Real estate

Number of new real estate agents is rising

ATLANTA – Kevin Dilbert has been working in private security for 10 years. He’s getting burnt out on the long hours, the inflexible schedule. For now, he’s keeping his day job. But on the side,...

DATE: June 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Massachusetts sues Fannie, Freddie over foreclosure law

Martha Coakley, the attorney general of Massachusetts, filed suit Monday against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in an effort to force the federally owned mortgage finance giants to comply with a state...

DATE: June 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

No color is too bold for décor, designers say

It might be practical, of course, to decorate your home with neutral colors and muted earth tones. No need to worry about colors clashing if most everything is white, beige and light brown. But...

DATE: June 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

New homes near cities too pricey for many

WASHINGTON – City living has been a blessing for Tim Nelson. The Phoenix lawyer moved downtown a few months ago into a new $389,000 home with a warehouse-style floor plan, a Jacuzzi tub and kitchen...

DATE: June 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

How to avoid paying too much for a new home

When you find a home you like, you will have to decide what you’re willing to pay. If getting the best price for your home is important to you, then the most important decision you’ll make is...

DATE: June 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Energy-efficiency could be within your means

You don’t need a million dollars to buy an energy-efficient home in La Plata County – in fact, less than half a million will do. New home construction, particularly in the Three Springs...

DATE: June 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Understanding pre-qualification and pre-approval

In the home-buying process, the majority of conversations tend to revolve around mortgage interest rates and capitalizing on the low rates. This makes sense, as current interest rates are around or...

DATE: June 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Setting price determined by variety of factors

It can be extremely difficult to put a value on someone’s home for several reasons. The most important and problematic is emotions. Homes are filled with memories and generally have been tailored...

DATE: May 31, 2014 | CATEGORY: On Real Estate

Real estate agent’s drone offers bird’s-eye view

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – Real estate agent Mark Monge has found a new way to add a lift to his house pictures: He’s using a drone. Monge, who sells homes with wife Jennifer for Jim Maloof Realtor in...

DATE: May 31, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Home equity loans pick up, but slowly

Home equity loans, which helped fuel Americans’ prerecession spending binges, are climbing out of a prolonged slump as home prices rise. But don’t expect them to drive consumer purchases as they...

DATE: May 31, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

U.S. home prices rise at slower rate in March

WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices rose in March, but the gains are decelerating as fewer Americans can afford to buy. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 12.4 percent in...

DATE: May 31, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Home decor inspired by creepy crawlies

Many would agree with naturalist David Attenborough that nature “is the greatest source of visual beauty.” And that includes the creepy crawlies: From snakes’ skins to the intricate physiology of...

DATE: May 31, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

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