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From KSL on 29 Jan 2019
Rising interest rates could impact Utah housing market, analyst says
The New Year could bring higher home values as well as rising interest rates in Utah, which could mean a more challenging market.
From Salt Lake Tribune on 29 Jan 2019
Letter: Don’t make SLC into LA
Salt Lake City is right next to amazing mountains and has a booming economy, so it is no surprise that people want to live here.
From KSL on 23 Jun 2018
Holladay residents launch referendum petition to block old Cottonwood Mall housing development
Some Holladay residents protesting a 57-acre, high-density housing development on the site of the old Cottonwood Mall have launched a petition to let voters decide whether to stop the project in its tracks.
From Salt Lake Tribune on 27 Jan 2019
Who funds Utah legislators’ campaigns? Special interests provide 82% of money, while voters in lawmakers’ own districts gave only 6%.
Incoming Utah legislators collected only 6 percent of their campaign donations during the 2018 election year from voters who actually live in their districts.
The latest state ideas for improving Utah’s housing affordability picture give cities lots of flexibility, but officials with the Salt Lake Chamber and Utah’s largest homebuilder say that approach isn’t tough enough. The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
From Fox 13 on 24 Jan 2019
New numbers point to change in housing market that could favor buyers
SALT LAKE COUNTY — Home sales in Salt Lake County were strong in 2018, but slowing at the end of the year may indicate a shift to a buyers’, rather than a sellers’ market. The Salt Lake Board of Realtors recorded more than 18,000 home sales in Utah’s most populous county for 2018.
From KSL on 23 Jan 2019
Analysis: Falling home sales not helping middle-class buyers
When home sales weaken, prices typically do, too, and buyers benefit.
From Deseret News on 22 Jan 2019
Jay Evensen: Should the people be allowed to overturn city planning decisions?
If we don’t find the courage soon to get serious about more housing, Utah will go the way of San Francisco, and that wouldn’t be good for anyone.
From Deseret News on 21 Jan 2019
How Cottonwood Mall project fight could inspire changes to Utah's local referendum laws
After a year marked with clashes between developers and residents fighting high-density development across the Wasatch Front, Utahns this legislative session may see changes to laws giving citizens the power to challenge local zoning decisions.
From Salt Lake Tribune on 20 Jan 2019
Commentary: High density will just make Utah housing crisis worse
Developers run this state. It’s not a surprise that they want the public to believe we have a housing affordability crisis that can only be solved by high density.
From Utah Policy on 14 Jan 2019
Guest opinion: Local elected leaders plan best for their communities - and the public agrees
Change makes us uncomfortable. Whether it’s upgrading from an old lounge chair or a laptop, it takes some effort. Yet, if the right choices are made, the result can be a future of greater ease and efficiency.
From Utah Policy on 13 Jan 2019
Housing prices set another record for highest year-over-year price growth
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.3 percent from November to December on a non-seasonally adjusted basis.
From buildingutah.com on 2 Jan 2019
2019 Legislative Preview: Championing Affordable Housing, Smart Growth Policies
BY MEGAN MCNULTY During the upcoming 2019 legislative session, the Salt Lake Chamber will be championing modernizing state’s local referendum laws, increasing the state’s investment in transit and more resources for local communities to plan for growth. In just a few short weeks, the Utah Legisl ...
From Salt Lake Tribune on 31 Dec 2018
New housing proposal in Utah would focus on encouraging mother-in-law apartments and more residential buildings along transit corridors
A Utah lawmaker influential on housing issues is proposing a major financial boost for the state’s top source of low-interest lending to affordable residential construction, the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund.
From Lending Tree on 19 Dec 2018
LendingTree Ranks Most Popular Cities for Millennial Homebuyers | LendingTree
LendingTree analyzes mortgage requests, loan amounts and housing costs for buyers 35 and under to rank the most popular cities for millennial homebuyers.
From Salt Lake Tribune on 3 Nov 2018
As Election Day approaches, Utah’s Supreme Court still hasn’t decided if Holladay voters can decide the fate of the Cottonwood Mall development
Friday came and went without answering big questions for voters on a controversial high-density development planned for the old Cottonwood Mall site in Holladay.
From KSL on 30 Oct 2018
Unaffordable Utah: Home prices jump again; first-time buyers struggle
Home prices in many counties along the Wasatch Front jumped double digits in the third quarter of 2018 when compared to the same time last year.
From Deseret News on 19 Sep 2018
What does the Cottonwood Mall debate mean for density along the booming Wasatch Front?
Those charged with addressing Utah’s creeping housing crisis fear that the not-in-my-backyard resistance is awaking to the extent of their referendum powers at the worst possible moment in the state's history.
From KSL on 10 Sep 2018
Fight over Cottonwood Mall project headed to Utah Supreme Court
A 3rd District Court judge issued a split ruling on the pending legal challenges regarding the proposed redevelopment plan of the old Cottonwood Mall acreage.
From KSL on 25 Aug 2018
Utah has a 'housing crisis' in a lack of affordable homes
Homelessness continues to be an issue for many Utahns, but officials believe it is because there is a dearth of affordable housing options. They held a meeting on Saturday to discuss the ongoing need and possible solutions for Utah's housing crisis.
Holladay city officials say the citizen petition for a referendum that would put the controversial Cottonwood Mall development project up for a vote did not qualify for the ballot.
From Deseret News on 13 Jul 2018
Salt Lake City ranks among top seeing gains in housing inventory, report says
The Salt Lake Valley is among the top metros in the nation coping with high demand for residential housing with too few units available, but a new report indicates that progress is being made regarding that supply concern.
From KSL on 13 Jul 2018
Holladay residents submit petition to block old Cottonwood Mall development
Holladay residents concerned about a new development planned for their city turned in their petition Thursday seeking a referendum that would put the project up for a vote, the Salt Lake County Clerk's office confirmed.
From KSL on 29 Jun 2018
Cottonwood Mall site developer says referendum against project is illegal
Attorneys for Ivory Development sent a cease-and-desist letter to groups that oppose the Cottonwood Mall site project, and filed claims alleging the groups have failed to properly register with the state's elections office.