From the unconventional and awe-inspiring to the hilarious and heartwarming, here’s a look at some of the most interesting photos, videos and stories that have our newsroom talking today. What’s capturing your attention, filling your inbox and cluttering your Facebook/Twitter feed? Tweet us the stories you’re talking about using #InstantIndex, or email us at ABC.WorldNews@abc.com, and they could appear on “World News.”
Want to Own a Home and You Make $30K? Consider Cleveland
How much do you need to earn to buy a modest home in a major metro area in the U.S.? If you’re making around $30,000 a year, Cleveland might be the city for you. Mortgage website HSH.com recently updated its study from February from 25 metropolitan areas to 27, determining the minimum salary you needed to become a homeowner. HSH.com looked at its own first-quarter 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages and first-quarter median home prices from the National Association of Realtors. In its model, HSH.com also used a 20 percent down-payment. Along with adding Detroit and Pittsburgh to the analysis, HSH.com also included data on insurance and taxes to give consumers an even better idea of how much salary they need. Cleveland came out on top as the area with the cheapest homes. San Francisco rounded out the list, requiring a potential homeowner to make more than $130,000 a year.
Sandra Bullock Advises Graduates Not to Worry Or Pick Their Noses
Sandra Bullock has been a longtime supporter of the Warren Easton charter school in New Orleans, and naturally, she wanted to be a part of their commencement celebration, too. So, the Oscar-winning actresses surprised students with a special address. In the speech, the actress, 49, reflected on her own life and gave advice to the graduates, culminating with her hope that the nearly 200 graduating seniors would go out into the world and “find their joy.”