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Home construction off to weak start

April 23, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. more »»

Rents soar up 3.7 percent nationwide

April 23, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Home rental prices are soaring in San Francisco, while pockets of the Midwest and South are also posting big annual increases. Prices nationally climbed a seasonally-adjusted 3. more »»

‘Smart locks’ let you in without keys

April 23, 2015 By Diana Marszalek Associated Press When Christy and Joe Affrunti bought their Long Island, New York, house last year, one of their first projects was replacing the traditional front-door lock with... more »»

Plant so your garden can move with you

April 23, 2015 By Dean Fosdick Associated Press People on the move often spurn gardening as a hobby because they have to leave their plants behind. more »»

Why your rent will rise again this year

April 16, 2015 By Alex Veiga AP Real Estate Writer Living in an apartment? Expect your rent to go up again. Renting has gotten increasingly expensive over the last five years. The average U.S. more »»

Decorating with spring pastels

April 16, 2015 By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press After a long winter, the pastel colors of spring look pretty appealing right now. more »»

Tubular skylight a good lighting solution

April 16, 2015 Dear Jim: I want more natural light indoors to reduce electric usage for lighting. Also, I see better in natural light. I thought a tubular skylight would be the easiest to install myself. more »»

US construction spending falls for second month

April 9, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending slipped for the second month in February, pulled down by a drop in single-family home building. Construction spending fell . more »»

From pastels to ‘Noir,’ the colors of 2015 decor

April 9, 2015 By Kim Cook Associated Press For 2015, the hot colors in home decor range from yummy ice cream pastels to a few deep, saturated hues. more »»

Right at Home: Age-old art finds contemporary edge

April 9, 2015 By Kim Cook Associated Press Call it subversive stitchery. Alternative embroidery. Today’s home samplers include everything from Kanye West tweets to tattoo design. more »»

Spring decor trends: a modern mix with a dash of Marsala

April 9, 2015 By Kim Cook Associated Press Spring is a favorite transitional time for lovers of home dÈcor. more »»

Signed contracts to buy homes climb to 20-month high

April 2, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, evidence that the spring buying season could open strong after sluggish sales for much of the winter. more »»

Home prices rise modestly, weigh on affordability

April 2, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in January, pushing prices up at a faster pace than wages and putting more homes financially out of reach for would-be buyers. more »»

Concrete gains ground as decorative material

April 2, 2015 By Kim Cook Associated Press The Pantheon. The Panama Canal. The Hoover Dam. more »»

US new home sales surge

March 26, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes in February climbed to their fastest pace in seven years, as an otherwise dormant housing market showed fresh signs of life. more »»

Existing home sales rebound slightly

March 26, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more Americans bought homes in February, but tight inventories, affordability problems and nasty winter weather point to sluggish sales in the coming few months. more »»

Using solar power to heat water saves money

March 26, 2015 Dear Jim: We have a large family and use much hot water. I cannot afford to have a solar water heating system installed, but I would like to make some type of solar water heater myself. more »»

Neutral colors can have an edge

March 12, 2015 By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press There are plenty of practical reasons to decorate with neutral colors. The shades we think of as neutral — whites, beiges, tans — don’t clash with anythin. more »»

Decorating with houseplants, from floor to ceiling

March 12, 2015 By Katherine Roth Associated Press In homes where space and time are precious, the future of the humble houseplant may depend on whether it can earn its keep. more »»



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