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Amazon is making moves yet again. As a way to market its smart-home business segment without having to invest in conventional store locations, the online marketplace giant has partnered with Lennar Corporation to provide connectivity demos of Alexa-enabled products—everything from video doorbells and smart shades to lighting and scheduled deliveries—within the homebuilder’s model homes, calling these […]

The post Amazon Experience Centers Look to Transform Smart-Home Shopping appeared first on RISMedia.

5/18/2018 10:01:49 PM

How many of us are talking to our tech on a regular basis? Ken Olmstead at the Pew Research Center recently highlighted the fact that nearly half of U.S. adults (46 percent) say they use voice-controlled assistants and applications to interact with smartphones and other devices. Just over half (55 percent) say “a major reason” […]

The post Voice Activated: Do You Talk to Your Tech? appeared first on RISMedia.

5/15/2018 1:58:39 PM

Homebuyers often idealize their wants on their wish list—and, for many, location is at the top. The aspiration for a certain location, however, may be just that: an aspiration, according to a new report by Zillow that identifies what areas buyers are interested in the most: Led by L.A.’s The Oaks, Atlanta’s Tuxedo Park and […]

The post 20 Desirable Neighborhoods: Popular, but Not Sought-After appeared first on RISMedia.

5/3/2018 2:07:45 PM

(TNS)—The April 18 federal tax-filing deadline has come and gone. Your taxes are paid, and maybe you already have your refund in hand. Nothing to do now but sit back and chill for eight months or so, right? The Internal Revenue Service respectfully disagrees. Given recent changes in tax tables created by the Tax Cuts […]

The post Taxes Filed—Time to Chill? Not So Fast, Says IRS appeared first on RISMedia.

5/1/2018 2:15:29 PM

Across the country, buyers are competing in what has been called the “harshest market yet“—but for millennials, the competition is fiercest in higher-income metros, according to an analysis by realtor.com®: San Jose, Calif. List Price (Median): $1,244,000 Millennial Income: $109,800 Millennial Population: 14.3 percent Seattle, Wash. List Price (Median): $553,000 Millennial Income: $78,300 Millennial Population: […]

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4/30/2018 2:27:15 PM

Who says you need “green” to get a green home? According to an analysis by realtor.com®, eco-friendliness is becoming the norm—and being a green homeowner may not be as pricey as thought. While California’s costlier markets have high concentrations of green homes, there are also affordable pockets outside the Golden State—and, in many markets, eco-features […]

The post Is ‘Green’ at a Premium? Depends Where You Purchase appeared first on RISMedia.

4/20/2018 10:01:58 PM

Twelve days before Thanksgiving, Mark and Sue Meaney decided to put their 109-year-old house on the market. They looked at comps of similar-sized homes near their St. Paul neighborhood, agreed on a price with their agent and waited anxiously for their first offer to roll in. Mark and Sue knew their timing wasn’t ideal. The […]

The post New Data Finds Homeowners Struggle When Selling, Despite Hot Market appeared first on RISMedia.

4/19/2018 2:01:21 PM

For homeowners that are looking to access home equity funds, but don’t want to take out a second loan, a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or a reverse mortgage, there are not many options; however, blockchain technology is looking to change that by offering investment opportunities that are tied to a home’s equity and […]

The post Weighing Risk and Reward: Crypto-Investing in Home Equity appeared first on RISMedia.

4/16/2018 2:50:19 PM

Just a few days shy from the 2018 tax deadline on April 17, and controversy surrounding the new tax law—the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—is leaving multitudes of homeowners uncertain about whether they should claim their prepaid property tax deductions. The new law imposes a $10,000 cap on state and local tax write-offs (previously unlimited) […]

The post Prepaid Property Tax Debate Undecided appeared first on RISMedia.

4/12/2018 2:02:19 PM

For many Americans, homeownership is a vehicle for wealth—an appreciating asset that, more often than not, earns a profit at resale. In the market today, homeowners are all but promised to reap the rewards. According to an analysis recently released by Zillow, appreciation is so healthy that homes in many markets are producing more than […]

The post With Fast-Growing Prices, Gains in Equity Are Exceeding Minimum Wage appeared first on RISMedia.

4/10/2018 2:16:32 PM

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