Kitchen comebacks: popular for remodeling

ORLANDO, Fla. – July 8, 2010 – The explosion of remodeling shows on TV and makeover spreads in magazines has whetted America’s appetite for glamorous rooms brimming with the latest furnishings, appliances and color schemes. Kitchen remodels are among the most popular, according to a report in the just-published August issue of Consumer Reports and…


Mortgage rates hit new low

Freddie Mac said Thursday the going rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 4.69%, its lowest level since the company started keeping track 38 years ago.

‘Masterpieces’ on hold, waiting for better times

By Kyle Almond, CNN (CNN) — Some stunning buildings have appeared in American cities the past four years — buildings, like the Aqua skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, that attest to the creativity of 21st-century architecture. But there might be fewer of them in the near future, because the recession has forced many architects to…


Home size declines; buyers opt for single story

WASHINGTON – June 15, 2010 – The size of new single-family homes declined again in 2009, dropping to a nationwide average of 2,438 square feet, according to information about new home characteristics released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau ( For nearly 30 years, the average size of new U.S. homes increased, peaking at 2,521…