Home prices are held down by COVID-19 in big cities while climbing sharply in less crowded areas

The housing market has been booming during the COVID-19 crisis, but America’s cities are taking it on the chin.

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And while big cities like New York and San Francisco, in particular, are struggling with falling prices, values in less densely populated cities such as Phoenix and Charlotte, North Carolina, are holding up fairly well, a new analysis shows.

The study underscores that the spread of the virus and the trend toward remote work are driving the housing market, and may continue to restrain price growth in very crowded urban areas while boosting gains in more suburban areas for some time.

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Since the virus began to take a significant toll on public health and the economy in March, many Americans have been fleeing cities for suburban and rural areas both to minimize the risk

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March of Dimes fundraiser Oct. 30 being held virtually, thanks to Lehigh Valley real estate community

For 26 years, a group of volunteers has organized a fundraiser to benefit the March of Dimes and bring together the Lehigh Valley real estate community.



a sign on the side of a road: The Walmart e-commerce fulfillment facility in south Bethlehem is part of the Majestic Bethlehem Center. Majestic will be recognized Oct. 30 during the annual March of Dimes Commercial & Industrial Real Estate Award Event.


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The Walmart e-commerce fulfillment facility in south Bethlehem is part of the Majestic Bethlehem Center. Majestic will be recognized Oct. 30 during the annual March of Dimes Commercial & Industrial Real Estate Award Event.

But as with many nonprofit organizations trying to function and fundraise amid the coronavirus pandemic, event planners will be holding this year’s event virtually.

The 27th annual March of Dimes Lehigh Valley Commercial & Industrial Real Estate Event will be held at noon Oct. 30. It will feature an update on the industrial real estate market, a 30-minute virtual-networking session with a number of videoconferencing breakout rooms, and a video tour of St. Luke’s University Health Network Baby & Me Support

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TWC call center contractor: ‘Someone needs to be held accountable’

Investigative Summary:

From Lubbock to Brownsville to El Paso to Tyler — in literally every corner of the Lone Star state, we’ve heard the same story concerning the phone lines at the Texas Workforce Commission: long wait times, and a roll of the dice whether a person they finally connect with can actually help them. KXAN’s investigation discovered some of the hundreds of contractors hired to help with the surge in calls aren’t able to provide much beyond basic assistance and are telling callers who have more complicated issues to call back in hopes of getting someone who works directly for the TWC.

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Imagine showing up to a job where you know that almost 75% of what you do will fail someone. What if a fireman failed to help someone in three out of four fire calls? What if a police officer failed to help clear three

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