Nashville is a wonderful place to live and work, boasting plenty of culture, commerce and natural beauty. So it should come as no surprise that it’s the fifth fastest growing big city in the U.S., ranking 39th out of 515 cities overall. Music City simply has mass appeal, as evidenced by its place as one of the most diverse places in the country, both ethnically and economically. The fact that it’s in the top half of U.S. cities in terms of safety doesn’t hurt, either.
In other words, whether you’re looking to buy or sell Nashville real estate, you’re in luck. Not only does the area virtually sell itself, but Nashville also happens to be one of the 10 best cities for real estate agents. And there are lots of great ones to choose from. That’s a good problem to have, but the question still remains: Who is the best real estate agent in Nashville?
Some call it the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” in reference to the speed of good, old-fashioned horse power and the millions of dollars that ride on the outcome. Others call it the “run for the roses,” given the giant floral garnish donned by the fastest pair in the winner’s circle. But you probably know this annual celebration of hats, horses and hooch as the Kentucky Derby, or the first leg of the Triple Crown.
This year marks the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, held each May at Louisville’s historic Churchill Downs Racetrack. Yet only 35 mounts have followed up a Derby victory with a win in the Triple Crown’s second leg, the Preakness Stakes. And a mere 12 have then sealed the deal in the Belmont Stakes. The chance to see history is nevertheless just one element of what makes the Kentucky Derby so special.
American Express (a WalletHub partner) is a venerable brand, known for customer service and as a status symbol. So it’s understandable that you’d be interested in the company’s cards. But thinking you want an Amex is a far cry from knowing you’ve found the best card for your needs. Please note, American Express is a WalletHub partner.
The Boston Marathon is the country’s premier long-distance running event and a Patriots’ Day mainstay for Beantowners. But it’s become much more than that. The heinous acts of two troubled young men in 2013 turned the city into a symbol of American resilience and “Boston Strong” into a rallying cry heard worldwide. As a result, the Boston Marathon is characterized not by the violence of that day, but rather by the fact that we continue to run freely each year.
Symbolism aside, a spot in the Boston Marathon is a prestigious position. The field is limited to just 30,000 people, 80% of whom must beat an age-based qualifying time in another marathon to even have a chance. Those who do make the cut also get to chase the richest purse in racing in U.S. That’s one big reason why there’s always plenty of elite talent – including Olympians past and future – leading the pack.
No one likes Tax Day, except for accountants and Uncle Sam. In fact, disdain for filling out forms and forking over funds to the government drives many of us to contemplate some pretty kooky alternatives. For example, nearly one in four Americans would get an “IRS” tattoo in return for a tax-free future, while 11% would name their first-born child “Taxes.”
It’s no wonder, either. We’ve spent billions of hours preparing billions of dollars in payments since tax season began Jan. 29 . We’re grappling with a tax code that’s longer than all of the Harry Potter and Game of Thrones books combined. We’re scrambling to take full advantage of President Trump’s tax reforms. And to top it all off, Tax Day is a moving target. It’s April 17 this year because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and IRS offices are closed the following Monday for Emancipation Day in Washington, DC.
It’s a tradition unlike any other and the unofficial start of spring for golf fans nationwide. But the beauty of April flowers at Augusta National Golf Club, once a plant nursery, belies the danger lurking for the 86 participants in the 82nd Masters Tournament , especially with Tiger back on the prowl. Plenty of prayers will be made around Amen Corner, to be sure. And we may even see some showers from the eyes of players who either overcome or succumb to the pressure.
To help get you in the mood for golf’s first major of the year, WalletHub analyzed the Masters from tee to green, collecting interesting fun facts along the way. You can check out our findings in the infographic below, followed by a Q&A with a panel of golf experts. Enjoy the action!
Easter this year arrives 15 days earlier than it did in 2017. That puts a bit of stress on shoppers who need to figure out the best bargains of the holiday and throughout March. You don’t have to worry, though. WalletHub has been Easter deal hunting since the past year, tracking offers from a dozen big retailers to find out which items are truly worth a hop to the store.
Listed below are WalletHub’s picks of the 10 most exceptional deals, followed by the top offers in nine product categories such as Apparel, Electronics and Jewelry. You’ll also find each item’s sale price and discount percentage, showing exactly how much you’ll save.
Easter is much more than an occasion to break out your Sunday best or hop into a bunny costume. It is a day of great religious significance for the roughly 71% of Americans who classify themselves as Christians, marking the resurrection of Jesus. And it actually takes place twice most years because of differences in the Western and Orthodox calendars.
Easter also is a big donation day for U.S. churches, thanks to the year’s highest attendance rates. It’s a significant revenue-driver for companies in the candy business. And it’s a source of divisiveness for those who feel strongly about the best way to eat a chocolate bunny or the best filling for a chocolate egg.
Whether you see it as a civic duty, a necessary evil or cause for a few choice expletives, it’s no surprise that most of us dislike tax time. From the expense and hassle of the process to questions of fairness and fears of basic math, there are many reasons for our April angst.
But just how much do we dislike taxes and tax collectors? Will President Trump's reforms make things better or worse? And what would we do to get out of paying?
Make sure to don green and put down your keys if you want to avoid getting pinched come March 17. Despite its religious undertones, St. Patrick’s Day often results in some light bruising for folks whose dress doesn’t express the Emerald Isle’s characteristic hue. It also ranks among the year’s most popular drinking occasions.
