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Home Depot blames lumber prices for drop in sales

by Amy Scott Aug 20, 2019
The company says that a better price for lumber is better for business.
A customer's lumber sits on a cart at a Home Depot store on in 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The company cited lumber price deflation as a reason it trimmed its outlook for 2019.
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A slow housing market picked up in June

by Ben Bradford Jul 30, 2019
Demand for homes is strong in this economy. The problem is there just aren’t enough of them to go around.
A home for sale in Batavia, Illinois, a suburb outside of Chicago.
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Why U.S. cities are making sweeping changes to residential zoning laws

by Amy Scott and Daniel Shin Jul 15, 2019
New York Times reporter Emily Badger says several cities are scrutinizing zoning laws that anything other than single-family homes.
A view of San Francisco's Victorian houses as seen in 2014.
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Instant offers create a new kind of seller's market for homeowners

by Amy Scott Jun 12, 2019
Some would rather sell for less than go through the hassle and expense of selling a house the traditional way.
Renee Williams' former house, now owned by Zillow, in Parker, Colorado.
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Why housing is more expensive for earners at the bottom of the income ladder

by Liz Sanchez and Amy Scott May 13, 2019
A study explores the relationship between housing markets and income inequality.
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Keller Williams gets into the house-flipping business

by Amy Scott Apr 23, 2019
The brokerage takes on tech disruptors Zillow and Opendoor with instant offers on homes.
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Home building remains stuck in the mud

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Apr 19, 2019
Last month's flooding did not help matters.
Construction workers are seen outside a new house being built in Monterey Park, California on March 19, 2019. - The Los Angeles metro area is one of the worst areas in the country for first-time home buyers, according to a study released by Bankrate.com, which analyzed the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country with Los Angeles finishing behind San Francisco as the worst for first-time home buyers. 
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Sometimes you can go home again

by Amy Scott Apr 17, 2019
Our housing reporter revisits her childhood home 30 years later and discovers just how much homeownership has changed — and stayed the same.
Amy Scott in her old room.
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Making sense of housing market data

by Amy Scott Mar 8, 2019
It's more straightforward than it seems.
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What to know before you check your Zestimate (again)

by Amy Scott Feb 11, 2019
It's tempting to track home values like the stock market. But how accurate are those online estimates?
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