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The 10 Best Cities for First Time Homebuyers

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0 Comments Aug 24, 2016

According to personal finance site, Smart Asset, less than 35% of adults under the age 35 own a home. While buying a home may seem like the impossible for many people in their 20s and 30s, its more than possible if you look within the right cities. The 2016 SmartAsset report names the top U.S. cities for homebuyers to buy first time homes. The report listed the city with a population of over 300K based on loan rate, value per each square feet of home, affordability against median household income and overall market. Here is a quick list of homes to consider for your first home:  1. Anchorage, Alaska Average price per square foot of home: $191 Average monthly mortgage payment: $1,110 Median household income: $78,121 Monthly cash after mortgage: $3,186 2. Columbus, Ohio Average price per square foot of home: $78 Average monthly mortgage payment: $570 Median household income: $51,890 Monthly cash after mortgage: $2,284 3. Arlington, Texas Average price per square foot of home: $82 Average monthly mortgage payment: $529 Median household income: $57,727 Monthly cash after mortgage: $2,646 4. Colorado Springs, Colorado Average price per square foot of home: $115 Average monthly mortgage payment: $823 Median household income: $57,487 Monthly [read more...]

Agrihoods Reconnecting Communities

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0 Comments Aug 12, 2016

Backyard Garden Nationwide, communities are embracing local food production in an exciting new way. Called agrihoods, these new types of neighborhoods serve up farm-to-table living in a cooperative environment. Forget a pool or tennis court; these housing developments are centered around a farm, to create a sustainable food system for the entire community. Fresh Carrots: The Cannery, Davis, California People are gravitating toward communities that foster their interests. Agrihoods integrate the farm into the fabric of the community, serve as a social and educational resource for the community, and encourage all members of the community to make healthy lifestyle choices, particularly in regard to the food we eat, our relationships with our home, and the activities we participate in. Agrihoods have spread rapidly in the past decade, and the number of new developments is accelerating. With a reduced developer cost and increased demand from prospective homeowners seeking a residential setting more in touch with nature has made this new farming neighborhood concept increasingly desirable. Officially called “development-supported agriculture” the agrihood concept is fairly new to suburban developers. Interest and growth in agrihood developments has been dramatic. As of 2014, there are over 200 agrihoods either developed or in the planning [read more...]

5 Ridiculously Cheap California Coastal Homes

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0 Comments Jul 18, 2016

California gets a lot of love, in particular for all the beaches sprinkled throughout the state. Imagine walking outside with the sun reflecting in the water, as your feet touch the sand. California is hiding some of the best home treasures with an ocean view. Imagine that. Although, beachfront views deem the stereotype to be expensive, you don’t need to pay a lot to own a beachfront property. Here are 5 amazing homes, which offer both personality and a good view. 1. Home is where the water is… – $330,000 (Long Beach) This home is only miles away from the ocean, city and coastline view. The panoramic walls of windows say and show it all! This significant mid-century modern complex is designed by Francis O. Merchant and J. Richard Shelley and is located in the East Village Arts District. This property is 2 blocks away from the Alamitos Beach. Breath taking – literally. 100 Atlantic Avenue #1009, Long Beach CA 2. Sunset at Home – $399,000 (San Diego)   Live steps from the Pacific where the ocean and beach are your back yard. Whether you love to surf, take long runs along the water’s edge or walk under the sunset, this [read more...]