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Author Archives: Demetria Lester

Demetria C. Lester is a reporter for DS News and MReport magazines with more than eight years of writing experience. She has served as content coordinator and copy editor for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register, in addition to 11 other Southern California publications. A former editor-in-chief at Northlake College and staff writer at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Arlington, she has covered events such as the Byron Nelson and Pac-12 Conferences, progressing into her freelance work with the Dallas Wings and D Magazine. Currently located in Dallas, Texas, Lester is an avid jazz lover and likes to read. She can be reached at [email protected].

Rent Growth Slows to 2% in January

As rent growth experienced the smallest increase since May 2021 and the lowest level in nearly a year, a new report from Redfin revealed January marked the eighth straight month in which annual rent growth slowed.

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Inflation Affecting Homeowner’s Improvement Plans

According to a new study from Today's Homeowner, many homeowners are reducing their home improvement spending, as new data shows the Consumer Price Index fell in December for the first time since May 2020. However, prices remain significantly elevated compared to a year ago.

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Experts: Lending Standards Are Tightening

According to a new report from the Mortgage Bankers Association, a decline in the MCAI indicates that lending standards are tightening, while increases in the index are indicative of loosening credit.

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Communities of Color Experiencing Renter Financial Stress

According to a new study from the Joint Center for Housing Studies, many renters living in high-poverty, lower-income, and lower-rent neighborhoods are more likely to experience financial distress, as data revealed some 61% of households behind on their rent live in communities of color.

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