5 of the Best Up-and-Coming Areas in America

5 of the Best Up-and-Coming Areas in America

As the younger generation of people increasingly seek urban rather than suburban lifestyles, America’s major cities have responded by giving their downtown areas major facelifts. Upgrading cities’ central business districts lures the educated, young and professional while also providing a powerful incentive for businesses to locate where the best human resources are. These efforts have resulted in the rebirth of a number of American cities, including the following five that are on the rise.

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Increased Home Equity: Making It Work for You

Increased Home Equity: Making It Work for You

Here’s some good news: After falling through the floor in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, housing prices are finally enjoying a sustained upswing. According to the CoreLogic Home Price Index, year-over-year home prices rose by an impressive 11.8% in 2013, making it the best year for home price appreciation since 2005. According to the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, the U.S. housing market is “on a roll,” with year-over-year gains of over 20% in some parts of the country. After years of fretting, you may now be sitting on some valuable home equity you didn’t even know you had! The question is, how can you harness that increased equity?

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Rising Home Values: What They Mean for You

Rising Home Values: What They Mean for You

It’s no secret that home values have risen considerably from where they were just a couple years ago. But what does this mean for you as a homeowner? Depending on your specific situation, there are many different ways this could impact you and your finances. For your benefit, we’ve listed three major ways that rising home values could impact you as a homeowner.

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Buying a Home Without Getting Drenched by the Perfect Storm

Buying a Home Without Getting Drenched by the Perfect Storm

Predicting the perfect time to buy a home is a lot like predicting the weather. Both are tough to time with absolute certainty. But, if you know what conditions to look for, you can increase your odds of success. As we head into this year’s spring home buying season, a perfect storm of frightful financial data is brewing. Acting now could save you from getting caught in the downpour.

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