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Consumer Reports Magazine | March

Published: March 2016
March 2016

Cover Story

The Real State of Real Estate New population patterns, lending practices, and housing preferences change the rules for buyers, sellers, renters, and remodelers.
8 Ways to Boost Your Home Value Follow these rules to increase your selling price by 35 percent.
Is It Harder or Easier to Get a Mortgage? New federal moves may make it easier for folks with "alternative" income but harder for those with deferred student debt.
How to Fund a Down Payment Employ these strategies to obtain that all-important sum.
10 Tips for Home Buying and Selling Follow these steps to save the most on one of the biggest transactions you'll ever make.
Real Estate Websites Review: Virtual House Hunting Get the pros and cons of, Redfin, Trulia, and Zillow.


The Timeshare Comes of Age These vacation ownership arrangements are attracting younger, more educated, more affluent buyers, thanks to consumer-friendly changes in the industry.
Is a Timeshare Vacation a Good Value? It may take many years before a timeshare makes economic sense.
Consider a Secondhand Timeshare for Sale While a used timeshare may cost less than a new one, there are risks.
Virtual Reality Goes Mainstream We asked innovators from education to engineering to tell us how they'll use this new technology.
Explore the World With a Virtual Reality Headset We take a look at five devices that will be available this year.

Lab Tests

Body-Fat Scale Review Consumer Reports weighs in on the high-tech claims.
Tax-Preparation Software Review: H&R Block Deluxe vs. TurboTax Deluxe We compared these two popular do-it-yourself online tax-prep tools.


Can You Trust Your Mechanic? Don’t spend more than you need to on older-car maintenance. And be wary of those ‘free inspections’ when you go in for a recall.
5 Auto Repair Shop Scams Your Mechanic Might Try Ways unscrupulous shops try to reach deeper into your wallet.
2016 Audi TT Review This sports car is a smooth operator.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review The roadster still delivers the most smiles per mile.
2016 Scion iA Review This small sedan is a Mazda mashup.
2016 Smart ForTwo Review Still not a smart buy.


Peeling Back the 'Natural' Food Label Companies can slap that magic word on processed food packages even if what’s inside contains artificial ingredients. If you find that outrageous, now’s the time to join us in letting the FDA know how you feel.


Feeling Right at Home Consumer Reports President, Marta L. Tellado, highlights Consumer Reports' investigative work regarding the changing American real estate market and its impact on American home-ownership.
Viewpoint: Building a Better World Together Join with us to make a safer, healthier marketplace.
Selling It Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers.



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