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The Most Popular Home Renovation Projects in America—And How Much They Cost

March 3, 2020

When you own a home, there’s always another project to tackle. The question is, which do you take on next? Maybe your living room looks like a time capsule from the 1980s, or you desperately need to add a bathroom, or perhaps you’re just looking for inspiration for your next project. Well, get started by […]


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Lower Housing Affordability Linked to Slower Job Growth

February 25, 2020

The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) has uncovered another downside to the increasing lack of housing affordability in the U.S. A new study found that, in many areas where affordability has declined over the last five years, so has the rate of job growth. NAR measures affordability by calculating the ratio of the median family income to […]


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1-in-8 Home Renovations are Triggered by a Natural Disaster

February 18, 2020

About 3,000 Australian homes have been damaged or destroyed in climate change-related bushfires, according to reports. Meanwhile in the U.S., natural disasters causing billion-dollar damages are five times more common than they were 30 years ago. In light of climate change’s potential for destruction, a New York-based nonprofit research group is offering nationwide free access to a […]


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Housing Market Challenged by a Dearth of Construction Workers

February 11, 2020

A shortage of properties on the market is restricting real estate sales, Fed governor says. One of the biggest challenges facing the U.S. housing market is a dearth of construction workers that’s keeping homebuilders from meeting the demand of an expanding population, according to Federal Reserve Governor Michelle Bowman, one of the people who votes on the […]


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REALTORS ROLL OUT PROGRAM TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

February 4, 2020

On the heels of a news story saying real estate agents treated clients differently based on race, the National Association of Realtors has launched a new program to improve its members’ knowledge and practices surrounding fair housing. The National Association of Realtors has rolled out a new initiative to help ensure their members understand and […]


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What Do Good Home Renovations Have in Common? A Plan

January 28, 2020

January is when many homeowners turn their attention to planning a renovation. So, if you have an upgrade or renovation in mind, you are in good company — according to Statistics Canada’s Canadian Housing Survey (2018), more than one million Canadian homes are in need of major repair. Renovations and repairs may include smaller jobs, […]


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Starting a Home Remodeling Project: 7 Tips for Choosing a Qualified Contractor

January 21, 2020

Outside of the home itself, remodeling is typically one of the largest investments you can make as a homeowner. While some projects can be tempting to tackle yourself, many larger-scale projects may require hiring a qualified professional. Because remodeling your home is a big undertaking, it’s important to take steps to ensure the professional you […]


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ECONOMY Home Improvement Spending Rises 1.5 Pct In Q4

January 14, 2020

The home repair and remodeling market has been declining in the last year, but some recent indicators in the economy show that the industry could be heading for a rebound, according to a report by the Associated Press. The decline started in the first quarter of 2019 and is expected to stop in Q3 of this […]


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Home Renovations That Are Worth The Cost (and the ones that aren’t)

January 7, 2020

NEW YORK — Homeowners often spend a lot of money on renovations expecting to recoup more than they likely will. But some projects offer better returns than others. What you get out of a renovation when you sell your home depends on the update’s universal appeal and how well it compares with similar properties, said Colleen Quinn, designer […]


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How to Buy a House Without Help From Your Family

November 26, 2019

On the highway to homeownership, coming up with a sufficient down payment continues to be one of the biggest roadblocks. In fact, many prospective home buyers, particularly first-timers, find it hard to overcome this challenge without the kindness of loved ones. Among recent home buyers age 28 and younger (who are more likely to be […]


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