5 Predictions for Renters and Home Buyers in 2017

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If you’re a renter, you (and your bank account) probably know this already: Over the past decade, rents have been going up. And up. In many parts of the country, in fact, rents have been increasing at a faster rate than home values. The good news? The rate of growth has gradually slowed since its peak in July 2015, according … Read More

Economic Sweet Spots for Tech, Finance and Health Care Workers

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With Silicon Valley workers living in vans and RVs and interns squatting in corporate offices , it’s clear that even a tech salary does not shield some workers from the vagaries of sky-high housing costs. The good news is, there are tech jobs outside the Bay Area — and, in some places, workers have thousands of dollars left over each month after paying … Read More

City Living Costs Families Up to $9,000 More a Year Than Suburban

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Urban living has its perks, but they come at a cost: It turns out families spend $9,073 more a year to cover basic living expenses in the city than in the suburbs, according to a new analysis from Zillow and Care.com . Those costs include mortgage payments, property taxes and child care. The urban-suburban disparity varies considerably depending on the … Read More

Why May Is the Magic Month for Home Sellers

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When it comes time to sell a home, every seller wants the same outcome: to sell quickly, for as much money as possible. According to a new Zillow analysis , listing a home toward the end of spring significantly increases a seller’s chances of making this happen. In all but five of the country’s 25 biggest metro markets, the best … Read More

San Francisco Is Best for Home Sellers, Baltimore for Buyers

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Owning a home in San Francisco comes with 99 problems, but selling ain’t one. Among the problems: San Francisco’s median home values are among the highest in the country, topping $800,000, according to Zillow Research . The city is cold and foggy in the summer, as Mark Twain noted. You also have to keep an ear to the ground for … Read More

Boston Tops the List of Best Metros for Love

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While people who buy homes are typically married — in 2015, married couples represented almost 60 percent of home buyers — the share of unmarried couples buying homes together has been on the rise. The power of two incomes, along with changing social norms, helped catapult their share of the home buying market to 14.6 percent in 2015, from 11.2 percent … Read More

Big Game Hometowns Square Off on Housing

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While we wait to see Sunday which football team wins the season, here’s a telling snapshot of how Atlanta and Boston match up when it comes to homes. Atlanta, sometimes known as “Hotlanta” for its lively nightlife and steamy summer temperatures, is wide open down the middle of the field with housing affordability. Its homeowners spend 11.7 percent of their incomes on mortgages, and its … Read More

Nashville Tops the List of Hottest Housing Markets for 2017

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In the same year renting becomes more affordable and the homeownership rate bounces back from historical lows, the country’s housing market superstar will be — drumroll, please — Nashville ! Music City has moved beyond its country roots to become a fast-growing economy with employment by the healthcare industry and big corporate names including Nissan, Randstad and Kroger — plus … Read More

Get a Black Friday Deal on a Home in These 10 Metros

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‘Tis the season to be shopping, and if you’re in the market for a home, you may have less competition for listings while everyone else is in a post-Thanksgiving stupor — or at the mall. That doesn’t mean you have to forego Black Friday-style discounts. Below are the 10 metros where you’ll find the greatest share of listings with a … Read More

Portrait of a Long-Term Renter: Crossing Generational Divides

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For many Americans, owning a home is a rite of passage. But not everyone puts homeownership on their priority list. Long-term renters (those who have been renting for more than one year) are opting out of the home-buying game for a variety of reasons, from a desire for mobility to simply not being able to afford a home purchase. It’s not just twenty-somethings … Read More