Residential real estate

FILE - This June 13, 2019, photo shows a house with a "sold pending" sign fixed on the realtor's sign in northeast Jackson, Miss. On Monday, Dec. 30, the National Association of Realtors releases its November report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
December 30, 2019 - 10:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed more contracts to purchase homes in November, bouncing back from last month's decline, indicating that the housing market is still strong. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its pending home sales index, which measures the numbers of purchase...
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FILE - In this July 8, 2016, file photo, Radford Takashima, left, installer for RevoluSun, and lead installer Dane Hew Len, right, place solar panels on a roof in Honolulu. If you have the cash, most experts agree buying a solar system outright is a better investment than leasing or taking out a loan. Customers should check electric bills to estimate monthly energy use when deciding what size system to buy, and calculate federal or state incentives. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz, File)
December 18, 2019 - 1:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Homeowners are clamoring to power through blackouts that have become a regrettably frequent part of life in California. The cost of solar panels and batteries has fallen. And a new California law will require all new homes to produce as much energy as they consume beginning in...
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In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, Aspen Day-Flynn, right, a hair stylist, stands with her boyfriend Travis Tolin, a tattoo artist, in front of their apartment building in Seattle. The pair were considering a move back to her native Seattle this fall when their landlord in Phoenix helped seal their decision. Overnight, the monthly rent on their 986-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bath house jumped 50 percent, from $1,000 to $1,500 as the owner announced his plans for a major renovation. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
December 16, 2019 - 1:46 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Aspen Day-Flynn and her boyfriend, Travis Tolin, were thinking of moving back to her native Washington state this fall when their Phoenix landlord helped give them the push. The monthly rent on their two-bedroom house jumped from $1,000 to $1,500 because the owner planned to renovate...
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In this Dec. 5, 2019 photo, a boys pops a wheelie as he rides his bicycle past a mural featuring Lionel Messi in La Bajada, Rosario, Argentina. Soccer wasn't always Messi's favorite activity. When he was a child in the modest neighborhood of La Bajada in his hometown, he spent his time bicycling with friends, building forts out of branches and stones, playing hide and seek — and occasionally stealing lemons from a neighbor to make juice. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
December 09, 2019 - 12:12 pm
ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) — Soccer wasn't always Lionel Messi's favorite activity. When he was a child in the modest neighborhood of La Bajada in his Argentine hometown of Rosario, he spent his time bicycling with friends, building forts out of branches and stones, playing hide and seek — and...
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A woman cries outside a mortuary as she waits to receive the body of a relative who died in Sunday's fire in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Authorities say an electrical short circuit appears to have caused a devastating fire that killed dozens of people in a crowded market area in central New Delhi. Firefighters fought the blaze from 100 yards away because it broke out in one of the area's many alleyways, tangled in electrical wire and too narrow for vehicles to access. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
December 09, 2019 - 6:44 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Day laborers in one of New Delhi's most congested neighborhoods demonstrated against unsafe working conditions on Monday, a day after at least 43 people were killed in a devastating fire at an illegal factory there. Dozens of workers who were asleep when the fire broke out were...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
December 02, 2019 - 11:18 am
Many of us feel bad about our debt. Most of us probably shouldn’t. Three-quarters of U.S. households owe money, but the vast majority pay their bills on time and have debt loads that are reasonable given their incomes. But many people still report being embarrassed about owing money. In one study,...
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In this photo from the late 1800s provided by the Saranac Lake Free Library, tuberculosis patients rest on the porch of a sanatorium in Saranac Lake, N.Y. The local boom ended with the rise of effective antibiotic treatment in the 1950s, but residents still honor the village's novel legacy. (Saranac Lake Free Library via AP)
December 01, 2019 - 11:50 am
SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Tuberculosis put Saranac Lake on the map. Through the middle of the 20th century, ailing people seeking a “rest cure” reclined on cottage porches in the community to take in the crisp Adirondack Mountain air. Saranac Lake grew into a mini-metropolis of medical care, with a...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo a sign stands outside a home for sale in southeast Denver. On Wednesday, Nov. 27, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
November 27, 2019 - 11:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. mortgage rates crept slightly higher this week but remain at low levels that could encourage more home-buying. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Wednesday that the average rate on a fixed 30-year mortgage ticked up to 3.68% from 3.66% the previous week. The average 15-year...
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November 25, 2019 - 6:35 pm
DESOTO, Texas (AP) — Doris Stevens’ son, a Navy veteran who traveled the world for work and pleasure, suddenly stopped answering her phone calls in 2016. Stevens said she spent years trying to find out what happened, appealing to authorities to no avail. Earlier this month, Stevens received a grim...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018, file photo, Iggy Azalea attends the Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch at One World Trade Center, in New York. Rappers Iggy Azalea and Playboi Carti have told Atlanta police that $366,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from their rental home. Amethyst Kelly, who performs as Iggy Azalea, told police the theft occurred Nov. 14, 2019, when the back door was unlocked so Jordan Carter, known as Playboi Carti, could get in. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
November 24, 2019 - 12:51 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Rappers Iggy Azalea and Playboi Carti have told Atlanta police that $366,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from their rental home. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports a police report filed Nov. 17 lists 19 pieces of jewelry including diamond rings, platinum bracelets and luxury...
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