Real estate report: Prime home-selling month almost here

Get prepping, home sellers: The best time to sell your house is right around the corner, according to a new study by Zillow.

The real-estate service found that homes listed during the first two weeks of May sell, on average, faster and for more money than during any other time in 14 of the 24 cities studied.

Columbus was not included among the 24 cities studied, but a 2016 Dispatch survey found that central Ohio sellers get more money in the summer while buyers get better deals in the winter.

Landscaping moves Americans outside

Two-thirds of Americans spend more time outside after improving their landscapes, according to a new Houzz survey.

The home-improvement website found that after landscape changes, 67 percent of homeowners spent more time outdoors, 63 percent spent more time relaxing outside, 52 percent spent more time gardening and 51 percent spent more time entertaining.

The most popular fixtures added during a backyard makeover are furniture (43 percent of homeowners), fire pits (38 percent) and string lights (35 percent).

The findings are based on a survey of more than 750 homeowners who are undertaking or who recently completed a landscaping project.

Austin best place to live, survey says

Austin, Texas, is the best place in the country to live, according to the annual study by U.S. News.

Columbus landed at No. 36 out of the 125 cities in the study.

U.S. News based the list on 11 measurements including unemployment rate, average salary, cost of living, crime rate, education quality, health care and desirability surveys.

Following Austin in the Top 5 were Colorado Springs, Colorado; Denver; Des Moines, Iowa; and Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Columbus, the highest-ranking city in Ohio, scored well on its value but not so well on desirability and education.

Cincinnati landed at No. 49, Dayton at 82, Toledo at 102, Cleveland at 104 and Youngstown at 108.

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