Trulia, a home and neighborhood site for homebuyers and renters, released the results from a research survey to find out how many Americans experience “neighborhood regret,” and discover new strategies to prevent buyer and renter remorse in the future. The survey, conducted online by Wakefield Research of 1,000 Americans found that 36% of those who recently relocated would have moved to a different neighborhood than their current one; additionally 77% agree there is no single reliable source for complete neighborhood information.
According to the 2018 Allianz Tuition Insurance College Confidence Index, roughly 40% of families find the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) challenging to complete; a troubling statistic considering the growing number of families saving nothing for college. The index reveals a growing “college savings gap,” as even parents who have saved have only about a third of what they think a four-year degree will cost. Both groups expect to tap outside sources (including those accessible after filing the FAFSA) to cover 40% of the balance, a significant increase from 2017.
The sport of rock climbing is gaining international attention, having been approved for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games. But news headlines about the sport are still dominated by reports of gruesome injuries and near-death falls. Are rock climbers going out of their way to seek these risks? A new study published in Risk Analysis: An International Journal reveals that decreasing the level of injury risk at a climbing site generates substantial welfare gains for climbers.
For decades, the most important right of passage for American teenagers was the purchase of a first car to drive to the mall to hang out with friends. A new analysis of teenage conversation patterns by Engagement Labs shows that teens today (popularly known as Generation Z) present an entirely new challenge to marketers. Enabled by mobile devices, ride sharing, and a penchant for walkable restaurants and retail malls, teenagers are shunning destination retail and the auto industry for FaceTime, 7-Eleven, and Starbucks.
Love Home Swap, one of the world’s leading home exchange programs, is releasing results from its Travel Bucket List Survey of 1,000 Americans. The survey uncovers U.S. consumers’ travel aspirations and the barriers that stand in their way.
Savers released its sixth annual Thrift Shopping Survey. A survey that explores you: the vintage visionary, the denim designer, the one-of-a-kind curator and the rack-combing, risk-taking, mold-breaking tastemaker. Beyond saving money and supporting our environment, thrifting is a movement and lifestyle that allows everyone to express their own style, whether quirky, romantic, bohemian or untamed. Thrift shopping is a trend that never goes out of style, and you can look good while doing good.
Luxury home sales continued their record-breaking pace in July, as prices hit double digit gains in 19 major markets, according to the Realtor.com 2018 Luxury Home Index. Additionally, the number of sales at or above the $1 million mark rose 13% over last year.
Is your current job making you fat? How can you reverse the situation without having to leave the position? A new CareerBuilder survey finds that 57% of the nation’s workforce believe they are overweight, and 45% believe they’ve gained weight at their present job, on par with last year. Twenty-six percent of all workers said they gained more than 10 pounds at their current job; 1 in 10 (11%) gained more than 20 pounds.
With its tenth annual Vacation Confidence Index, Allianz Global Assistance finds 10% of Americans admit to going over budget while on vacation last year, and those who did, on average, overspent by 27% ($534).
Political Parties Can Increase Membership by Encouraging Politically Disinterested Consumers Register to Vote
A new survey from PRRI/ The Atlantic, “American Democracy in Crisis: The Challenges of Voter Knowledge, Participation, and Polarization,” finds an alarming number of Americans do not know what factors allow people to vote. The survey also finds large divides by political party and race regarding the issues facing the U.S. electoral system. Despite this, there is bipartisan support for a range of policies that increase access to voting.
Median rent is appreciating more quickly this spring than last in 27 of the 35 largest U.S markets, according to the May Zillow Real Estate Market Report. In some of the nation’s most expensive rental markets, median rent is appreciating more slowly now than last spring. In Seattle, for example, where annual rent growth has been among the highest in the country, rent appreciation has slowed from a 5.8% annual growth rate last spring, to a 3.3% annual growth rate now. A similar trend holds true in Los Angeles, Portland and Boston.
Key Private Bank, the wealth management arm of KeyCorp, released the results of its latest advisor poll, which surveyed nearly 150 of its client-facing advisors about their experiences working with high-net-worth individuals on long-term care planning. Six in ten (58%) advisors say fewer than a quarter of their clients have a long-term care plan in place. In fact, convincing clients to put a long-term care plan in place is the biggest long-term care challenge, cited by over half of advisors (52%), followed by helping clients increase savings for long-term care costs without substantially impacting other financial goals (e.g., retirement, children’s education, etc.) (44%) and forecasting caregiving needs and addressing coordination of care (38%).