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Annual 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (April 30, 2014) — The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s 50 State Property Tax Comparison Study, produced in partnership with the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence, is now available at the Significant Features of the Property Tax subcenter…

National Housing Starts

Housing starts surge in July

July’s home building rate solidly beat economists’ median forecast of 965,000 and was the strongest since November. Last month’s pace came in slightly ahead of April’s 1.06 million rate, the only other month this year when starts’ annual rate cracked…

2014 Drought

National Drought Monitor for August 12, 2014

Looking Ahead August 14 – 18, 2014 is expected to bring a swath of moderate to locally heavy rain (0.5 to 2.5 inches) from the northernmost reaches of the Cascades, Intermountain West, and Rockies southeastward through most of the Dakotas,…

Agricultural Land

Agricultural Land Price Trend

The National Association of Realtors published this article discussing national agricultural land trends. Agricultural Land Price Trend Agricultural land prices, after several years of double-digit rates of appreciation, look to fall in the upcoming months because corn prices have been…

Farm Bill

USDA Reminds Farmers of 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance Changes

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026). The Farm Bill relinked…

Farm Land

U.S. Farm Production Expenditures Top $367 Billion in 2013

Farm Land Values Maintain Upward Climb WASHINGTON, August 01, 2014  – U.S. farmers spent $367.3 billion on agricultural production in 2013, a 2.0 percent increase from 2012, according to the Farm Production Expenditures report, published today by the U.S. Department…

Housing Study

NAHB Releases New “Priced Out” Numbers

NAHB Economics recently released its 2014 Priced Out Estimates showing that, nationally, a $1,000 increase in the median new home price (triggered, for example, by additional regulation) prices 206,269 households out of the market for the home. This means that…

Utah Real Estate

What To Expect From Housing In The Second Half Of 2014

If the housing market was in overdrive for much of 2013, during the first half of 2014 it hit the metaphorical brakes. Winter storms across the nation contributed to sluggish sales during the first quarter, while rising mortgage rates and…