Seattle Rent-to-Own Homes: Living in Seattle

The Seattle metro is one of the best places in the country to live, conduct business, and visit.   This is evident by the fact that it is home to a number of globally recognized companies (Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Alaska Airlines, Costco, Boeing, Nordstrom, Weyerhaeuser, and REI), a growing small and minority-owned businesses, highly skilled workers, cutting-edge research facilities and thriving industry clusters.   It is really no surprise Seattle was named by Kiplinger’s as one of the “10 Best Cities for the Next Decade.”   The widely diverse population of 3.8 million residents are sure to provide many cultural events, economic opportunities, and educational experiences.   With all of this Seattle is poised to continue its “Best City” reputation for the next decade (more…)

Should you Rent-to-Own in San Antonio?

Thinking of buying or renting-to-own home in San Antonio?   San Antonio is nestled deep in the heart of Texas and is one of the state’s most visited cities because of its warm weather and urban beauty.  Most people know of San Antonio because of the famous Alamo and the 13 day siege by Mexican troops on the mission which still exists in Downtown.  More recently, San Antonio is known for the river walk offering gondola style transportation which winds through the downtown area with access to bars, clubs, shopping, and restaurants.  Speaking of restaurants, San Antonio lays claim to some of the best Tex-Mex food offered anywhere.  (more…)

What to Expect from the 2017 Housing Market

2016 was a record year for home sales.   With an average of 52 days on market, homes were quickly coming off market, resulting in numerous bid-wars.   Experts in the industry credit the high demand combined with low mortgage interest rates as the fuel that fed the housing market last year.   Additionally home prices are almost back to their pre-recession peaks.   So where does that leave us for 2017?

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Top 5 Most Expensive Cities in the U.S.

If you’re looking to relocate to a new city, you’ll want to take a look at this list.   We’ve spent hours compiling the data to rank these cities as the top 5 most expensive in the nation.  A common thread we’ve uncovered is that each city has low unemployment rates.  Keep in mind this list includes only the city limits and not the surrounding suburbs.  There may be plenty of opportunities for affordable living around these cities.

  1. San Jose, California

The tech surge of the past few years has pushed home prices in the Silicon Valley through the roof.  Neighboring cities, including San Jose, have seen home prices skyrocket as a result.  The average home price in San Jose is an astounding $900,000, with the cost of living reaching 122% higher than the national average.

  1. New York City, New York

With the average cost of owning a home topping out at just over a million dollars and the cost of living over 118% higher than the national average it’s not surprising that New York City tops this list.   The high cost of living in the big apple combined with the high home prices push it up to #2 on our list, though it was a close race between NYC and San Jose for that top spot.

  1. San Francisco, California

San Francisco has one of the most expensive real estate markets in the country, reaching a whopping average home price of $800,000.   The cost of living however is only just above 60% higher than the national average.   The lower cost of living in “The City” is what keeps it out of the number 1 and 2 spots.

  1. Washington, D.C.

The District of Columbia is home to the US government so it’s not a surprise to see D.C. on this list.  Not quite as expensive as San Francisco, New York, or San Jose, the average home price in D.C. comes in at just over $700,000 while the cost of living is about 95% higher than the national average.  Surprisingly though utility costs in D.C. are about 23% lower than the national average but it still manages to make number 4 on the list.

  1. Honolulu, Hawaii

With it’s beautiful beaches and great weather Hawaii is an amazing place to live and has always been one of the most expensive, so it’s not a big surprise to see it make this list.   Honolulu has an average home price that weighs in at approximately $650,000 and the cost of living shows a 82% increase over the national average.

Looking to own a home in any of these great cities? Consider renting-to-own a home as an alternative. Our huge list of rent-to-own homes nationwide can connect you directly with home owners.

Buying a Home in Jackson, MS

Built high above an extinct volcano, the city of Jackson MS has stayed hot, with its mix of musical history and authentic Southern living, all in a modern urban environment. Mississippi calls itself the Birthplace of America’s Music, and Jackson has been a significant source of blues and gospel music due to the legendary Malaco Records, home to such artists as Bobby “Blue”Bland, Z.Z. Hill and Dorothy Moore.

Jackson is the capital of Mississippi and was a significant city in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. So much so that that the Civil Rights Movement Museum is being built in the city, and will be open to the public in 2017. That will join other significant cultural institutions such as the Mississippi Museum of Art, which tells the story of Mississippi through its art and artists and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the largest museum in Mississippi, which focuses on the biological diversity within the state.

There’s always something to do in Jackson, whether it’s taking in a Mississippi Braves baseball game out in Pearl, eating at a cool new restaurant in the well-preserved neighborhood of Fondren, or taking in a band at a downtown bar, you’ll never be bored. Every October, the Mississippi State Fair comes to town, bringing with it big musical acts from around the world to the famous Mississippi Coliseum, where you’ll also find the Dixie National Rodeo every February, the largest rodeo event East of the Mississippi River.

When you live in Jackson, MS, you’re living among some of the most significant architecture in the entire South of the United States. The Lamar Life building dates back to 1924 and is an important example of Gothic skyscrapers. The Standard Life building is a rarity, as it’s an art deco skyscraper that’s been converted into apartments. Jackson even has a middle school, the Bailey APAC Middle School, that is a perfectly preserved art deco school.

Speaking of schools, no matter what neighborhood you find yourself living in, you’ll find excellent public schools, with several schools rated a perfect 10 by GreatSchools.org. When it comes time to find a job, the fact that Jackson is the state capital will help you out, as the State of Mississippi is by far the largest employer in the area, with the federal government not too far behind. Besides government work, the area hospitals are the largest source of employment.

Jackson saw a lot of movement into the suburbs such as Pearl, Clinton, Brandon and Madison over the past 20 years, but now some movement back to the city has begun, and housing prices are expected to rise in the future, so now is great time to buy or rent-to-own a home in Jackson, MS.

Rent-to-Own Homes in Oklahoma City

Buying a Home in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma is self-proclaimed as “Native America” due to the large population of Native American tribes who call the state their home.   Well over 20 different tribes have reservations in Oklahoma and the name Oklahoma itself is a Choctaw word meaning Red People.  As the capital of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City is the largest city in Oklahoma and is the 3rd largest city in the United States in terms of its actual land area, trailing only Anchorage, AK and Jacksonville, FL. (more…)

How to Save Money by Saving Energy

How to Save Money By Saving Energy in Your Home

Everyone likes saving money.  There are a great many ways to go about saving your money for a rainy day, but did you know that you can save up to $500 a year by just reducing the amount of energy you use by about 25 percent?  It’s true, the average American household spends about $2,200 a year on utilities and by reducing your energy usage by 25% you could potentially save up to $500 a year.  Roughly 40 percent of your total energy usage goes into heating and cooling so this is going to be the primary focus of your efforts to reduce your energy usage, but it doesn’t just stop there.  There are many simple and effective ways to save energy.

Let’s look at some of the best ways you can save money and reduce your energy usage. (more…)