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Realty professionals help needy

Courtesy photo Delta County REALTORS, along with Escanaba local lenders and title companies, donated approximately 70 grocery bags of items to the Salvation Army. The items were collected at the REALTORS Christmas party held in early December. Representing the REALTORS and their affiliates ...

Sunrooms help with heating, space

Dear Jim: We think adding a sunroom would give us more space and assist with winter heating our house. What design factors should we consider when building one from a kit or from scratch? - Larry H. Dear Larry: Adding a sunroom can be a good investment by providing more living space at a ...

Hot trend has its heart in the home

By Kim Cook Associated Press Search the term online and nearly 10 million results roll in. It’s being touted by this winter’s shelter magazines, decor retailers and lifestyle mavens. What’s so huge? It’s hygge. Often mispronounced “higgy,” it’s actually more like ...

Home sales and prices seen rising in 2017

By Alex Veiga AP Business Writer Nate Lowenstein has been shopping for a home in Los Angeles, on and off, for more than a year. His search has been stymied by a stubbornly low roster of homes on the market and the hurdles that come with it: multiple competing bids and higher ...

Ask a Designer: Tips for using yellow well

By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press Gorgeous shades of yellow have become increasingly popular in home decor, a trend that seems set to continue in the coming year. Yellow is prominent in the Sherwin-Williams color forecast for 2017, while Pantone describes their new “color of the ...

‘A designer’s designer’: Exhibit showcases Chareau

NEW YORK (AP) — More than a decade before Philip Johnson designed his iconic Glass House, French designer and architect Pierre Chareau designed the Maison de Verre in 1932 in Paris. It featured one of the world’s first glass-brick exterior walls — three stories high. Chareau’s work ...

Tips to save energy and manage heating bills this winter

DETROIT — DTE Energy suggests customers prepare their homes and their budgets for winter. Steps taken now can pay big dividends. DTE Energy offers the following tips to help manage winter energy costs and save money on energy bills: Dial down You can manage your energy costs by using ...

After the holidays: A great time to rethink decor

By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press The days after the holiday guests have gone home and the decorations have been put away can be clarifying. Suddenly, rooms that have been crowded with people and gifts have empty space and breathing room. There’s something about the quiet weeks ...

US pending home sales fall in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in November. The decrease likely reflects the drag caused by rising mortgage rates and the shallow inventory of properties on the market. The National Association of Realtors said its seasonally adjusted pending home sales ...

Midwest buying spree lifts home sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — A buying spree in the Midwest spurred new U.S. home sales last month to the fastest pace since July. The Commerce Department said that new-home sales in November rose 5.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate 592,000. It was the fastest pace since July’s 622,000. ...

US home prices rise 5.1 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose again in October as buyers bidding for scarce properties drove prices higher. The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, rose 5.1 percent in October from a year earlier after climbing 5 percent in September. ...

Existing home sales highest since 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought homes in November in the fastest pace in nearly a decade, despite a deepening shortage of houses for sale. The National Association of Realtors said that sales of existing homes rose 0.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.61 ...

Today’s wood walls make a modern statement

By Kim Cook Associated Press The phrase “wood walls” should no longer conjure up images of gloomy paneled basements or cabins sheathed in dated, knotty pine. Today’s wood walls are riding high on the decor trend curve. Some pay homage to wood walls’ early or midcentury roots. ...

Downsizing tips from the pros

By Katherine Roth Associated Press For empty nesters, seniors and others who find themselves moving into a smaller space, downsizing can feel emotionally and physically overwhelming. But careful planning and perspective can make it easier. It helps to keep your eyes on the prize, ...

Home construction falls after surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Builders pulled back on constructing homes in November, after ground breakings surged in October to the strongest pace in more than nine years. Housing starts fell 18.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted 1.09 million, the Commerce Department said Friday. The ...

Pros, cons of radiant infloor heating

Dear Jim: We are adding a family room and a bedroom to our house. We are considering electric radiant infloor heating. Is it costly to operate and does it work well with carpeting? - Anne V. Dear Anne: Electric infloor heating is one type of electrical resistance heating. Resistance heating ...

Raising the ceiling can change a room

By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press Architects tend to look skyward: The ancient Greeks built coffered ceilings in their temples. Romans introduced the barrel vault. Medieval builders constructed Gothic arches and Renaissance domes to inspire the masses. Centuries later, the impact is ...

Kitchen trends and innovations for 2017

By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press Americans briefly scaled back the scope of home renovation projects after the recession began nearly a decade ago, says interior designer and “HGTV Design Star” judge Vern Yip. But even during the peak of that focus on smaller, more sustainable ...

Harnessing the riches of online design sites

By Sarah Wolfe Associated Press There’s Houzz. Remodelista. Home design Twitter feeds. Tumblr accounts. And of course, the granddaddy of all online decor depositories — Pinterest. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by online resources when remodeling or redecorating. Where should you ...

Versatility’s the key in the modern rec room

By Melissa Kossler Dutton Associated Press When asked to build a luxury home for a house tour this year, designer Kenyon Woods opted to include a rec room — but not the rec room of his childhood. Unlike old-time rec rooms with their wood paneling, ceiling tiles, box TVs and cast-off ...