Research big-ticket furniture purchases with care

During the COVID-19 outbreak, online furniture sales has skyrocketed. This increase likely reflects the home improvements many homeowners are making, parents shopping for desks for home school learning, and employees who have permanently switched to a work from home situation.

Convenience aside, making large purchases online should always be approached with care. The Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas offers the following tips for consumers to help select quality furniture at a reasonable price as well as avoid a few common online shopping pitfalls:

Only shop with reputable retailers. Research a retailer’s page before deciding to do business with them. Reputable sellers provide information about their company and always have valid contact information. Look for company reviews online. For example, on BBBHouston.org, shoppers can find out if an online retailer is BBB accredited, read consumer complaints and reviews.

Understand the store’s return and refund policy, especially during

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Brits want greener homes and big energy saving, according to research

Seven in ten Brits want to make their homes greener and more cost-effective, according to new research.

Energy Saving Trust found that a household can save up to £581 on energy bills each year if they implement a full range of efficiency measures, purchase efficient appliances and exercise best practice energy saving behaviour, such as getting a smart meter installed.

On top of the financial savings, a household could also save 2,141 kg of CO2e emissions, which is the equivalent of driving 7,500 miles or enough energy to power the lights in 27 homes in the UK for a year.

Home improvement conversations increased during lockdown, with ‘insulation’ being the most discussed topic.

However, Britons are also considering additional energy efficient or sustainable actions they can take in their home, from eco-friendly paint to water saving shower heads.

New research of 4,000 respondents, commissioned by Smart Energy GB, reveals that

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Silicon Valley research building draws buyer

SAN JOSE — A big — and empty — research and development building in north San Jose has been bought by an investor with properties on three continents, an indication that investors still hunger for Silicon Valley real estate despite the coronavirus uncertainties.

Exeter Property Group, which has $2 billion in properties owned or under management worldwide, has bought a vast building at 1710 Automation Parkway in San Jose which is vacant after its previous tenant, Western Digital, exited the site.

Brokers Steven Golubchik, Edmund Najera, Darren Hollak, and Jack Phipps with the Capital Markets unit of commercial real estate firm Newmark Knight Frank arranged the building purchase.

“1710 Automation is ideally located within proximity to some of the world’s most prominent technology companies,” said Najera, a vice chairman with the Capital Markets group.

Exeter Property paid $36.2 million for the building, which totals 197,000 square feet. Soma Capital Partners

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Research shows uptick in Hispanics, Latinos investing in real estate

Even during the financial instability of the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing industry is booming and research shows it’s especially growing in the Hispanic and Latino community.

According to a new report from the Hispanic Wealth Project, even with the pandemic impacts, Latino households are seeing recovery and continued economic growth.

In order to take a look at Latino household wealth and better understand the impacts of the coronavirus in the Latino Demographic, the report used a number of datasets, including the Census Household Pulse Survey, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Annual Business Survey.

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The report found Latinos have seen homeownership growth over the last five years. Their survey also found they were 25% more likely than their non-Hispanic White counterparts to own

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Internet Protocol Camera Market – Actionable Research on COVID-19|Growing Adoption of Smart Homes to Boost the Market Growth

The global internet protocol camera market size is poised to grow by USD 8.47 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 14% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Internet Protocol (IP) Camera Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

The growing adoption of smart homes will be a significant factor in driving the growth of the IP camera market. The increasing number of thefts and burglaries in various countries has boosted the demand for security solutions,

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Fiber Optics Market – Actionable Research on COVID-19 | Increase in the Number of FTTH Homes and Subscribers to Boost the Market Growth

The global fiber optics market size is poised to grow by USD 2.44 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 5% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Fiber Optics Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

The increase in the number of FTTH homes and subscribers is the key factor driving the market growth. A higher number of customers are opting for fiber optic connections to leverage broadband services. This reduces the requirements for customer premises

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How to research real estate comps to estimate your home’s value

Knowing how much your home is worth helps you gauge how much equity you have available and price your home effectively when it comes time to sell.



a house that is parked on the side of a road: How to research real estate comps to estimate your home’s value


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How to research real estate comps to estimate your home’s value

One of the tools used to determine a home’s value are real estate comparables. Here’s what you need to know about comps, and how to use them to estimate what your home is worth.

What are real estate comps?

Real estate comps definition

Real estate comps are industry-speak for “comparables,” or a set of homes that meet similar criteria that make them ideal for a value comparison. Many times, comps are recent sales in a given market from a specific time period, such as the past three or six months, and homes with a similar layout, such as the same number of bathrooms.

Comps are important because they provide valuable

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Global Tiny Homes Market – Actionable Research on COVID-19 | Growing Expenditure on Cost-efficient Homes to Boost the Market Growth

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 30, 2020–

The global tiny homes market size is poised to grow by USD 5.80 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 7% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Tiny Homes Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire).

Tiny homes are the most affordable housing systems and are preferred by millennials. The high cost of conventional homes is influencing the popularity of tiny homes among consumers. Moreover, the rising cost of living, coupled with

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