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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

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 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 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 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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February 6, 2018

US Cities with the Most Love

Ah, love is in the air!

Do you ever feel like everyone around you is getting married or is already married? Depending on what city you live in it may be more than just a feeling. According to the US Census Bureau, these 5 cities have the highest rate of married couples!

1. San Jose, California

Located in the center of Santa Clara Valley, San Jose has become a hub for married couples, with the marriage rate here coming in at a whopping 55%. San Jose is often referred to as the “Capital of Silicon Valley” because of its booming high-tech industry, and because of that fast growing economy and high cost of living, the median price of a home in this lovers [...]

 
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January 30, 2018

Teams with the Most Big Game Wins

Down! Set! Hut!

January is coming to a close, and you know what the means — ‘the Big Game’ time! Considered as an unofficial American national holiday, ‘the Big Game’ is an annual showdown between the two top teams in the NFL. It has become embedded in American culture, and as this tradition grows, only the best of the best teams will earn themselves a shiny champion ring. Check out these teams that hold the most wins!

#1: Pittsburgh Steelers

Black and yellow, black and yellow! The Pittsburgh Steelers claim the title for most wins (for now), most recently winning in 2009. Known as the oldest franchise in the AFC, the Steelers, located in [...]

 
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January 24, 2018

The Value of a View & What to Do if You Don’t Have One

For urban dwellers, the expression “you pay for the view” could be a reason to exchange seeing out for seeing in. How important is a view vs. space and square footage? What should you do if you don’t have a view? These questions are good to figure out ahead of time, especially for couples who may ‘view’ things differently from one another.

The Value of a Great View

An appraiser will tell you that the old adage “location, location, location” still rings true and that a view adds value to a property. Per the Appraisal Journal, “residential lots with a view command significantly higher prices.” The exact price of a view may be hard [...]

 
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January 19, 2018

8 Hacks For Easier Moving in Winter

You can’t always choose when you move. New jobs, old relationships, and fresh starts can necessitate change in the height of summer and the dead of winter — both of which can add stress to an already difficult process. If you do have to move during the darkest and coldest months of the year, here are eight ways to make it a little bit easier.

#1: Don’t pack your warm clothes away.

Check the weather before you pack. If snow and freezing temperatures are in the forecast, keep your coats, boots, gloves, and other cold-weather gear handy. These items are key for your comfort and safety, and they won’t help you much if they’re buried in a box at the back of [...]

 
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January 17, 2018

Live Near the Art Museums in Fairmount, Philadelphia

The Fairmount, or as locals call it ‘the Art Museum area’ neighborhood melds tree-lined streets with urban living and a vibrant creative energy. Just steps from the Rodin Museum, the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Barnes, culture and famous attractions are a stroll away. If you want to live in the city but not its downtown core, this may be the perfect place to reside.

Where is Fairmount Neighborhood?

Fairmount is one of the neighborhoods within the greater Center City district of Philadelphia. Its boundaries are north of Spring Garden Street, west of Broad Street, south of Girard Avenue and east of The Schuylkill River trail.

Depending on who you talk to, [...]

 
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January 16, 2018

Best Places to Find Your Zen!

Ah, the sweet state of relaxation! Are you overworked and ready for a much-needed vacation? Or maybe you’ve been planning a girls trip and have been thinking, “what will be the perfect retreat?” You’re in luck! Nothing says “new year, new me” like finding your zen. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best meditation centers for aligning your body, mind, and soul. These wellness centers will be the yin to your yang!

Shambhala Mountain Center, Boulder, Colorado

Nothing says “long-overdue retreat” like a wellness center nestled in the Colorado Rockies. You heard us correctly: this breath-of-fresh-air will give you the best [...]

 
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January 11, 2018

Best Cities for Teachers in the US

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. So why not create a nesting ground for teachers to flourish and pass on their knowledge to students?

Behind every great leader is a great teacher. And behind every great teacher is a supporting school district. Grab a pencil and paper, here are the best cities for teachers!

1. Cambridge, Massachusetts

Home to some of the most prestigious schools in America, Cambridge is known for it’s high quality of education. Smart Asset reports that the city has an annual per pupil spending of $27,650 — the highest of the cities ranked. This means that teachers in Cambridge adequately [...]

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