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Study: What Americans Love and Hate About Their Homes

Owning your own home can be a dream come true, but it’s no secret that homeownership has its hang-ups. Even if you’re happy with your home, you might still feel like you’re overlooking some of its flaws, like that rickety staircase, squeaky floorboard, or a loud next-door neighbor. Sound familiar? Well, many other Americans feel…

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Study: What’s the Most-Broken House Rule? A State-by-State Look

From “no dirty dishes left in the sink” to “no eating in front of the TV,” many American households run smoothly by following a common set of rules. Whether you live in a household with children and pets or an apartment shared with roommates, your home can likely benefit from standards like a chore chart…

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Study: Where Americans Are Most Mindful About Recycling

Proper waste management and junk removal are crucial for the health of our homes and our environment—but if you’ve ever wondered what to do with that used plastic bag or a soggy cardboard pizza box, you’re not alone. Many Americans aren’t sure what to do with potential recyclables: Should they toss them out, or can…

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11 Alexa Routines to Optimize Your Home Life

Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant has emerged as a practical home appliance in recent years. Homeowners can use it to help build useful routines around the home to seamlessly automate tasks that streamline and improve your home life. Although you can take advantage of pre-set Alexa Routines, you can customize them to fit your household’s specific…

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Study: Homeowners Think HOAs Aren’t Worth the Stress

Homeowners associations (HOAs) can provide neighborhood amenities and may perform basic exterior maintenance tasks. That said, you’ve probably heard some horror stories about them: unexplained fines, towed cars, or spats between neighbors. To find out what people in the United States really think about HOAs, we surveyed just over 1,000 homeowners. More than half (59%)…

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The Proudest Cities in the US, According to Reddit

Traffic memes, complaints about real estate prices, sunrise pictures, stories about local heroes, and links to local handypeople—city subreddits are alive and kicking in 2022, with many being home to hundreds of thousands of members. To see what’s on each city’s (hive) mind, we analyzed the top 50 posts of all time from 30 major…

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Study: How Americans Really Feel About ADUs and Tiny Homes

It’s not unusual for people to downsize when they get older. However, these days, it’s not just empty nesters and retirees who are downsizing. Searches for tiny houses have increased 680% over the past 10 years, and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are growing at a rate of 9% per year. Homeowners and would-be homeowners of…

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Study Reveals the Best and Worst Neighbors in America

In the 1970s, more than two in five people said they spent at least one social evening a month with a neighbor. However, as the world has changed, so has our relationship with our neighbors. In a recent study, we found that, now, just over half talk to their neighbors once a week or less…

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Study Reveals Americans’ Homebuying Deal-Breakers

The housing market has surged in the past year or so, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Homes are disappearing off the market faster than they have in years, and they are selling for more than before. According to a recent study, October 2021’s median listing price was $380,000. That’s a 22%…

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What Is an ADU? The Complete Guide to Accessory Dwelling Units

Photo: jacoblund / iStock / Getty Images On This Page: What Is an ADU? Types of ADUs Benefits of ADUs ADUs and the Environment ADU Laws You Should Know FAQs If you’re a homeowner, you may be wondering how you can increase your property’s value. Perhaps you’ve been exploring ways to use your home to…

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