Moving Guide Helps Homeowners Negotiate Cost of Living

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With another reported rise in the consumer price index, homeowners can expect to pay more for everything from heating to groceries. Real estate agents and experts predict that many will consider moving in order to compensate for rising costs. People planning a move in 2007 should consult the moving guide at to help simplify their moving process., the online consumer resource for broker and lender information, has launched an authoritative new moving guide just in time for 2007. According to the American Housing Survey for the United States, approximately 20 percent of Americans move each year. The moving guide on offers advice on all stages of the moving process including financing, people management, and settling into the new home. (

According to John Crudele of the New York Post, "The real question is this: Will I be better off financially, personally and emotionally if I decide to move?" When it comes to cost of living, the answer is usually yes. The moving guide on helps homeowners predict and manage the moving process with tips on:

  •     deciding whether or not to hire a professional mover
  •     getting estimates and predicting how much space your belongings require
  •     keeping important paperwork
  •     lowering your home selling and moving costs
  •     avoiding moving disasters
  •     understanding the new tax situation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects an increase in the cost of living across the U.S. The real estate sector is bracing for the increased home selling activity as homeowners begin to move to cities with more reasonable costs of living. As people move away from metropolitan centers in search of better schools, open space, and cleaner neighborhoods, they're finding that different cities have very different costs of living.

According to CNN Money, the cost of living varies widely within a single state. For example, if a family moved from Cincinnati to a larger city like Cleveland or Columbus, Ohio, they would pay about 17 percent and 19 percent more, respectively, in housing costs. However, if they followed real estate agents' predicted trends and moved to a smaller city like Dayton or Ashland, Ohio, they would pay about 4 percent or 14 percent less in housing, respectively., an online consumer resource for broker and lender information, reports that moving-related expenses are one of the top ten tax deductions for homeowners. recommends seeking professional advice about moving-related expenses ( As homeowners try to save money in the moving process, they will benefit from the moving guide. ( is a rapidly growing online consumer resource for real estate buyers and sellers. The site features detailed information about real estate agents and local market and demographic information in more than 2,500 cities nationwide. The aim of is to become the number one consumer resource for the real estate market.


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