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When Is the Best Time to List Your Home?

Hint: There’s a method to the March Madness.

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Mortgage Rate Update

The current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages is 3.70 percent.


Markets Where Starbucks Boosts Home Values the Most

Starbucks caffeinates home values, too, and some cities see a bigger jolt than others.

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Rents Are Up, and Not Where You Might Expect

The Bay Area, New York City and other hot real estate markets have been coping with rapid rent appreciation for years. Now the rent is surging in smaller markets, raising affordability concerns.

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Rents Will Stay High for Years, Experts Say

With each annual rent hike, more renters are leaning toward homeownership.


10 Best Cities for Love This Valentine's Day

Finding a date is challenging enough. To increase your odds, check out the best places to mingle this Saturday, according to Zillow’s latest data.

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Home Values in Black, Hispanic Neighborhoods Bouncing Back More Slowly

Black and Hispanic communities were hit harder by the recession, and those groups have less access to credit than white and Asian borrowers.

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Sarah's Story: College Debt Keeps Affordable Housing Pro From Buying a Home

She did everything right, but this social worker in Pennsylvania still can’t find a way to buy a house.

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The Real Estate Obsession Grows ... to IMAX Proportions

We’ve always needed shelter. But now we’re packing IMAX movie theaters, bookstores, ice-cream shops and more into our homes.

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The Case for Renting: Homeownership Isn't for Everyone

Although owning is now twice as affordable as renting, monthly payments alone don’t tell the full story.


Owners of Least Valuable Homes Saw Recovery in 2014

Home values continued to rise in the US, especially among homes at the bottom of the housing market. Those home values fell most steeply during the recession.

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How Much Can You Save with Lower FHA Annual Mortgage Insurance Premiums?

For many Americans, the lowered premiums will put owning a home within reach.

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Where Rent Was Highest in 2014

Renting was expensive nationwide, but in these 20 metros, the average monthly payment was through the roof.

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US Renters Spent $441 Billion on Rent in 2014

More renters and higher monthly rent payments meant US renters spent nearly $21 billion more on rent in 2014 than 2013.

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Braving the Wilds as a Self-Employed Borrower

It’s possible to get a mortgage when you’re self-employed, but be prepared to gather mountains of paperwork and exercise a little patience.

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