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Homes in Black Neighborhoods Twice as Likely to be Underwater as Homes in White Neighborhoods

A new Zillow analysis shows the different effect of negative equity on racial groups in the United States

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A Down Payment Costs Home Buyers an Average of 2/3 of Annual Income

Saving for a down payment is the most pressing concern of one in five home-buyers; here’s where a 20 percent down payment hurts the most.

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Happy Trees Grow From Healthy Soil

The suburban landscape is a tough place for a tree to grow. It must overcome competition from grass and other landscape plants, limited growing room, and often restricted sunlight and water. But typically the greatest challenge it must overcome is poor soil conditions. Where did these poor soil conditions originate? At some point in history […]

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8 Plants That Flower in Winter

No need to hurry spring in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. These winter-blooming plants put on spectacular blooms in January, February and into early March. Camellia (Camellia japonica) is a standout evergreen with a showy display of rose-like blossoms in the middle of winter. Daphne (Daphne odora) is a 3-feet tall and wide evergreen […]

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