Report: Popular real estate websites announce they’ll no longer show crime data, citing “racial inequities”

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USA- According to reports, two of the largest real estate search engines, Realtor.com and Redfin, have removed crime data from its websites out of concern that the data perpetuates racial inequities and bias during the home-buying process. 

In a company update, David Doctorow, the CEO or Realtor.com said that the crime map layer has been removed from all search results on the website “to rethink the safety information we share on Realtor.com” and how “we can best integrate it as part of a consumer’s home search experience.” He added:

“We know that a person’s home can affect so many other things – their education, their health, the opportunities they and their children will have in life. This persistent problem of housing segregation is interconnected to many of our country’s deepest social and racial equity challenges.”

On the same day that Realtor.com announced that it was removing its crime data, Redfin came out with an all-in denunciation of crime data being included on real estate websites. The statement said, in part:

“We recently decided not to add neighborhood crime data to Redfin.com. we were considering this because we’re very much focused on answering all the questions people have when they’re considering a home purchase, and we know that one of these questions is whether they’ll feel safe in a given home or neighborhood.”

Report: Popular real estate websites announce they'll no longer show crime data, citing "racial inequities"

The statement added:

“But, the data available don’t allow us to speak accurately to that question and given the long history of redlining and racist housing covenants in the United States, there’s too great a risk of this inaccuracy reinforcing racial bias. We believe that Redfin – and all real estate sites – should not show neighborhood crime data.”

Redfin also highlighted the different between crime and safety and said that through its research, which included surveys, people defined safety in a variety of ways.

Redfin’s chief growth officer, Christian Taubman, said that the available data, namely the Uniform Crime Report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), pertains to reported crimes and excludes information about crimes that go unreported and crimes that go unsolved.

He said that data at a neighborhood level could lead to high inaccuracy. He said:

“The fact that most crimes are missing creates a real possibility that the crimes that show up in the data set skew one way or another. And the fact that most reported crimes go unsolved means that some of the crimes being reported in fact may not be crimes.”

In addition to the FBI’s metrics, Redfin also considered the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which relies on interviews from tens of thousands of people annually and queries them about the frequency, characteristics, and consequences of criminal victimization across the country. 

Taubman said that while the survey includes information on unreported crimes, because it is a survey, if respondents’ responses are racially biased, that bias would be reflected in the crime data. He wrote:

“And there are troubling signs of this: in the 2019 survey, people reporting crimes were more likely to describe their offender as young, male, and black than would be expected given the representation of those groups in the population.”

Taubman said:

“We know that whenever we add new data, however, there’s the potential for it to change whether people decide to live and invest in a neighborhood, and to do so in ways that are impacted by historical and current bias. Each and every time we add data to Redfin.com we will consider the accuracy and likely impact of that change.”

He add:

“Sometimes that will result in us deciding not to add data to the site and sometimes that will result in us deciding to add the data. In this case, we’re confident that the crime data that are available today ought not to be on Redfin or any other real estate site.”

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America last: Report shows Democrat amnesty bill will explode Americans’ rents, housing costs

September 19th, 2021

USA- Americans are already struggling with higher food and energy prices courtesy of Democrats and the Biden administration.

The next hammer to drop? Higher rent prices, as an amnesty bill conveniently hidden inside the behemoth $3 trillion plus “infrastructure” bill is expected to add some three million “chain migration” illegals into the United States, creating a supply shortage which will drive up rents.

As Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies ruminates, “It’s a huge deal,” as reported in Breitbart.

Currently, some four million people await years in order to get one of the 240,000 cards which are annually available for foreign siblings and adult children of legal immigrants.

Under the new bill, they would be able to “Early File” for conditional residency and work permits if they’ve already been waiting for more than two years, and also are permitted to fly into the U.S.

“A lot of people who are on the waiting list will come here and ‘Early File’ for…’green card lite’ status,” Vaughan said.

She noted that under the Biden administration, they will likely allow chain migrants to come to the U.S. under the ruse that they are short-term tourists.”

