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Apartments drive home construction up

WASHINGTON – U.S. builders ramped up home construction in December, led by a surge of apartment building, while single-family houses lagged. Housing starts jumped 11.3 percent last month, to a...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Homebuilder confidence, sales outlook slips

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident this month about their sales prospects, a pullback from December when builders’ confidence reached the highest level in 11 years. The decline...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Brighten your Durango home for ‘Blue Monday,’ remainder of winter

Blue Monday – the term coined for the supposed “most depressing day of the year,” which falls on the third Monday in January – is approaching. Though Blue Monday’s origins are baseless and...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Mobile homes a welcome change for more people

When Mary Ann Ridenour and Bill Ridenour became empty nesters last year, their 3,200-square-foot home suddenly seemed superfluous. As many couples at this stage of life do, the Ridenours decided to...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Contractors seek payment for work on Trump D.C. hotel

WASHINGTON – Their employees installed plumbing, air conditioning, baseboards and crown molding in Donald J. Trump’s $212 million luxury Washington hotel. Afterward, they say, they were stiffed....

DATE: Jan. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Red state homes are luring young blue buyers inland

Dayton, Ohio, gave the world the Wright Brothers and the electric cash register. As recently as 1990, manufacturing jobs there were the backbone of the local economy. But in the two decades since,...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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What’s trending in Durango kitchen designs

If a home remodel is in the forecast for 2017, there’s a good chance it’s the kitchen, which is among the most common home improvement projects as well as one of the most lucrative when it comes to...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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For 40 years, presidents have spent Inauguration Eve at Blair House - will Trump?

WASHINGTON – Where will Donald Trump spend Inauguration Eve? Will he embrace tradition and stay at Blair House? Or will he opt for something grander – say, his eponymous luxury hotel just a few...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Mortgage rates wander higher

Fixed mortgage rates moved slightly higher this week, closing out the year with their ninth straight increase. After jumping 14 basis points – a basis point is 0.01 percentage point – the week...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Pending home sales tumble in November

WASHINGTON – Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in November. The decrease likely reflects the drag caused by rising mortgage rates and the shallow inventory of properties on the market....

DATE: Jan. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Inventory, interest rates top real estate concerns for 2017

The past year for La Plata County real estate was a steady one in sales, a slow one for in-town builds and a diverse one for new and advancing projects. For the first time, partially because of...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Mortgage rates continue to rise

Buying a home has gotten much more expensive lately as mortgage rates’ rise continues unabated. Home loan rates have been on a tear the past eight weeks, climbing to heights not seen in more than...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business