Mortgage rates boosted US home sales 1.3% in August

U.S. home sales rose 1.3% in August to the highest level in 17 months, as mortgage rates near historic lows have spurred a rush of home-buying.

A glance at US mortgage rates: 30-year at 3.73%

September 19

Average 30-year mortgage rate rose to 3.73%

September 19
U.S. long-term mortgage rates shot up this week, yet they stayed close to the historic lows that appear to be helping the real estate market.
National
September 18

What the Fed's rate cut means for you

The Federal Reserve has cut its benchmark interest rate again, big news for the U.S. economy but something that will likely have a muted impact…
National
September 18
This Sept. 17, 2019, photo shows refreshed wall fabric in the Red Room of the White House in Washington. Sunlight streaming into the Red Room had left

First lady Melania Trump has done a lot to spruce up White House

Melania Trump will have a few new touches to showcase Friday when guests visit the White House for only the second state dinner of the Trump presidency.
Home & Garden
September 18

US home building climbs 12.3% in August to 12-year high

The pace of U.S. home construction jumped 12.3% last month to a 12-year high on a surge in apartment building.
Home & Garden
September 17
The Central Park Tower, center, is under construction, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 in New York. At 1550 feet (472 meters) the tower is the world's tallest

Supertall residential building will enter crowded NYC market

A New York City condominium tower will be the world's tallest predominantly residential building when it opens next year, though it will be competing with other ultra-luxury buildings for billionaire buyers, the building's developer said Tuesday.
National
September 17

Colorado towns take action to preserve mobile home parks

Jeff Morehead's cat slips through the small, square door carved into his wooden fence, a gateway from Morehead's mobile home lot to a serene landscape of blooming flowers and shade trees.
National
September 16

Mobile home parks move from mom-and-pop to corporate

In the Aurora mobile home park where she lived for 16 years, eviction notices kept coming to Petra Bennett's door — for unauthorized guests, lack of insurance, late rent. They were bogus threats to make the single mother leave. And eventually, she did.
National
September 15

Precarious spot for mobile home owners as investors swoop in

When the time came for her to sell the mobile home park she and her son owned near Aspen, 89-year-old Harriett Noyes had two big offers and an even bigger decision: Take nearly $30 million from a developer who would likely evict her family and friends to build luxury homes, or sell to the county for a fraction of that to preserve affordable housing in one of the most expensive areas in the United States.
Home & Garden
September 15

Bishop: $1.2M from sale will go to help sex abuse victims

Officials say $1.2 million from the sale of the diocesan home of former West Virginia Catholic Bishop Michael J. Bransfield will go to assist victims of sexual abuse in West Virginia.
National
September 14

New York and Milwaukee vary in approach to juvenile justice

The walk from a subway station in Brooklyn, New York, to a secure facility for kids in the criminal justice system takes all of five minutes. The route passes by a laundromat, a Chinese takeout restaurant, a bodega with fresh flowers on the sidewalk and a college preparatory high school.
Home & Garden
September 13

US couple accused of ditching adopted girl, moving to Canada

Indiana prosecutors have charged a couple with abandoning their adopted daughter in 2013 and moving to Canada, leaving the girl, who was just 11 years old and has dwarfism, in a rented apartment but providing her with no other financial support.