Valerie Lai, NerdWallet Published 3:00 am PDT, Wednesday, August 21, 2019 This article was first published on NerdWallet.com. In this series, NerdWallet interviews new homeowners across the country about their unique homebuying journeys and the financial decisions that helped them along the way. Email [email protected] to share your first-time homebuying story. First-time home buyers Kelly and Daniel Vaughn didn’t sleep on Atlanta’s housing market. The couple, both 28, purchased their house in Smyrna, a suburb northwest of the city, at the end of 2018. Vaughn runs her own company, The Taproom Agency, which helps e-commerce brands with site design, development and digital marketing. Being a self-starting entrepreneur helped her mentally (and financially) prepare for any unknowns. Even so, she says a few unexpected expenses caught her off guard and that she wishes she had saved more. We asked Vaughn about her homebuying process, including why … [Read more...] about How I Bought a Home in Atlanta
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By Karen D'Souza | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: June 11, 2019 at 9:30 am | UPDATED: June 11, 2019 at 9:44 am School’s out for summer. That means many kids are scrambling to have as much fun as possible and may parents are hustling to move into a new home before school is back in session. Buying a home is tricky for anybody, especially if it’s your first one, but parents have a far more stressful time than those without kids, according to Zillow Research. Parents with kids under 18 are far more likely to bust their budget and make smaller down payments. Sadly, they are also more likely to end up with crushing commutes and smaller homes than they wanted. “Having kids is a major destabilizer in life – their needs are constantly changing and seemingly impossible to anticipate,” said Skylar Olsen, Zillow’s director of economic research. “Combine all that uncertainty with a massive financial decision that … [Read more...] about Home buyers with kids face greater struggles, Zillow survey says
Beth Buczynski, NerdWallet Published 2:25 pm CDT, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 This article was first published on NerdWallet.com. Whether you give a hoot about the environment or not, it could pay to think about energy efficiency when shopping for a home. Newer houses certified by Energy Star — the federal government’s energy-efficiency rating program — use an average of 20% less energy than homes built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees the system. But using less energy is just the beginning. Green certification programs like the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) go even further, with strict standards for indoor air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and water conservation, among other things. Although energy conservation might not sound as exciting as a luxury bathroom or backyard … [Read more...] about Buying an Energy-Efficient Home: A Financially Bright Idea
The St. Paul Planning Commission on Friday rejected Ryan Cos.' plan to build 35 single-family homes as part of the massive redevelopment of the former Ford plant. The single-family homes along Mississippi River Boulevard had proved one of the most popular features of the 122-acre redevelopment, judging by reaction at the Jan. 25 public hearing. While the commission approved most of Ryan's other proposed changes to the plan, it determined the single-family homes didn't square with the city's density goals. The final decision lies with the City Council, and a Ryan representative said Friday it plans to seek approval for the single-family homes there. "We have to talk over all that was brought up to see how that impacts our planning," said Tony Barranco, Ryan's senior vice president for real estate development. "We really need to see how all these changes mesh together." By a 13-0 vote, commissioners recommended holding to the master plan's goals of transforming the Ford site into … [Read more...] about St. Paul planners reject single-family homes in Ford project
PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 January 2019 Judy Rimmer Purdis Farm Lane had the highest average property prices in an estate agent's survey. Picture: GOOGLE STREETVIEW Google Streetview An Ipswich estate agent has revealed the 10 roads in the town where home-buyers pay the highest average property prices. The most expensive roads in Ipswich to live in, in a list drawn up by Beagle Property.According to Beagle Property, the three roads with the biggest average price tag all lie off the popular Bucklesham Road in East Ipswich, while many of those on the list are also close to Christchurch Park.The top-priced road on the list is Purdis Farm Lane, with an average price of £855,423. Beagle Property said: “Purdis Farm Lane contains substantial sized properties which all used to be part of the original farm, and offer picturesque views whilst still being easy accessible to the town centre. “Being in a desirable east of Ipswich location with excellent … [Read more...] about Which 10 Ipswich streets are the most expensive for home-buyers?