Consumer

Consumer Confidence at High Point

September 8th, 2018
In August, consumer confidence rose, posting a 133.4 reading in the Consumer Confidence Index® from The Conference Board. July’s reading was 127.9. The Expectations reading of the Index, which gauges how consumers feel about their business, employment and income prospects...

What to Buy in September

September 10th, 2018
(TNS)—September is a big month for bargains, with deep discounts on summer merchandise and more. “September is all about the end of summer, so anything seasonal is going to be on clearance,” says Benjamin K. Glaser, former features editor with...

Credit Freeze: A Misunderstood Freebie That You Actually Want

September 13th, 2018
(TNS)—Just one year ago, consumers woke up and discovered that hackers had one heck of a field day with their Social Security numbers and other information in a massive data breach at Equifax. Equifax’s screw-up would forever leave millions just...

7 Benefits of a Federal Reserve Interest Rate Hike

September 18th, 2018
(TNS)—Interest rates are going up. The Federal Reserve in June hiked rates for the second time in 2018, and there could be two more rate hikes before the end of the year, including one at this month’s Fed meeting. Sure, the...

The Defining Financial Question of Millennials: Do You Want to Live Comfortably Now, or in the Future?

September 27th, 2018
(TNS)—Millennials are faced with the internal conflict almost every day: live comfortably now, or later? Thanks to $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, rapidly increasing healthcare costs and high living costs, scraping by now often can be prioritized over worrying...

Don’t Know Your Mortgage Rate? You Could Be Costing Yourself Thousands

July 22nd, 2018
(TNS)—Not knowing your mortgage rate can be an expensive mistake, especially in this rising interest rate market. Yet nearly three in 10 mortgage holders (29 percent) either didn’t know their mortgage rate or wouldn’t say, according to a survey by...

Hurricane Florence: Nearly $30 Billion in Estimated Losses

September 30th, 2018
Earlier this month, Hurricane Florence blasted through the Carolinas and Virginia, leaving a path of flood and wind damage in its wake. According to an analysis by real estate data provider CoreLogic, residential properties in the Carolinas and Virginia sustained...

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...
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