She noted so-called chain migration arrivals “will go where [their migrant relatives] are concentrated and many are already living in a high-cost-of-living area—Prince William County and Prince George’s County in Maryland, for example.,” she said.

“There clearly will be a very large demand for housing, and particularly low-income housing which we already have a massive shortage of,” said Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations at NumbersUSA. “So yeah, this is going to exacerbate every social problem that we have.”

Rent prices are already on the increase, with just about everything else as reported by the Wall Street Journal on Sept. 14:

Rents tracked by Zillow, an online real estate company, were up 9.2% in July from a year earlier, as demand increased among people who can’t afford to buy homes and some young professionals returned to cities. Zillow estimates the typical U.S. rent in July was 2.9% higher than if rents followed their pre-pandemic trend.

Democrats are looking to seize upon rising rents in order to squeeze landlords through additional government oversight and want taxpayer subsidies for renters.

One of the Democrats leading the way is “squad” member Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), who likes to squeeze landlords out of being able to evict tardy residents while she herself has enjoyed a tidy income during the eviction freeze implemented by the Biden administration and cheered on by House Democrats.

Meanwhile, the government has already allocated an extra $5 billion in extra federal spending on housing, which will in effect help landlords charge higher rents. Kind of like the old shell game.

While the media has largely focused on so-called “dreamers” and those with Temporary Protected Status and so-called “essential workers,” they have largely ignored the issue of chain migration.

They have also ignored new immigration rules which would permit U.S. employers to import an unlimited number of foreign graduates into white collar careers for which they compete with U.S. college graduates.

Breitbart said that according to Vaughan, it is expected that some three million of the expected four million chain migration immigrants will arrive within the next three years, adding:

The Biden administration’s attitude is that there should be no restrictions on these applicants, and there’s no downside to letting them in years earlier than they otherwise would be…They see these people as pre-immigrants and they want to streamline the process of them getting to the United States, whether to get a work permit [by Early File] or to get their green card.

Under the bill, officials would also be allowed to print additional green cards, while claiming that green cards from previous years weren’t used. As an example, if 400,000 of those new cards were allocated to family migrants, an additional 400,000 chain migrants could come into the U.S. with green cards.

Despite overwhelming public opposition, Democrats want to expand the number of migrants who come to the U.S. from poor countries, not because they actually care but because they look at future Democrat voters.

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As for Republicans, they aren’t much better overall. They have basically ignored the so-called “pocketbook impact” of these migration policies on American communities and instead focus more on matters such as migrant crime, the border wall, chaos on the border and drug smuggling.

All of this will help to exacerbate a housing shortage in the country, where according to FreddieMac in a May 2021 report, since 2009, the home construction sector has annually built less than 150,000 homes smaller than 1,400 square feet.

That housing shortage and accompanying price spikes have not gone unnoticed by the Biden administration.

“National home prices, as measured by the Case-Shiller Index, increased by 7 to 19 percent (year over year) every month from September 2020 to June 2021 [and] outpaced income growth in 2020,” a Sept 1 announcement by Biden’s economic advisers read.

Continuing, the post read:

“For the past 40 years, housing supply has not kept pace with population growth…researchers at Freddie Mac have estimated that the current shortage of homes is close to 3.8 million, up substantially from an estimated 2.5 million in 2018…

One of the most important is that the number of new homes constructed below 1,400 square feet—typically considered “entry level” homes for first time homebuyers—has decreased sharply since the Great Recession and is more than 80 percent lower than the amount built in the 1970s.

These dynamics mean that the critically important “bottom rung” of the home ownership ladder is far too out of reach for young families trying to start building housing wealth.”

The National Apartment Association reports that between 2012 to 2016, the apartment industry constructed 250,000 new apartment homes each year. That pace would see the inflow of chain migrants occupying all the new apartment buildings for three years.

The White House report ignores (probably deliberately) the economic impact of legal immigration, which adds around 1 million people—equivalent of 300,000 extra households. This year, Biden’s administration expects to add roughly 2 million legal, illegal, and “temporary” migrants to the U.S. housing market. In other words, that inflow would bring in one migrant per every two Americans born this year.

