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The Most Expensive U.S. ZIP Codes (2012 Edition)

Since late-2011, home values have climbed in many U.S. markets. The government's Home Price index puts the increase at +3.7% an annual basis and the National Association of REALTORS® shows home sale prices up 11% since last year. The price at which a home sells is determined by the economic force of supply-and-demand but location and amenities matter, too; establishing a baseline from which supply-and-demand can work.  Using data compiled by real estate market data firm Altos Research, Forbes Magazine recently presented America's 10 most expensive ZIP codes for 2012. California and the New York Metro area dominate the list. New…
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Carmel, Indiana Rated Top Mid-Sized U.S. City For 2012

CNNMoney has released its Best Places To Live 2012 list. The annual survey is based on data from Onboard Informatics. Using Quality of Life factors such as education, crime and "town spirit", and focusing on towns with between 50,000 and 300,000 residents, this year's survey ranks the country's best mid-sozed cities. To be eligible for ranking, towns mus have a median household income greater than 85 percent, and less than 200 percent, of the state median income; must not be a categorized as a "retirement community" or a town with "major job loss"; and must be racially-diverse. From a list of 744…
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Top 10 U.S. Cities For Public Parks

For the first time in more than 100 years, the growth in America's cities is outpacing the growth in its suburbs.  According to the 2011 estimates of the U.S. Census Bureau, between July 2010 and July 2011, city centers grew faster than their surrounding suburbs in 53% of the nation's largest housing markets.  Compare this to just 9.8% during the 10 years prior. Cities now compete with suburbs on a number of fronts including job availability, housing costs, and access to amenities, a category which includes proximity to public parks. Parks are important to a city. Studies prove that parks help…
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10 Cities Projecting Home Value Increases Through 2013

Nationwide, the U.S. housing market is showing signs of recovery. Home prices are rising as demand for homes outweighs existing home supply in many metropolitan regions. As is customary in real estate, though, the degrees to which home values change vary by area. In some U.S. markets, the housing recovery is outpacing the national average. In other markets, it lags. In an effort to measure the changes, CNNMoney has named the 10 U.S. housing markets in which home prices may rise the fastest. The list is stuffed with small- to mid-size cities, most of which have experienced huge price drops since…
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