Each year, more than 33 million Irish-Americans and fellow partiers worldwide raise pints of Guinness and forkfuls of cabbage in the name of Ireland’s primary patron saint. But the good times are too often ruined by drunk-driving incidents, which can have a devastating impact on lives in general and wallets in particular. So in addition to checking out the interesting St. Patrick’s Day stats and facts presented below, try to keep your celebrations safe this year. The cost of a quick Uber or Lyft ride pales in comparison to that of a DUI, after all.
Coming down with March Madness before the Big Dance may sound like an excuse to skip prom, but it actually describes our nationwide obsession with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. This 68-team basketball bonanza has been known to crown a Cinderella or two, produce at least one shining moment a year, and turn millions of Americans into illegal gamblers. It’s that good.
It’s also a big business both on and off the court, making millionaires out of coaches, conference commissioners and NCAA executives but very few players. Tournament time takes a toll on fans’ wallets, too, and not just in terms of the millions we lose in bracket pools each year. The average single-game ticket costs about $212, for one thing. Roughly 1.3 million extra barrels of beer are produced to keep up with increased demand. And there’s the potential for some workplace conflict, since distracted employees cost businesses about $6.3 billion per year.
Oscar turns 90 in 2018. And like many seniors who came of age in a different era, this golden guy has had a tough time adapting. Hollywood’s biggest bugaboos – racial and gender equality – are far from resolved. But the movie industry’s stars say time’s up, and the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards include a record number of women and minorities.
The best director category includes both a woman and a black man for the second time, with each group being represented for just the fifth time. And Jordan Peele is the first black person nominated for directing, writing and producing in the same year.
For many people, Mardi Gras is all about the three B’s: beads, booze and the Big Easy. But this multi-week carnival, which runs from Epiphany through Fat Tuesday every year, isn’t confined to New Orleans or the tawdry pursuits of partygoers.
Mardi Gras actually has a Christian foundation, dating back to 17th century Europe, as a time for festivities before the fasting and sacrifice of Lent. It was first celebrated in the United States in what is now Mobile, Ala. And it has become an economic force, generating nearly $1.09 billion or the New Orleans and Mobile areas each year.
Credit cards offer plenty of perks, from rewards on every purchase to 0% APRs. But credit cards can also get us into trouble if we aren’t careful. Reducing debt and adopting sustainable spending habits are particularly important, so WalletHub decided to see how consumers are approaching those tasks.
We performed a nationally representative survey online from Jan. 29 to Feb. 5. You can find the complete results in the infographic below, along with some key takeaways from WalletHub’s latest Credit Card Debt Study.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea won’t be all fun and games. Countless dreams are on the line, not to mention billions of dollars and national pride. Plus, after finishing fourth in the gold-medal count in 2014, Team USA is seeking Winter Olympics payback, armed with the largest squad in the history of the Winter Games.
But medal envy isn’t the only holdover from 2014. Russia and global conflict are still big themes four years after the Olympic community left Sochi’s seaside slopes. The simmering political soap opera between Russia and the United States has gotten hotter. Russia will not be formally represented in PyeongChang due to a massive doping scandal. And security is once again a major concern, considering the host’s hostile northern neighbor. So let’s just hope NBCUniversal’s record 2,400+ hours of coverage showcase nothing but good sportsmanship and fair competition.
Lovesick shoppers shell out more than $19 billion in Cupid’s name each year. That makes Valentine’s Day the third-largest consumer holiday in the U.S. But love might not be the only motivator. Roughly 45% of people expect their Valentine to spend at least $50 on a gift, according to WalletHub’s 2018 Valentine’s Day Survey. And 4 in 10 people would break up with their significant other if he or she spent irresponsibly. So fear is a factor, too.
But whether you love or loath his holiday, there’s no denying St. Valentine’s impact on our wallets. So in the hopes of helping people embrace their loving feelings without hurting their finances, WalletHub examined V-Day from all angles.
The Minnesota cold may take some getting used to, but Super Bowl LII (52) will feature plenty of familiar faces and traditions. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are making their second straight run at the Lombardi Trophy in their eighth appearance in the big game since 2002. Millions of people will tune in on television, as usual. And we’ll again consume more than a billion chicken wings while watching hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of commercials with a bit of football mixed in.
Lurking behind the standard hoopla, however, are an unusual setting, an upstart and an unanswered question. The Twin Cities are hosting for just the second time, in the sixth Super Bowl held in a cold-weather locale. The Philadelphia Eagles are set to make just their third Super Bowl appearance, in search of their first victory, after losing efforts in 1980 and 2004. And everyone wants to know whether the birds from the City of Brotherly Love will fly high enough to turn Patriots into prey or wind up winded in crunch time once again.
Credit cards might seem boring to some. But they have the potential to be a great source of savings when used wisely or a source of great frustration if not. To help people find the right credit cards for their needs and get as much as possible from them, WalletHub surveyed the offers on the market as well as a nationally representative sample of U.S. consumers. We looked at the terms you can expect, people’s attitudes toward credit card use and problem areas to watch out for. You can check out the findings in the infographic below.
The first of the year brings both the promise of new beginnings and the burden of self-improvement. Fueled by the nostalgia of the holidays and armed with a year’s worth of regrets, some 45% of Americans decide to make New Year’s resolutions each January, according to research from the University of Scranton. They are, it seems, taken by the spirit that led Benjamin Franklin to advise: “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”
Foresight leads to preparedness, and being prepared really pays off when it comes to personal finance. So to get you ready for the months to come, WalletHub’s editors surveyed more than a dozen economics experts, analyzed big-bank projections and Federal Reserve forecasts, and produced a list of financial predictions for 2018.