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Feasting on Foliage: America’s Top 20 Towns For Fall Colors

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Fall foliage is more than a seasonal event. It’s a phenomenon of spectacular color. From the West to the East coasts, Americans flock to the forests to see deciduous trees display their varied hues. Autumn leaf transformations have already begun in higher elevations, while some warmer climates may not peak until November, so plan your viewing accordingly. What US towns have best fall colors? Continue reading Feasting on Foliage: America’s Top 20 Towns For Fall Colors

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America’s Top 25 Hockey Towns

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Home of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D. takes top honors. Source: NCHC Hockey.

It’s Stanley Cup time, so let’s pay homage to America’s top hockey towns. SmartAsset, a financial advice and research company, released its second annual study of America’s Best Hockey Towns. The study takes into account all 129 towns with NHL, minor league and NCAA Division I hockey teams.

Each of the hockey towns was rated with a Quality of Life score based on violent crime, property crimes, disposable income (median income minus median housing costs), dining/entertainment establishments (per 10,000 residents) and unemployment rate. Towns also got a Fan Intensity Score for attendance rate (percentage of the population that attends hockey games), average per-game rate over 10,000 in attendance, and Google searches for the word “hockey”. These scores were combined and to reveal the winners. Continue reading America’s Top 25 Hockey Towns

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Top 25 Cities to Invest in a Rental Property

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Lexington, Kentucky, makes the list with affordable properties that generated increased rental income in Q1 2016. Photo: Zillow.

Real estate prices are rising across the country. Finding that home to turn into a rental property may have you looking outside your city. RentRange®, a single-family rental market data company, released a study identifying the top 25 cities in America to invest in rental homes.

The study analyzed the average rental rate increase and average gross yield (income return from an investment prior to operating costs) for single-family homes for the first quarter of 2016 (compared to Q1 of 2015). Data was collected on approximately 250,000 homes; sources include multiple listing services, property managers, landlords and listing web sites.

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