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Hiding the dirty laundry, stylishly

August 21, 2014 When we were young, “laundry hamper” might have referred to the floor under the bed. more »»

 
 
 
Spiffing up your basement

August 21, 2014 When it comes to remodeling your basement, the era of 1970s-style wood paneling and thick shag carpeting is ove. more »»

Alternatives for a no maintenance deck

August 21, 2014 Dear Jim: I am tried of treating my old decaying wood deck. Also, it gets hot in the sun. I want to replace it with one requiring no maintenance and one which is environmentally friendl. more »»

Wood can look good in every room of the house

August 14, 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 »»

Rolling shutters save energy, improve comfort

August 14, 2014 Dear Jim: The sun bakes us through a large window. We also have a fireplace for heating in that room. more »»

Fannie, Freddie post profits in 2Q

August 14, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted profits for the April-June period as the U.S. housing market continued to recover. more »»

Construction spending falls 1.8 percent

August 7, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell in June by the largest amount in more than three years as housing, non-residential construction and government spending all weakened. more »»

Improving housing market is luring would-be brokers

August 7, 2014 MIAMI (AP) — To motivate a classroom packed with 87 aspiring real estate agents, instructor Keith Grandy started off his one-week, intensive course with the promise of big money: With hard work,... more »»

You’ve decided to rent out your home? Some tips

August 7, 2014 Cynthia Kent and her husband, John, didn’t set out to be landlords, but career choices made it necessary. more »»

In San Francisco real estate, $1M won’t buy much

August 7, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: think... more »»

US home price gains slow

July 31, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in May from a year earlier at the weakest pace in 15 months as sales remain modest in the spring buying seaso. more »»

US new home sales plummet in June

July 31, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy. New home sales fell 8. more »»

Contracts to buy US homes slip in June

July 31, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June, as the real estate market appears to have cooled off this summer. more »»

Right at Home: Pop art packs decor punch

July 31, 2014 Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home dÈcor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following. more »»

Do your homework on home warranties

July 31, 2014 Home sellers hoping to close a deal sometimes agree to purchase home warranties to give their buyers peace of mind. more »»

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 »»

 
 

 

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