Are Home Prices Finally Slowing Their Pace?

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Are Home Prices Finally Slowing Their Pace? in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Best Markets for Single-Family Rental Investment Next: Untapped Urban Development Potential Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Related Articles About Author: Radhika Ojhacenter_img Demand FHFA Homes House Prices HPI Prices Regions Supply 2018-05-24 Radhika Ojha May 24, 2018 1,198 Views Home / Daily Dose / Are Home Prices Finally Slowing Their Pace? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Demand FHFA Homes House Prices HPI Prices Regions Supply Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home prices in the U.S. rose 1.7 percent in the first quarter of 2018 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA’s) House Price Index (HPI). The FHFA said that house prices rose 6.9 percent from the first quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.”Home prices continue to rise across the U.S. but there are signs of tapering,” said Dr. William Doerner, Senior Economist at FHFA. “Since housing markets began to rebound in 2012, house prices appreciation has been positive because demand has outpaced supply. In the last month, however, some regions reflect a slowing or even flattening of house price growth.”In this video, Doerner gives a breakdown of how prices performed across regions.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

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Q&A with Kathryn Hollar

first_imgKathryn Hollar, a chemical engineer by training, grew up in a family that encouraged her interest in science. Now she is director of educational programs at the Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where she teaches the public. She calls her program “science for K to gray.” In an interview with Harvard staff writer Lauren Marshall, Hollar talked about science and how parents and their children can learn it together.Q: Why is science so important?A. When I take children on a campus tour, I always introduce them to the first computer ever developed. It’s on display in Harvard’s Science Center: 50 feet long, taller than a person, and about two feet wide. In its day, around the time of the Second World War, it served some important functions around national security. While we discuss this mammoth structure, I ask my students: “How many of you use a cell phone? How many use a computer? Now, how would you like to carry something like that computer in your pocket?” That is what science can do for you.Science has revolutionized our lives. It’s changed how we communicate with each other. It can make you safer. Children can call their parents on their cell phones. And scientists and engineers are responsible for that. Computers not only help with national security. There are so many other ways science and engineering touch our lives each day, including human health, sanitation, even warmth and protection of your bodies.Q. Why is it critical for school-age children? What are we trying to teach our kids through science?A. School-age children have an innate curiosity and a natural desire to invent. Our job is to nurture that interest, to keep our children curious and inventing. Children will have to learn skills along the way. Let’s face it. Some inventions of fourth-graders aren’t entirely feasible. They need tools like math to figure out if something’s going to work or not. Math is incredibly useful in helping us predict how systems work, and is an essential tool for science and engineering. Children also need an understanding of physics, chemistry, and biology.Q. As an educator, how do you turn children on to science?A. We have an annual holiday lecture in December that draws approximately 1,000 children and their families each year to learn about a particular aspect of science. This year the theme was germs. Last year it was chocolate. The year before, we did the science of pizza. We try to show that science is in everyday things, and give families the opportunity to celebrate science together.Another program, Project Teach, gives middle school children at local schools a chance to talk to Harvard researchers and students about science and college. People who do science every day get children really excited about science and encourage them to find out what courses they should be thinking about taking in the sciences. Middle school is a crucial time to start preparing yourself for any opportunity you want to take advantage of in the future.Q. What challenges do students face in the sciences?A. In the context of pursuing a career in science, there may be a lack of local role models who have careers in science and engineering, so children don’t have the exposure early on to what it means to have that kind of career. Combined with some of the traditional stereotypes of scientists and engineers we see in the media, children without science and engineering role models may not see people with whom they can identify themselves in science or engineering careers. However, there are a lot of great resources on the Internet that parents and their children can explore together.Also, I think it may be a question of children not really understanding what they need to do to be successful. TV gives children the perception that things can be resolved in 30 minutes, or at least really quickly. That is not always the case. Any success in life is the product of perseverance, and it’s important in the sciences and engineering. If you want to be a great musician, or a great basketball player, you need to practice to become better. The same is true of becoming a scientist or engineer.Q. What can a parent do to help their child in school?A. Make sure your children are doing their homework.■ Talk to their teachers and school administrators.■ Find opportunities for your child outside of school.■ Let a child know it’s OK to try something that is foreign to them.■ And, last but not least, let them know it’s OK to fail, as long as you pick yourself back up.Failing is as important as success. It teaches them how to persevere. And it’s not just a skill essential to science and engineering. It’s important that our children take on challenges outside their comfort zone.Even though a parent may know about a subject, they may not know how to teach it. If you don’t know everything you need to know to help your child directly, you can get them the support they need — whether through additional tutoring at school or mentoring — that can help them succeed academically.Q. What can a parent do to encourage interest or advancement in the sciences at home?A. There are fun experiments to do in your kitchen. In fact, there’s a lot of science in a kitchen. And the great thing is, almost everybody I know has a kitchen or access to one.When you wash dishes, look at the bubbles. There’s a lot of science there, a lot of chemistry there. If you put soap in the water, does a paper clip float or does it sink? The best scientists are the ones who are very good observers. Teaching a child to be curious about the smallest things is very good.Encourage your child to ask questions. Validate that they have asked a good question. If you don’t know the answer, try to help them find answers to their questions. Work on the problem together.You don’t have to have a college education to help your child be successful. My parents didn’t go to college. They just cared and found opportunities for me outside the home, so I could explore my interest in science. And in the end, I discovered a good career for me.last_img read more

