Consumer

Infographic: How Recent Buyers Purchased Their Home

January 13th, 2018
Demand and home prices are increasing, but that has yet to keep homebuyers out of the market. Here is how they did it:  For more information, please visit www.nar.realtor. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com. The post...

Home Laundry: To Vent or Not to Vent

January 16th, 2018
I once believed it was a forgone conclusion that when adding certain laundry appliances to a home, it would mean installing exhaust ducting and cutting a hole to the outside for venting. However, a recent report from Michele Weaver at...

Amazon Closes In: What HQ2 Means for Housing in the Top 20

January 25th, 2018
Amazon is a step closer to finalizing its HQ2 plans, having narrowed its sights on the top 20 contenders after receiving over 230 proposals from across North America. While the winning city could be any one of the short-list nominees,...

Automation and Customization: Renter Wishes

January 27th, 2018
Apartment dwellers’ preferences are shifting…toward what owners want, new research shows. According to the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), an apartment industry organization, convenience, personalization and smart home technology are high on renters’ wish lists. In the NMHC’s 2018 Consumer...

Buyers Entering the Market Solo Struggle

February 12th, 2018
Accumulating a down payment is a struggle—and even more so for singles, according to a new report. Singles are facing more than 10 years of saving, assuming they make a 20 percent down payment on a median-priced property, an analysis...

Survey Finds Hidden Costs of Homeownership

February 19th, 2018
(TNS)—Your day burns brightly on both ends. You prod your kids out of bed at daybreak, get them dressed, fed and off to school. You drive to work, endure meetings, colleagues, power lunches, memos and strategy sessions, only to return...

Why Your Mortgage Is Getting More Expensive

February 21st, 2018
(TNS)—World events are conspiring to make it more expensive for you to borrow money to buy a house. Mortgage rates have increased for five consecutive weeks, according to Bankrate data, bringing interest on a 30-year fixed rate loan to 4.44...

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...

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...

‘Aging in Place’ Begins Early: Report

January 8th, 2018
Homeowners are getting older, and to continue on in their current house, improvements are necessary. “Aging in place,” however, is not just about adding railings and ramps—in fact, 46 percent of homeowners aged 75-plus began improvements early with the expectation...
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