Monthly Archives: December 2019

Where to Get Decorative Inspiration

A house becomes a home for many owners once it’s furnished and decorated, reflecting their personal tastes. But a little over half of consumers—53%—say their home is only partly furnished and decorated to their satisfaction, while 23% say very little … Continue reading

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States for Middle Class Prosperity in 2019

Though middle class households are pinching their pennies, they still desire homeownership as a means to increase personal wealth, according to a new study by personal finance resource SmartAsset. Researchers looked at the states in which the middle class is … Continue reading

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‘Amazon Effect’ on Housing Is Real

One year after Amazon selected Arlington, Va., as its second headquarters site, home prices and sales in the surrounding area continue to surge, a new study from realtor.com® shows. “Massive inventory shortages, sky-high price spikes, and a blistering pace of … Continue reading

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Favorite Mortgage Lenders Ranked

Customers were slightly less satisfied with mortgage originators in the second quarter, and too much technology may be the culprit, according to the latest J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Primary Mortgage Origination Satisfaction Study. Lenders have been adding self-service technology to … Continue reading

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1 in 4 Properties Are ‘Equity Rich’

It’s a good time to be a homeowner: The share of equity-rich residential properties zoomed to a total of 14.4 million, shows the 2019 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report from ATTOM Data Solutions. Nearly 27% of all properties with … Continue reading

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Who Are Homebuyers?

Home buyers are ready to plant roots: Today’s buyers are young, multicultural, tech-savvy, and eager to buy a home as a personal investment, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2019 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Sellers, on the … Continue reading

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Midwest Dominated 20 Hottest Housing Markets This Fall

Ohio is proving to be a hot housing market. The state boasted the largest number of metros to make it onto a top 20 list of the nation’s top-performing housing markets for October, realtor.com®’s data shows. realtor.com® ranks the markets … Continue reading

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Top Markets for Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers

Millennials are flocking to affordable smaller cities, baby boomers are retiring in walkable communities that offer urban amenities, and Gen Xers are heading to larger, high-priced markets. Realtor.com® researchers recently evaluated the migration trends of the generations. Life stages—growing families, … Continue reading

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I Want to Buy a Home

Many non-owners—those renting or living with someone else—are eager to buy a home. But their current financial situation is what is mostly holding them back. The National Association of REALTORS®’ newly released “2019 Profile of Buyers and Sellers” report contained … Continue reading

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FEMA is Changing How They Assess Flood Risk

The current rating system for assessing properties’ flood risk is outdated and may not fully reflect the actual danger level for individual homes and communities, David Maurstad, deputy associate administrator for insurance and mitigation at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, … Continue reading

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