What We’re Reading: April 14 – April 20

Pretty agents, the real cost of good schools, and tv for dogs

Research published last month finds that the personal characteristics of real estate agents matter to house prices and the length of time a house is on the market, even after controlling for the quality of the house.

What will good schools cost you?  About $200K, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. Home values are $205,000 higher, on average, in neighborhoods with high-scoring public schools versus schools with low scores. Homes in high-scoring neighborhoods typically have 1.5 additional rooms, and 30% fewer are rented, the study found. Housing costs average $11,000 more per year in areas with better schools.

Got gizmos? For those who love gadgets as much as we do, Fox News compiled this collection of the must-have gadgets of the week. From Frisbees to fridges, smartphones to headphones, here’s the best of the best.

DOGTV, a television channel for dogs (no, not dog lovers, actual dogs) is headed for national distribution. The Telegraph reports on the upstart commercial-free channel started in San Diego and includes some video highlights.

Time has a new top 100 list: Top 100 most influential people in the world. Chelsea Handler? Hmm….


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