In 2014, the rate of Americans who own their homes slid for the 10th consecutive year, to 64.5 percent -- the lowest level in 20 years, according to a report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.
Given that unemployment has been steadily decreasing, it would be safe to assume that all the 20-somethings who went back to living with their parents during the recession would be moving out again. Wrong. Statistics now indicate 21.6 million people between 18 and 31 are staying at home or moving back in.
The Tennessee Senate has passed legislation that would keep teachers from educating their students about homosexuality, with language in the bill asserting that "some subjects are best explained and discussed at home."
At long last, a little good news from the real estate market: The National Association of Realtors reported a 10 percent rise in existing home sales in September, but buyers are still skittish about foreclosures and the country's job problems figure into the long-term prognosis as well.
A British insurance price comparison service is predicting that use of social media could eventually lead to increases in home insurance premiums. Membership on Twitter or Facebook could become just another variable in determining costs, based on fears that such sites let potential criminals know when a user is not at home.
Sectarian violence has driven millions of Iraqis from their homes. Now that the violence has abated in one formerly upscale Baghdad neighborhood, residents are returning to find squatters who refuse to leave and a government and occupying army unwilling to kick them out.
The cooling of the U.S. housing market has begun to pull down the entire economy, just as experts had been predicting for several years now. This was inevitable after the ludicrously overheated highs of the last few years, and we can only hope it's going to be a slow leak.
The practice of posting the home address of someone targeted for supposed offenses (like being a member of the ACLU), until now practiced mainly by hate groups, has been embraced by "mainstream" pundits like Michelle Malkin and David Horowitz.