A ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ is making the housing market more hellish for first-time buyers

Drew Angerer/Getty The share of Americans who think now is a good time to buy because home prices won’t fall is at a record high, according to the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment survey. This is creating a self-fulfilling prophecy that’s making housing more unaffordable for first-time buyers, according to David Rosenberg, Gluskin Sheff’s chief […]

US fans biggest buyers of Russia 2018 tickets despite Trump official’s ‘think twice’ plea

US citizens account for the largest number of foreign ticket sales for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite warnings from a senior White House official to ‘think twice’ about attending this summer’s football festival. The senior Trump administration official warned: “I would think twice because we won’t have the same ability to protect our […]

Facebook will verify identities of popular Pages and political ad buyers

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday endorsed U.S. legislation to regulate political ads across the internet, a concession to lawmakers days before he is scheduled to testify in two U.S. congressional hearings. Zuckerberg also said Facebook would begin requiring people who want to run ads on the social network addressing political issues to verify […]

How to take advantage of the spring property market boom for buyers AND sellers

A recent trend for post-Christmas new year-new home marketing can’t compete with the more traditional spring sales boom, mostly because the evenings are getting longer giving prospective buyers more time to see properties in their true light. For sellers that means making sure their homes are clean and tidy inside and out, with a spot […]

U.S. Fiat Chrysler and EU Volkswagen buyers can get 6 free months of Apple Music

If you’re thinking of buying a new vehicle that supports Apple’s CarPlay, Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen are ready to sweeten the deal. In the U.S., select Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram cars will come with six months of free Apple Music service; in Europe, certain new Volkswagens will offer the same deal, so long as customers […]

House prices UK: Buyers out in force as sellers return to market in February

The report, which provides an overview of consumer behaviour and asking prices, rather than historical transactional data, shows a rise of 0.8 per cent in the last month to take the average property asking price to £300,001 in February, up from £297,587 in January.   But it’s not just asking prices that increased last month. […]

Facebook will send postcards to verify US election ad buyers

Facebook has a new yet very old solution to fighting Russian manipulation attempts during future US elections: conventional mail. Global policy program director Katie Harbath has revealed that the social network will send postcards to verify the identities and locations of anyone hoping to buy ads related to federal-level candidates. Recipients will have to enter […]