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Many homeowners have enjoyed a return to positive equity in recent years, with home prices on a consistent upward trend in most markets. How high will values go? Potentially not much further, according to consumers in the June 2017 Survey of Consumer Expectations by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, who held firm on […]

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7/21/2017 10:02:34 PM

Real estate is the long-term investment of choice for Americans, who in a recent survey by Bankrate.com placed it ahead of bonds, cash, gold and stocks as the best method of building wealth over time. Real estate is now the chosen vehicle for the third consecutive time in the survey: Real Estate (28 percent) Cash […]

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7/21/2017 10:01:00 PM

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: How to Avoid High Auto Insurance Premiums The Industry Weighs In: 87% Say Instant Offers Signals Shift by Zillow to Become a Brokerage 5 Crazy Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens Movie fans, looking to lurk around some of your […]

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7/18/2017 2:03:46 PM

Most homeowners are content with the current status of the housing market, believing not only that they made a smart choice by owning, but also that conditions in their area have gotten better since the recession, according to the results of a new survey. Ninety-one percent of homeowners and 83 percent of renters surveyed recently […]

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7/14/2017 10:01:10 PM

Renters can save thousands of dollars by renewing a lease instead of moving to a new rental, according to a recently released analysis by Zillow—a golden opportunity to put savings toward a down payment on a home. Researchers arrived at an average $3,946 in savings by assessing the most recent rent data from the U.S. […]

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7/12/2017 2:05:46 PM

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Modifying Your House for Disabled Accessibility Without Compromising Home Value Lil Wayne’s Miami Party Pad Has a Pool Full of Sharks Top 10 Plants for Designing a Water-Wise Landscape Call it a household name. A new analysis from Zillow […]

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7/10/2017 2:05:56 PM

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. Q: What advice do you have for those thinking of buying a home without waiting for a home inspection? A: As housing markets continue to heat up, many buyers are forgoing the important step of getting a home inspection. While […]

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7/6/2017 2:03:21 PM

How “free” is your state? A recent study conducted by WalletHub identifies the most and least “independent” states based on health- and wealth-related dependencies in five categories: “consumer finances,” such as credit scores and emergency savings; “government,” or federal funding; “international trade,” such as jobs supported by exported goods; “job market,” such as employer-offered retirement […]

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7/2/2017 11:03:47 AM

One of the many advantages of owning a home is the ability to add—and recoup—value. A recent study by Hearth, a FinTech startup, ranked the states with the most homeowners planning to renovate in 2017, with the top 20 states mostly concentrated in the East, Midwest and West: Hawaii Kansas Montana Rhode Island New Hampshire […]

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6/30/2017 10:04:45 PM

Consumer confidence ticked back up in June, posting a 118.9 reading in the latest Consumer Confidence Index® from The Conference Board. The Expectations reading of the Index fell to 100.6, while the Present Situation reading rose to 146.3. May’s reading was 117.6. “Consumer confidence increased moderately in June following a small decline in May,” said […]

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6/30/2017 10:03:40 PM

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