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Home Prices Rise Three Times Faster than Rents

Only 41 percent of the U.S. population lives in a county where a median-income household can afford to buy a median list price home As home prices rise across the U.S., choosing to rent has become increasingly popular. New analysis by realtor.com® reveals the monthly costs of buying a home have risen by 14 percent over the past year. This ...

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43 Percent of Americans Changed How They Pay for Gasoline Because of ‘Skimming’ Concerns

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A survey released showed how Americans are reacting to the growing threat of gas skimming, where criminals implant devices on or in gas station fuel pumps with the intent of stealing the credit card information of unwitting customers. Gas skimming is a growing threat to consumers at the gas pump — so much so that it has made an impact ...

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Black Business Ownership Jumps 400% in one Year Under Trump

A recent poll from Guidant Financial found that black business ownership under President Trump jumped 400 percent in one year. The poll came as Trump’s approval rating approval rating with African Americans hit 36 percent in a recent Rasmussen Poll. As reported by Black Enterprise, African American business owners are on the rise. “According to the Minority 2018 Small Business Trends ...

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5 Tips to Renovating Your Home on a Budget

If you’re considering renovating your home but can’t afford to spend a fortune on it, there are still many ways to give your living space a brand new appearance without putting a strain on your budget. All you need is good planning, the right attitude, and a creative imagination. Of course, a lot will depend on what exactly do you ...

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Sears nears penny-stock range as hedge fund seeks to buy Kenmore Division

Sears, the Amazon of the 1930’s,  has been in trouble for decades and its woes seem to have hit a crescendo as a hedge fund announced its intention to buy Sears’ company brand of appliances. Craftsman used to be Sears’ company brand of tools and lawn implements before it was acquired by Stanley Black & Decker in March 2017. The ...

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Leading Economic Index for U.S. Indicates Continued Strengthening

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The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.6 percent in July to 110.7, following a 0.5 percent increase in June, and a 0.1 percent increase in May. “The U.S. LEI increased in July, suggesting the US economy will continue expanding at a solid pace for the remainder of this year,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, Director of Business Cycles and Growth ...

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Trump’s next win on trade could come within days while Canada sits on the sidelines

President Donald Trump may claim another significant win next week on the international trade front as negotiations with Mexico are expected to conclude. Mexico’s economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo told reporters Friday that he believes trade talks will conclude as early as next week. “Hopefully we will be able to close up no later than the middle of the week,” he said. ...

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Credit Card Rewards Battle Continues as Customers Seek Better Programs

As credit card customers drive up credit card debt to an all-time high, more of them are switching cards for a better rewards program, according to the J.D. Power 2018 Credit Card Satisfaction Study, released today. The study finds that 47% of credit card customers who switched to a new card within the past 12 months did so for a better ...

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2018’s 25 Highest Paying Jobs In America

A new report out Wednesday reveals the 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America for 2018 with some surprising results and others, like Doctors and Lawyers, at the top as expected. Nearly seven in ten (67 percent) job seekers and workers say that salary is a key piece of information they hone in on when researching jobs, according to a recent survey. A new ...

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Millennials’ View of Home Buying Turns Negative

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Millennials’ perceived value in buying a home dropped below 50 percent, down significantly from post-Brexit high, according to the latest ValueInsured quarterly Modern Homebuyer Survey: In the third quarter of 2018, 48 percent of all millennials believe buying a home in America today is a good investment; this is a record low, down from 54 percent in the second quarter. The previous high ...

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More than Six Million Homes Missing From U.S. Housing Market

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One of the defining characteristics of today’s housing market is the lack of available inventory, and much of this scarcity can be traced back to the lack of building following the bubble’s burst. Between 1985 and 2000, there were 3.9 permits issued for single-family homes per 1,000 residents. Since 2008, that mark stands at just 1.9 permits per 1,000 people. ...

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The top start-up businesses in 2018

What do you think when you hear the word “startup”?  Most people think venture capital-backed Silicon Valley technology companies. But, as FitSmallBusiness.com, the digital business publication discovered, it turns out some of the best companies to start in 2018 are decidedly low tech. The publication’s list of the Top Businesses to Start in 2018 found several notable surprises: Pet spas, liquor ...

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