According to an April survey, only 30% of US residents said that now is a good time to buy their own home: inflation, rising interest rates and the general difficult economic situation lead many to be unwilling to make big purchases (and most likely in a mortgage). )
What is interesting here is that this figure has been consistently above 50% for many years, most of the time staying in the range of 60-70%, even during the crisis of 2008-2009, and even in the covid years it dropped only to 50%. The current levels are unprecedentedly low
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US cities where most Americans move. The rating is based on data from transport companies that transport things to new homes. As of 2021, the TOP 10 best cities look like this:
1. Houston, Texas
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
3. Phoenix, Arizona
4. Charlotte, North Carolina
5. Denver, Colorado
6. San Antonio, Texas
7. Dallas, Texas
8. Orlando, Florida
9. Austin, Texas
10. Chicago, Illinois
There is a pattern where sunny cities are in the lead, as well as places with a favorable tax system.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced measures to combat rising property prices. Mortgage loans will be provided to those who convert their foreign exchange savings into lira or sell their gold to the central bank to buy houses worth up to 2 million lira (approximately 123,600 euros). Interest rates on loans will be monthly 0.89% with a maturity of up to 10 years. It is believed that such a measure will support the national currency of the country.
Earlier it was announced that the value of real estate that a foreigner must buy in order to qualify for citizenship has increased. If earlier it was enough from $250,000, now $400,000 is enough.
Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a silicon chip with dozens of glucose fuel cells that convert the chemical energy of sugar in human blood into electricity. The chip could power the next generation of medical implants
Publico learned about the arrest in Portugal of Abramovich’s house worth €10 million. In early February, Millhouse Views LLC, owned by Abramovich’s holding, tried to sell this house, the newspaper writes.
The Georgian authorities do not intend to recognize the referendum in South Ossetia on unification with Russia, which will be held on July 17, as well as its results, said Irakli Kobakhidze, head of the ruling Georgian Dream party, quoted by Imedinews.
The jury of the all-Russian literary award «Yasnaya Polyana» has announced a short list of authors in the «foreign literature» nomination, the organizing committee of the award told Interfax on Saturday. A foreign author — the winner of the award — will receive 1.2 million rubles, and an award in the amount of 500 thousand rubles will be awarded to the translator of the book.
The short list includes the books «The General Theory of Forgetting» by Juse Agualusa (Angola), «Tirza» by Arnon Grunberg (Netherlands), «Clara and the Sun» by Kazuo Ishiguro (Great Britain), «Anomaly» by Hervé le Tellier (France), «Trembling» by Yakub Malecki (Poland), «Journey Around the Wild Pear» by Peter Nadas (Hungary), «Where the Crawfish Sing» by Delia Owens (USA), «Chikita» by Antonio Orlando Rodriguez (Mexico), «At Sunset» by Hwang Sokyung (South Korea) , «Brothers» by Yu Hua (China) and «Piccola Sicily» by Daniel Speck (Germany).
The Academy Awards ceremony will take place on March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theater, organizers announced on Saturday.
Ten Syrian soldiers were killed and 12 injured as a result of militant shelling of a bus in the province of Aleppo, Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties (CPVS) in the Syrian Arab Republic, said at a briefing on Saturday.
Roman Abramovich has nothing to do with the €10 million house arrested in Portugal, which was previously reported by the Publico newspaper. This was stated to RBC by a representative of a Russian businessman.
The US authorities this year intend to reduce the US budget deficit by a record $1.5 trillion. This was announced on his Twitter by US President Joe Biden. Biden stressed that reducing the budget deficit is one of the main ways to ease inflationary pressures.
Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechaev expressed the hope that the German authorities would eventually return to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. The diplomat stated this on the air of Solovyov Live.
The new president of Turkmenistan, Serdar Berdimuhamedov, introduced a number of bans for women:
- Tight clothing is outlawed. Women are strongly advised to dress only in national dresses;
- Extension of nails and eyelashes. Punishment for manicure — 15 days in prison or a large fine;
- Hair coloring — neither at home nor in the salon;
- Riding in a car only if accompanied by a relative and no later than 20:00. And, most importantly, in the back seat. Otherwise — a fine;
- Botox is recognized as a poison and banned for import and use;
- Holding hands with your boyfriend in public places (there are already dozens of detainees)
- In the near future, women may be banned from traveling abroad, because there they can defame the bright image of a citizen of the most beautiful country.
Khamzaev: Why do we need football today? Let’s decide for ourselves. Why do we need this big state machine? This is not a private story. 97% of the money in football is government. What is the purpose? What do we want to achieve?
In Russia, for three months of 2022, about 130 thefts were recorded in one store on average, which is 18% more than a year earlier, follows from the data of NTechLab, a developer of a face recognition system collaborating with retailers, RBC reports.
The top 5 categories that in February-April of this year most often attracted intruders included confectionery (19% of all thefts), sausages (16%), alcohol (14%), cheeses (13%), coffee and cocoa ( 7%). The average amount of stolen goods amounted to 1.5 thousand rubles, which is 25% more than a year earlier.
The Ministry of Transport of Latvia terminated an agreement with Belarus on the transportation of military cargo from this republic to third countries through Latvian ports. This was reported on the department’s website.
Danish experts published a study in which they substantiated the impossibility of deextinction — the recreation of extinct animal species. Nevertheless, many scientists continue to work on the «resurrection» of mammoths or aurochs — and say that their goal is not to accurately recreate these animals, but to increase biodiversity and restore ecosystems.
Roskomnadzor restricted access to news portals Germania.One and USA.One. These publications publish news about Germany and the USA in Russian.
The Finnish government has made a formal decision to join NATO. According to Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, the application will be submitted on May 18. NATO said that the approval of applications may take 2 weeks
Volkswagen plans to produce 800,000 all-electric cars worldwide this year and 1.3 million in 2023, the biggest German automaker has said as it aims to make half of its global production all-electric by 2030.
India imposes a ban on the export of wheat. The country is the world’s second largest producer of wheat.
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