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US home construction jumps by largest amount in 34 years

WASHINGTON – Builders broke ground on the most new homes in nine years last month, a response to strong demand that should lift the economy. Home construction soared 25.5 percent to a seasonally...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Is a tiny house right for you?

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of buzz about tiny homes; there is even a TV show devoted to them. Their main appeal is their lower cost and the desire by some to minimize their...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

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Magazine lets public get inside ‘people’s house’

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama likes to say the White House is the “people’s house.” Now, the people are getting a look at the rooms where he lives. Exclusive photos published in the latest...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Will new president spur development?

WASHINGTON – In 1989, young accountant Donald C. Wood went to work for Donald Trump as the magnate built the Trump Taj Mahal hotel and casino in Atlantic City. Things did not go as planned. Wood...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Bayfield vet becomes new homeowner

Two weeks ago, Karl Ingram, 30, celebrated 18 months of homeownership, which his four years of service in the Army made possible. After enlisting in 2008, Ingram spent 2011 as a second lieutenant...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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A shortage of appraisers in Durango is slowing closings

Appraisers are the gatekeepers in real estate, and a shortage can create logjams in closing sales. La Plata County, whose year-round recreational magnetism insulates it from many real estate upsets...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Empty space haunts Fifth Avenue as retailers balk at rent hikes

Landlords on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue are sitting on a record amount of open space as retailers balk at committing to expensive new leases in one of the world’s most prestigious shopping districts....

DATE: Oct. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Home designer plans several hotels

NEW YORK – The home-design retailer West Elm is taking its brand into the hotel industry, with plans for hotels in five cities: Detroit; Indianapolis; Minneapolis; Savannah, Georgia, and Charlotte,...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Relics of Old Durango

Main Avenue edifices are the lasting archetypes of Old Durango. Though new additions and remodels came for decades afterward and continue today, construction of the initial historic district was...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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U.S. home sales rebounded in September despite tight supply

WASHINGTON – More Americans bought homes in September, many for the first time, despite a persistent shortage of properties for sale. The National Association of Realtors said last week that sales...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Sales stable, prices slightly up in third quarter

Third-quarter real estate transactions show nearly across-the-board median price increases coupled with a slight decrease or stagnancy in sales so far this year. “The marketplace is tightening from...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

New York law cracks down on illegal Airbnb rentals

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York state enacted one of the nation’s toughest restrictions on Airbnb on Friday with a new law authorizing fines of up to $7,500 for many short-term rentals. The measure signed...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business