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What Slowdown? Eight Housing Markets That Are Speeding Up

April 11, 2014
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While the housing market has cooled in many major cities since last year, other cities have only gotten hotter. In certain areas of Texas, North Carolina, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest, homes are selling like hotcakes thanks to strong job and population growth, worsening inventory shortages and, as Redfin’s CEO pointed out in December, relative […]

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U-Haul Names Houston As The Number One Top 2013 U.S. Destination City

April 11, 2014
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The U-Haul 2013 Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities Report is in. According to U-Haul moving data reflective of nationwide statistics for calendar year 2013, families moving to Houston took the No. 1 spot again, for the fifth year in a row. For the fourth year in a row, Orlando, Fla., took the No. 2 spot. Las Vegas […]

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Top 10 Markets For First-Time Home Buyers In 2014

March 29, 2014
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The study examined five key factors that make particular markets ideal for first-time buyers: market popularity, prices, inventory, time on market and unemployment rates. Florida had the most market of any state, with the metropolitan areas of Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater, Orlando and Jacksonville all making the list. “As we head into home-buying season, these markets show favorable […]

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Austin Tops List Of Fastest Growing Cities

March 29, 2014
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The energy surge. The boom in high tech. The housing rebound. Those are just some of the factors helping America’s biggest cities attract new residents. New data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau crunches population counts in the 12 months leading up to July 1, 2013. Among metro areas of one million residents […]

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Homebuilding Boosts Florida’s Economy

March 22, 2014
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Florida is adding jobs at a pace well ahead of the nation, and one sector in particular is spurring the surprising rate of job growth – homebuilding. Florida’s unemployment rate fell .2 percentage points in January to 6.1, according to a report from the Wells Fargo Economics Group. The state’s unemployment level has fallen below […]

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Top 10 Best Downtowns 2014

March 22, 2014
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The best downtowns foster creativity, inclusion and innovation. They showcase what is good about a community by offering a diverse array of local architecture, art, lifestyles and things to do. Great downtowns unite residents from all walks of life, even those in the suburbs, by providing places to connect. Above all, the top-performing downtowns must […]

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It’s Still Cheaper To Buy A Home Than Rent: What You’ll Pay In The 10 Biggest Cities

March 3, 2014
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Despite rising home prices and climbing mortgage rates, it’s still cheaper to buy a home than rent one in major cities across the country, according to Trulia, which analyzed data in 100 metro areas. But home prices are just one factor to consider. Deciding whether to buy or rent also depends on the location and […]

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ZipRealty Names The 10 Best Metros For Home Sellers In 2014

February 24, 2014
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ZipRealty, Inc. has released a list of the Top 10 Best Cities for Home Sellers in 2014, based on housing market trends in 24 metro areas nationwide. “The real estate markets in the western region soared compared to the rest of the country in 2013, based on data we compiled over the past year in […]

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Great Places To Follow Your Passions In Retirement

February 15, 2014
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Most of the best-places-to-retire lists at Forbes focus in large part on economic factors, like affordability and, often, a growing local economy that enhances the prospect for part-time employment. But if you’re retiring – or can live and work from anywhere – why not pick a place where you can follow the leisure time pursuits […]

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America’s Future Cities: Where The Youth Population Is Booming

February 15, 2014
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To identify economic hot spots in the making, we often look for where immigrants, young people or entrepreneurs are clustering. But perhaps nothing is a better indicator than those who truly make up generation next – America’s children. Several major factors determine where the most children are being born, and more importantly, raised, says demographer Wendell […]

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