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Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high

March 5, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year. more »»

Winter stresses on trees and shrubs

March 5, 2015 Heavy snow and ice, as well as frozen soil conditions, can damage cherished trees and shrubs in residential landscapes. more »»

Home inspection tip for homebuyers

March 5, 2015 Approximately five million Americans are expected to buy an existing home this year. more »»

Leaks not the only sign a roof might need repair

March 5, 2015 By Carole Feldman Associated Press A harsh winter has taken a toll on many roofs. Maybe there’s a tell-tale leak, but sometimes problems are harder to spot. more »»

Creative decorating with houseplants, from floor to ceiling

March 5, 2015 By Katherine Roth Associated Press In homes where space and time are precious, the future of the humble houseplant may depend on whether it can earn its keep. more »»

Fewer homes for sale pushes up US house prices

February 26, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in December at a faster pace than the previous month, likely because of a much smaller number of homes for sale. more »»

US home sales plunge 4.9 percent in January

February 26, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales struck a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes tumbled 4. more »»

Right at Home: Latin American style comes home

February 26, 2015 By Kim Cook Associated Press The exuberant colors, textures and patterns of Latin America crafts are injecting an easy, comfortable and fun aesthetic into home decor. more »»

Home construction in U.S. at slower pace in January

February 26, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders slowed the pace of construction in January, breaking ground on fewer single-family houses ahead of the spring buying season. more »»

US homebuilder confidence slides

February 19, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders say sales prospects and buyer traffic fell slightly this month. more »»

Large student debt load limits home-buying

February 19, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Younger Americans are struggling to keep up with steadily-rising student debt loads, a burden that is limiting their ability to buy homes. more »»

Remember the ceiling when decorating

February 12, 2015 By Sarah Wolfe For The Associated Press Ceilings are the Rodney Dangerfield of homes. They get no respect. more »»

Rolling shutters save energy, improve comfort

February 12, 2015 Dear Jim: The sun bakes us through a large window. We also have a fireplace for heating in that room. more »»

Weather takes toll on awnings

February 12, 2015 For homes with large windows that receive a lot of sun, awnings can be a real plus. They block out harsh rays, reducing cooling costs and fadin. more »»

US home price gains weakened on slower sales

February 5, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home values rose at a modest pace in December, a sign there are too few potential buyers to bid up prices. more »»

US pending home sales take decline

February 5, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in December, a sign that low mortgage rates have yet to coax more buyers into the market. more »»

Reduce winter heating bills with trees

February 5, 2015 Everyone knows that summer temperatures are cooler in the shade, but trees can help cut winter energy costs, too. more »»

Ask a Designer: Embracing the ‘new feminine’

February 5, 2015 By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press A year ago, menswear-inspired decorating was wildly popular. Interior designers hung sharply tailored draperies alongside furniture covered in pinstripes. more »»

Tips on spiffing up your basement

February 5, 2015 When it comes to remodeling your basement, the era of 1970s-style wood paneling and thick shag carpeting is ove. more »»

Right at Home: Decor made of bicycle parts

January 29, 2015 Bikes have become part of hipster culture. more »»

Home price gains slow

January 29, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a modest pace in November, held back by weaker sales and a limited number of houses for sale. more »»



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