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Retrofit buildings more eco-friendly than 'green' construction

Jan 24, 2012
A new study shows that re-using an old building almost always saves more energy than framing up a new one.
Posted In: construction, green building, green

Time to lock in mortgage rates?

Jan 5, 2012
I bought a condo in Bozeman, Mont., 7 years ago using a 5/1 ARM. When the 5-year period ended, I let it roll over into a 1-year ARM because the rate went down from 4.5 to 3.25. Then, last year, I did the same -- only from 3.25 to 3 percent. Come March, the 1-year period will expire again and I wonder if I should let this happen again, since rates will probably be low. Or should I bite the bullet, pay approximately $2,500 in closing costs to lock in a low rate for 15 or 30 years, but make higher payments? (My payments are ridiculously low.) Cindy, West Yellowstone, MT
Posted In: home, mortgage, refinance, construction

New-home sales tank in 2011

Dec 23, 2011
This year may go on record as the worst for new-home sales since anyone started keeping record.
Posted In: home sales, construction, interest rates

MID-DAY UPDATE: February job numbers, solar panels

Mar 4, 2011
We got big numbers today from the U.S. Labor Department. In February, U.S. payrolls increased 192,000 and the jobless rate fell to 8.9 percent --...
Posted In: construction, employees, employers, Greece, itunes, job applications, job seekers, jobless, Labor Department, mid-day update, solar, solar power

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