Home Prices Keep Rising

Home Prices

Home prices have continued rising across the country despite a slowdown in real estate activity going into 2014. The latest data from June showed that the trend continued into the summer.

Property information provider CoreLogic said that its June CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) report showed that home prices increased 7.5% in June 2014 compared to June 2013. This included data from distressed sales, which include short sales and real estate owned (REO) transactions.

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Financial Literacy: People Who Learn More, Save More

Financial Literacy

People who increase their financial literacy tend to do a better job of saving for retirement, according to a new study.

The National Association for Retirement Plan Participants said it recently studied 5,000 such participants, asking a series of questions testing the participants’ ability to answer basic financial questions. What they found was a strong link between financial literacy and improved retirement savings outcomes.

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Property Tax: Which State Has the Highest Rates?

Property Tax Report

Who Gets the Highest Property Tax Bill?

As property tax rates go, Atlanta is a much nicer place to be than Philadelphia, according to a new 50-state survey.

The Lincoln Institute and the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence have teamed up for the past four years to produce the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s 50 State Property Tax Comparison Study – a national survey of property tax rates.

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Energy-Efficient: What are you doing to conserve energy?

Energy-Efficient

Fewer Americans Are Turning Out Lights

Americans are less apt to turn out lights when not in use — or seek out energy-efficient appliances — than they were just a few years ago, according to a new poll.

The poll, from Harris, found that majorities of Americans still do basic things to save energy, but the percentages have dropped since 2012. For instance, 79% do things like turning off lights, televisions or other appliances when not in use. But that’s down from 82% in 2012.

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Atlanta Real Estate – Top 10 to Watch in 2014

Atlanta Real Estate

Atlanta Real Estate: City Makes ZipRealty Top-10 List

Real estate brokerage ZipRealty has put together its list of the “Top 10 Metros to Watch in 2014,” and Atlanta made the cut.

The list is made based on search activity on ZipRealty’s website, the company said. Topping the 2014 list is Los Angeles, followed by San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, and Dallas.

Atlanta appears at the #7 spot, followed by Seattle, Orange County (California) and Sacramento.

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U.S. Home Prices See Highest Gains Since 2006

Home PricesHome Prices Party Like it’s 2006

U.S. home prices saw their highest gains since February 2006 during the first nine months of 2013, according to new data from the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices.

The S&P/Case-Shiller 10-City and 20-City Composites were up by 13.6% for the period, versus the first nine months of 2012. Price gains did slow noticeably following the summer selling season: October 2013 saw only a 0.2% gain in these two key composites.

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