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Why areas with good jobs have hard-to-afford homes

December 11, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the new career trade-off: Around the country, areas with the strongest job markets increasingly have some of the costliest homes. more »»

More Americans to buy homes with 3 percent down

December 11, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Americans will soon be able to buy a home with a down payment as low as 3 percent, compared with the current minimum of 5 percent, the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie... more »»

Ask a Designer: Multi-faceted master bedroom

December 11, 2014 We’re told a well-designed master bedroom should be an oasis of romantic calm. more »»

Home prices rise in October

December 4, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a faster year-over-year pace in October than in September, snapping a seven-month slowdown. Real estate data provider CoreLogic said prices increased 6. more »»

US pending home sales slip in October

December 4, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes fell slightly in October as tight credit and lagging wages remained financial hurdles for would-be homebuyers. more »»

Construction spending increases by 1.1 percent

December 4, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly built homes and schools boosted U.S. construction spending in October to the highest level since May. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that construction spending rose 1. more »»

Options available for fireplace fuel

December 4, 2014 Dear Jim: I always buy firewood to use in my open fireplace. I burn it just for ambiance, not really for heat. I thought about using fireplace logs instead. more »»

US home price gains slow for 10th straight month

November 28, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in September at the slowest pace in more than two years, reflecting modest sales gains and a rising number of available homes. more »»

Existing US home sales show increase

November 28, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought homes in October at the briskest pace this year, a sign that the sluggish housing market is turning around. Sales of existing homes rose . more »»

Bargain-hunting can lower renovation costs

November 28, 2014 FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — I’ve never visited the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Denver, but I can pretend. more »»

US home construction drops

November 28, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes fell slightly in October after a big surge in the previous month, but the weakness was largely driven by the volatile apartment sector. more »»

Insulated coverings give protection from cold

November 20, 2014 Dear Jim: When it is cold, especially at night, it feels very chilly near windows. My budget will not allow for efficient replacement windows. more »»

US homebuilder sentiment rallies in November

November 20, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders’ confidence rebounded in November as both sales expectations and buyer traffic improved. more »»

Easy, cost-effective bathroom repairs

November 20, 2014 It’s no secret that a bathroom remodel is one of the top projects that will yield the best bang for your home-improvement buc. more »»

Going from clutter to decor

November 13, 2014 By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press Designers often surprise their clients by sharing a secret: You can dramatically change the look of a room simply by changing or rearranging the items on your... more »»

Right at Home: Artistry and artifice in new tiles

November 13, 2014 By Kim Cook Associated Press Tile has a rich and varied history in decor, from Roman floor mosaics to majolica to Delft ceramics to Mexican terracotta. more »»

Pace of US home price growth slows

November 6, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. housing market cooled off in September, as home prices rose at an ever slowing pace. Prices increased 5. more »»

US construction spending down

November 6, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. more »»

Prepare your home for winter weather

November 6, 2014 Homes react to weather changes, too, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry has tips that can help homeowners protect their homes this winter and prevent minor trouble spots from... more »»

How to prevent your home from losing heat

November 6, 2014 Dear Jim: I see so many ads for products and services to make my home more efficient that I get confused. more »»

US new home sales close to flat in September

October 29, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes were nearly flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying. New-home sales edged up 0. more »»



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