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5 Ways to Help Pets Adjust After a Move

Moving can be stressful for every family member – including the four-legged ones. Every animal reacts differently to new living quarters, and temperament has a lot to do with it. Some pets take a move in stride, while others exhibit anxiety or insecurity for days or weeks.

Here are 5 things to consider as the big move approaches and after you’re in your new home.

1. A little help from the vet

Ask your veterinarian for recommendations on easing the transition. If your pet is generally anxious or high-strung, it might be worth asking your vet whether a mild calming medication might help during travel and the transition period in the new home.

2. Time to explore

Upon moving in, give your pet time to explore the house gradually, rather than letting it loose to roam at will. Limit it to one area – perhaps the kitchen – for a few hours until it calms down. Show the pet where you’ve placed its familiar items like the food dish, water bowl and bed. If you have a dog, put on their leash and take them of an initial home tour. Avoid letting pets out unsupervised for several days until you’re sure they can’t climb or dig out from under the fence.

3. A walk in the park

Help release anxiety and pent-up energy by taking your dog for a walk and sniff through the neighborhood. While people learn about a new place primarily by visual cues, dogs depend on their noses.

4. Helping the feline in your life

Territorial by nature, cats often experience more issues with moving than their canine counterparts. Keep your cat safe...

Top 5 Cities for Solo Homebuyers

Homebuying isn’t just for couples — a subset of single homebuyers continues to grow across the U.S. and they are competitive players in the current housing market. Millions of singles are out there and they, too, want a piece of the American Dream — homeownership.

Realtor.com reports that in 1960, one-person households made up 13 percent of U.S. households; by 2017 that figure rose to 27.9 percent (the actual number of singles is much higher, since these figures don’t include single parents with children). In November, RE/MAX analyzed data from the 
RE/MAX National Housing Report, along with the share of mortgages taken out by singles according to mortgage processor Ellie Mae, to rank the top five U.S. cities for singles looking to buy a home.

Cleveland, Ohio

Median sales price: $147,000 (November 2018)
Share of mortgages taken out by singles: 48.8% (August 2018)

With a median sales price well below the RE/MAX National Housing Report average of $235,000 (November 2018), nearly half of all recent mortgages in The Rock & Roll Capital of the World belong to singles. Cleveland boasts many of the Midwest’s most visited attractions, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame, the “A Christmas Story” home, Cedar Point Amusement Park and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Median sales price: $197,050 (November 2018)
Share of mortgages taken out by singles: 51.3% (August 2018)