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Bigger houses becoming popular again (access required)

For many years, consumers were purchasing ever-larger homes. Then about five years ago, the trend turned to smaller homes. Today, there's yet another shift, back to larger homes. "Homeowners are desiring bigger spaces again, following five years of downsizing trends,” it was stated in a recent article published by the National Association of Realtors.

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Housing prospects look good for 2013 (access required)

Sure, there are well-publicized negative factors that influence the housing recovery. But there are also very strong positives that are more apt to dominate the path of recovery in 2013 and beyond. Increasingly, economists are changing their signs on the recovery path, from "Danger, muddy road ahead" to "Prepare for good times."

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Study: Owner-occupied homes benefit children (access required)

A new study recently completed by two California universities puts a new spin on the effects of homeownership on children in owners’ families. The study showed that homeownership is associated with lower high school dropout rates and lower teen birth ...

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Eminent domain worries on the rise (access required)

There is mounting pressure from consumer groups and political leaders to bar attempts by local governments to use the power of eminent domain to take ownership of properties for purposes other than those originally targeted for use of this power.

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