Pending Home Sales Hold Steady in September

Pending home sales rose slightly in September and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in 11 months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,* More »

‘Zombie’ Foreclosures Down 23 Percent from Last Year, but Increase in 16 States

RealtyTrac® today released its Q3 2014 “Zombie” Foreclosure Report, which found that 117,298 homes actively in the foreclosure process had been vacated by the homeowners prior to a completed foreclosure, representing 18 More »

The Cheapest Day to Buy Airline Tickets? It’s Sunday, not Tuesday

(MCT)—A company that handles airline ticket sales for travel agencies has come out with study of airline ticket purchases, and found some interesting factoids: —The cheapest tickets are bought on Sunday, not More »

Pending Home Sales Hold Steady in September

Pending home sales rose slightly in September and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in 11 months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, inched  0.3 percent to 105.0 in September from 104.7 in August, and is now 1.0 percent […]
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‘Zombie’ Foreclosures Down 23 Percent from Last Year, but Increase in 16 States

RealtyTrac® today released its Q3 2014 “Zombie” Foreclosure Report, which found that 117,298 homes actively in the foreclosure process had been vacated by the homeowners prior to a completed foreclosure, representing 18 percent of all active foreclosures. These vacant properties will likely end up as short sales, foreclosure auction sales or bank-owned sales in the […]
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The Cheapest Day to Buy Airline Tickets? It’s Sunday, not Tuesday

(MCT)—A company that handles airline ticket sales for travel agencies has come out with study of airline ticket purchases, and found some interesting factoids: —The cheapest tickets are bought on Sunday, not Tuesday as others have advised. —The cheapest tickets on domestic flights are bought eight weeks in advance of departure. Eight weeks out, the […]
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Living Smart: What to Know before You Have a Plumbing Emergency

(MCT)—Plumbing has always been one of the most frequently searched categories on Angie’s List. Naturally, if the sink is stopped up or the commode’s kaput, you want it fixed, and fast. That’s why I advise homeowners to establish—before an emergency—a connection with a highly rated local plumber. I also urge you to find your home’s […]
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Millennials Expect to Buy within Five Years

Contrary to popular belief, millennials still highly value homeownership, and a majority expect to buy a home in the next five years, according to a CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) survey of young adults age 18-34. More than half (54 percent) gave homeownership an importance rating of “8” or higher on a scale of 1-10, […]
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By the Numbers: Big Cities You Can Actually Afford to Live In

Big cities are known for having more job opportunities, people to meet, and things to do than small towns. On the flip side, they are also synonymous with traffic, crime, and—above all—high costs. That’s why a big city with a small price tag is an especially good find, offering urban perks without urban expenses. Kiplinger […]
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Your Place: Tips to Reduce the Risk of House Fires

(MCT)—October is Fire Prevention Month, so as a public service designed to reduce the number of calls for electrical fires, “Your Place” offers the following tips from Leviton, manufacturer of electrical devices and lighting controls (dimmers, switches): Extension cords are intended only for temporary use. Each year 3,330 residential fires originate near extension cords, the […]
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Top 5 Things to Know when Buying or Selling a Home by the End of 2014

Home prices are rising, along with seller’s confidence. When you couple this with low interest rates, a boon for potential buyers, the market is looking up. In the following infographic, American Home Shield has laid out the top 5 things to know if you’re considering buying or selling by the end of 2014. For more […]
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Don’t Overlook an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage

(MCT)—Let me start out by saying that I have a bias in favor of fixed mortgages, especially in this time of historically low rates. The logic is this: Why wouldn’t you lock in now and enjoy the certainty of a nice low rate for the full life of your mortgage? The vast majority of homeowners […]
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Is Your Front Door a Gateway to Energy Loss?

October is Energy Awareness Month, so I went looking for specific ways homeowners could reduce soaring energy bills. The experts at Therma-Tru (thermatru.com) reached out with their perspective, advising homeowners to evaluate their exterior doors, which could provide a major gateway to energy losses, or savings. Brad Johnson, a VP with Therma-Tru Corp says leaking […]
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