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In Memoriam

first_imgIn Memoriam March 15, 2006 In Memoriam In Memoriam William Merle Barr, Daytona Beach Admitted 1963; Died December 20, 2005 Mary C. Breda, Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1979; Died April 12, 2003 Jerry D. Bryant, Wilmington, OH Admitted 1984; Died December 27, 2005 Sylvan B. Burdick, West Palm Beach Admitted 1949; Died January 1, 2006 Ralph Peter Cafaro, Staten Island, NY Admitted 1993; Died September 8, 2003 Darrel Carnell, Ormond Beach Admitted 1951; Died December 16, 2005 Susan J. Cawthorne, Lady Lake Admitted 1989; Died December 5, 2005 Marshall M. Chern, Coral Gables Admitted 1949; Died July 4, 2005 H. Tucker Cotton, Montgomery, AL Admitted 1972; Died October 11, 2005 Manuel A. Crespo, Miami Admitted 1977; Died January 8, 2006 Ralph C. Dell, Tampa Admitted 1945; Died November 19, 2005 Garry Charles Faske, North Miami Admitted 1987; Died April 30, 2005 Daniel Philip Galfond, Coral Gables Admitted 2001; Died November 5, 2005 Robert Wade Glass, Clearwater Admitted 1991; Died December 26, 2005 Michael Graham, Phoenix, AZ Admitted 1978; Died July 17, 2004 Robert Treat Graham, Gonzalez Admitted 1976; Died May 5, 2005 Jack M. Green, Tallahassee Admitted 1940; Died January 19, 2006 Judy L. Groover, Jacksonville Admitted 1989; Died January 10, 2006 Edward Ronald Heath, Jr., Mechanic Falls, ME Admitted 1988; Died March 9, 2005 Robert I. Kasten, St. Petersburg Admitted 1972; Died June 23, 2004 Raymond L. Marky II, Tallahassee Admitted 1964; Died January 17, 2006 Ray Mattox, Winter Haven Admitted 1955; Died December 29, 2005 Richard E. McGee, Sr., Brooksville Admitted 1954; Died December 15, 2005 John E. McHugh, Jr., Van Nuys, CA Admitted 1977; December 27, 2004 Edward John Olsen, St. Petersburg Admitted 1979; Died June 25, 2002 George B. Oujevolk, Sebring Admitted 1935; Died July 23, 2000 John A. Paul, Jacksonville Admitted 1934; Died December 30, 2005 Ira Paull, Del Mar, CA Admitted 1980; Died September 28, 2003 Jose L. Pelleya, Miami Admitted 1974; Died May 27, 2005 G. Keith Quinney, Jr., Tallahassee Admitted 1976; Died January 2, 2006 James Michael Rampe, Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1998; Died October 20, 2005 James T. Russell, St. Petersburg Admitted 1954; Died January 2, 2006 Christopher Paul Saxer, Ft. Walton Beach Admitted 1986; Died January 11, 2006 John Vincent Thornton, New York, NY Admitted 1996; Died June 15, 2005last_img read more

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