Monthly Archives: June 2012

5 Perks and Pitfalls of Old and New homes

If you’re not a buyer who is completely clear on whether you want to buy an older home or a new-ish one, here are some of the factors to consider, pro and con, as you compare and contrast homes built … Continue reading

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June 2012 U.S. Economic And Housing Market Outlook

MCLEAN, Va., June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Freddie Mac (OTC:FMCC) released today its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for June showing that rental market activity has been a bright spot for the housing market, and due to rental demand by those … Continue reading

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Housing Prices Rise, but Not for Everyone

As more U.S. housing markets improve, an adage about what matters in real estate is proving true: location, location, location. While property markets across the country rose together during the housing boom and fell together during the crash, new data … Continue reading

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Is there something about being small and smart that drives up warranty costs?

While RIM’s costs rise, Apple’s costs fall. And while other smartphone makers have reported high warranty costs, Nokia’s are only half as high. Is there something about being small and smart that drives up warranty costs? While handheld mobile computers, … Continue reading

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Data-Driven Home Aims to Test Which Green Features Work

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is putting the finishing touches on a net-zero-energy demonstration home that the federal agency hopes will identify green and energy-efficient strategies that transfer well to the real world. “We saw the need for a … Continue reading

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A Multifamily Offshoot

The lure of student housing for builders is pretty basic: As college enrollment has exploded—jumping 38% to 20.4 million from 1999 to 2009, according to the Institute of Education Sciences and the U.S. Census Bureau—and as kids stay in college … Continue reading

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Triangle Housing Market Strong All Around May 2012

The Triangle Multiple Listing Service (TMLS) reports the following information pertaining to the housing industry in the greater Triangle Region during May of 2012. The data shown reflects information on properties located in the 16 counties of the greater Triangle … Continue reading

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Two Fights for Freedom, and a Home for the Brave

After rescuing three little boys, a wounded veteran and his family were in need of a new home. Credit: Coutesy Building Systems Councils Enlarge Credit: Coutesy Building Systems Councils When Staff Sergeant Vincent Gizzarelli was medically retired from military service … Continue reading

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Small businesses hire fewer workers in May

Small businesses hired fewer workers in May and cut hours for those on their payrolls, an independent survey showed on Wednesday, raising prospects of another disappointing employment report. Businesses added 40,000 new jobs, after increasing payrolls by an upwardly revised … Continue reading

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