Consumer Reports March 2016: Tips for Home Buyers

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real-estate-clip-art-house-2-2268978Check out this information in the March issue of Consumer Reports:

Home Ownership

Did you know that today’s first-time homebuyers may face fewer choices and inflated prices? In spite of this, millennials (ages 18 to 34) were the top homebuying group in 2013 and 2014. If you’re in the market for a new house, check out “The Real State of Real Estate” article in this month’s issue. Included are tips on how to boost your current home’s value and strategies for potential home buyers who don’t have enough money saved for a down payment.

Prepared meals

According to a recent Consumer Reports survey of over 63,000 subscribers, more than half of them buy prepared meals instead of cooking at home. This may be a time-saver, but how healthy is it? For the article “Under the Plastic Wrap,” Consumer Reports nutrition experts analyzed prepared entrees from six different supermarket chains in the Northeast, including Wegmans and Whole Foods; the article gives a summary of their analysis.

High-tech scales

How often do you check your weight? Many of us check it daily at home, hoping that the pounds are disappearing! Did you know that many companies make “smart scales,” ones that measure not only your weight, but also your body fat. Check out the “Step Right Up” article, with more information on these new scales and ratings of six different scales.

Pressure washers

With spring approaching, you may think about pressure washing your house, deck or driveway. Pressure washers can be dangerous to operate– they can generate up to 4,000 pounds of pressure per square inch (psi); the average garden hose delivers water pressure at around 50 psi. Before you buy one, check out the “Under Pressure” article and the ratings for gas-powered and electric-powered pressure washers.

More in This Issue

  • Article on “Do-It-Yourself Tax Prep”
  • Article on virtual reality
  • Article on timeshares
  • Article on maintenance for older cars–did you know that the average American car is 11 1/2 years old?
  • Ratings for sporty cars and subcompact cars

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