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Marriott Getting into the Homesharing Business

When you think of Marriott you generally think of the large hotel chain known for their hospitality….but a competitor to Airbnb doesn’t come to mind.  Conde Naste Traveler recently reported that Marriott, in recent announcement, said they have begun a trial program in the U.K. where they will...
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Homeownership & Rental Vacancy Rates Hold Firm

The U.S. government is reporting that the national vacancy rates in Q1 2018 were 7.0% for rental housing and 1.5% for homeowner housing. The rental vacancy rate of 7.0% was virtually unchanged from the rate in Q4 2017.  The homeowner vacancy rate of 1.5% was 0.2 percentage points...
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Slaying Home Buying Myths

You don’t need a perfect credit score or even a large down payment to buy a house.  Heck, with creative financing the dream of homeownership is within a much closer reach than most people realize.  However, today’s infographic from Keeping Current Matters attempts to slay the myths about...
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Foreclosure Starts Increase as Storm-Related Cases are Filed

In Black Knight’s “First Look” for March, 2018 they report that as 2017’s hurricane impact shifts away from delinquencies, foreclosure starts rose by nearly 12%  – mostly in the hurricane-impacted areas of Florida & Texas.  However, overall, active foreclosure inventory continues to shrink, falling by 10k loans in...
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Prescribed to Death

According to statistics, each year over 22k Americans die from a prescription opioid overdose.  Almost every American either knows someone or is related to someone who has had trouble with prescription opioids.  Today’s infographic from the National Safety Council is a powerful reminder of these circumstances.  The NSC...
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Housing Starts Up 1.9%

The U.S. Government is reporting that privately owned housing starts in March were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,354,000, which is 1.9% higher than February’s revised estimate and 10.9% higher than March, 2017.  Single-family housing starts in March were at a rate of 867k, which is...
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Truths About U.S. Taxes

Tuesday, April 17th is the filing deadline for U.S. federal income tax returns.  With that in mind, today’s infographic from PDFelement shows us how the tax system works, how revenue is generated and the basics about what Americans do with their tax returns. Interestingly, they point out that...
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