What $270,000 buys in the metro area

What $270,000 buys in the metro area

Here's a look at what $270,000 buys in Minneapolis, Columbus and Hastings.

Art drove the design of this Lake Superior retreat

August 3
The art-savvy owners of a meticulously crafted retreat in Bayfield, Wis., had one goal in mind: “We built the house for our paintings.” And, of course, for the sweeping views of nature’s ultimate work of art — Lake Superior.

'Fire hazard' home burns as couple signs deed to buy it

August 27
A western Pennsylvania couple who bought a neighboring vacant house because they feared it was a fire hazard was right: It caught fire while they were at the county courthouse signing the deed.
Variety
August 27

US pending home sales rose modestly in July

Slightly more Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, as pending sales edged up after dipping in June.
August 26

Despite stock fall, financial health of many is still solid

Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating — at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills.
Variety
August 25

3 decomposing bodies found in building owned by funeral home

Philadelphia police and city health officials are investigating the discovery of three decomposing bodies in a building owned by a nearby funeral home.
Variety
August 25

US new-home sales rebound in July

Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July, with sales surging in the Northeast.
Housing
August 25

US home prices rise steadily in June as sales pick up

U.S. home prices rose solidly in June, another sign of health in the housing market.
Variety
August 25

US home rents rose in July as ownership market cooled

U.S. home rents jumped in July as house prices showed signs of flagging.
Variety
August 25

US home rents rose in July as ownership market cooled

U.S. home rents jumped in July as house prices showed signs of flagging.
August 25

As stock prices sink, ordinary Americans keep their heads up

Even as anxious investors send stock prices plunging, many Americans are sounding a rather different note:
Variety
August 24

AP survey: Dimmer outlook for US economy, wages and hiring

For much of the economy's fitful and sluggish six-year recovery from the Great Recession, analysts have foreseen a sunnier future: Growth would pick up in six months, or in a year.
Housing
August 22

AP National News Calendar

Eds: Major scheduled events for the week of August 23-29. Note that many events are subject to change at the last minute.The following economic reports…
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