Real estate

Sales of new homes slipped in October

WASHINGTON – Fewer Americans purchased new homes in October, but sales are still much stronger this year than in 2015 – a positive sign for the housing market. The Commerce Department said...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

New standards make today’s home fireplace units much more efficient

A crackling fireplace during the cold season is an aesthetically pleasing heat source and a desirable one in Durango’s vacation homes, and it’s an asset the National Association of Realtors ...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Trump presidency holds unknowns for housing market

The imminent Donald Trump presidency, whether that incites optimism or pessimism in Americans, holds unknowns about most issues of policy, including housing. While some are assured Trump’s...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Higher mortgage rates rocking housing market

The spike in borrowing costs in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s pro-growth agenda is causing some heartburn in America’s housing industry. San Diego mortgage broker Shanne Sleder said a...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Looking for edgy decor? Try new traditional

In decor, “traditional” tends to conjure up images of matched furniture sets, prim patterns and buttoned-up formality. But there’s been a revamp, and what’s now being called “new traditional” is a...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Home builders confident about sales

U.S. homebuilders’ confidence held steady this month, though their expectations for sales into next year dimmed slightly. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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

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

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

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

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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