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Consumer Catch-up: Home prices continue to rise

The median price for an existing home is about 23 percent higher than one year ago.

INDIANAPOLIS — Here's Friday's Consumer Catch-up.

Concern over elevators in vacation rentals

Regulators want AirBnb and Vrbo hosts to disable their residential elevators.

It comes after a 7-year-old died last week in a vacation home elevator in North Carolina.

Small children can be crushed to death in a gap that may exist between the doors.

The agency wants rental owners to provide proof of an elevator inspection, certifying that no hazardous gap exists.

Home prices still rising

Home prices continue to go up. 

The median price for an existing home hit $363,300 in June, up 23% over last June, according the National Association of Realtors.  

The group added that 89% of homes that hit the market in June sold in less than a month.

Help from the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service is trying to help you get your money.

On Saturday, they're holding two events in Indianapolis to help non-filers get their Child Tax Credit and stimulus payments. The locations are:

John H. Boner Neighborhood Center
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
2236 E. 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201

Minton-Capehart Federal Office Building
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
575 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

If you go, make sure you know the social security number of everyone in your family and bank account information if you want to receive the money by direct deposit.

And before you head to one of the events, try the non-filer tool on the IRS website.

Mercedes Benz cars to be all-electric by around 2030

Mercedez Benz wants to be all electric by about 2030.

Daimler plans to invest $47 billion to develop battery/electric vehicles.

Volvo has committed to going all electric by 2030, while GM hopes to there by 2035.

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