Different states have very different taxes. Becoming familiar with your state’s tax laws is important to your financial success.
Habitat for Humanity of Catawba, N.C. built a Zero Energy Ready home that was not only surprisingly affordable to build, it saves its occupants hundreds of dollars on utilities each month.
The 2019 report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies shows that home affordability across the U.S. varies widely.
Fannie Mae’s predictions for new home sales and construction have been adjusted to reflect an optimistic outlook on the U.S. economy.
NAHB reported that homebuilder sentiment hit a 20-year high in December of 2019. The Housing Market Index is based on builder survey data about current home sales, anticipated sales for the next six months, and the numbers of prospective buyers approaching the builders. An average of the three scores above 50 is considered positive, and December came in at 76. (Respective numbers in December were 84 for current sales, 79 for expected sales and 58 for prospective buyers.)
Owning just one home in your lifetime could be the most powerful decision you ever make, both financially and for overall stability and well-being. The tax laws, monetary system, and property-rights based society that we live in are all designed for it, and we explore how it creates an incredible investment over time, and many other reasons why it’s so powerful.
The National Association of Realtors released their yearly report on the top 10 outperforming markets from across the U.S. The data includes the areas where it is expected for home prices to rise faster than national averages.
With home prices rising throughout the country, many people cannot keep up with the cost of payments to own them. Attom Data Solutions’s great visual explores the affordability numbers in each location as it relates to slower wage growth that makes it increasingly harder for everyone to be a homeowner.
You might think that the cost to build a zero-energy (ZE) or zero-energy ready home (ZERH) is much higher than the cost of traditional building. But building to zero-energy standards only costs from one to eight percent more up-front than simply building to code.
California needs as many as 3.5 million new homes by 2025. But analysis of 2018 data shows a huge shortfall in the number of building permits being issued.
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