetamine is alarmingly simple, composed of readily available, household items. The resulting chemical cocktail permeates nearly every surface of the home and property, exposure to which can lead to cancer, organ damage and numerous other health problems, particularly to children. The effects on homes and property are long-lasting and cleanup requires a hazardous materials team. This field guide contains information for REALTORS® and property managers regarding warning signs, disclosure laws, and hazardous effects of meth and meth labs upon humans and property.

Using Digital Video as a Marketing Tool

With YouTube practically a household word and digicams and video-editing software becoming ever more sophisticated and affordable, digital video is suddenly where the action is. Property sellers and real estate professionals alike are finding out how easy and effective it is to create and post homemade virtual tours, neighborhood guides, and other videos to help sell real estate. This Field Guide explores why and how to market real estate using videos on the Web.

Military Base Closings

With another round of military base closings possibly slated for 2017, we examine the pros and cons of these closings and the effect on real estate and the communities surrounding them. Also examined are the real estate opportunities that arise from the closures, and the potential for toxic waste in these lands.

Wind Farms and Their Effect on Property Values

Powerful, controversial and fast growing, wind power is making inroads in the United States. U.S. wind power totaled nearly 182 million megawatthours (MWh) during 2014, equal to 4.4% of U.S. electricity generation and more than three times the wind power generated in the United States in 2008.  However, with growth comes opposition.  Homeowners are worried about decreasing property values and the visual blight of turbines.  Read the pros and cons of wind power in this newly updated Field Guide.

Inclusionary Zoning

Inclusionary zoning is a land-use concept in which local ordinances require builders to include a certain amount of housing for low and moderate income households.

In contrast, exclusionary zoning is a technique that effectively drives up the cost of housing, excluding lower-income households from the community. Exclusionary zoning practices have been under attack in communities around the country for decades, most notably in New Jersey, where the historic Mount Laurel decisions have led the way in promoting inclusionary zoning techniques and creating affordable housing.

This field guide includes background information on inclusionary zoning, case studies on what works and what doesn’t, considerations in developing inclusionary zoning ordinances, and information about Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Impacts of Property Taxes on Real Estate

Americans love to hate property taxes despite the fact that local governments depend upon this levy to provide services and programs to local residents. Learn more about property tax basics and the impact on property values.

Buying vs. Renting

Is it better to buy or rent? Whether renting is better than buying depends on many factors. The information listed here will assist you in helping answer this question. Included are statistics and studies on home owners and renters as well as financing options and tips.

Resource Efficient Mortgages

The green movement is here to stay, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the housing market. Find out the latest trends, statistics, reports, and resources on green mortgages.

Resource Efficient Homes

The green movement is here to stay, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the housing market. Find out the latest trends, statistics, reports and resources on green homes.

Effects of Trails and Greenways on Property Values

Are the sales prices of single-family homes made higher or lower when trails or greenways are nearby? The following articles and studies examine the effects trails and greenways have on the value of surrounding properties and some possible resources people can use to educate communities.

Quick Real Estate Statistics

Looking for quick statistics for your sales meeting or a customer brochure? Need a quick fact to make your point? Information Services has compiled some of the most requested statistics for quick and easy access. Find the information that you need, as well as its source, at a glance.

Top Level Domains

Up until now, the Internet has been organized into a handful of generic top-level domains (TLDs, or gTLDs) which were limited to three letters — .com, .org, .gov, .net, .biz, .edu, and so on. Until recently, the list of TLDs stood at 22 extensions. Learn how new domains have impacted the business on the Internet.