An Up-Close Look at Housing Insecurity (and How to Help!)

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Five years ago, Timothy C. Acena was living – and sleeping – in his wheelchair behind a busy fast-food restaurant. At night, he’d park himself on a fresh piece of cardboard near the restaurant’s dumpster and clip together a makeshift awning of eight umbrellas to protect him and the five backpacks full of his belongings from the elements. During the … Read More

The Popsicle Place Program in Seattle Helps Families in Need

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It’s tough to afford housing in many cities across the U.S., but in Seattle, it’s a particularly competitive market . Living in an urban area with such a high cost of living can break a family when emergencies arise, but luckily for the people of Seattle, Mary’s Place has been relieving housing burdens since 1999. Initially established as a women’s … Read More

4 Surprising Things That May Increase How Much Your Home Is Worth

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For most Americans, their home is their most important financial asset. But in the past, homeowners only knew how much it was worth when they bought or sold their home. Zillow was founded to democratize this sort of information – starting with the Zestimate , Zillow’s estimated market valuation tool. To understand how much your home is worth, it’s important … Read More

14 Million Households Plan to Give Their Homes to Family

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Americans are moving less than ever, according to Zillow’s analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. Just 4.2 percent of American homeowners moved between 2015 and 2016 – which is almost half the 7.7 percent rate reported in 1990. According to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017 , 86 percent of all American homeowners – defined … Read More

5 Home Design Trends for 2018 (and 3 Fads That Need to Go )

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Home design trends come and go – and in 2018, one look that’s on its way out could actually cause your home to sell for less. Here’s a look at five design trends you’ll be seeing more of in 2018, and three it’s time to kiss goodbye (especially if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to sell your home). Trending … Read More

Why Cities Must Become Affordable For the Middle Class

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This article was originally published on Cities need the middle class. They need nurses and teachers. Yet if people have a well-paying job like those, they’re finding it increasingly hopeless to afford to pay for a house in the city in which they work. Cities tend to have the most job opportunities, but they also have the highest cost … Read More

How Historic Racial Injustices Still Impact Housing Today

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For the majority of Americans, regardless of race or ethnicity, owning a home is a major goal. According to the first Zillow Housing Aspirations Report , 63 percent of whites, 63 percent of blacks and 73 percent of Hispanics believe owning a home is necessary to live the American Dream. But although they share the same dreams as whites, for … Read More

20 Best Cities for Trick or Treating in 2017

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Pumpkins, haunted houses and costumed kiddos can only mean one thing – it’s time for Halloween! Every year, Zillow’s team of economists crunches the numbers to find the best cities for little ghosts and ghouls to score the best candy. These cities are based on places where home values are high, there are plenty of kids under 10, and where … Read More

How to Actually Afford to Buy A Home in America

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Home buyers today face tough challenges-housing prices have soared, a dollar doesn’t go as far as it once did and rent is more expensive than the past. How are people today making such a large purchase in spite of these hurdles? With more flexibility and a bit of creativity when it comes to financing, today’s buyers are finding ways to … Read More

Rising Rents, Stagnant Wages, And the Burden of Unstable Housing

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While homelessness may not be viewed as a looming issue on the horizon for those who are financially stable, or otherwise have secure and stable housing-it’s not as distant as some might think. With rents rising faster than wages, the burden of affording rent is looming larger and larger for many Americans, and in some cases becoming insurmountable. According to … Read More