After the country’s “housing bubble” burst late last decade, homebuyers and renters seized control of the market. Prices were slashed to meet their needs, and homes were foreclosed and auctioned off to them. Real estate agents and homeowners threw incentives at the buyers to lure their business. To gain their interest, banks offered no interest. The buyers have held the power, the influence, and the ability to make the real estate market flourish or freefall.
Moving from the suburbs into a city is a big change. It‘s possible to feel lost when making the big move, however if you go in with an idea of what to expect the culture shock won’t be as dramatic. There are a couple of things that you should consider before moving into the city including transportation, costs, safety, noise, shopping, and apartment size. The benefits of moving into a city are immense with the amount of culture and the increase in your social life that come with the big move, however you need to make sure you’re ready to deal with the city culture before moving. Although all cities are different, we’ve compiled some “perks” to be aware of when moving into a city, including a few tips to help you out.
For the first time ever, a city not named Los Angeles has been named America’s “sootiest” city. Soot, also known as particle pollution, is one of the categories the American Lung Association uses to determine the most polluted cities in the country. Pittsburgh overtook Los Angeles in the category that measures short-term particle pollution or soot.
The US Census bureau is reporting today that New Orleans, hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, was the fastest-growing large city in the nation between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007. This follows the city having the largest rate of population loss since 2000.