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US home sales increase 2.6 pct

July 24, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of previously owned homes rose for a third straight month in June, pushing activity to the highest level in eight months and providing evidence that housing is regaining lost... more »»

Home construction drops 9.3 percent

July 24, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction fell in June to the slowest pace in nine months, a setback to hopes that housing is regaining momentum and will boost economic growth this year. more »»

Questions & Answers

July 24, 2014 Q: We purchased a new home with a built-in pool. Do you have any safety tips? A: There are a couple easy home improvements to ensure pool safety. more »»

Now is the time to look for chimney problems

July 24, 2014 Dear Jim: I used my masonry fireplace as often as possible during winter to cut my utility bills. more »»

Downside of low US mortgage rates? Less selling

July 17, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell. more »»

How long will your home last?

July 17, 2014 How long will your roof last? When will your kitchen appliances need to be replaced? Will your furnace make it through another heating season? Knowing the life expectancy of your home’s building... more »»

Bright ideas for outdoor furniture

July 17, 2014 Earthy hues that blend into the landscape tend to dominate the outdoor furniture market. Understated woods, metals and cushions are easy-to-incorporate neutral elements. more »»

Ask a Designer: Finding beauty in subtlety

July 10, 2014 Paint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art and your decorating is bound to earn compliments. more »»

When decorating, don’t forget the staircase

July 10, 2014 You walk up them, you walk down them, perhaps countless times a day. more »»

Geothermal heat pump an efficient alternative

July 10, 2014 Dear Jim: My house needs a new heating and cooling system. I thought about installing a geothermal heat pump for its efficiency. How efficient is one and what features should I look for? - Colin L. more »»

US construction spending up

July 3, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. more »»

Contracts to buy US homes up sharply in May

July 3, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes shot up in May. more »»

Right at Home: Tips for living in a small space

July 3, 2014 For many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or just a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room’s living, dining and sleeping spaces requires creativity. more »»

Lawsuits weighed by U.S. government

July 3, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is considering whether to sue banks and other mortgage servicers to recover its losses from alleged insurance kickbacks that may have cost government-controlled... more »»

US new home sales surge

June 26, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes rose in May to the highest level in six years, providing the strongest signal yet that housing is recovering from a recent slowdown. New home sales jumped 18. more »»

Sales of US existing homes up 4.9 percent

June 26, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of previously owned U.S. homes posted the best monthly gain in nearly three years in May, providing hope that housing is beginning to regain momentum lost over the past year. more »»

Open and shut case: Choosing, hanging shutters

June 26, 2014 Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. more »»

Right at Home: a neoclassical moment in decor

June 19, 2014 If you’re a fan of traditional decor, you probably appreciate the elegant lines and rich history of neoclassical style. more »»

Awnings need maintenance

June 19, 2014 For homes with large windows that receive a lot of sun, awnings can be a real plus. They block out harsh rays, reducing cooling costs and fadin. more »»

Wood can look good in every room

June 19, 2014 What’s old — centuries old, even — is suddenly new again in home design. Wood, that ancient staple of interior decorating, has been getting fresh attention in every room of the house. more »»

Backyard ponds: bringing the resort feel home

June 19, 2014 About this time of year, Lee Neiman walks outside to his backyard every morning and impatiently counts the days. more »»



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