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Study: Homeowners Think HOAs Aren’t Worth the Stress

Homeowners associations (HOAs) can provide neighborhood amenities and may perform basic exterior maintenance tasks. That said, you’ve probably heard some horror stories about them: unexplained fines, towed cars, or spats between neighbors. To find out what people in the United States really think about HOAs, we surveyed just over 1,000 homeowners. More than half (59%)…

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The Proudest Cities in the US, According to Reddit

Traffic memes, complaints about real estate prices, sunrise pictures, stories about local heroes, and links to local handypeople—city subreddits are alive and kicking in 2022, with many being home to hundreds of thousands of members. To see what’s on each city’s (hive) mind, we analyzed the top 50 posts of all time from 30 major…

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Study: How Americans Really Feel About ADUs and Tiny Homes

It’s not unusual for people to downsize when they get older. However, these days, it’s not just empty nesters and retirees who are downsizing. Searches for tiny houses have increased 680% over the past 10 years, and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are growing at a rate of 9% per year. Homeowners and would-be homeowners of…

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Study Reveals the Best and Worst Neighbors in America

In the 1970s, more than two in five people said they spent at least one social evening a month with a neighbor. However, as the world has changed, so has our relationship with our neighbors. In a recent study, we found that, now, just over half talk to their neighbors once a week or less…

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Study Reveals Americans’ Homebuying Deal-Breakers

The housing market has surged in the past year or so, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Homes are disappearing off the market faster than they have in years, and they are selling for more than before. According to a recent study, October 2021’s median listing price was $380,000. That’s a 22%…

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What Is an ADU? The Complete Guide to Accessory Dwelling Units

Photo: jacoblund / iStock / Getty Images On This Page: What Is an ADU? Types of ADUs Benefits of ADUs ADUs and the Environment ADU Laws You Should Know FAQs If you’re a homeowner, you may be wondering how you can increase your property’s value. Perhaps you’ve been exploring ways to use your home to…

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Survey: 1 in 4 Americans Severely Underestimate This Home Improvement Cost

AleksandarNakic/E+ via Getty Images With extra time spent at home during the pandemic, more Americans took an interest in fixing up or upgrading their houses.  In fact, average household spending on home services increased to $13,140, up from $9,080 in 2019. Did this increased activity lead to more informed homeowners when it comes to home…

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Mess and Stress: Survey Reveals How Dirty Homes Impact Well-Being

You know the old saying: Mess equals stress. While it may not always be that simple, we wanted to see what kind of effect a messy house had on people’s moods and well-being. Quite a lot, as it turns out. We recently surveyed more than 1,000 Americans about their experience keeping their homes clean, and…

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Who Rules the Renovation? How Couples Navigate Home Improvements

Over the last 18 months, many of us have spent more time at home than usual—a lot more. Homes became offices, schools, gyms, and art studios when stay-at-home orders took effect. This change had a big effect on the home improvement market as people took a closer look at their surroundings and imagined changes to…

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Are These the Most Disliked Home Maintenance Tasks in America? [Survey]

Buying a house is something many aspire to do, but maintaining it isn’t always as exciting. Once the rush of being handed the keys is over, many new homeowners have trouble getting accustomed to the time and dedication needed for upkeep. For this reason, we’ve surveyed 1,000 homeowners to learn more about their opinion (and…

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