10 hot real estate stories: Construction throttled, malls plummet

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Here are 10 recent, must-read real estate stories as seen in the Southern California News Group’s free biweekly “The Home Stretch” newsletter. Keep up with the region’s residential and commercial property markets by subscribing here!

1. High-density construction was set back by the defeat of Senate Bill 50. So what might next boost California homebuilding?

2. Inland Empire housing construction cools. The region suffers the third-biggest drop in jobs nationally.

3. Inland Empire ranked 5th worst place for kids. LA-OC scored 16th worst, by one new study.

4. Big shopping center owners see property values slashed 15% in a year. Those discounts could lead to merger mania at the mall.

5. $60 million for shopping center land? That’s the asking price for ground under Anaheim Home Depot.

6. Orange County is already a dense urban area. Demographic data shows it’s no longer suburban sprawl.

7. Construction runoff could cost a developer $9 million. Orange County project charged with damaging environment.

8. 18,632 SoCal foreclosure filings last year. But that’s down 94% since the recession.

9. What happens when a low-income housing deal expires? LA suggests seizing affordable rental complex.

10. Poverty and homelessness is on all of us. That’s contributor Allen Buchanan takeaway from povery symposium.