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Housing Market Trends

86% of renters can’t afford to buy a home: Here’s how you can prepare
86% of renters can’t afford to buy a home: Here’s how you can prepare Homes & Real Estate April 10, 2017
Research by Zillow, an online real estate company, found that most Americans who are currently renting either do not have the financial…
How to get that HGTV decorating look you love for a fraction of the cost
How to get that HGTV decorating look you love for a fraction of the cost Homes & Real Estate March 13, 2017
Do you watch the HGTV channel and lament that you'll never be able to afford the luxurious home accents featured…
Where is the U.S. housing market headed in 2017?
Where is the U.S. housing market headed in 2017? Homes & Real Estate January 31, 2017
It's a question of near-universal interest — whether we own a home, want to buy a house or make a…
New FHA loan limits may help you buy a home
New FHA loan limits may help you buy a home Homes & Real Estate December 28, 2016
Just before Thanksgiving, the Federal Housing Finance Agency released the conforming loan limits change for 2017. This change resulted in…
Downpayment insurance: What is it and do you need it?
Downpayment insurance: What is it and do you need it? Insurance December 13, 2016
You can get insurance on almost anything — computers, phones, trips, your identity, your credit, your pets...and even the downpayment…
29 tactics for living alone without breaking the bank
29 tactics for living alone without breaking the bank Money & Credit November 28, 2016
Living with roommates is a great way to keep housing costs low. But what if you get sick of sharing…
How to lease a home with an option to purchase
How to lease a home with an option to purchase Homes & Real Estate November 23, 2016
Have you ever thought about how to lease a home with an option to purchase? This might be a solid…
4 things homebuyers worried about a housing bubble should consider
4 things homebuyers worried about a housing bubble should consider Homes & Real Estate November 4, 2016
It’s 2016, and home prices are rising near the levels of the housing market just before the crash. Many are…
What your Facebook feed can tell landlords and insurance companies
What your Facebook feed can tell landlords and insurance companies Insurance November 2, 2016
Imagine if a financial services company tracked your Facebook feed and made decisions about what kind of products it would…
Why the holidays may be the best time to sell a house
Why the holidays may be the best time to sell a house Homes & Real Estate October 26, 2016
There's no place like home for the holidays—and that's especially true if you're looking to sell a home right now!…
These government programs may have prolonged the recession
These government programs may have prolonged the recession Homes & Real Estate October 19, 2016
Have government programs intended to help struggling homeowners actually prolonged the recession instead? Read more: This tool shows how much you'll pay…
5 ways to avoid costly home renovation mistakes
5 ways to avoid costly home renovation mistakes Homes & Real Estate October 16, 2016
A home renovation can be time-consuming, and you want the result to be worth the hard work. If you make a home-remodel…
Forced place insurance: A potential danger from your mortgage lender
Forced place insurance: A potential danger from your mortgage lender Insurance September 29, 2016
Forced place insurance can be a potential problem for homeowners who have insurance but haven't properly informed their mortgage lenders.…
First-time homebuyers may benefit from new program
First-time homebuyers may benefit from new program Homes & Real Estate September 26, 2016
Getting into a house is about to get easier for a first-time homebuyer thanks to moves by Freddie Mac. Read…
The Aldi effect: Living near a new store adds $6,520 to home value
The Aldi effect: Living near a new store adds $6,520 to home value Homes & Real Estate September 19, 2016
In the market for a new home? Finding the right fit has gotten so much more complicated than just making…
No mortgage and no utility bills? Meet one couple living off the grid
No mortgage and no utility bills? Meet one couple living off the grid Homes & Real Estate August 17, 2016
Andy Hickman and his wife Rosemary Kimble live entirely debt free in an off-the-grid home that he built with his…
How much house do Americans actually own?
How much house do Americans actually own? Homes & Real Estate August 8, 2016
When people say they own their home, it’s usually a half-truth at best. Often, a bank owns the home they…
These are the 15 most expensive college towns
These are the 15 most expensive college towns Money & Credit August 5, 2016
There’s no way around it: College is expensive. And it’s not just the tuition and books — you also need…
Why you should update your homeowners coverage limits every 5 years
Why you should update your homeowners coverage limits every 5 years Insurance August 2, 2016
If you've been in a house for a long time, chances are you may be grossly underinsured for homeowners coverage.…
These 10 kitchen upgrades could ruin your home’s resale value
These 10 kitchen upgrades could ruin your home’s resale value Homes & Real Estate July 8, 2016
There's a reason they say the kitchen is the heart of your home. Even if you don't cook, it's likely…
How to improve your credit after a foreclosure
How to improve your credit after a foreclosure Money & Credit June 30, 2016
Losing a home due to foreclosure can leave a heavy mark on your credit record, however, there are things that…
Man faces eviction after landlord hikes rent by 350%
Man faces eviction after landlord hikes rent by 350% Money & Credit June 27, 2016
A San Francisco man is fighting eviction after his landlord abruptly hiked his rent from $1,800 per month to $8,000,…
New mortgage lets you borrow money for energy-efficiency upgrades
New mortgage lets you borrow money for energy-efficiency upgrades Homes & Real Estate June 15, 2016
Want to make some energy-efficient upgrades to your existing home or a new one you're getting ready to buy? Maybe…
Strategies for buying the best washer and dryer
Strategies for buying the best washer and dryer Shopping & Retail May 20, 2016
With Memorial Day just around the corner, there will be deals galore on appliances. If you're shopping for a new…
4 simple entry points into home energy savings
4 simple entry points into home energy savings Homes & Real Estate April 28, 2016
Everybody wants to go green and save money, but how exactly do you do it if it’s all new to…
3 creative alternatives to buying new cabinets
3 creative alternatives to buying new cabinets Homes & Real Estate April 25, 2016
If you've been looking for alternatives to buying new cabinets, you're probably aware of some of the typical ways you…
A look at the fake landlord scam
A look at the fake landlord scam Homes & Real Estate April 15, 2016
If you're in the market for a new apartment, beware of criminals acting as bogus landlords who may try to…
7 ways your mudroom could be doing double duty
7 ways your mudroom could be doing double duty Homes & Real Estate April 8, 2016
How does your family use its mudroom? If you're like a lot of families, it may be serving as nothing…
6 ways to remodel with reclaimed materials
6 ways to remodel with reclaimed materials Homes & Real Estate April 4, 2016
With the overall movement in American culture toward being more environmentally conscious, green home design and remodeling is a trend…
What you need to know about home equity
What you need to know about home equity Homes & Real Estate March 31, 2016
Home equity is a big deal. In fact, the Federal Reserve reports that total home equity grew by $1.165 trillion…
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