Apple will give $2.5 billion to address the affordable housing crisis in Silicon Valley

Apple | November 04, 2019

Apple said Monday it will contribute $2.5 billion to try and alleviate California’s housing crisis, raising the bar for tech companies to commit to the communities in which they reside. “Before the world knew the name Silicon Valley, and long before we carried technology in our pockets, Apple called this region home, and we feel a profound civic responsibility to ensure it remains a vibrant place where people can live, have a family and contribute to the community,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO in a blog post Monday. “Affordable housing means stability and dignity, opportunity and pride. When these things fall out of reach for too many, we know the course we are on is unsustainable, and Apple is committed to being part of the solution.”

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The residential real estate industry has undergone significant change in the past seven years. Many of these changes were implemented in reaction to the decline of the housing market. All sectors of the industry experienced regulatory and legislative impacts and the appraisal industry was no exception. Some of these changes have produced unintended consequences that have resulted in a decline in the number of active residential appraisers, while simultaneously preventing a viable process in which to bring new appraisers into the profession, due to economic and logistical challenges.

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The residential real estate industry has undergone significant change in the past seven years. Many of these changes were implemented in reaction to the decline of the housing market. All sectors of the industry experienced regulatory and legislative impacts and the appraisal industry was no exception. Some of these changes have produced unintended consequences that have resulted in a decline in the number of active residential appraisers, while simultaneously preventing a viable process in which to bring new appraisers into the profession, due to economic and logistical challenges.

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Cantor Fitzgerald | July 29, 2022

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Doma Holdings | July 28, 2022

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Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust | June 24, 2022

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