Transforming Homes And Communities Into Healthcare Hubs In The Post-Covid Future

Hospital design experts Ryan Hullinger and Sarah Markovitz discuss the inevitable shifts in healthcare delivery as technology leads to new care settings and rethinking hospitals.


The explosion of telehealth prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a shift in care delivery away from the hospital and clinic and into homes and communities. While hospitals have historically been the main hub of care, technology and new care models are enabling a different approach to care delivery. Rather than episodic preventative care, in which a patient periodically goes to a physician or hospital with a health concern, this new model of care is continuous and ubiquitous—with ongoing care reinforced in the home, office, school and throughout the community. There are three key aspects to this shift: advancing technology, new care settings, and the future evolution of hospitals.

Advancing Technology

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US New Home Sales Slow In September: Govt

The torrid pace of US new home sales slowed in September much more than expected, but remains 32.1 percent above the rate seen in 2019, according to government data released Monday.

The housing market has been a bright spot in the pandemic-ravaged US economy with buyers enticed by record low borrowing rates, but a shortage of supply has sent prices steadily higher.

New home sales dipped 3.5 percent compared to August with just 959,000 units sold, seasonally adjusted. That was well below the consensus forecast among economists, who had projected well over a million, the Commerce Department reported.

Sales in August were revised lower to 994,000 from just over a million originally reported. However, the data are volatile and subject to changes month to month.

New home sales fell 3.5 percent in September, the first monthly slowdown since April amid the Covid-19 pandemic New home sales fell 3.5 percent in September, the first monthly slowdown since April amid the Covid-19 pandemic Photo: AFP / Eric BARADAT

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U.S. New-Home Sales Fell Slightly in September, Remain Elevated

(Bloomberg) — New-home sales in the U.S. fell slightly in September, while remaining elevated, suggesting demand is being restrained by lean inventory despite record-low mortgage rates.

Purchases of new single-family houses dropped 3.5% from August to a 959,000 annualized pace from a downwardly revised 994,000 rate, government data showed Monday. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 1.03 million rate of sales in September. The median selling price rose 3.5% from a year earlier to $326,800.



chart: U.S. new-home sales slowed in September as inventory remains lean


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U.S. new-home sales slowed in September as inventory remains lean

Extremely low borrowing costs and greater buyer appetite for suburban properties has powered residential investment and is seen adding to third-quarter economic growth. The Federal Reserve has signaled it expects to hold interest rates near zero at least through 2023. At the same time, a recent decline in mortgage applications — to the lowest level since July

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Where to Get a Great Deal on a Home Flip Right Now

Home flippers have found themselves in quite the predicament. With home prices rising and foreclosure moratoriums in place across the country, finding a great deal has gotten harder than ever — especially in some bigger markets. Is it impossible, though? Definitely not. Are you on the hunt for your next flip? Here’s where you might want to look.

Where home prices are falling

Nationally, home prices were up 14.8% year over year in September, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). But remember: Real estate is local. In some markets, there’s actually a good chance of decline.

According to CoreLogic’s (NYSE: CLGX) recent data, there are five markets where home prices will very likely drop (think 70% chance or more) in the next year. Those include:

  • Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Las Vegas
  • Miami
  • Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Modesto, California

In the New York City-Jersey City-White Plains market, home prices have already

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Fire Breaks Out at Ocean City Condo Building


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    Dunkin’ Eyeing Potential Sale to the Owner of Arby’s and Jimmy John’s



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    Dunkin’ is in talks to sell itself to the Arby’s parent company

    Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ (née Donuts) and Baskin Robbins, could soon be owned by Inspire Brands, the owner of Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic, and Jimmy John’s. The two companies are reportedly in talks for Inspire to acquire Dunkin’ Brands for $106.50 a share, or $8.8 billion, the New York Times reports. This would take Dunkin’ Brands private and make it private-equity-owned again, after having fully sloughed off its previous private-equity owners in 2012.

    Why would the bro-iest fast-food company want to buy the Massachusetts darling? After a brief drop in sales and the closure of 800 stores early on in the pandemic, Dunkin’ has rebounded, helped in part by its drive-thrus and online ordering. The chain also proved that it can get hip with Gen Z through its partnership with

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    Conversion of historic downtown Milwaukee Masonic Center to hotel is on hold, and the building is for sale.

    Plans to convert a historic downtown Milwaukee building into a luxury hotel have been indefinitely delayed, with the property listed for sale.



    a view of a city at night: Construction of a luxury hotel is to begin by June at downtown Milwaukee's former Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center.


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    Construction of a luxury hotel is to begin by June at downtown Milwaukee’s former Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center.

    An affiliate of Madison-based Ascendant Holdings Real Estate bought the former Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center,  790 N. Van Buren St., in 2017 for $3.5 million.

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    Ascendant planned to convert the three-story Masonic Center into the hotel’s lobby, restaurant and meeting rooms, with a 14-story addition atop the building’s southern end, stepped back from the street.

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    That tower was designed for 215 to 220 guest rooms, with five to 10 guest rooms on the Masonic Center’s third floor. 

    Those plans were approved by the city Historic Preservation Commission, with Portland,

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    U.S. new home sales fall in September; prices continue to rise

    By Lucia Mutikani

    WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters)Sales of new U.S. single-family homes unexpectedly fell in September after four straight monthly increases, but the housing market remains supported by record low mortgage rates and demand for more room as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.

    The decrease in sales reported by the Commerce Department on Monday followed data last week showing single-family homebuilding and permits racing to levels last seen in 2007 in September. Confidence among homebuilders hit a record high in October, while sales of previously owned homes rose to their highest level in more than 14 years in September.

    The drop in new homes, however, likely signals a slowdown in housing market momentum heading into the fourth quarter. New home sales are counted at the signing of a contract, making them a leading housing market indicator.

    New home sales fell 3.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate

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    Homesnap Introduces Sell Speed Tool For Real Estate Agents

    BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Homesnap, the leading provider of technology solutions to the real estate industry, announced the debut of Sell Speed, a proprietary artificial intelligence algorithm composed of hundreds of up-to-the-minute real estate market data points that predicts how quickly a home will sell at various prices. This new feature gives agents confidence in recommending price levels in a rapidly-changing real estate environment.

    Currently available in beta to Homesnap Pro and Homesnap Pro+ users, Sell Speed helps agents better understand their market and develop pricing strategies. Agents can view the Sell Speed of their current listings or any off-market property. With Sell Speed, agents can: 

    • Advise sellers on pricing strategy and likelihood to sell: Agents can use Sell Speed to help their clients set realistic goals and expectations about the price their home can command. Agents can illustrate how price variations affect the
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