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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 »»

US home prices rose at slower pace in July

September 4, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in July but at a slower rate compared with earlier this year. The moderating price increases could help support sale. more »»

Right at Home: Decor in all its facets

September 4, 2014 Fans of crisp, modern architecture and clean-lined shapes will love one of this fall’s strongest style trends: faceted dÈcor. more »»

US construction spending up 1.8 percent

September 4, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending staged a strong rebound in July, rising by the largest amount in more than two years. more »»

US home price gains slow

August 28, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices increased at a slower pace in June — a cooldown that could continue for several more months. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 8. more »»

US housing recovery appears to be on track

August 28, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the yea. more »»

Even a small patio can have a fish pond

August 28, 2014 When Ann and Glen Gage downsized from their expansive home and garden in Switzerland to a San Francisco town house, one of the things they missed most was the koi pond they’d built and tended for... more »»

US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July

August 28, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to the fastest pace in eight months and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines. more »»

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 »»



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