Here’s the #1 Reason It’s so Hard to Find an Affordable Home

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Migration Patterns Show More People Leaving Politically Blue Counties

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In the first half of 2017, more people moved from blue (Democratic) counties to red (Republican) counties than from red to blue counties, according to data on Redfin.com user searches. Counties were classified as “blue” if the Democratic candidate for 2016 won by more than 20 percentage points and vice versa for “red” counties.1 Overall, 7.4 percent more people moved … Read More

Time to Renovate the Mortgage Interest Deduction

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The lack of affordable housing in America’s fast growing cities is reaching epic proportions as more and more families are being priced out of homeownership .  In 2012, a middle class family could afford 44 percent of the homes for sale. By 2016, the share of affordable listings declined 12 percentage points to just 32 percent. This housing equality gap … Read More

These Are the 12 Best Cities for Whiskey Lovers

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For whiskey dilettantes, there are few luxuries as gratifying as sipping a smooth, flavorful pour of their favorite barrel-born libation in a scenic setting. Whether you prefer your firewater neat, on the rocks or as part of a crafted concoction, we’ve rounded up the most beloved joints for enjoying a glass (or two) of whiskey from coast to coast. For … Read More

Priced Out: The Housing Affordability Gap in America’s Largest Metros

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Housing affordability is a growing problem for the middle class. As home prices across the nation’s 30 largest metro areas have increased by 26 percent since the market bottomed in 2012 and the median household income edged up just 1.6 percent nationally, housing affordability for the middle class has dwindled. In 2012, a family earning the area median income could … Read More

Homes Sold Faster than Ever in April; Prices Marched Upward

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The median home sale price increased 6.2 percent in April to $280,000, continuing a five-year trend of steady annual growth. A lack of homes for sale kept a lid on sales, which inched up just 1.2 percent compared to last year. The number of homes for sale fell 13.3 percent, the steepest decline in four years. Since October 2015, the … Read More