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Consumer News and Advice Archive


Report Shows Housing More Affordable for Working Households

The continuing economic recovery has improved housing affordability for low- and moderate-income working households, but housing costs are still a significant burden, especially to renters, according to a new report released today by the Center for Housing Policy, the research division of the National Housing Conference. Housing Landscape 2014 finds ...


What’s a Move-Up Buyer to Do?

Regional Spotlight—Selling one home and buying another is never a simple task. As market conditions change, so does the nature of that challenge. Currently, in the metro Chicago real estate market and across much of northern Illinois, the seller-buyer confronts an active market with rising prices and strong demand but ...


Your Place: Best Times to Paint Home Interiors

(MCT)—A reader asks: “What is the best month to have interior rooms painted?” ...


New-Homes Market Continues to Play Leading Role in Real Estate Today, and Long into the Future

Scott MacDonald, real estate investor, real estate broker and owner of RE/MAX Gateway has received numerous accolades, including a nomination for REALTOR® of the Year and induction into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement. With more than 25 years of ...


E&O Premiums are Rising, Still Poorly Understood

Many of the top real estate defense lawyers have reported a trend of the professionals that they represent failing to understand their E&O policies or not purchasing coverage at all. News reports have stated that there are too many stories of brokers ...


The Home Economist: Enjoying More by Buying Less

(MCT)—In Miami for a 100-city book tour, author and blogger Joshua Millburn explained to an audience at The Book Store how he found the road to happiness: by moving out of his way much of the store-bought stuff for which he paid ...


America’s Most Popular–and Pricey–Presidential Streets

One of the perks of being president of the United States is that many things are later named in your honor—schools, libraries, even entire cities. And among the most common things to name after a president are local streets. ...


Backyard Beekeeping Picking up Buzz

(MCT)—When Max Wong first “outed” herself to her neighbors, she wondered when the police would be knocking on her door. Until then, she had kept her passion a secret. ...


Ask the Expert: What Should Homeowners Address to Weather a Home for Winter?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Jay Gregg, Director of Marketing for Pillar To Post. ...


Living Smart: Buying a House

(MCT)—Home may be where the heart is, but the house-buying process can easily become a headache. ...


Your Place: Relative Humidity Indoors Determines Likelihood of Mold

(MCT)—A few weeks back, a reader contacted me with a concern that the portable humidifier his daughter was running in a bedroom could contribute to a mold problem, although he had seen no evidence of one yet. ...


For Your Clients: Tips for Boomerang Homebuyers

(MCT)—Folks in the housing biz love people who want to buy homes. And these days, many real estate and mortgage brokers feel especially fond of so-called rebound or boomerang buyers — people who lost a home to foreclosure, but are now ready ...


Home Crush Survey: Women More Likely than Men to Crush on Out of League Homes

Realtor.com® has released the results of its Home Crush Survey, which revealed that men and women are notably different when it comes to developing a crush on a home. In this survey, a home crush is defined as a home a ...


Housing Share of the Economy at 15.3 Percent

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the final quarter of 2013, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.3 percent, with home building yielding 3.1 percentage points of that total. ...


‘Dumb Starbucks’: Smart Parody or Infringement?

The appearance of a "Dumb Starbucks" store in Los Angeles has drawn the ire of the real Starbucks corporation, demanding its "dumb" counterpart stop using its name. ...