Competition for Twin Cities rentals is still tight

Since 2013 more than 10,000 apartments have been built in the Twin Cities metro, but competition for rentals is still tight. The average vacancy rate for market rate apartments in the region was 2.5 percent at the end of the second quarter - almost exactly as it was last year.

Minneapolis home on the market is where golf legend Patty Berg grew up

July 18
Golfer Patty Berg lived in this Minneapolis Dutch Colonial as a child and left her mark, as well as some memorabilia. You can have it for $549,900.

San Francisco's Chinatown clings to roots amid tech boom

July 25
For a century and a half, San Francisco's Chinatown, the nation's oldest, has sheltered waves of immigrants seeking a new life.
July 24

Business Highlights

___Mega-health deals bloom in July, Anthem bids $48B for CignaNEW YORK (AP) — Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that…
July 24

Theater gunman known as angry man with radical views

For decades before he opened fire in a Louisiana movie theater and killed two people, John Russell Houser was known as a man prone to…
July 24

Can US housing industry's comeback endure? The outlook dims

The U.S. housing market has sizzled this summer, lifting expectations that home sales will finally help drive an economic expansion now in its seventh year.
Variety
July 24

US new-home sales hit June slump

Fewer Americans bought new homes in June, a possible sign that the real estate market is cooling down after months of hot sales.
July 23

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 4.04 percent

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, retreating from highs for the year and amplifying the incentive for prospective home buyers.
Variety
July 22

US home sales surged in June to fastest pace in 8-plus years

Americans bought homes in June at the fastest rate in over eight years, pushing prices to record highs as buyer demand has eclipsed the availability of houses on the market.
Variety
July 21

Feds: Man tried to export night-vision goggles to China

A man was arrested in Hawaii for allegedly arranging to buy six pairs of military-grade night-vision goggles from an undercover federal agent and trying to export them to China, court documents show.
Variety
July 21

California woman offers home as prize in dessert contest

A Northern California woman is offering a sweet deal on her 1906 Craftsman home in Jackson. She's trading it for a great dessert.
July 20

Families face tough decisions as cost of elder care soars

Doris Ranzman had followed the expert advice, planning ahead in case she wound up unable to care for herself one day. But when a nursing-home bill tops $14,000 a month, the best-laid plans get tossed aside.
Housing
July 18

Home plan: Grand English cottage

Stone, shingles and siding combine to create warm cottage appeal for this hillside home.
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