Study: A ‘Green’ Building Makes You Smarter

Study: A ‘Green’ Building Makes You Smarter

Study: A ‘Green’ Building Makes You Smarter   There may be even more reason to go green, besides the potential energy costs savings. It could improve your health and your thinking too, a new study finds. Researchers from Harvard, Syracuse University, and SUNY...
Compared to 100 Years Ago, Owners Live Large

Compared to 100 Years Ago, Owners Live Large

Compared to 100 Years Ago, Owners Live Large Homes built in the last six years are 74 percent larger than those built in the 1910s, according to a new study released by PropertyShark, a real estate information site. Americans have lots more space to themselves too,...
Buyers Stuck on Down Payment Confusion

Buyers Stuck on Down Payment Confusion

Buyers Stuck on Down Payment Confusion   Consumers across all ages, income brackets, and education levels lack awareness about low-down-payment mortgage options, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest Housing Opportunities and Market...
Paint Colors That Make a Room Look Bigger

Paint Colors That Make a Room Look Bigger

Paint Colors That Make a Room Look Bigger A room’s size is sometimes a matter of perception, and the paint color on the walls has a lot to with that perception. Some colors can actually make a room appear smaller, while other colors can make the walls expand and feel...
A Generation of Buyers Is Getting Left Behind

A Generation of Buyers Is Getting Left Behind

A Generation of Buyers Is Getting Left Behind   The home ownership rate among those who are under 35 will continue to drop through 2025, according to a new report released by John Burns, a real estate consultant. In 2004, the home ownership rate peaked at just...
Home Owners Rush to Lock in Lower Rates

Home Owners Rush to Lock in Lower Rates

Home Owners Rush to Lock in Lower Rates     The latest drop in fixed-rate mortgages this week is spurring a boom in refinancing activity among home owners. “The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 2 basis points to 3.44 percent this week,” says Sean...
Optimism Grows Among Sellers, Buyers

Optimism Grows Among Sellers, Buyers

Optimism Grows Among Sellers, Buyers   Consumers have a fairly optimistic 12-month outlook on housing at the end of the summer home-buying season, says Doug Duncan, chief economist at mortgage giant Fannie Mae. The optimism is being buoyed by confidence in the...
Student Housing Gets an Upgrade

Student Housing Gets an Upgrade

Student Housing Gets an Upgrade   Luxury student housing is popping up around colleges and universities across the country. Residential developers are adding fancier amenities to student housing options as enrollments in higher education continue to rise. About...
The Impact of Student Loan Debt on Housing

The Impact of Student Loan Debt on Housing

The Impact of Student Loan Debt on Housing Over the past year, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has become increasingly concerned about the impact of student debt on homeownership and the overall economy. The U.S. currently has a student debt load of $1.3...