Author Archives: Andrew Horvath

For Home Buyers in Northern California, Speed is the Name of the Game

Of the top 10 fastest-moving housing markets, 8 are located in California, with San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland taking the top three spots, according to a report from Trulia. At least 70% of homes in these three areas sold in two months or less….
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Social Security to Expand Field Office Hours Nationwide

The new budget for fiscal year 2015 gives the Social Security Administration the opportunity to expand its office hours nationwide….
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Update: Driver License Application in California

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has implemented a new policy requiring formal appointments for all first-time driver license applicants. This policy was implemented to support the influx of applicants now eligible for a driver license under Assembly Bill (AB) 60 which went into effect on January 2, 2015.  AB 60 requires the DMV […]…
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Rust Belt Cities Make a Comeback

Ask any Clevelander or Detroit native, and they can tell you all of the positive changes happening in their city.  Now that news is spreading out of the Midwest.  In Joel Kotkin’s article, The Rustbelt Roars Back from the Dead, he talks about how the industrial heartland is making a comeback as an attractive and […]…
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DMV Changes in California Impact First Time Driver’s License Applicants

The California Department of Motor Vehicles, under Assembly Bill (AB) 60,  has issued a change requiring that all first-time driver license applicants must now make an appointment to visit their local DMV office, effective December 1, 2014.  This may impact service time for employees relocating to the area and in need of a driver’s license, […]…
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Impact of the Automated I-94 Form

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has now fully implemented the automated I-94 process for all air and sea ports.  Although there is speculation this may decrease the time it takes to receive a Social Security Number (SSN), the Social Security Administration (SSA) has not changed their direction on waiting 10 days after arrival into […]…
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Houston Rents Continue to Soar

As waves of young business professionals continue to relocate to the city of Houston, vacancy is down and rents are up. Two recent articles from CultureMap, a digital magazine for Houston and Austin, forecast these trends will remain consistent during 2013. Notable businesses contributing to the area growth include ExxonMobil and Chevron. With so many […]…
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Downtown Chicago Rents Hit Record High

Rents at Class A apartment buildings in downtown Chicago have reached a record high in the third quarter of 2012, according to a recent article in Chicago Real Estate Daily.  This trend is based on a shortage of supply, and landlords are taking full advantage of these market conditions. Class A rents have increased 24% since the market’s […]…
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Rents Continue to Increase

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, new apartment construction now accounts for 28% of all new builds. This is the result of a continuing shift toward renting due to current economic and financial conditions. Vacancies among rental properties are at their lowest rate since 2002, creating a landlord’s market. Average rents increased […]…
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Population Boom in ND Causes Home Finding Challenges

According to a recent article in the fedgazette, the rental market in the Williston and Dickinson, ND area continues to be a challenge because new housing is not being built fast enough to handle the large demand of workers in the oilfields and related industries.  In Williston, simple trailer homes are selling over $100,000 from […]…
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