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November 21, 2017

The Walkability Factor & Why It Matters

If things like air quality and physical activity are as much on your radar as real estate, you are one of many who prefers a walkable lifestyle. Researchers show that a neighborhood’s walkability has positive health outcomes on body mass index, better breathing, and a more streamlined flow through daily activities. If you are someone who prefers to walk to work, schools, shops, restaurants, the bank and other errands, you may want to live somewhere that is pedestrian friendly.

The Walkability Factor and Why It Matters

For some, the ability to get where they need to go on foot is a huge asset, not to mention a way to burn calories. Certainly, walking – even if to catch [...]

 
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November 21, 2017

What do NFL Fans Look for in a New Home?

It’s the season that football fans look forward to year-round: each Sunday, NFL fans can be found posted up on their sofa with their eyes glued to their TV screens, or tossing back a few beers and several dozen wings at their favorite sports bar as they watch their favorite team take on the competition. Cheering on your team or rooting for the enemy to lose is a favorite pastime of many Americans. In fact, NFL fandom can bring complete strangers together.

But, what else do football fans have in common besides their love of the sport? At Homes.com, we’re always curious as to what Americans prioritize when shopping for a new home. With NFL fans top of mind this time [...]

 
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November 16, 2017

5 Cities Where Contractors Can Build a Better Life

Are you in the contracting business? No matter your area of expertise, contracting has many pros and cons. Unfortunately, factors such as weather and the economy can have a major impact on your job, which in turn, can impact your finances. It’s a delicate balance, so it would make sense for contractors to go where business is good and the factors are right.

These are the top five cities are where contractors can build a better life

While we were not surprised to see major cities like Los Angeles and Houston on the list, we were surprised to see Provo, Utah making the cut. Provo is a fast growing city — so fast in fact, that their economy has grown more quickly than any [...]

 
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November 15, 2017

APR, ARM, FSBO, PITI: Home-Related Acronyms You Should Know

Are you searching for your dream home, but overwhelmed by all the acronyms you see? Check out the Homes.com glossary of home related terms.
 
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November 13, 2017

Top Cities with the Longest Commute Times

You have to get to work, right? The coffee in the break room isn’t going to make itself and you’re an integral part of the morning meeting, your team needs you!

About 86% of U.S. commuters travel by automobile daily and it’s costing many Americans big time in some big cities. Drivers in the U.S. lose on average about 42 hours sitting in traffic per year. If that isn’t cringe-worthy consider this, Americans who drive to work burn an average of 19 gallons of gasoline sitting in traffic annually according to data compiled by Auto Insurance Center. Traffic jams are a leading cause of many people showing up late to work. They also contribute to accidents [...]

 
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November 10, 2017

Seven Markets Where Home Prices Are Surprisingly Reasonable

Home prices have soared in many communities over the past three years. The national median home price has risen more than 17 percent since September 2014, but prices still vary greatly by location.

For retirees, families in the market for a second home and real estate investors who can choose where they want to buy a home, affordability is a critical factor today. The days when bargains could be found in thousands of depressed housing markets are over. As prices rise above the peaks set during the housing boom ten years ago, good deals in communities where prices are still reasonable are harder to find. Here are six housing markets that are surprisingly affordable [...]

 
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November 8, 2017

5 Best Cities for Veterans to Live in

As part of our celebration of Veteran’s Day, we created a useful map of 5 cities that offer some of the best support systems for those who have served. Whether it’s the US Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps – active duty or reserves – America’s veterans remain a valued community of brave individuals who deserve our thanks and gratitude. The following 5 location offer tremendous health, financial, and quality-of-life support for our nation’s heroes.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio is a great city for veterans. The city has five Veteran Affairs (VA) facilities within 50 miles, the most in Texas. This Lone Star city also has [...]

 
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November 7, 2017

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Could be the Wave of the Future

There’s a lot of talk about how to solve the “affordable housing” crisis, but one solution has been around for centuries. There’s also one thing that has been slowing down the implementation of the solution: regulations.

You probably know them as “mother-in-law apartments,” or “garage apartments,” by whatever name you use, a second small house, typically under 1,000 square feet, built in the backyard of an existing home, or retrofitted into an existing house is legally referred to as an accessory dwelling unit (ADU). They’re about to become the hottest new trend of the next decade if governments allow them. “If [...]

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