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Investors flip housing markets, and home buyers are reeling

Source: Ben Casselman and Conor Dougherty of the New York Times

Investors flip housing markets, and home buyers are reeling

Competition from investors has made the already tough housing market even more difficult for first time home buyers. Anyone who has ever seen HGTV knows the appeal to flip homes has been glamorized and popularized, and now big time Wall Street investors have entered the game. Last year, investors bought one out of five starter homes in the U.S. This is pushing prices up rapidly in areas of future growth. Coupled with their ability to pay with cash and sit on homes until they are double in price, first time home buyers have an added competitor.

To hear more about where investors are honing in on homes, read the full article below.

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Here’s How Much More Homes with a Garage Sell for in Denver

Source: Carley Milligan and the Denver Business Journal Staff

It probably comes as no surprise that homes in Denver with a garage are selling at a higher rate than those without; but just how much higher? A whopping ten percent! For an average home in Denver, that’s roughly $35K extra for a roof over your car. For cities like Chicago, it’s an even more sought after commodity, where the snow fall (and lack of sunshine to melt it away) makes it less inviting to be outside and a real challenge to scrape off your car.

Check out the full article below for more information on where in the U.S. a garage will get you the most return!

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