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Urban Headwinds, Suburban Tailwinds

Jed Kolko | Posted 02.11.2015 | Business
Jed Kolko

Although home prices are rising faster in urban neighborhoods, population is growing faster in suburban neighborhoods. Consumer preferences and the aging of the population are tailwinds for suburban growth; so are falling oil prices if they stay low long-term.

Where the Spring Housing Season Starts Early

Jed Kolko | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business
Jed Kolko

In January and February, the housing market is in full bloom in Florida and Arizona. But upstate New York, New England, and some Pacific markets blossom later.

Housing Barometer: Improvement In All Fronts In 2014

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Jed Kolko

All five measures of the Housing Barometer improved over the past year. The indicator that the recovery now most depends on--young-adult employment--made the largest leap, but is still not quite halfway back to normal.

Bubble Watch: Home Prices Still 2% Undervalued And Slowing Toward Smooth Landing

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Jed Kolko

Relative to fundamentals, home prices nationally looked 2% undervalued in the fourth quarter of 2014. Home prices in 70 of the 100 largest metros are less than 10% over- or undervalued.

How to Protect Your Belongings During an Open House

Michael Corbett | Posted 01.17.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Now that your home is ready to sell, opening it to the public for showings poses a few risks. While the idea of theft shouldn't be your main worry come open house day, you don't want to tempt people either.

What Falling Oil Prices Mean For Home Prices

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.10.2015 | Business
Jed Kolko

Asking prices lead sales prices by approximately two or more months. As a result, the monitors reveal trends before other price indexes do. Here then is the scoop on where prices and rents are headed.

Top 4 Real Estate Regrets

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.31.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Call it buyer's remorse or second-guessing the decision, the top real estate regrets are all ones that can be avoided if they're taken into consideration now -- before you get the keys to your new place.

Rules for Selling During Winter Months

Michael Corbett | Posted 02.22.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Prepping for an open house has its own to-do list, but there are some tips that are specific to wintertime showings. The weather is usually challenging, to put it gently. It's wet and cold, and people are not comfortable leaving their warm, comfortable homes to walk around bundled up.

White Christmas Is Rare - But at Least It's Affordable

Jed Kolko | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
Jed Kolko

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Keep dreaming. For most Americans, chances aren't great for Christmastime snow.

Housing's Millennial Mismatch

Jed Kolko | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Jed Kolko

Prices might be rising more slowly in millennials' favorite metros. But affordability is nonetheless a big challenge in those markets.

Housing in 2015: Consumers Upbeat, but Recovery Faces a Tricky Handoff

Jed Kolko | Posted 02.03.2015 | Business
Jed Kolko

Consumers think 2015 will be a better year than 2014, especially for selling a home. But the recovery will slow as the rebound effect fades before fundamentals become strong. Key markets to watch are in the Northeast, South, and West.

12 Things That Make A Neighborhood Truly Great

Michael Corbett | Posted 02.02.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

As anyone who's moved a few times knows, not all neighborhoods are created equal. There is no such thing as the perfect neighborhood, because not all areas are going to be truly a perfect fit for everyone and their unique needs.

Here Is Where Homes Are Most Affordable For The Middle Class

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business

If you're struggling to buy a home in San Francisco or New York, you may want to consider Dayton or Rochester. Those are two of the U.S. cities whe...

Where Is Homeownership Within Reach Of The Middle Class And Millennials?

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Jed Kolko

Despite high household incomes, San Francisco is the least affordable metro, with just 15% of homes within reach of the middle class. Affordability has deteriorated over the past year in Austin and Miami. The most affordable markets are near the Great Lakes.

Where Veterans Live

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Jed Kolko

Veterans tend to live in affordable smaller metros and rural areas, near military bases, and in places with fewer immigrants. Among the largest 100 me...

9 Things You Must Know When Buying a Brand New Home

Michael Corbett | Posted 02.26.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Buyers, caught up in the excitement of a brand new, never-lived-in home can overlook some key details that affect their bottom lines. Curious what they are?

4 Ways Millennials Can Maximize Their Home Buying Power

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.28.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

According to a recent Trulia Trends survey, 41 percent of millennials surveyed said that saving for a down payment is their biggest hurdle to home ownership. Indeed, coming up with enough cash for that down payment is a formidable task.

11 Telltale Signs It's Time to Move

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.28.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Moving is no easy feat, but sometimes it's very, very necessary. Think you might be on the brink of a move? Here are the telltale signs it's time to start breaking out the boxes!

Blue Markets Face Bigger Housing Challenges Than Red Markets

Jed Kolko | Posted 12.27.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Because blue markets are less affordable, have lower homeownership, and have greater income inequality, political leaders in Democratic-leaning and Republican-leaning metros may push for different policies.

Why New Construction Homes Are a Hot Choice for Homebuyers

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.24.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Older homes, especially ones that were not meticulously maintained or renovated each decade usually need a little TLC and are often slightly less expensive than a new construction home. However, new construction homes have advantages that just might outweigh their older, more established counterparts.

The Worst Places To Be During The Zombie Apocalypse

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 11.19.2014 | Weird News

If and when the zombie apocalypse is nigh, we will all have to make one monumental decision: Where to seek refuge? Steer clear of the 25 cities on ...

11 Ways to Tell If You're an Annoying Neighbor

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.21.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

For the sake of neighborhood tranquility and harmony, let's do a spot check to see if you fall into the category of nice or annoying. If you identify with one or more of the factors below -- you just might be an annoying neighborhood.

Condo Prices and Apartment Rents Outpacing Single-Family Home Costs

Jed Kolko | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Asking prices rose 7.3% year-over-year for condos versus 6.0% for single-family homes. Condo prices are up more than 15% in Miami, Denver, and West Pa...

Top Reasons Millenials Shouldn't Buy A Home...Yet

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Home buying is not for everyone. For all the positive aspects to home ownership, there are some very compelling reasons not to buy a home right now. So, if you're ready to jump headfirst into the 'American Dream,' read this first.

7 Ways to Match Your First Dream Home to Your Budget

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

You are ready to buy your first home. Congrats! Although you haven't found it yet, in your mind, it's perfect! Open floor plan, granite countertops, a walk-in closet ... the works!