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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...

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...

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...
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