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What Motivates People to Choose Where They Live?

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 29, 2020 - 1:00am

A new study examines why people decide to stay in a community or leave it.

 

Home Design That Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 29, 2020 - 1:00am

Find out which materials have natural antimicrobial properties.

 

How to Clean Your Electronics Properly

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 29, 2020 - 1:00am

The CDC recommends disinfecting electronics daily, and more Americans are heeding the call.

 

Home Prices Still Rising, Albeit at Slower Pace

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 29, 2020 - 1:00am

Real estate remains a bright spot, even as the COVID-19 pandemic hammers the economy.

 

30-Year Mortgage Rate Hits New Record Low

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 29, 2020 - 1:00am

For the third time in as many months, borrowing costs for a 30-year loan sink to their lowest level ever.

 

Are You Finding Working From Home Stressful? Try Listening to Background Sounds

RisMedia Consumer News - May 28, 2020 - 4:02pm

(TNS)—Some businesses are in the process of reopening. But many people working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic may face several additional months of hunching over their laptops at their kitchen tables before heading back into the office. Have you found it difficult to adjust to an increasingly isolated professional life? Now that we’re months into our work-from-home experience, here’s a tip that may prove particularly helpful.

Try listening to a little ambient sound.

Ambient sounds are the background noises that make up our daily lives, and people often choose to listen to soothing ambient sounds like rain or birds singing while working and studying. They’re not to be confused with the consistent humming of white noise, such as television static.

“People don’t like it that quiet,” says Jonas Braasch, an associate professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “It can be easier to work with background noise.”

Why do humans tend to enjoy background noise? Well, it could have something to do with our deep-rooted instincts for avoiding danger, Braasch suggests. After all, animals in a forest typically go quiet when a predator is near, which is why many instinctively feel more at ease when birds are singing.

Braasch believes this principle may translate to emotions felt during a modern crisis—like the coronavirus pandemic. As you shelter at home, listening to background sounds may provide a sense of being safe. “On a fundamental level, it gives you the feeling of not being alone,” Braasch says.

Nature sounds are among the most commonly mentioned ambient noises, and for good reason. “I can’t recall anybody disliking the sounds of nature. It seems that liking nature sounds is universal,” says Braasch, as long as they’re relatively calm (i.e., not the rattle of a snake).

Erin Largo-Wight, a professor at the University of North Florida, agrees that nature sounds have a positive effect on us. “Pre-pandemic, Americans spent approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. During the pandemic in areas with stay-at-home orders, that figure is likely even higher,” Largo-Wight said in an email. “Incorporating nature contact indoors is a simple and meaningful way to reduce stress.”

Research has shown that people respond well to working while listening to nature sounds, but what about decidedly more human-centric ambient noise soundtracks? Say, for instance, an office noises soundtrack. Though it hasn’t been studied, it’s possible that listening to office sounds could give someone a sense of normalization, Braasch says. So if you’re someone who works best in the office or at a coffee shop, finding some ambient sounds or background noises that replicate your preferred workspace may help restore some sense of order to your days. Ultimately, “people should listen to what they think is good for them,” Braasch advises.

Need a few recommendations for background sounds? Here are a few of our favorites:
With Coffivity, listeners can immerse themselves in chatty settings like a university cafe or coffee house. Rainy Mood puts listeners in the midst of a gentle rainstorm. For people missing the social experience of the office, this adjustable office sounds experience may provide some comfort. A word of warning: playing with the settings is very addictive. This ocean noise generator is perfect for anyone missing lazy days at the beach. You can adjust your wave experience to settings like “Distant Shore” or “Windy Coast.” Feeling some wanderlust right now? Quench it using Noises.Online, which offers soundtracks like “An enchanted forest in Slovenia” and “A starry night in Morocco. “Calling all Harry Potter fans: Be transported to your favorite fantastical places like the Leaky Cauldron, Hogwarts Express and the Gryffindor common room on Ambient-Mixer.com.

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NAR: Contract Signings Likely Won’t Go Any Lower

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 28, 2020 - 1:00am

The pandemic struck pending home sales in April, but a rebound is coming, says NAR’s chief economist.

 

Zombie Foreclosures Have Dropped Slightly Despite COVID-19

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 28, 2020 - 1:00am

Forbearance options have helped unemployed homeowners avoid foreclosure. But the mandate preventing foreclosures on government-backed mortgages sunsets June 30.

Short-Term Rentals Are on the Rise

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 28, 2020 - 1:00am

More landlords are offering flexible leases to help retain tenants, such as month-to-month options or three- to six-month time frames.

6 Low-Budget Home Improvement Ideas for Listings

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 28, 2020 - 1:00am

Homeowners who are waiting to list can use the time to make eye-catching upgrades.

Mortgage Applications Defy Forecasts, Up 54% Since April

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 28, 2020 - 1:00am

Home buyers are entering the market at a much brisker pace. Applications for home purchases mark their sixth week of consecutive gains.

 

Seller’s or Buyer’s Market? It’s Up for Debate

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 28, 2020 - 1:00am

Buyers and sellers may both find an advantage in the housing market, but as one real estate analyst notes: “We are in uncharted territory.”

 

New-Home Sales Post Unexpected Increase

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 27, 2020 - 1:00am

“The April data for new home sales show the potential for housing to lead any recovery for the overall economy,” says the chairman of the builder’s trade group.

 

Fannie, Freddie Launch Resources on COVID-19 Relief Options

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 27, 2020 - 1:00am

The GSEs have launched sites with information about financial recourse for struggling homeowners and renters.

Is Your Brokerage’s Office Ready to Reopen?

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 27, 2020 - 1:00am

Use this guide to help put into place your policies and precautions before agents return to the workplace.

Pets Get Priority When Shopping for Homes, Survey Says

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 27, 2020 - 1:00am

Nearly two-thirds of pet owners would forgo a home that doesn't meet the needs of their furry friends.

Bigfoot Sighting: Creature Appears to Lurk in Listing Photos

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 27, 2020 - 1:00am

Wonder where Bigfoot is isolating during the pandemic? He’s in a $999,000 listing.

Most Consumers Aren’t Afraid to Return to the Market

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 26, 2020 - 1:00am

Home buyers and sellers are depending on their real estate agents for information and reassurance about conducting transactions during the pandemic, according to a new survey.

Landlords Get Creative to Maximize Rent Collections

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 26, 2020 - 1:00am

Find out how one property management company has achieved a 96% success rate in collecting rent payments during the pandemic.

Consumers Worry About Pandemic Financial Options

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 26, 2020 - 1:00am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says it received a record number of consumer complaints in March and April.