US sales of new homes shot up 4 percent in March

WASHINGTON –  Sales of new U.S. homes jumped 4 percent in March, propelled by a surge of buying in the West. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that sales last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 694,000. The two prior months had their sales revised...

Freshen up your home for spring with these 7 steps

These seven steps will help start your spring with a fresher home inside and out.  (iStock) Whether it’s obvious by the weather, spring has sprung. As temperatures thaw, it’s also the perfect time to tackle those home improvement projects you’ve been...

US existing-home sales climbed 3% in February

(Photo: Steven Senne, AP) WASHINGTON — U.S. sales of existing homes rebounded in February after declining for the previous two months, a sign that many Americans are still looking to buy despite rising prices and a shrinking number of homes available on the market....

A booming housing market has realtors in a bind

Making a living as a realtor, which has never been easy, is becoming increasingly difficult. A record numbers of them are scrambling to broker a dwindling number of available properties in a hot market as housing prices continue to rebound from recession-era lows....