Walk to work

Walk instead of drive. Millennials Prefer Walking Given the choice, members of the millennial generation would rather walk than drive. A recent study by NAR and Portland State University finds that Americans ages 18–34 are 12 percent more likely to walk as a mode of transportation compared to driving. The 2015 National Community and Transportation…

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Crowdfunding- should it be done to buy a house? Should Buyers Crowdfund Their Way Into Homeownership? In recent years, crowdfunding has become a popular way to pay for a remarkably wide range of ventures. Want to back a sliced-ketchup product, a self-serve cocktail machine, or maybe a charity race? Just pull out your smartphone. But…

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Owning is becoming more popular than renting. Rising wages, loosening credit standards and demographic shifts are all creating momentum for owning rather than renting. The homeownership rate rose from the prior year for the fifth consecutive quarter in 2018, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday. Owning a home is becoming more common. It held…

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Privacy is important to the homeowner. Don’t underestimate the power of privacy. Homebuyers say that privacy and having a space that is solely their own is the leading goal of homeownership. In a recent survey of homebuyer preferences on Realtor.com, privacy even nudged out the much more practical desire of finding a space that addresses…

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Outdoor Living Trends: Owners and buyers look to increase value, livability with improved outdoor spaces. When spotlighting trends in home projects for the coming year, the National Association of Home Builders’ Best of American Living awards pointed to intimate outdoor gathering spaces as one of the Outdoor living trends. With outdoor fireplaces or fire pits…

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Bubble or Nothing

Bubble- is it coming? Economists and real estate professionals ruminate on whether to invoke the dreaded B-word and how to react as a hot market continues. Home prices are accelerating, and some markets are now considered overvalued. As home values surge, affordability is rapidly eroding. Are market bubbles starting to percolate in some regions? Many housing…

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Blockchain technology could revolutionize the real estate business model. With Bitcoin making headlines, a new word has entered the business lexicon: “blockchain.” Much like the internet two decades ago, blockchain is a relatively new technology with seemingly endless possible applications. But outside the techie world, people have a limited understanding of how it actually works…

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