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We're doing shutters all wrong

Feb 25, 2021
And historic preservationist Scott Sidler is on a mission to change that.
These shutters on the home of famed French painter Henri Matisse? Functional. The shutters of so many homes in the U.S.? Dysfunctional.
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Mortgage rates creep up on inflation fears

Feb 22, 2021
But they are still very low, historically speaking. Here's what that could mean for the housing market.
Despite rising mortgage rates, the housing market is still booming.
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Searching for meaning in the North Dakota oil boom

Feb 16, 2021
In a new book, Michael Patrick F. Smith reflects on his time working on an oil field in North Dakota.
An oil drilling rig in North Dakota in 2013.
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Biden administration extends housing protection to LGBTQ Americans

Feb 12, 2021
They'll be protected under the Fair Housing Act.
The new interpretation of the Fair Housing Act includes people renting apartments, at shelters or involved with mortgage and other real estate transactions, said Spencer Watson, who runs the Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement and Research.
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Facing "grim" outlook, construction industry awaits Biden infrastructure plan

Feb 1, 2021
The new administration is expected to unveil a $2 trillion proposal this month.
Construction workers at a project in New York City. Over the past four years, the industry has been frustrated by infrastructure-spending promises that never materialized.
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Are we in a housing bubble?

Jan 29, 2021
Prices are soaring, but economists expect market conditions to change.
Is the price surge a blip? Many economists say the market conditions behind it are temporary.
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Pandemic home improvement can lead to remodelers' remorse

Jan 28, 2021
All this time at home has a lot of us rethinking our living spaces — with sometimes regrettable results.
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Biden acts on evictions, foreclosures, but long-term housing crisis looms

Jan 25, 2021
But how much can the federal government do about affordability?
Demonstrators at the Cancel Rent and Mortgages rally in Minneapolis in June. The U.S. faces a housing shortage and affordability crisis.
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Trump administration ends push to restructure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Jan 15, 2021
A plan to return the mortgage giants to private control was complicated by the pandemic's economic risks.
The headquarters of Fannie Mae in Washington, D.C. Fannie and Freddie Mac will remain under government conservatorship.
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An archaeological dig in urban Baltimore reveals a forgotten past

Jan 7, 2021
It's part of a movement to make the field more accessible and inclusive.
Dena Fisher