Lake Minnetonka home juxtaposes down-to-earth features, modern design

Lake Minnetonka home juxtaposes down-to-earth features, modern design

AIA Minnesota Home of the Month: A newly built three-level home on a quiet Lake Minnetonka bay could be considered unconventional. Yet it was designed for a conventional family of five whose members do homework at the kitchen table, “camp out” in the screened porch and play in an upstairs loft.

Revised Hastings rambler trades stuffy '90s vibe for modern flair

September 5
AIA Minnesota Home of the Month: A Hastings couple found the right home, but it was a 1990s time capsule steeped in stale golden-oak woodwork, tan carpet and popcorn ceilings. Their renovation juxtaposes easy-flow open spaces with unexpected materials.

US home prices rise steadily in July, lifted by higher sales

September 29
U.S. home prices rose at a solid pace in July, as would-be buyers competed for a diminished supply of available housing.
October 1

Average US rate on 30-year mortgages eases to 3.85 percent

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates eased slightly this week, continuing at low levels that could entice potential homebuyers.
September 28

US pending home sales fall in August

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, as pending sales slumped amid broader concerns about the U.S. stock market and global economy.
September 26

Cities bear rising cost of keeping water safe to drink

Standing at the edge of the Great Lakes, the world's largest surface source of fresh water, this city of 280,000 seems immune from the water-supply problems that bedevil other parts of the country. But even here, the promise of an endless tap can be a mirage.
September 25

Former teen idol David Cassidy's home sells for $2 million

The South Florida home owned by former teen idol David Cassidy has sold for just over $2 million.
September 25

Business events scheduled for the coming month

All times are EasternTHURSDAY, Oct. 1WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10…
September 24

US average rate on 30-year home loans falls to 3.86 percent

Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates declined this week following the Federal Reserve's decision to keep interest rates at record lows for now.Here's a look at…
September 24

US new-home sales surge 5.7 percent in August to 7-year high

Buoyed by steady job gains and low mortgage rates, Americans purchased new homes in August at the fastest pace in more than seven years.
September 24

Ahead of the Bell: US new home sales likely ticked up

The Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in August at 10 a.m. Eastern on Thursday.
September 22

Business Highlights

___Volkswagen CEO: 'I am endlessly sorry' brand is tarnishedBERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen AG's smog-test troubles escalated Tuesday as the company acknowledged putting stealth software in…
September 22

US rental home prices rise at slower pace in August

U.S. home rents rose at a slower pace in August, a downshift that may reflect the rise of apartment construction in many major cities.
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