Corpus Christi Named the Best City to be a Kid

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Hot job markets on the coasts are attracting people to places like San Francisco, Seattle and New York, but if kids had a say in where parents moved, the most popular cities might be different.

In fact, if kids ruled the world, Corpus Christi, TX would be the most popular U.S. city, according to Zillow’s latest analysis.

Zillow analyzed the 100 largest cities across the country, looking for things kids would prioritize when choosing where to live. Instead of moving to cities …

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Hot job markets on the coasts are attracting people to places like San Francisco, Seattle and New York, but if kids had a say in where parents moved, the most popular cities might be different.

In fact, if kids ruled the world, Corpus Christi, TX would be the most popular U.S. city, according to Zillow’s latest analysis.

Zillow analyzed the 100 largest cities across the country, looking for things kids would prioritize when choosing where to live. Instead of moving to cities …

Wine Storage for Every Budget

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Are wine bottles starting to accumulate on your countertops, refrigerator shelves, and in your pantry?

That’s a tell-tale sign that it’s time to think about creating a long-term wine storage solution. Whether you’re a budding connoisseur or a seasoned wine veteran (aka oenophile), the options for storage are almost as varied as wine itself.

Wine ages best when stored in conditions that mimic traditional wine caves (think: ancient French and Italian cellars l…

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Are wine bottles starting to accumulate on your countertops, refrigerator shelves, and in your pantry?

That’s a tell-tale sign that it’s time to think about creating a long-term wine storage solution. Whether you’re a budding connoisseur or a seasoned wine veteran (aka oenophile), the options for storage are almost as varied as wine itself.

Wine ages best when stored in conditions that mimic traditional wine caves (think: ancient French and Italian cellars l…

Tina and Ike Turner's Former Home on the Market

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Tina Turner left a good house in the city, and after all these years, it’s back on the market — looking a lot like the year is still 1977. That’s when the current owner bought it from the iconic singer and her first husband, Ike, as the famous couple was divorcing.

The listing, for $999,000, says the 4-bedroom, 4-bath Los Angeles home was featured in …

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Tina Turner left a good house in the city, and after all these years, it’s back on the market — looking a lot like the year is still 1977. That’s when the current owner bought it from the iconic singer and her first husband, Ike, as the famous couple was divorcing.

The listing, for $999,000, says the 4-bedroom, 4-bath Los Angeles home was featured in …

A Trellis or a Pergola? Get to Know Garden Structures

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Trellises, arches, arbors, and pergolas: These four garden structures are often confused.

After all, each can be used to give your outdoor space privacy, shade, and filtered light, as well as serve as a support for climbing plants.

If you have a hard time remembering which structure is which, here are mnemonics to help you:

  • Trellises are for Training vines, and they stand up straight like the letters ‘lli’ in the middle of the wo…

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Trellises, arches, arbors, and pergolas: These four garden structures are often confused.

After all, each can be used to give your outdoor space privacy, shade, and filtered light, as well as serve as a support for climbing plants.

If you have a hard time remembering which structure is which, here are mnemonics to help you:

  • Trellises are for Training vines, and they stand up straight like the letters ‘lli’ in the middle of the wo…

Mortgage applications jump 4.2% on strong buyer demand

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Homebuyers jumped back into the market, filing applications for mortgages at a far faster pace than previous weeks….

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Homebuyers jumped back into the market, filing applications for mortgages at a far faster pace than previous weeks….

The Cost of Off-Campus Rent at Top Colleges

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Which university costs more: Harvard, Yale or MIT? It’s relatively easy to compare tuition and even dorm fees — but off-campus housing costs are harder to pin down. They also can make a big difference in the tab for a higher education.

In fact, 80 percent of the towns where elite colleges are located, based on U.S News & World Report’s newly released Best Colleges o…

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Which university costs more: Harvard, Yale or MIT? It’s relatively easy to compare tuition and even dorm fees — but off-campus housing costs are harder to pin down. They also can make a big difference in the tab for a higher education.

In fact, 80 percent of the towns where elite colleges are located, based on U.S News & World Report’s newly released Best Colleges o…

Renters: Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

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For renters planning to buy a home, preliminary steps like creating a budget and saving for a down payment are obvious. Here are five more advanced steps toward moving out of your rental and into a dream home of your own.

Understand the full cost of homeownership

As a renter, a single rental fee covers your monthly housing payment. But as a homeowner, four main factors go into your monthly housing payment: principal, interest, taxes and insurance (P.I.T.I….

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For renters planning to buy a home, preliminary steps like creating a budget and saving for a down payment are obvious. Here are five more advanced steps toward moving out of your rental and into a dream home of your own.

Understand the full cost of homeownership

As a renter, a single rental fee covers your monthly housing payment. But as a homeowner, four main factors go into your monthly housing payment: principal, interest, taxes and insurance (P.I.T.I….

Landlords listen up: Find the best rental returns here

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Two new reports point to the best markets for investors seeking to profit from the single-family rental market….

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Two new reports point to the best markets for investors seeking to profit from the single-family rental market….

Mortgage rates finally break higher: What you should watch

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Mortgage rates took their biggest leap in two months on Friday. Here's everything you should know now….

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Mortgage rates took their biggest leap in two months on Friday. Here's everything you should know now….

Do You Own the Air Above Your Home?

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Few people spend time thinking about air rights – unless they’re in the New York City real estate scene, where developers can pay up to $300 per square foot for space over a low-rise building.

Still, every homeowner should have a basic understanding of his or her rights to this space. Do you own the air above your home by default? And if so, what can you do with it?

What exactly are air rights?

In real estate, air rights –  which refer to the empty space above a …

Posted from: http://www.zillow.com/blog/do-you-own-the-air-above-your-home-143915/

Few people spend time thinking about air rights – unless they’re in the New York City real estate scene, where developers can pay up to $300 per square foot for space over a low-rise building.

Still, every homeowner should have a basic understanding of his or her rights to this space. Do you own the air above your home by default? And if so, what can you do with it?

What exactly are air rights?

In real estate, air rights –  which refer to the empty space above a …