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December 22, 2017

2017 Holiday Tipping Guide: How Much, and to Whom

Between shopping for gifts, wrapping, baking, booking travel, and buying enough groceries to feed all your houseguests, it’s easy to forget about one other holiday-related cost: […]
December 21, 2017

Consumer Optimism Down Before the Holidays

Consumers grew slightly less optimistic headed into the holidays, however optimism still remains at historical highs, according to the Survey of Consumers conducted by the University […]
December 20, 2017

Almost 50% of Renters Pay Too Much

Nearly half of all renter households – almost 21 million – were considered cost-burdened in 2016, according to a new report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. […]
December 15, 2017

The True Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas in 2017

Purchasing the gifts included in the classic holiday song “The 12 Days of Christmas,” will only cost 0.6% more than in 2016, according to the 34th annual holiday […]
November 15, 2017

Are Home Equity Loans Staged for a Comeback?

There has been a hint of optimism for home equity lending among bankers this earnings season, but attitudes remain mixed a decade after the housing market […]
November 14, 2017

Housing Affordability Still Strong Despite Price Increases

Home prices continue to increase, yet affordability actually improved since July, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor report from Black Knight.  As of September, the average […]
November 8, 2017

Storm Damage: Auto Lenders Brace for Losses

U.S. auto lenders are starting to tally the financial damage from late-summer hurricanes that destroyed an estimated 500,000 to one million vehicles.  So far, the impact […]
September 20, 2017

Consumers Still Overly Optimistic of Home Values

Homeowners continue to overestimate their home values, however the gap continues to narrow, according to the latest National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI) from Quicken Loans.  […]