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La Plata County real estate forecast: Growth outpaces inventory

The Wells Group annual real estate forecast for 2017 contained many well-known woes of La Plata County’s housing industry as well as a few surprises reflecting on last year’s housing climate. ...

DATE: April 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Contracts to buy homes hit highest level since April

WASHINGTON – More Americans signed contracts to buy homes last month as warm weather and rising confidence appeared to encourage consumers to look for houses. The National Association of Realtors...

DATE: March 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Home buyers have ways to learn about a house’s sordid history

The stigma and intrigue of “murder houses” make them common backdrops for cheap television and a trap for tourists. But selling so-called stigmatized houses, where a death – particularly a violent...

DATE: March 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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In virtual age, home buyers still like their real Realtors

Steve Murray sometimes gets together with other old-timers in the real estate industry, shares some wine and inevitably gets around to remarking, “I sure would’ve thought it would’ve changed more...

DATE: March 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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U.S. new home sales rise despite higher mortgage rates

WASHINGTON – Americans responded to higher mortgage rates by snapping up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July. New-home sales rose 6.1 percent month-over-month to a seasonally...

DATE: March 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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U.S. home sales slowed in February

WASHINGTON – Americans retreated from buying existing homes in February, a pullback after sales in January had surged to the fastest pace in a decade. But over the past 12 months, sales are up...

DATE: March 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Living on Main Avenue

Main Avenue is Durango’s hub and source of nightlife. It’s one of the most expensive yet coveted places to do business. And for some, it’s a place to live. Sirens, parades and events, chatty...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Fairy gardens captivate imaginations of both kids and adults

A set of little wings. Ceramic fountains. Tiny versions of ornate cottages and brick walkways fit for the English countryside. These are just some of the whimsical decorations that adorn fairy...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Relax: How to create a relaxing bedroom

Creating a relaxing, blissful bedroom is easy. First, think about furniture placement. There are all sorts of feng shui and folklore guidelines regarding best placement for a bed. Check in the...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

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U.S. housing starts rose in February

WASHINGTON – U.S. builders broke ground on new homes at a faster pace in February, a sign that developers expect solid sales growth this year despite higher mortgage rates. Housing starts rose 3...

DATE: March 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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U.S. homebuilder sentiment surges to 12-year high in March

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about their sales prospects than they have been since the high-flying days of the housing boom. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo...

DATE: March 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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For millennials ready to buy a home, the pickings are slim

For years, millennials looked at owning a home as a distant fantasy. Student debt and a weak job market seemed to conspire to keep this generation stuck in their parents’ basements, if not...

DATE: March 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business