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Houston Named Top Relocation City

For the fifth year in a row, Houston has been named the top U.S. destination city for movers, according to U-Haul’s newly released “2013 Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities Report.” The company’s rankings reflect destinations for movers renting a truck one way, and the list was compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck transactions during a 12-month period. The following cities emerged on U-Haul’s list as top destination cities: Houston Orlando, Fla. Las Vegas

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10 Metros With Highest Home Owner Incomes

The metro area of San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., is where home owners boast the highest median incomes at $115,297, according to a recent analysis of the 2012 American Community Survey data by the National Association of Home Builders. For comparison, the median household income of owner-occupied housing nationwide is $65,514. NAHB notes that many of the metros with the highest home owner income also are in metros that have some of the highest median home values. The following 10

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Man With Foot Fetish Targets Ariz. Agents

About a dozen real estate professionals in the Phoenix area say a man has recently contacted them with more questions about their feet than the homes for sale. Hope Salas, a sales associate with DPR Realty, says a man who claimed to be a prospective buyer sent a series of text messages to her that mostly centered on asking Salas about her feet. “He asked me questions like, do I wear heels often,” Salas says. “He said that most of his clients were female and that they wore high heels. H

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Most Affordable Housing Markets for 2014

The Chicago metro area tops the list of the most affordable major markets this year, according to ZipRealty’s newly released list of the 10 most affordable housing markets in 2014. To create the list, the real estate brokerage analyzed median home sales price data from 30 major metro areas as well as family income data from the Department of Housing & Urban Development. “In the most affordable areas of the nation, homes are available for just over twice the annual average household i

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Home Buyers May Face Sticker Shock This Spring

As the spring market heats up, more buyers are finding higher home prices than they may have expected, CNBC reports. “People quite frankly came out and got sticker shock … they picked up the price sheet and saw, ‘Wow, that’s way more than I thought’ because home prices had gone up so much in 2013,” Brad Hunter, chief economist at Metrostudy, told CNBC. Existing-home prices were up 9.1 percent in February above year ago levels, according to the National Association of REALTORS

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