Income Gains and Rent Increases Follow Rail Transit

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Racial diversity in neighborhoods with train stations remained high even decades after rail transit came to Atlanta and Los Angeles. Improving transit access to a neighborhood does not lead to a significant decrease in minority populations, even as incomes and rents rise faster than similar neighborhoods without convenient transit. When a new rail transit stop is opened, long-term economic gains … Read More

4 Health Hazards in Your Home and How to Protect Yourself

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Your home should be a safe and healthy refuge for the entire family. While you may be diligent about minimizing your exposure to household chemicals, there may be other toxins causing health threats throughout your home. To protect yourself and your loved ones, beware of the following home health hazards: 1. Radon What is radon? Radon is a naturally occurring, … Read More

17 Tips to Create the Ultimate Sleep Environment and Improve Your Quality of Sleep

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Picture this: Despite your jam-packed schedule, you’ve still reserved enough time to unwind and relax before bed. Your bedroom is cool, calm, and dark, and you’re able to fall asleep and stay asleep without any trouble. The next morning, you manage to wake up before your alarm and feel well-rested, perhaps even energetic, and ready to take on the world. … Read More

How to Set Up Your Home to be a Rental Property

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Renting out your house instead of listing it on the real estate market is a common, and even profitable, way to hold on to your property when you aren’t currently living in it as a primary residence. Some homeowners choose this direction when they want to wait to sell when their second home’s value increases or the market turns in … Read More

Home Sales Little Changed in September

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Home prices up 5% annually, the biggest increase in over a year. U.S. home-sale prices increased 4.6 percent year over year in September to a median of $308,800 across the 217 metros Redfin tracks. This is the largest year-over-year increase since July 2018. “The demand-driving effect of low mortgage rates is being cancelled out by jitters about the overall health … Read More

Survey: Homebuyers and Sellers Feel That Rising Home Prices Have Made Their Lives Worse

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Nearly half of respondents said rising home prices over the past decade have made their life worse, while just 16% said rising home prices made their life better. As cities across the country grapple with an ongoing housing affordability crisis, solutions in the form of policy proposals have become a topic of local and national debate, with Presidential candidates and … Read More

Affordability is a Relative Concept—Boston Tops U.S. Migration Destinations in the Third Quarter

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Boston passed the less expensive inland metro areas that typically dominate the list of top migration destinations, but it’s still an affordable option for some. Nationally, the share of Redfin home searchers looking outside their home metro hit a new all-time record of 26 percent. Twenty-six percent of home searchers looked to move to another metro area in the … Read More

7 Ways to Transform Your Attic Into a Livable Space

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If you’re looking for additional living space within your home, don’t forget about your attic. Transforming your attic into a bedroom or other functional space isn’t as difficult as you may think — even if it’s unfinished. Here are a few tips to help you turn your attic into an upstairs oasis. 1. Add Flooring If your attic isn’t finished, … Read More

4 Ways to Cozy Up Your Kitchen for Fall

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The season has changed, and so follows your home decor. Decorating for the chillier fall months means incorporating warm and inviting colors and textures into your home’s interior design, specifically in the kitchen. Try these four tips to create a cozier kitchen for fall. Weave in dark textiles Fall means decorating with gorgeously textured throws, pillows and table linens. Introduce your … Read More

Basement Heating Options to Keep You Warm This Winter

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The leaves are changing, the nights are getting longer, and that means that winter is on its way. If you’ve chosen to turn your home’s basement into a separate living space – whether it’s a game room, movie lounge, or man cave – you’ve probably discovered the challenges of keeping the room warm. From overly dry air to cold spots … Read More