Owning a Home is Top Priority for 70% of Renters

Most Americans still believe that owning a home is a solid financial decision, and a majority of renters aspire to home ownership as a long-term goal. According to the 2011 National Housing Pulse Survey from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, 72% of renters surveyed said owning a home is a top priority for their future, up from 63% in 2010.

10 Tips for Saving Water in the Garden

Saving water in your garden and yard trims your water bill and saves an increasingly scarce natural resource. A water-efficient landscape can: Reduce outdoor water use by 20% to 50%,  Save up to 10,000 gallons a year,  Shave $30 to $70 off the average annual household water bill.  Planting drought-tolerant landscaping is one way to turn off the spigot in your garden. Here are other tips for saving water while growing flora.

Realty Times: Low Mortgage Rates Holding On

There’s no doubt that current news trends are affecting all markets and the direction in which they are moving. This is true for mortgage rates as well. Freerateupdate.com’s daily survey of wholesale and direct lenders show that low mortgage rates are holding on to the current lows despite the mixed headlines regarding economic conditions both here and abroad.