Ratio of single homeowners increases to record high



Americans are increasingly heading into homeownership alone, with the share of homeowners in the U.S. who describe themselves as “single” hitting a record 38.4% in 2018, according to U.S. Census data. Moreover, around 48.5% of singles aged 18 to 34 owned a home in 2018, the highest number since 2009, USA Today reported. The main […]

How to improve your credit rating as fast as possible



Most homebuyers are aware that the higher their credit score is, the more chance they have of obtaining a lower mortgage rate on their home. But maintaining a high credit score isn’t easy, as a single missed payment can quickly cause it to come tumbling down. “Depending on your credit history, a 15- or 20-point […]

More millennials turn to co-buying to own a home



Millennials who’re unable to afford a home on their own and can’t rely on their family to help are increasingly opting to co-buy a home with their friends. Around 4% of first-time buyers in the period from July 2018 to June 2019 purchased their home with a housemate, according to data from the National Association […]

Disabled are priced out of accessibility features at home



Homes that have features designed to boost the quality of life of disabled people, often known as “accessible homes”, can cost up to 10% more than their non-accessible counterparts, according to a new study by Apartment List. The rentals website said the study even controlled for size and location, and concluded that it means those […]

Future housing permits at their highest level in 13 years



January saw total housing starts fall by 3.6%, but economists were more focused on home building permits, which are a gauge of future house building. And what they saw left them upbeat about what could be coming, as housing permits rose to their highest level since March 2007. Even so, the dip in housing starts […]

Zillow forecasts home value growth to increase



Annual U.S. home value growth slowed for the 21st consecutive month in January, but you have to squint to spot the difference this time around. When paired with inventory that is hovering near record lows, the nearly two-year slowdown in the housing market may be coming to an end right as home shopping season kicks […]

Micro-investment firms aim to attract more investors to real estate



Many consumers have never been able to get into the real estate investing game simply because of the amount of capital required, but an emerging “micro-investing” trend is changing that, enabling a new wave of eager investors to get into the game with minimal sums of cash. In some cases, micro-investment opportunities exist for as […]

Can more entertainment save America’s shopping malls?



Shopping malls in the U.S. are looking to add more entertainment venues and restaurants as part of an effort to reinvent themselves as “theater districts” focused on socializing and shopping. To do so, many shopping malls have, or are in the process of converting vacant stores on their premises into indoor entertainment destinations, with activities […]

Artificial lagoons are one of housing hottest amenities



Home buyers are increasingly being enticed by beachfront-like homes that share stunning neighborhood lagoons for relaxing and leisure. Indeed, the concept of “crystal lagoons” is likely to expand in the U.S., CNBC reported. To date, five lagoon communities exist in two U.S. states, Florida and Texas, and seven more are set to open later this […]

Black homeownership rate rebounds from 3-decade low



Recent trends in the black homeownership rate show an increasing number are becoming homeowners. The homeownership rate for black households jumped 3.4 percentage points over the second half of 2019, bringing it from a three-decade low to back near historic averages. A deeper analysis by Zillow revealed some metro areas across the U.S. where the […]