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The big jobs number is a win for luxury housing Homebuilder stocks rise on strong housing data Homebuilder sentiment up 2 points in August on shortage of existing homes Mortgage applications fell 4% even as rates sit near record lows Nearly 6 million still owe more on mortgages than their homes are worth City roof decks raising the stakes on housing Jordan Gets $100 Million for Education of Syrian Refugees NYC Education Department Urges Renewal of Pearson Entrance-Test Contract Government education reform focuses on school-aged children learning from home

The big jobs number is a win for luxury housing

A larger-than-expected employment gain in July could boost the recovery in prices for luxury U.S. homes. Stock market volatility caused a drop in luxury values

Homebuilder stocks rise on strong housing data

Homebuilder stocks gained Monday as builders showed more confidence in the market for new homes in August. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) rose more

Homebuilder sentiment up 2 points in August on shortage of existing homes

A shortage of existing homes for sale is boosting the market for newly-built homes, and fueling confidence among builders right along with it. A monthly

Mortgage applications fell 4% even as rates sit near record lows

Mortgage apps down 4% lastweek  Wednesday, 17 Aug 2016 | 7:32 AM ET|01:04 Even with mortgage interest rates sitting near record lows, mortgage applications failed to

Nearly 6 million still owe more on mortgages than their homes are worth

Five years after the housing recovery began, 5.9 million borrowers still owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. The so-called negative equity

City roof decks raising the stakes on housing

The push toward urban living is pushing the envelope for real estate developers, forcing them to become more creative with the space they have. That

Jordan Gets $100 Million for Education of Syrian Refugees

AMMAN —  Donor countries have pledged close to $100 million to help Jordan enroll all Syrian refugee children in the kingdom in schools next month.

NYC Education Department Urges Renewal of Pearson Entrance-Test Contract

New York City’s Department of Education on Monday recommended renewing its contract with Pearson PLC, a six-year deal worth up to $13.4 million in which

Government education reform focuses on school-aged children learning from home

In a move to get with the times Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced school-aged children will be able to do all their learning online. The

The big jobs number is a win for luxury housing

The big jobs number is a win for luxury housing

A larger-than-expected employment gain in July could boost the recovery in prices for luxury U.S. homes. Stock market volatility caused a drop in luxury values in the first quarter of this year, but prices recovered slightly in the second quarter, [...]

August 23, 2016 Real Estate
Homebuilder stocks rise on strong housing data

Homebuilder stocks rise on strong housing data

Homebuilder stocks gained Monday as builders showed more confidence in the market for new homes in August. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) rose more than 1 percent at its high, led by shares of Toll Brothers, CalAtlantic and Taylor [...]

August 23, 2016 Real Estate
Homebuilder sentiment up 2 points in August on shortage of existing homes

Homebuilder sentiment up 2 points in August on shortage of existing homes

A shortage of existing homes for sale is boosting the market for newly-built homes, and fueling confidence among builders right along with it. A monthly reading of builder sentiment rose two points to 60 in August; anything above 50 is [...]

August 23, 2016 Real Estate
Mortgage applications fell 4% even as rates sit near record lows

Mortgage applications fell 4% even as rates sit near record lows

Mortgage apps down 4% lastweek  Wednesday, 17 Aug 2016 | 7:32 AM ET|01:04 Even with mortgage interest rates sitting near record lows, mortgage applications failed to make any gains last week. Total application volume decreased 4 percent on a seasonally adjusted [...]

August 23, 2016 Real Estate
Nearly 6 million still owe more on mortgages than their homes are worth

Nearly 6 million still owe more on mortgages than their homes are worth

Five years after the housing recovery began, 5.9 million borrowers still owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. The so-called negative equity rate in the U.S. is falling, now at 12 percent of all mortgaged homeowners, according [...]

August 23, 2016 Real Estate
City roof decks raising the stakes on housing

City roof decks raising the stakes on housing

The push toward urban living is pushing the envelope for real estate developers, forcing them to become more creative with the space they have. That means squeezing taller buildings into slimmer spaces, multiplying the housing stock with micro-units and taking [...]

August 23, 2016 Real Estate
Jordan Gets $100 Million for Education of Syrian Refugees

Jordan Gets $100 Million for Education of Syrian Refugees

AMMAN —  Donor countries have pledged close to $100 million to help Jordan enroll all Syrian refugee children in the kingdom in schools next month. In the previous school year, 145,000 Syrian children in Jordan attended school, while 91,000 didn’t, [...]

August 23, 2016 Education
NYC Education Department Urges Renewal of Pearson Entrance-Test Contract

NYC Education Department Urges Renewal of Pearson Entrance-Test Contract

New York City’s Department of Education on Monday recommended renewing its contract with Pearson PLC, a six-year deal worth up to $13.4 million in which the education company would continue providing entrance exams for the city’s specialized high schools. Every [...]

August 23, 2016 Education
Government education reform focuses on school-aged children learning from home

Government education reform focuses on school-aged children learning from home

In a move to get with the times Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced school-aged children will be able to do all their learning online. The sweeping change will allow any school, tertiary provider or an approved industry to apply to be [...]

August 23, 2016 Education
‘Communities of Online Learning’ mooted in biggest education update in 27 years

‘Communities of Online Learning’ mooted in biggest education update in 27 years

Education Minister Hekia Parata has brought a bill to parliament which she says sets clear school objectives for the first time. The Education (Update) Amendment Bill provides for a National Education and Learning Priorities statement (NELP). Source: ONE News “For [...]

August 23, 2016 Education
Education powers with LG, Delhi govt tells Assembly

Education powers with LG, Delhi govt tells Assembly

The Delhi government informed the Assembly Monday that the powers and authority related to education lie with the Lieutenant Governor. The government’s position comes at a time when it is entangled in a power tussle with the LG’s office. A [...]

August 23, 2016 Education
Jordan: Positive Steps on Education for Syrian Children

Jordan: Positive Steps on Education for Syrian Children

(Amman) – Jordan’s education minister has instructed public schools to allow Syrianchildren to register in the fall semester even if they lack government-issued documents that were previously required, Human Rights Watch said today. Carrying out this and other announced policy [...]

August 23, 2016 Education