Pre-Wedding Bashes Can Put a Dent in Saving for a Home Down Payment

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Destination bachelor and bachelorette parties are becoming the new norm, especially among millennials who prize experience and grew up with The Hangover’s depiction of pre-wedding adventure. While flying off to Vegas with your closest friends can certainly be a trip of a lifetime, big ticket vacations can add up quick– a lost faster than a $19 avocado toast. A new … Read More

Upsizing on the Upswing: The Big Decision More Homeowners are Making

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For Rhiannon Kruse, moving to a bigger home was about facing the music. For five years, Kruse and her husband had squeezed themselves into a downtown Seattle high-rise. At 700 square feet, their home meant giving up a dresser to cram clothing into an under-the-bed storage space, and limiting the number of guests they could invite over for dinner. Even … Read More

Hidden Costs of Homeownership Typically Top $9,000 a Year

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Buyers too often focus on a home’s list price or mortgage payment to determine what they can afford. However, the numerous less-obvious costs associated with homeownership can affect the monthly bottom line. To help home buyers budget more accurately, Zillow and Thumbtack identified several common but often overlooked home expenses and calculated what homeowners around the country could expect to … Read More

The First Names Who Own the Most Valuable Homes, in Every State

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What’s in a name? When it comes to home values: A lot. A Zillow Research analysis of more than 70 million property records showed that homeowners named Alison and Stuart own the most valuable homes across the country. Homeowners named Anne appear on the list the most, turning up tops in 10 of the 45 states analyzed, from Alabama to … Read More

Where Renting Pays: In These Markets, Owning Takes a While to Pencil Out

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The pressure to buy a house can be intense, particularly in markets where home values are skyrocketing. People appear to be making a mint on real estate, and renting – instead of buying your own home – can sometimes feel like standing still. But that’s not necessarily the case. It takes more than two years before buying the typical U.S. … Read More

Homes With Blue Kitchens Sell for $5,400 More Than Expected

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A fresh coat of paint in the right color may help sell a home for more money. Homes with rooms painted in shades of light blue or pale blue/gray can sell for as much as $5,400 more than expected, according to a new Zillow report. Zillow’s 2017 Paint Color Analysis looked at more than 32,000 photos from sold homes around … Read More

U.S. Homeowners Spend $15,000 in Hidden Costs to Sell a House

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Selling a home not only takes time, but also costs money. To help with budgeting, Zillow and Thumbtack identified several common – but often overlooked – seller expenses. From closing costs to home prep projects like carpet cleaning, U.S. homeowners can expect to spend more than $15,000 on these extra or hidden costs to sell the median home, according to Zillow … Read More

Which 10 U.S. Metros Have the Most Empty Nesters?

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Pittsburgh is strong as steel when it comes to empty nest households, according to new Zillow research. Steel City holds the top spot in a new survey of markets where older homeowners live in a house with no children. The number of empty nests nationwide is higher than ever before , having climbed steadily in the past decade, says Aaron … Read More

Our Racially Divided Housing Market Is Changing, Thanks to Millennials

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Kieran Killeen was astounded when he bought a home in Vermont in 2002, and its title barred minorities from living there unless they were servants. They were empty words. Racial covenants are no longer legal. But Killeen, who is white, did not like having even a defunct racist restriction on his home’s title. He worked with neighbors to have it removed … Read More

Moving From a Home With 2 Bedrooms to 3 Costs an Extra $450 a Month

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Thinking about moving this year? Whether your family is growing or you’re just looking for more space, upgrading to a home with an extra bed or bath comes with a premium in most metros. To help buyers better understand their options this home-shopping season, Zillow identified how much extra “move-up” buyers could expect to spend on their mortgage if they were … Read More