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Where 'Back-to-School' Means Private School

Jed Kolko | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Jed Kolko

One way or another, good schools cost money. Private school tuition can easily exceed monthly housing costs, but home prices in top-rated public school districts are 32% above the local average.

Home Price Gains Now Driven More By Jobs Than By Rebound Effect

Jed Kolko | Posted 08.08.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

The Trulia Price Monitor and the Trulia Rent Monitor are the earliest leading indicators of how asking prices and rents are trending nationally and lo...

Cutting Housing Costs When Financial Hardship Strikes

Jed Kolko | Posted 08.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Jed Kolko

In good economic times as well as in bad, financial hardship can always strike. And when it does, people might have to cut back on housing, which is typically the largest household expense. However, cutting housing costs involves hard tradeoffs.

The Recession's Lost Generation of Homeowners Isn't Millennials - It's the Middle-Aged

Jed Kolko | Posted 08.08.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

While the housing market is clearly improving, with four of the five key indicators of the housing recovery from our Housing Barometer at least halfway back to normal, it looks like the recovery is happening even without much improvement in first-time homeownership. Does that mean the housing recovery isn't for real? Not so fast.

Despite Home Price Slowdown, Wages Can't Keep Up With Prices

Jed Kolko | Posted 08.08.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Aside from two inland California housing markets, Riverside-San Bernardino and Bakersfield, the top 10 metros with the biggest year-over-year price gains are in the South and Midwest.

7 Ways Pets Could Stall Your Home Sale

Michael Corbett | Posted 07.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

I've bought and sold many homes over the last few decades, and whenever I put a house of my own up for sale, I prearrange for my pets to have a little holiday with friends and family.

Millennials Are Suburbanizing, While Big Cities Are Having a Baby Boom

Jed Kolko | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Between 2012 and 2013, population growth for 20-34 year-olds was highest in Colorado Springs and San Antonio, while Austin and Raleigh were tops for 5...

Housing Recovery Shakes Off Early-Spring Slump, According to Trulia's Housing Barometer

Jed Kolko | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

For the first time during the housing recovery, 4 out of 5 Housing Barometer measures are at least halfway back to normal. But young adults are still struggling to get jobs.

Bubble Watch: Home Prices Still Undervalued, But Not For Much Longer

Jed Kolko | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Home prices now look 3% undervalued compared with long-term fundamentals. Of the 100 largest metros, 76 are undervalued while just 7 are more than 10%...

International House Hunters Shifting from Vacation Areas to Urban Neighborhoods

Jed Kolko | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany remain the top three countries outside the U.S. for home searches. But Brazil has pushed up to 4th place, jumping ahead of India, Mexico, and Australia.

These Are the Two Rooms That Really Sell Homes

Michael Corbett | Posted 08.06.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

They're the interior spaces where the most value can be added during a sale, so they need to look their best.

8 Ongoing Homeowner Expenses and How to Prepare For Them

Michael Corbett | Posted 08.06.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Things break, things wear out, and unplanned expenditures pop up. It happens. You'll want to keep some emergency money handy for a leaky roof, clogged kitchen sink, or dripping hot water heater.

Where Can The Middle Class Actually Afford To Buy Homes?

Jed Kolko | Posted 07.14.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Where can the middle class afford to buy a home today? Affordability has worsened in the past year, as home prices have climbed faster than incomes and mortgage rates have risen. But compared with the longer-term past, homeownership still looks relatively affordable:

Consumers Now 'Think Like An Expert' With New Real Estate Search Tool

Kelly Mitchell | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business
Kelly Mitchell

FindTheBest.com is a research engine. Founded by former Double Click (Double Click was sold for 1.1B in 2005and later to Google for $3.1B ) CEO, Kevin...

The Housing Recovery Needs More Than Just Rising Prices

Jed Kolko | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

The Trulia Price Monitor and the Trulia Rent Monitor are the earliest leading indicators of how asking prices and rents are trending nationally and lo...

Trulia: Jobs Report Has Bad News for Millennials, Good News for Hard-Hit Metros

Jed Kolko | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Overall: a solid report for housing. Job growth in clobbered metros is especially good news for housing demand but the drop in young-adult employment is a red flag.

7 Questions You Need to Ask About the New Qualified Mortgage Rules

Michael Corbett | Posted 07.01.2014 | Money
Michael Corbett

After a tumultuous few years in the housing market, the rules are starting to change -- for the better. Here are seven frequently asked questions about the new 'qualified mortgage' rules and answers about how it affects your mortgage.

9 Things to Ignore When House Hunting

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.28.2014 | Money
Michael Corbett

Looking for a new home can be a challenge, especially when you walk into someone's for-sale home and 20 years of their lives are on display. You have to really use your imagination to determine how you can that particular home 'yours.'

How to Vet a Real Estate Agent: 10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.25.2014 | Money
Michael Corbett

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home, one of the first things you'll need to have down is your partner in crime: your real estate agent.

Buying a House? Why Putting 20 Percent Down Is the Smartest Decision

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.18.2014 | Money
Michael Corbett

What does one need to understand to help you come to terms with the 20 percent down number? Let us explain. See below for all the reasons why you should love the idea of a 20 percent down payment.

6 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought My First Home

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.16.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

As a general rule, it's wise to take 20 percent less than what the bank will lend you.

Asking Home Prices in Urban Neighborhoods Rising Faster Than in Suburbs

Jed Kolko | Posted 06.10.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

From some angles, it looks like the housing recovery has brought an urban resurgence: for instance, the most urban counties are growing faster now tha...

When Should You Begin to Aggressively Pay Down Your Mortgage?

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

I am a big proponent of paying down that ugly mortgage beast as soon as is practical. But, before you go cutting a check to the bank, there is a pecking order of financial priorities you need to address before you consider tackling your mortgage.

10 Quick and Budget-Friendly Projects to Remake Your Space This Spring

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

An accent color wall or an interior room repaint will liven up a home. With little money and just a day or a weekend, your house can have new a new look and a new life. Be adventurous!

Housing Barometer: Recovery Staggers Forward

Jed Kolko | Posted 05.27.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Trulia's Housing Barometer shows that 4 of the 5 key housing indicators improved over the past year: prices, the delinquency+foreclosure rate, non-dis...