Consumer Reports Magazine

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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, 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


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


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.


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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