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topStories Saturday, February 04, 2017
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Five Housing Markets on the Verge of a Tech Boom
The hottest housing markets have one determining factor in common: employment opportunities. Cities with jobs in growing fields draw incoming residents in droves—and none is more in-demand currently than technology. Which markets will tech next make its mark in? A recent survey by Modis, an IT staffing services provider, identified the housing markets on set to be transformed by technology. The top 5: 1. Chicago 2. Houston 3. Boston 4. Denver 5. Philadelphia. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed ranked Chicago as the top tech hot spot of the future. The Windy City is likely to attract younger professionals who have worked in technology 5 years or less, according to the survey. ...
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Consumer Confidence Wanes after 15-Year Spike
Consumer confidence waned in January after spiking to a 15-year high in December, posting a 111.8 reading in The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®.... READ MORE >
Skyrocketing Rents Begin to Fizzle
Skyrocketing rents will begin to fizzle in 2017, driven by a multifamily market marked by less starts and oversupply, according to the Freddie Mac Multifamily Research Group's... READ MORE >
Incentives, Rebates and Tax Credits for Energy-Efficient Home Improvements
(BPT)—If you're planning to make home improvements this year, you're likely considering energy-efficient upgrades. Many of these improvements not only help lower... READ MORE >
With the Right Team, Anything Is Possible
In the following interview, Jama Fontaine, team leader at Keller Williams Realty Santa Fe in Santa Fe, N.M., discusses educating, leading and training her agents.... READ MORE >

Your Place: Warming Up a Chilly Crawl Space
By Alan J. Heavens

(TNS)—Q: What is the best way to heat the crawl space under my first floor? The house is very old and has a dirt floor about three feet under the flooring, and the walls are stone. Total size is 15-feet-by-20-feet.
Citigroup Steps Away from Mortgage Servicing Business Partners with Sales Marketing and Social Media Expert Chris Smith


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