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A released study lends more support to the idea that where you live can affect your health. In an experiment that started in the 1990s, the federal government offered thousands of low-income women living in public housing in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, New York, and Boston an opportunity to move to a more affluent neighborhood and see if it improved their health.   Now more than a decad...
Read Post [Posted on 07/26/2014 By John Askins]
You’ve decided that your first home should have three bedrooms and a big yard, but what else have you thought about? You may want to check out Fox Business' list of 10 things that most first-time homebuyers don’t consider during their house hunt. Here are the first five: Make a checklist and use it. Determine what features are essential to you and refer to your list when viewing properties. Y...
Read Post [Posted on 07/24/2014 By Susan Arnoldy]
The wife of a Military Veteran, I LOVE Working with Military Veterans to show them my appreciation and also give them sound and honest advice. I have 12 years solid experience! I am ready for you! Free buyer consultation!832-545-7005 ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/24/2014 By LaWanda Lendsey]
Immigrants are expected to make up a large number of the future home buyers of America in the coming decades, according to a new report, “Assimilation Tomorrow: How America’s Immigrants Will Integrate by 2030” by the Center for American Progress.   Researchers found that while 25.5 percent of immigrants owned homes in 2000, that percentage is expected to jump to 70.3 percent by 2030. If that...
Read Post [Posted on 07/24/2014 By John Askins]
It's a New Day In Real Estate Everyday! Homeownership is one of the best ways to grow your wealth in the United States. An average American family has a net worth of $77,300, of that net worth $47,500 is in home equity!!Nowadays consumers have more knowledge about home buying then ever before; from being able to obtain FREE CREDIT REPORTS and your scores, which some credit card companies are ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/23/2014 By LaWanda Lendsey]
Clients and their real estate professionals often must evaluate environmental risks associated with property deals. Identifying, assessing, and minimizing such risks has become more complicated in light of several recent developments: most notably, changes to risk evaluation standards; a renewed regulatory emphasis on environmental compliance and enforcement; and a spate of transactions ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/18/2014 By John Askins]
Household sizes are growing: More home owners are renovating homes to add second units so they can take in roommates to bring in extra cash or have a space for aging parents or adult children who want to move back home.  Michael Litchfield, author of In-Laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats, says many of these second units are either converted garages, attics, unused rooms or basements, or a...
Read Post [Posted on 07/18/2014 By John Askins]
Are you in a happy place? Healthways and Gallup wanted to find out the well-being of cities across the country. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index measures Americans’ perceptions of physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, shelter, and healthcare. Gallup conducted ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/17/2014 By John Askins]
You may have batted around ideas for a kitchen remodel, but Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross isn't going to listen to your advice: The kitchen she's working with is 300,000 years old. Shahack-Gross discovered the site during an archaeological dig that began in 2000 outside Tel Aviv, Israel, and has found artifacts such as teeth, animal bones, and flint tools whose design suggests they were u...
Read Post [Posted on 07/12/2014 By John Askins]
Fifty percent of Americans recently surveyed say they expect home rental prices to continue to rise, and it’s making them lean more toward home ownership, according to a Fannie Mae National Housing Survey, which surveyed 1,000 Americans. "This has been a year of steady growth in the percentage of consumers with positive home price expectations," says Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s senior vice pr...
Read Post [Posted on 07/09/2014 By John Askins]
More home owners who want to trade in their current home to buy a larger one are holding off, feeling trapped by a sluggish housing market and the loss of equity in their current home, The Los Angeles Times reports.  “Potential move-up buyers ... are largely sitting on the sidelines these days, leaving a key part of the housing market stuck in neutral,” The Los Angeles Times...
Read Post [Posted on 07/08/2014 By John Askins]
After a lifetime of living and working among people of all age groups, many retirees move to communities where they can live primarily among their peers, seeking towns where those age 65 and older make up the largest percentage of the population. We then narrowed the search to one place in each state to give the list some geographic diversity.Karen Lovegrove, 71, lives almost exclusively among oth...
Read Post [Posted on 07/07/2014 By John Askins]
A study by mortgage giant Fannie Mae showed that 90 percent of renters aspire to be home owners one day, and the top reason behind that desire is for the sense of gaining greater control over their living arrangements.  The survey revealed the following top reasons why renters want to own:  “Control over what you do with your living space”: 84% of renters said this was the...
Read Post [Posted on 07/06/2014 By John Askins]
When new-home sales were down drastically during the recession, the changing demographics and tighter lending standards were influencing buyers’ purchasing decisions when home-shopping and changing their priorities, home builder industry experts say. “There is a lot of pressure today to retool,” says Steve Brooks, CEO of Grand Homes. “We have to redesign houses and figure out what kind of pro...
Read Post [Posted on 07/05/2014 By John Askins]
During the Great Recession more than 3.8 million people moved in with the relatives.Extended families now make up 8.2 percent of family households, up from 6.9 percent in 2005, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.We saw a shift away from the 1950s and 1960s mentality against extended families," says Stephanie Coontz, co-chair of the Council on Contemporary Families, a non-profit res...
Read Post [Posted on 07/01/2014 By John Askins]
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