Could Down-Payment Insurance Be Beneficial?

ValueInsured, based in Dallas, has created a new insurance product protecting down-payments. Diana Olick at CNBC published an article examining the new protection plan. The product, +Plus, insures your down-payment investment for 7 years, and is only available for owner-occupied homes. There are a few ambiguities within the product worth exploring in Diana’s piece.


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Forecasting Real Estate Markets for the Next 5 Years

Economists at Moody’s Analytics gave MONEY magazine home price projections for the next 5 years. While the projections are limited to the 20 biggest metropolitan areas in the country, the information is still useful if you live elsewhere. In short, the economists think that prices will continue to grow, at least for the next couple years. There’s an interactive map included in the article detailing the predictions.


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Prize-Winning Architect Offers Free Housing Plans

Alejandro Aravena, an architect and recipient of the prestigious Pritzker prize, posted four new housing plans online in order to make affordable, modern design more accessible. Mr. Aravena offered the plans free of charge, and hopes it furthers his plans of addressing rapid urbanization. Each of the plans contains drawings, sections, elevations, site plans, and details.



Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

This is a little off topic, but I wanted to share some information about this little-known program. The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), awards vouchers that low-income seniors can use for a variety of foods at a local farmers’ market, roadside stand, or community-supported agriculture programs. If you or someone you know is interested, there is a list of participating state agencies on the site here.


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