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Top 10 States to Make a Living

Seattle home prices

These states have everything from high wages and low taxes to great employment opportunities and low cost of living. But a state with high median wages and one of the hottest housing markets topped this list. Which one was it?

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The Home Appreciation Trade-Off

A new study found that a typical U.S. homeowner is gaining just a little less than the federal minimum wage, in home equity every working hour. Is it then a good idea to sit back and collect substantial hourly home equity “earnings” instead of working from 9-5?

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Housing Affordability Suffers in Major Markets

According to Interest.com's 2014 Home Affordability Study, middle-income families can afford a median-priced home in fewer than half of the country's 25 largest metros as house prices and mortgage rates outpace wage growth. While home price gains have slowed to a more reasonable rate of 4 percent nationally over the past year, that increase is still well ahead of the 2 percent pickup in incomes.

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Consumer Hopes Lift in June

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released Monday the findings of its June 2014 Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE), revealing a slight uptick in economic hopes among Americans as housing expectations remained flat. On the housing front, the median home price change expectation was little changed, dipping slightly to a median expected 3.9 percent over the next 12 months.

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As Home Prices Grow, Wages Stagnate

According to Trulia, asking prices on listed homes rose 1.2 percent month-to-month in June, the highest monthly increase in more than a year. Unfortunately, consumer incomes have failed to keep pace. Out of the top 10 markets for annual price gains in June—most of which were in the South or Midwest—Trulia found that wages per worker rose less than 1 percent last year in all but one.

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