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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 »»

US existing home sales rise in September

October 23, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homes sold in September at their fastest clip this year, a sign that the housing market is shaking off a slowdown that began in the middle of 2013. more »»

Confidence among US homebuilders slips in October

October 23, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders’ confidence fell in October after four months of gains which had pushed the indicator to the highest point in nine years. more »»

Market turmoil: A gift for mortgage refinancers?

October 23, 2014 A sudden plunge in mortgage rates this week raised an urgent question for millions of Americans: Should I refinance my mortgage? Across the country, homeowners and would-be homeowners eager for a... more »»

Apartments pushed up US homebuilding in September

October 23, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction firms broke ground on more apartment complexes in September, pushing up the pace of U.S. homebuilding. Housing starts rose 6. more »»

Keep your home comfortable

October 16, 2014 Dear Jim: We have a problem keeping several rooms comfortable. These rooms are either chilly during winter or hot during summe. more »»

Sweat the small stuff with contractors

October 16, 2014 Most homeowners consider it a victory to find a suitable contractor for home projects. But the battle is far from over once project budget numbers are crunched and work begins. more »»

Decals can transform a wall cheaply, easily

October 16, 2014 During a recent home remodel, Diane Wright decided the stairway leading to her garage needed some perking up. So she went online and found a wall decal — roosting love birds on a branch. “I love them. more »»

House built with shipping containers

October 9, 2014 ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — An unfinished house in Royal Oak is drawing the attention of passersby due to the unusual material it’s being constructed with: commercial shipping containers. more »»

Slower growth for US home prices

October 9, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices increased in August, yet the pace of these gains continues to slow, helping to improve affordability for would-be buyers. Prices rose . more »»

Save energy with insulation, weatherstripping

October 9, 2014 Dear Jim: I use the attic floor for storage. When I recently went up there, I noticed there is no insulation or weatherstripping on the cover to the attic. more »»

Stay on top of home’s roof condition

October 9, 2014 The condition of their roof is one thing homeowners should stay on top of. more »»



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