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Alaska candidate’s Maryland home at issue

(AP) Officials say they will look into a tax break for Maryland residents received by Alaska’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate. Alaska Public Radio Network reported that Dan Sullivan owned a home in Bethesda, and the Alaska Democratic Party chairman asked ...

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Builders start work on fewer homes in June

WASHINGTON — U.S. builders started work on fewer homes in June, mostly because apartment construction fell sharply. But applications for permits to build single-family houses rose to the highest level in five years, suggesting the housing recovery will continue. Developers ...

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Brighter view on jobs and pay lifts consumer confidence

WASHINGTON — Americans are more optimistic the job market is healing and will deliver higher pay later this year. That brighter outlook, along with rising home prices, cheaper gasoline and a surging stock market, could offset some of the drag ...

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Builder confidence falls on weak supply, labor

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders fell this month because of concerns that increased demand for new homes is exceeding supplies of ready-to-build land, building materials and workers. In the short term, those constraints could slow sales. But builders’ outlook for sales ...

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Home prices in U.S. jump 5 percent in September

WASHINGTON — A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 5 percent in September compared with a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase since July 2006. The gain reported by CoreLogic offered more evidence of a sustainable housing recovery. The real ...

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U.S. home values have hit bottom, Zillow says

SEATTLE — U.S. home values have risen four consecutive months, Zillow.com said on Tuesday, a trend that led the housing website to declare that the market has turned the corner from its five-year slump. “After four months with rising home ...

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Realities of Real Estate: It only takes one

On several occasions, we’ve written about various strategies associated with the marketing of real estate. Many of the marketing principles are the same as what are used to sell many other products. Specifically, we noted the importance of Price, Positioning ...

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Did you remember to unplug …

When is it better for the power not to come back on? How about when you’ve forgotten to unplug the iron? In Knoxville (about 15 miles west of Frederick), a home sustained about $31,000 worth of damage in a fire ...

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