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February 19, 2018

Birthplaces of US Presidents

It’s almost President’s day. Right in time for the holiday, homes.com has compiled a quick history lesson for those of us (Editor – like me) who might not have known why President’s Day is celebrated as a national holiday. From wacky monikers for the President of the United States to lesser known facts, we’ve got you covered below.

Virginia has produced eight U.S. Presidents. Notable presidents from the Old Dominion include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Zachary Taylor, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James Madison, Woodrow Wilson, and James Monroe. Four of the five first presidents were born in Virginia. Those traveling in [...]

 
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February 19, 2018

How to Save for a Down Payment When You’re Currently Renting

Renting is a great way to save while you put away funds for a down payment on a home. Ready to save big? Here are top tips to help you save while renting.
 
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February 15, 2018

How Much Will Interest Rates Rise in 2018?

The dawn of a new year brings with it the new chairperson of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell. In one of Janet Yellen’s final acts before leaving office in early February, she presided over the Fed’s decision not to raise mortgage interest rates during the first quarter of the year.

Powell is expected to continue the Federal Reserve’s conservative policy of raising rates gradually if the economy remains strong. Should inflation increase, we can expect the Fed to act more aggressively and raise rates faster. During the current economic boom, inflation has been low but may increase as the economy grows.

Other factors besides the Federal Reserve’s [...]

 
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February 14, 2018

Top U.S. Cities for MBA Graduates

For the millennial business administration student, an MBA coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit may be enough to think about relocation. Each year, grads and young professionals tidy up their LinkedIn profiles, and with resume in hand, look for new lands of opportunity. But millennials are choosy, tech-savvy, and night-life smart. They want a thriving local scene where they can parlay their skills into a balanced life of work and play.

What are the Top Cities for MBA Graduates?

Lists being what they are, provide rankings for best MBA programs, best cities for millennials, and best states for MBA graduates. So where do you start looking?

As with any search, the [...]

 
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February 14, 2018

Is Your Dream Home on a Superfund Site?

Love Canal was one of the most disastrous real estate stories in American history, but few people under the age of 50 have even heard the name. Originally a site for a community in the early 1900s, a canal was built to generate electricity for the community, and later became a chemical waste landfill in the 1920s when the residential plans were abandoned. Once the canal was filled with chemical waste, Hooker Chemical Company, the site owner, covered it with earth. They then sold the land to the city for one dollar in 1953. By the late 50’s more than 100 homes and a school were built on the site, and Love Canal became a working-class community again. For almost two decades [...]

 
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February 14, 2018

#HereForTheRightReasons: An Analytical Bachelor Breakdown

Like most people, the Homes.com team is obsessed with The Bachelor, and with just six contestants remaining, we can’t wait to see how Arie’s season ends.

While the end of a season and the selection of a winner is the obvious highlight of the show, there was actually something we noticed at the start of the season that got us thinking a little deeper when it comes to America’s favorite reality show. Namely, it felt like there were a lot of Laurens on the show.

Sure enough, there were four different Laurens, making it the most common first name for contestants this season… The more we thought about this excess of Laurens, we wondered what the most [...]

 
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February 14, 2018

Cohabiting: Is It Right for You and Your Relationship?

If you’re in a relationship and cohabiting, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re part of a growing trend where it’s increasingly common to live together without marriage as a goal. However, just over half of cohabiting couples get married. Fifty-four percent of first marriages as of the early 1990s began as cohabitation first. It’s increasingly common to live together before marriage in both the United States and the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom, the number of cohabiting couples has risen 132 percent since 1996.

But is cohabitation right for you and for the relationship? Some statistics show that cohabiting couples have a greater divorce [...]

 
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February 12, 2018

Cities Derived from Love

Love is in the Air

Modern Valentine’s Day is a far cry from its roots in Ancient Rome, which celebrated the Lupercalia festival in mid-February. Our current Valentine’s Day focuses more on poetic cards, sweet chocolates, and beautiful flowers exchanged with people we love. But love isn’t confined to a dozen long-stem roses or a delicious box of chocolates; it can be found in all sorts of places! They can be a romantic start for a new family, memorable wedding venue, honeymoon destination, or just a place to rekindle love.

Loveland, CO

Where Love Lives

If straightforward love is what [...]

 
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February 9, 2018

Top 10 Side Gigs You Can Use to Pay Off Your Home

Find out how to use your home to help pay off your mortgage faster with these 10 side gigs designed to help you monetize your property, from Homes.com.
 
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February 8, 2018

How the New Tax Law Impacts Homeowners

Big changes for homeowners take effect this year as a result of the tax reform legislation enacted in December and it’s not too early to plan for changes that affect homeowners on their 2018 tax returns. The biggest issue may not be chances for specific deductions and exemptions, but the cumulative impact on individual taxpayers when they decide whether to itemize or take the standard deduction. Income levels, the state they live in, and whether or not they own a vacation home are some of the issues that arise with individual taxpayers’ tax liability. Many people may alter their behavior or their lifestyles to achieve lower taxes in April 2018.

Below is a brief [...]

 
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February 7, 2018

How To Make Money With Airbnb – Best & Worst Cities

The Best and Worst Cities For Making Money on Airbnb

Airbnb has revolutionized the way people live when they are away from home, giving everyone an alternative to hit-or-miss hospitality industry mainstays like hotels, motels, and hostels. Travelers can now choose from a variety of unique and comfortable places to stay all around the world with the click of a button. Airbnb has made this process so easy for people looking for a place to stay, giving them access to reviews left by previous guests and photos of the spaces in question, while also allowing customers to filter their search results according to a number of different criteria so that they can find a rental of the right size [...]

 
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February 6, 2018

Forecast on the Year to Come: Can 2018 Compete?

With top economists like Freddie Mac’s Leonard Kiefer calling the past year “the best housing market in a decade,” how can 2018 compete?

While 2017 exceeded expectations in the two most important categories, sales and prices, it had its weaknesses. Now that the results are in, here’s a quick review of 2017’s accomplishments and disappointments.

2017: Great for sellers, not so great for buyers

Home sales increased by 1.1 percent in 2017 to a 5.51 million sales pace and surpassed 2016 (5.45 million) as the highest since 2006 (6.48 million). NAR’s chief economist Lawrence Yun noted that market conditions were far from perfect and sales [...]

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