Housing starts soar in August but permits plunge to 15-month low

Privately owned housing starts jumped 9.2 percent month-over-month and 9.4 percent year-over-year to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,282,000, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau. 

Permitting slowdown has cost the US 6.3M new homes

From 1985-2000 there were 3.9 single-family home permits issued annually per 1,000 residents, but that number has declined significantly in the past decade. Since 2008, there have been just 1.8 single-family home permits issued every year per 1,000 res…

Permitting slowdown has cost the US 6.3M new homes

From 1985-2000 there were 3.9 single-family home permits issued annually per 1,000 residents, but that number has declined significantly in the past decade. Since 2008, there have been just 1.8 single-family home permits issued every year per 1,000 res…

US housing starts reach highest level in over a decade

Residential housing starts rose 5 percent in May, the highest rate since June 2007, according to Bloomberg.

10 home improvements even a beginner DIYer can handle

So you just bought a house that needs some work, but you are a short on cash and ever shorter on the skills needed to fix up your place. Not to worry! There are plenty of home improvement projects even the most beginner of DIYers can handle …

How to make use of local real estate records

When buying real estate, there’s a pit-stop that many people overlook: the records center or permits desk of the local municipality. Real estate is about planning for the future, and no one wants to buy a home only to learn that the zoning requirements…

6 reasons now is the time to buy off-plan property in Spain

As Tranio has seen first-hand, buyers are choosing off-plan property in Spain. Consumer protection is stronger, and strict obligations on quality, delivery and materials coupled with heightened liability for developers has brought Spain’s off-plan mark…

Residential construction could indicate consumers returning to market

Based on annual rates, residential construction will account for more than 35 percent of all U.S. construction spending this year …

10 most common ways real estate agents get sued

Although accidents can still happen, learning how to avoid the most common mistakes can significantly reduce the risk of being sued, and you should still educate yourself to lean on the side of preparedness. Here’s a list of 10 common ways real estate …

Know the heating requirements for attic bedrooms

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