Hungry? Let’s eat out! But if you’re not like me, and every once in a while you want to cook, it might be nice to have some strategies on how to maximize the space in your kitchen. So check these out:
1. Hang it up. Those fancy pots with the copper bottoms are expensive. Why not show them off a little? There are all kinds of peg board, S hooks, shelves and other mechanisms to gain added space on your walls or ceilings.
2. A kitchen island on wheels. Need extra counter-top space? Here’s your answer. The one shown in this picture is even collapsible for when you don’t need it.
3. Move it out. Maybe those fancy dishes or glassware will make a nice decoration in your living room. Get creative!
4. Move to the all new Catalina Crossingapartments in Madison. These units have huge kitchens, walk-in pantries and more than enough room for all of your stuff. Call (262) 785-0840 to set up an appointment to see these modern, Huge living spaces.
GlobeSt.com reports that June 2019 saw a spike in rent prices across the US, increasing about 0.826%. You can view the entire article here. Yes, 0.826% is less than 1%, but on an annualized basis this change would result in an increase in rents of about 10%. And this after years of increases, all faster than the rate of inflation.
Part of the problem is the cost of new construction. Few new single-family homes have been built owing to affordability problems. This in turn has driven up prices on existing single-family homes. Price escalation causes increased demand for housing alternatives like apartments.
Another source of trouble is the government interference we’ve thoroughly documented in this space. Government regulation and constraint on development has increased the cost of construction and limited the supply of additional housing, again putting pressure on rents.
What it means is that, like it or not, fair or not, rent prices are going to continue increasing. Of course, if you live in an area with rent control, then you probably won’t be able to find an apartment at all.
And never mind that part of the cost problem stems from government interference and constraints on new development. Regardless, governments increasingly feel compelled to step in to “solve” the problem they were guilty of helping to create in the first place.
The latest government intervention comes to us compliments of our German friends in Berlin. There, the government is proposing to actually confiscate apartments owned by private landlords! The premise is that any landlord owning 3,000 rental units or more would be subject to confiscation.
Doesn’t anyone remember the miserable apartments blocks in the former Soviet Union? Or how about the Cabrini Green public housing in Chicago that was plagued by sniper fire between the towers prior to the development finally being demolished?
I’m not sure what services governments are good at providing, but I’m certain that housing isn’t one of them. When one thinks about excellent service, is it Federal Express that comes to mind or the US Postal Service?
One correction that needs to be noted. I said that rising rents were an international problem. That’s not quite true. Housing costs in Japan have been stagnant for decades. That’s partly due to a stagnant population. But in Japan, there is less government regulation and constraint on development and as a result, more housing is created. Japan has a population roughly half that of the US. Last year in Japan, about a million housing units were built, a typical year. Last year in the US, 1.25 million housing units were built.
Hoarding can be an emotionally devastating disorder. The effects of obsessive hoarding can be hard on the hoarder themselves, and equally as troubling for friends and family. There is a distinct difference between someone who is a pack rat and someone who would constitute a hoarder. Let’s start by providing information you can ponder to see if you or someone you know might be a hoarder, followed by some suggestions for what to do.
Hoarder vs. Pack Rat – Is There Actually any Difference?
Aren’t fish supposed to be soothing? Aren’t you sick of counting sheep? And don’t sheep smell? Consider this aqua bed!
2. Indoor-Outdoor Pool
Ok, this one may be a little impractical in our Wisconsin climate, not to mention being a bit of a budget buster. But what if you hit the lottery? You’ve got to be ready for when good fortune smiles your way!
3. Chandelier That Turns Your Room into a Forest
Hey, every day can be Halloween now. Pass the candy corn!
We talked about it being considered, but now rent control is the law of the land in Oregon. In the past, rent control has been limited to certain cities, primarily in New York and California. But for the first time, an entire state has decided to drink this kool-aide.
Rents have been going up fast in Oregon and it’s not hard to understand why. According to the Wall Street Journal, for every 100 new households formed in Oregon, there has been only 63 new housing units built. Rising demand in the face of inadequate supply always results in higher prices.
So why aren’t the builders building more?
Government regulations designed to reduce urban sprawl and preserve land for farms and forests have resulted in sky high land prices and cities with nowhere to go. Take for example Bend Oregon. In 1990, the population was 20,000. Previous state legislation established an urban growth boundary limited to 20,600 acres. Today the population is 95,000 but available land for development is limited to only 24,000 acres. That’s about 75,000 people, nearly four times as many, competing for a 16.5% increase to land area of just 3,400 acres. No wonder prices are going up.
In other words, government regulation created this problem and now the regulators are going to step in to fix it with additional regulation. Rent control always results in decreased supply of new housing. While the ink is hardly dry on this new law, multi-family permits are already down 64% from a 2017 inclusionary zoning policy that forced landlords to rent 8%-15% of their units at below market rates. This new rent control meddling will precipitate further decline.
In the meantime, places like Dallas, Texas are surprisingly affordable and while Dallas has also enjoyed rapid household growth, housing cost have not sky rocketed, for one simple reason: In Dallas, the government will let you build.