CR Digital Archive

    March 2016

    Cover Story

    8 Ways to Boost Your Home Value
    Follow these rules to increase your selling price by 35 percent
    The Real State of Real Estate
    New population patterns, lending practices, and housing preferences change the rules for buyers, sellers, renters, and remodelers
    Real Estate Websites Review: Virtual House Hunting
    Get the pros and cons of Realtor.com, Redfin, Trulia, and Zillow
    Is It Harder or Easier to Get a Mortgage Today?
    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

    Features

    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 — but risks remain
    Consider a Secondhand Timeshare for Sale
    While a used timeshare may cost less than a new one, there are risks
    Is a Timeshare Vacation a Good Value?
    It may take many years before a timeshare makes economic sense
    Explore the World With a Virtual Reality Headset
    We take a look at five devices that will be available this year
    Virtual Reality Goes Mainstream
    We asked innovators from education to engineering to tell us how they'll use this new technology

    Lab Tests

    Body-Fat Scale Review
    Consumer Reports weighs in on the high-tech claims

    Cars

    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 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review
    The roadster still delivers the most smiles per mile
    2016 Audi TT Review
    This sports car is a smooth operator
    2016 Scion iA Review
    This small sedan is a Mazda mashup
    2016 Smart ForTwo Review
    Still not a smart buy

    Up Front

    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.

    Departments

    Building a Better World Together
    Join with us to make a safer, healthier marketplace
    Selling It
    Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
    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.

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