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Appreciation Linked to Population Rise

May 21st, 2018
Appreciation and demand go hand in hand, and for investors, both are key to profit, according to a new report. Assessing the association between growing interest and mounting prices, analysts at HouseCanary found that appreciation is higher where inbound migration...

Hawaii Volcano Victims Can Get Relief on Mortgage Payments

May 21st, 2018
(TNS)—If you live in an area of Hawaii that’s been impacted by the Kilauea volcano eruption, your mortgage lender may offer you relief. The eruption has destroyed 26 homes (at press time), and more homes are still at risk. Wells...

Zillow: $40 Billion to Flood Into Housing Market, Even as Homeowner Incentives Limited

May 22nd, 2018
Americans’ earnings, generally, have gotten a lift on payday as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. With cuts come more discretionary spending—and, although there are changes to homeowner incentives, almost $40 billion of it is going into...

5 Challenging Markets for Millennials

April 30th, 2018
Across the country, buyers are competing in what has been called the “harshest market yet“—but for millennials, the competition is fiercest in higher-income metros, according to an analysis by realtor.com®: San Jose, Calif. List Price (Median): $1,244,000 Millennial Income: $109,800...

Taxes Filed—Time to Chill? Not So Fast, Says IRS

May 1st, 2018
(TNS)—The April 18 federal tax-filing deadline has come and gone. Your taxes are paid, and maybe you already have your refund in hand. Nothing to do now but sit back and chill for eight months or so, right? The Internal...

20 Desirable Neighborhoods: Popular, but Not Sought-After

May 3rd, 2018
Homebuyers often idealize their wants on their wish list—and, for many, location is at the top. The aspiration for a certain location, however, may be just that: an aspiration, according to a new report by Zillow that identifies what areas...

Voice Activated: Do You Talk to Your Tech?

May 15th, 2018
How many of us are talking to our tech on a regular basis? Ken Olmstead at the Pew Research Center recently highlighted the fact that nearly half of U.S. adults (46 percent) say they use voice-controlled assistants and applications to...

Amazon Experience Centers Look to Transform Smart-Home Shopping

May 19th, 2018
Amazon is making moves yet again. As a way to market its smart-home business segment without having to invest in conventional store locations, the online marketplace giant has partnered with Lennar Corporation to provide connectivity demos of Alexa-enabled products—everything from video...

Borrowers Beware: These Mortgage Rules Could Soon Get a Facelift

January 4th, 2018
(TNS)—Getting a mortgage today is much different than it was before the financial crisis. Loans have to meet certain standards and there are many rules lenders and servicers have to follow. But after a shakeup in leadership at the Consumer...

Would You Play Pretend Neighbors With These TV Characters?

January 4th, 2018
Good neighbors are hard to find—unless you live near your favorite fictional star. Which character on the small screen is the most sought-after in 2018? The best on the block, according to the annual Celebrity Neighbor Survey by Zillow, are...
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