Americans think housing crisis isn't over, survey indicates

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Some studies may suggest that the prolonged housing crisis is over, but the American public is not ready to agree, according to the new How Housing Matters Survey, conducted by Hart Research and commissioned by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Nearly 8 in 10 surveyed believe we are still in the middle of the crisis or that the worst is yet to come, the recent survey found.

Hart Research Associates interviewed 1,433 adults by phone from Feb. 27 to March 10. The results were issued last week.

Even with such pessimism, the desire to own a home remains strong desire. More than 7 in 10 want to be a homeowner someday, the survey said.

Though that desire remains a bedrock principle, the survey found that the public's views about housing are changing, because of hangover from the housing crisis as well as changes in lifestyles, Peter Hart of Hart Research said.

"The dynamic is no longer simply 'renting versus owning' - perspectives are more complex, and people are viewing housing in a more holistic way," Hart said in a statement. "Many of the positive attributes that have long been associated with homeownership are fading, and on the flip side of the coin, it is remarkable that nearly half of all homeowners can picture themselves one day becoming a renter."

Apartments sold

Marquette Cos. of Naperville, Ill., has bought Verandas at Cityview, a 314-unit apartment community at Oakmont Boulevard and Bryant Irvin Road in Fort Worth.

It is the company's second property in Dallas-Fort Worth and its fourth in Texas.

The 2003 apartments, will become part of Marquette's management portfolio. The firm will oversee all aspects of leasing, maintenance and resident relations.

Marquette plans to add a dog park and grilling area; update the building's main entry; buy new equipment for the fitness center, business center and coffee bar; and renovate the office and clubhouse.

Units will get new appliances, wood flooring, light fixtures and blinds.

Hillwood sells acreage

Hillwood Communities, a Perot company, has sold 16.3 acres at its Alliance development in north Fort Worth.

Hillwood sold 9.7 acres at the northwest corner of U.S. 377 and North Tarrant Parkway to the Victory Group; 4.4 acres at the northeast corner of Golden Triangle Boulevard and North Beach Street to the Parmer Family Trust in Keller; and two 1.1-acre pad sites at Heritage Trace Parkway and North Beach, near The Bluffs at Heritage. One site was sold to ENT Building, the other to Hahei Ltd.

Ken Reimer, David Davidson Jr. and Edward Bogel of Venture Commercial represented Hillwood in the transactions.

Jonathan Cooper of Venture represented the Victory Group.


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