Homebuilders continue to incorporate solar power, energy savings and green building techniques into their new home construction. National builder KB Home says that sales in communities with solar power as a standard are 30 percent higher than in communities that don’t offer homes with solar panel as a standard. In the southwest, the firm plans to make solar power a standard home feature ...
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About 600,000 Americans travel more than 90 minutes each way—more than 50 miles—to get from home to work each day, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.
“Megacommutes” are known for being worst in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. Megacommuters tend to be male, older, married, and paid higher than the average worker, according to Census data.
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More baby boomers are planning a move, and they're targeting cities with
a lower cost of living, greater job potential, and warmer weather,
according to new research by the National Association of REALTORS®. "A broadly improving economy and rebounding home prices are giving
baby boomers the opportunity to sell and move to support their
retirement lifestyle," says Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief ...
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Though renters say they dream of owning a home one day, most of them
will need to keep renting for at least the next three years, according
to a new survey of more than 2,000 adults conducted by Freddie Mac. The
majority of renters say they are still struggling financially, but 91
percent say the financial crisis has not deterred their motivation to
become home owners. "It's no secret th...
While investors are reportedly dwindling in numbers lately, some single-family rental markets are still garnering a great deal of investor interest.
Some investors are finding it’s the little-known areas that may offer some of the highest returns due to less competition.
“Buying single-family homes as rentals still yields solid returns in many markets across the nation, but it is difficult...
The recent housing crisis has prompted questions over whether home
ownership is still a viable way toward greater wealth in this country.
Confidence in home ownership was shaken, and many have had to turn to
renting (the number of renters has increased nearly 25 percent since the
housing crisis). The home ownership rate, in turn, has fallen from a
peak of nearly 70 percent in 2004 to a t...
As builders quickly ramp up building of apartments across the country to
meet rising demand, vacancy rates are starting to rise. That could help
limit rent increases in 2015, according to economists with the CoStar
Group. The economists predict rent growth to slow to below 2 percent in 2015
as the multifamily market increases construction. They say apartment
vacancy rates will rise in 46...
Renters need to brace themselves: Apartment rent is expected to continue
to outpace inflation next year. It’s a landlord’s market, which means
strong demand continues to give landlords justification to hike rents. Rent growth will likely reach 3.9 percent in 2015, only a slight dip
from 4 percent this year, according to a recent forereleased by the
National Association of REALTORS®. ...
Starting on Dec. 13, Fannie Mae will allow the lower down
payments for first-time home buyers and permit refinancing borrowers to reduce
equity to 3 percent to cover closing costs, the company said today in a
statement. Freddie Mac will begin a program in March giving breaks to
lower-income buyers and first-time borrowers who get housing counseling.
While shoppers were trampling each other to get the season’s hottest stuff, a glimmer of hope emerged for the economy. Does it have legs?A woman pepper-spraying her fellow shoppers to better her chances of getting an Xbox. A crowd of people stepping over the body of a heart attack victim, worrying less about his fate and more about their Christmas purchases. Violence, mayhem, and chaos seemed to b...
Houston's home market is currently among the most competitive in the nation—a trend that's expected to extend well into 2015. While there was a slump shortly after the recession, sales quickly escalated as the economy picked up, leaving a housing shortage with an abundance of buyers that drove house prices up.And while the housing market typically lags in the fall—with school starting up agai...
If you own a condo, or hope to buy one someday, changes in FHA’s mortgage program could end up costing you — and further crimp the housing market.More and more condo sellers and buyers are being shut out of the housing market. That’s because of tougher condo qualifying rules for FHA loans — on top of an already tough lending market.You may not realize it, but buyers can’t use an FHA loan to purcha...