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Home Prices Fly High in the Mountains (But a Slowdown is Coming)

June 21, 2018 Home prices have risen 6.4% over the past twelve months, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  This covers the period from April 2017 to April 2018.  The rate of price increase was greatest in the Mountain Region, where prices rose 8.9%. Although the rate of appreciation was strong over the…

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Home Sales Decline Amid High Prices and Low Supply

June 20, 2018 New data on existing home sales just out from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) for May show that sales volume is now 3.0 percent below a year ago and has fallen year-over-year for three straight months.  And NAR revised the number for the prior month downward, so the reading is even…

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2017 Smart Home Gift Guide for Every Budget

What’s the must-have holiday gift for 2017? Smart money is on smart home devices, which consumers everywhere are embracing in a big way. A recent HomeAdvisor survey found that home service professionals are getting requests for smart home installs on a weekly, if not daily basis. And major retailers like Best Buy, Home Depot, and…

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5 Smart Gadgets Under $100 That Make Holiday Cooking Easier

The holiday season is just around the corner, which means your kitchen is about to go into overdrive. But cooking for a crowd can be much less stressful with the latest smart appliances and gadgets. Here are five ways to take advantage of the smart technology to help keep your holiday kitchen under control. 1….

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Best Home Trends of 2017

This year, there were enough inspiring decor and remodel trends to make you want a complete home makeover. However, not all of those trends are made to last. Before you plan a renovation or buy a piece of fashionable hardware, look into the future. Will that color make you happy a few years from now?…

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Which 5 States Had the Most Equity Gains in the Past Year?

In the past five years, the country’s homeowner equity has doubled – and this is driving billions of dollars’ worth of home improvement. But homeowners in which states are benefitting the most? According to a recent report from the mortgage data firm CoreLogic, five states stand out as the ones that have gained the most…

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Three Hidden Benefits of Installing Smart Home Technology

Why a smart home? In answering that question for consumers, the industry has focused on things like convenience, security, and comfort. Consider the results of a recent HomeAdvisor survey of smart home professionals: When we asked nearly 1,500 pros for the most common reasons they’re installing smart home technology, three responses rose to the top….

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How to Choose the Best Smart Thermostat for Your Home

Cold weather is just around the corner, bringing higher energy costs for many homeowners, especially if fuel prices skyrocket the way they did last year. A smart thermostat is one of the best ways to keep these costs in check. The device replaces the traditional thermometer on your wall, and enables you to program your…

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