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Forget a Garage—Buyers Won’t Budge on High-Rated Schools

July 24th, 2018
Buyers have their eyes on schools, and with the irrefutable link between the quality of schools and values, a district with high ratings trumps all—even coveted features of a home, according to a new realtor.com® survey. To get into their...

Minutes, or Money? Homeowners Save by Trading Off Travel to Work

July 25th, 2018
In city cores, commuting from farther out takes time, but can save thousands, according to an analysis newly released by Zillow. In Boston, there is a 13.4 percent difference in home prices, typically, between the center of the city and...

Some Not-So-Tiny Obstacles in the Growing Market for Tiny Houses

July 26th, 2018
(TNS)—When Tom Alsani heard about plans for a tiny-home community in St. Petersburg, Fla., he got so excited he immediately wanted to know more. “Right now I have a house with three bedrooms, but the kids are gone and I’m...

Is a State With No Income Tax Better or Worse?

August 7th, 2018
(TNS)—Is it better to live in a state with no income tax? It’s a great question to ask, especially when considering how much of our paycheck is already set aside for Uncle Sam. Seven U.S. states forgo individual income taxes...

Borrower Beware: Soon It Will Be Tough to Unload College Loans

August 13th, 2018
(TNS)—Here’s a good reason to think twice about taking out piles of student loans after watching a catchy TV ad for a for-profit college. The U.S. Department of Education is on a path to make it far tougher to get...

Disruptor Roundup: Divvy Takes on Rent-to-Own

August 21st, 2018
Editor’s Note: The Disruptor Roundup analyzes companies implementing unconventional models. Divvy This tech-powered, rent-to-own platform was launched at the end of 2017, and provides consumers with the ability to transition from renting to homeownership with a three-year program that amasses...

401(k) Auto-Enrollment Connected to Early Withdrawals, With Housing Implications

August 23rd, 2018
With Social Security trust fund reserves waning—predicted to be depleted by 2034, leaving Social Security unable to maintain full scheduled benefits—and the number of retirees expecting to receive benefits increasing, more and more Americans are relying on 401(k) savings to...

Challenged by a Down Payment? The Easiest Markets to Save For

August 23rd, 2018
One of the biggest challenges for first-time homebuyers is saving. Coming up with a down payment is a hurdle for the majority of millennials, shows study after study—but, there are areas where the average earnings are enough to save sufficiently,...

Housing in 2020: Construction Costs Grow, Mortgage Rates Slow

August 26th, 2018
Where will housing be in 2020? According to the latest Metrostudy predictions, if all continues on its current track, construction costs could continue to increase, and mortgage rates could reel in. While rates have increased in the last six months,...

Beware Location Remorse: Over a Third Have ‘Neighborhood Regret’

September 6th, 2018
You can change a house—location is tougher. According to new research by Trulia, 36 percent of Americans have “neighborhood regret,” or would have moved to another neighborhood than the one they reside in today. The feeling is heightened in metros,...
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