Adding in the chain migrants to an additional 3 million migrants could create a potential additional inflow of 1 million per year—and an extra shortfall of roughly 800,00 apartments or homes.

The housing shortage is already causing issues from exorbitant housing costs. Earlier this month, a number of low-income residents died when a storm flooded their basement apartments in New York.

According to Vox, “In new York there are 37 affordable homes for every 100 low-income renters,” they reported in a Sept. 9 article about a housing shortage among a wave or possibly 100,000 Afghan migrants.

“Housing is the hardest piece to manage for [Afghan] resettlement,” said Alicia Wrenn, senior director for resettlement and integration at the refugee resettlement agency HIAS.

“Our clients are coming in with very limited means and additionally, they don’t have a history here. So you’re scrambling in a housing market that’s tight for all Americans and really tight for low-income people. Depending on the location, it’s more or less acute—but it’s all acute.”

One area that needs to be looked at with the spike in housing costs is the real estate investment market, where companies will clean up on the supply vs. demand in housing and with a likely balloon forthcoming due to the migration issue.

According to the Washington Post in a report about the impact of domestic migration on housing costs:

“It almost feels like there is nowhere to go,” said Lauren Campos to the Post. “It’s just insane everywhere,” she said while noting the significant number of California license plates in her complex’s parking lot. “It feels like I’m being chased out of my own home and it’s the worst feeling in the world.”

The fact people are looking to escape California should really not come as a surprise to anyone actually.

The Post reported that so far in 2021, rent prices are up 7.5 percent, which is three times higher than normal, according to Apartments.com. According to analysts, there is no relief in sight for the foreseeable future, which is a foreboding warning that higher inflation could hang on longer than the White House or Federal Reserve seem to think.

Housing costs alone have caused the poverty rate in California to soar to 15.4 percent, above the 14.5 poverty rate in Mississippi, according to the Census Bureau. Yet somehow, Gavin Newsom survived a recall vote.

Immigration doesn’t only affect housing costs, but also suppresses wages, which impacts their ability to pay higher rents. The Washington Post reported on July 30 the impact lower wages and rising rents have and how it makes Americans subordinate to the government, which is probably the intent:

Timothy Johnson, a 59-year-old with a chronic hip problem and two young daughters says his landlord is waiting on $11,000 in unpaid rent for his rent-controlled Bronx apartment. He receives disability payments, and his wife had a job as a department store clerk, but he said it has not been enough to cover the rent.

He said he avoids thinking what would happen if New York state can’t ultimately provide him and his wife with funds to make up their thousands of dollars in unpaid rent.

“If that happens, I’m going to trust in God, because he’s going to make a way,” he said. He’s always made a way. That’s when your faith kicks in.”

All of this of course plays into the desire of Marxist progressives to federalize zoning regulations, which in essence would force urban problems into suburbs by eliminating single-family zoning. That was made clear in an op-ed by some guy named Farhad Manjoo writing in the New York Times in February.

“The reign of the single-family home is over. Whatever its habitable charms and nostalgic appeal, the single-family home is out of step with the future.”

Not happy with working to impact elections, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg thorough his FWD.us network is pushing for amnesty and more migration, although not likely in the toney neighborhood the nerdy founder of Facebook lives.

That network has attempted to interfere in notifying the American people about the economic impact of migration, and have also worked to manipulate coverage by TV networks and the print media.

While attempts have been made to hide exactly who founded and contributed to FWD.us, Breitbart reports that at least two of the network’s founders are advisers to an advocacy group seeking to raise real estate prices by directing migrants to states where few currently exist. As always with Biden, the Democrats and the oligarchs, follow the money.

Currently in the United States, there is very deep opposition to labor migration because it eliminates career opportunities, cuts wages, and raises rents. It also cuts productivity, reduces political input, and increases regional wealth gaps.

Opposition to labor migration crosses racial, sex, class, partisan and other lines. While FWD.us have attempted to claim a wage gain for Americans, those claims were debunked by Breitbart News last April.

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