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Existing U.S. home sales reach highest level since February 2007

WASHINGTON – Americans bought homes in November in the fastest pace in nearly a decade. But rising mortgage rates, a deepening shortage of houses and higher prices are likely to weigh on the market...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Pinterest streamlines planning for home designers, decorators

Erin Treat of Durango travels a lot, which means when she plans a home improvement project, she has little time to sit down with a decorator or peruse vendors. But because of Pinterest, Treat said...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

New home construction dips after surging in October

WASHINGTON – Builders pulled back on constructing homes in November, after ground breakings surged in October to the strongest pace in more than nine years. Housing starts fell 18.7 percent last...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Mortgage rates move higher

Mortgage rates carried on their steady ascent last week, moving higher for the seventh consecutive week. Home loan rates are loosely tied to long-term bond yields, which have been on an upward...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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After decades of dads leaned back, a classic chair moves forward

Say goodbye to the dad chair. Today’s recliners are slimmer, smarter and more stylish than ever. Even La-Z-Boy, the 90-year-old brand whose name is as synonymous with classic recliners as Kleenex...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Homebuilder confidence at highest level since 2005

U.S. homebuilders’ confidence soared this month to the highest level in 11 years, reflecting heightened expectations of better sales now and well into 2017. The National Association of Home...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Renting vs. buying: What’s the best deal?

Is it better to buy or rent your home? This is a somewhat silly personal finance trope that assumes a reader is: a) living under a bridge or b) has a suitcase full of enough cash to afford a down...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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When cold weather moves in, so do uninvited guests

A house with an easy way in is a port in the storm for mice, squirrels, raccoons and other rodents looking for a place to mate, nest or stash food, and some local pest control services reported...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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So, what’s cooking in the kitchen?

Americans briefly scaled back the scope of home renovation projects after the recession began nearly a decade ago, says interior designer and “HGTV Design Star” judge Vern Yip. But even during the...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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La Plata County weighs office space options

La Plata County officials are examining the most cost-effective ways to expand the county Road and Bridge Department offices on U.S. Highway 160, a project estimated to cost $750,000 in capital...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Bureaucracy can impact home prices

Rising home prices are a signal to builders: As housing gets more expensive, it’s time to create more of it. Then as new buildings rise, the competition for scarce housing falls. And that keeps...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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U.S. home prices surpass pre-recession peak

WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices have fully recovered from their steep plunge during the housing bust and Great Recession, according to a private measure. The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business