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Here’s why home sales are finally surging

June 25, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Real estate has gotten hot again. Home sales are on pace for their best year since 2007. First-time buyers are streaming back into the market. more »»

New home sales climb to best levels since 2008

June 25, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Purchases of new U.S. homes surged in the Northeast and West in May, as steady job growth over the past year has lifted the real estate sector. more »»

Study: Home efficiency upgrades fall short, don’t pay

June 25, 2015 NEW YORK (AP) — Home efficiency measures such as installing new windows or replacing insulation deliver such a small fraction of their promised energy savings that they may not save any money over... more »»

Kitchen countertops take creative path

June 11, 2015 By Diana Marszalek Associated Press The concrete countertops in Eleanor Zuckerman’s San Francisco kitchen are hand-crafted works of art. more »»

Open and shut case: Choosing and hanging shutters

June 11, 2015 By Melissa Kossler Dutton Associated Press Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. more »»

Pending home sales jump in US

June 4, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April at the fastest pace in nearly nine years, evidence that steady job growth is strengthening the real estate market. more »»

Seeds expand your gardening horizons

June 4, 2015 By Lee Reich Associated Press “Plant seeds” may seem like an inane suggestion for a gardening column. But I’m serious. more »»

Coming up with a furniture plan that works

June 4, 2015 By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press Sometimes the way to improve a room isn’t to buy new furniture: It’s to rearrange pieces you already own. more »»

US home prices climbing steadily

June 2, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit jumps in Denver and San Francisco. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 4. more »»

Book explores home design innovations

June 2, 2015 By Katherine Roth Associated Press Challenged to build homes that create a feeling of light, space and tranquility in some of the world’s most densely populated areas, Japanese architects have had... more »»

Home rental prices climbing across America

June 2, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Home rental prices are climbing across much of the United States — with the biggest gains coming from not from New York or San Francisco but Jackson, Mississippi, and Portland,... more »»

Imagination of Heatherwick design explored

June 2, 2015 NEW YORK (AP) — The imaginative and wide-ranging work of Britain’s Heatherwick Studio may still be little-known in America, but a traveling exhibition aims to change that. more »»

New home sales jump in April

May 28, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans bought new homes in April — evidence that the stronger job market is powering the housing sector. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new-home sales climbed . more »»

Exisiting home sales data reported

May 28, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in April due mainly to relatively few listings and rising prices, providing evidence of the housing sector’s uneven recovery. more »»

Air conditioning needs regular maintenance

May 28, 2015 Dear Jim: My central air conditioner is serviced every several years. It seems to be running fine, but I wonder if I can do an efficiency tune-up to it myself between regular service calls. more »»

US home prices rose at steady pace from year ago

May 28, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in March, pushed higher by a limited supply of houses for sale. more »»

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 »»



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