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                                             Privately owned housing starts fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 817,000 in September, according to the U.S. Commerce Department report on new residential construction. The rate was down 6.3 percent from August's revised reading of 872,000 a...
10/20/2008
Over the past month, there's been a whole lot of rhetoric from presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain dedicated to Main Street America. The candidates have been name dropping names such as Scranton, PA, and Wasilla, AK, towns that most people knew very little about until this year's...
10/17/2008
                                                           Move over mom and dad, junior's taking over the market. Whether they're driving off in hybrid vehicles or sipping on organic soymilk lattes, members of Generation Y are emerging as a consumer powerhouse that is changing the landscape of A...
10/16/2008
I'm a bit of a shopaholic, but a reasonable shopaholic. I have my price limits, and I have my niche of things I enjoy buying. So whenever I come across some fun accessories, I like to share my findings with my readers. But I can't take credit for this week's fabulous find. Mark Tepper, Homescape'...
10/15/2008
                                          Skyrocketing foreclosure rates across the country have left many communities on the path to blight, and local government officials are struggling to find solutions and funds to help rebuild the declining areas. Inman News reported last Friday that federal...
10/14/2008
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Turn on the television, open the papers, and you'll see that the doom and gloom news of the financial market has sent many people into a panic. But if you're like me, struggling to make sense of the talking heads on the network news shows, you'd think the only logical thing to do with your money ...
10/13/2008
Sure beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but we can all agree that there are some things in life that are a bit easier on the eyes than others. I recently came across an article from Forbes Traveler.com that ranked America's 20 prettiest towns - and were not talking about the residents. Fro...
10/10/2008
                                            A glimmer of good news on the housing front! Pending sales of U.S. resale homes increased 8.8 percent in August compared to the same month last year, the National Association of Realtors reported on Tuesday, rising to the highest level since June 2007. ...
10/09/2008
When I was down in Orlando, FL, a few months ago visiting my dad, I decided to take a quick jog around his neighborhood. Like many of the newly constructed subdivisions in the Florida area, the streets were dotted with homes, still exposing their naked wood beams and dirt yards. As I jogged down ...
10/08/2008
                                          Say what you will about the Bank of America acquisition of troubled mortgage giant Countrywide Financial. For some homeowners with defaulting loans, the merger may have been their saving grace. The subprime mortgage crisis launched a major financial blow ...
10/07/2008
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