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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 »»

Sales of new homes soar

October 1, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes surged in August, led by a wave of buying in the West and Northeas. more »»

US home prices rise at slowest pace in 20 months

October 1, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices in July increased at the slowest pace in 20 months, reflecting sluggish sales and a greater supply of houses for sale. more »»

Construction spending down 0.8 percent

October 1, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell in August, the second decline in the past three months, with housing, non-residential and government projects all showing weakness. more »»

Additions that make the yard a winter hangout

October 1, 2014 As fun as summer at the lake is, Sue Vanderwiel and family also make the most of their Apple River, Illinois, vacation home in the winter. more »»

How to make homes safer for allergy sufferers

October 1, 2014 Although the thought of sleeping with millions of dust mites — microscopic arachnids that feast on flakes of skin — is just plain gross, it’s something most people can handle without worry. more »»

Get your chimney ready for winter

September 18, 2014 Dear Jim: I plan to use my fireplace more to lower my utility bills. I see some deteriorated spots on the outside of the chimney and it has not been cleaned recently. more »»

Right at Home: Sellers, give every room a role

September 18, 2014 Many of us have one room in the house that doesn’t really have a job. more »»

Reverse mortgages poised for rebound

September 18, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce... more »»

Tween bedroom’s a balancing act

September 11, 2014 Decorating a baby’s room is all about what mom and dad want. But decorating a bedroom for a “tween-age” child is more complicated. It’s a great place to give growing adolescents some creative freedom. more »»

Adding a solar sunroom: What to consider

September 11, 2014 Dear Jim: I want to add a solar sunroom for inexpensive extra living space and so it will help heat our house. I would like to build a kit myself or to make one from scratch. more »»

Curb appeal wins resale wars

September 11, 2014 With worries over housing values falling, more attention may now be focused on an overlooked aspect of selling a home: curb appeal. more »»

Contracts to buy US homes rise in hopeful sign

September 4, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, a sign that buying has improved as mortgage rates have slipped, the number of listings has risen and the rate of price... more »»

US homebuilder confidence rises

September 4, 2014 U.S. homebuilders are feeling more confident in their sales prospects headed into next year, a sign that home construction and sales of newly built homes may pick up after stalling this summer. more »»



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