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Homebuyers face tough spring in some markets

May 14, 2015 By Alex Veiga and Josh Boak AP Business Writers Eager to buy your first home this spring? Already own, but want to trade up? Be warned: there’ll be plenty of competition Bidding wars have broken ou... more »»

Textiles bring midcentury-modern style home

May 14, 2015 By Kim Cook Associated Press Have you discovered midcentury-modern style and gone hunting for a great piece of furniture from the era? Vintage pieces are pricey, and even well-made reproductions ca... more »»

Luxury home buyers reach a new threshold

May 7, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — The poshest of luxury homes are acquiring the cachet of a masterwork by Picasso or Matisse. more »»

Garden antiques can add depth, flair to any garden

May 7, 2015 By Katherine Roth Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In a leafy corner of the Bronx, water bubbles gently in an enormous, cornflower-blue ceramic fish pond from China, home to meandering goldfish. more »»

Chic plus comfortable equals relaxed style

May 7, 2015 By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press It’s a difficult compromise: Many of us want our homes to look as stylish and carefully designed as the ones we†see in decorating magazines. more »»

Pending home sales increase

April 30, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in March, the third straight month of gains as housing heats up with the start of the spring buying season. more »»

March home sales roared back to life

April 30, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuyers flooded back into the real estate market in March, pushing up sales and prices at the start of the spring buying season. Sales of existing homes jumped 6. more »»

US home prices accelerate

April 30, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices climbed at a faster pace in February than the previous month, driven by higher sales and a limited supply of available houses. more »»

Roofing choices get colorful

April 30, 2015 By Diana Marszalek Associated Press When a 2011 storm destroyed their black shingle roof, Carol and Ray Knoff of Vinton, Iowa, opted to replace it with a roof in vintage Victorian colors: a... more »»

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 »»



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