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October 12th, 2012

Are you a ‘normal’ neighbor?



Have you ever wondered how your home and finances stack up against your neighbors’?

Keeping up with the Joneses isn’t always about the car in your driveway or the clothes on your back. For homeowners, it’s also about having the lowest mortgage rate and making sure you haven’t overpaid for your home or car insurance.

Are you a normal neighbor?” is an interactive tool developed by HSH.com that allows homeowners to compare everything from the number of bedrooms in their home to the size of their mortgage balance with that of their neighbors.

If you’re curious how you compare to those in your zip code, this engaging tool allows you to input your information on the number of people in your household, number of bedrooms, age of the head of household and the age of the house itself, the amount of the mortgage owed on the property, the type of mortgage they hold, annual auto insurance cost, commute time and zip code.

A results page displays how you stack up with your neighbors in each category.

Perhaps it’s time to keep pace with the rest of the neighborhood and refinance to a lower interest rate or shop around for new car insurance. Or maybe you will find that you are the one all the neighbors are trying to keep up with.

Are you a normal neighbor?” is powered by Census data, HSH.com proprietary mortgage data, and Insure.com average car insurance rates.

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HSH.com's daily blog focuses on the latest developments in the mortgage and housing markets. Our mission is to relate how changes in mortgage rates and housing policy, as well as the latest financial news, impacts consumers, homebuyers and industry insiders alike. Our 30-plus years of experience in the mortgage industry gives us an edge as we break down the latest changes in an ever-changing market.

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Tim Manni is the Managing Editor of HSH.com and the author of their daily blog, which concentrates on the latest developments in the mortgage and housing markets.

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