Housing Starts Hit New Low

February single-family housing starts decreased 6.7% to 707,000. Building permits fell 7.8% to a 978,000 annual rate, the lowest level since September 1991.

What's New

New Tax Breaks To Aid
Some Homeowners

Before filing your federal income-tax return, check to see if you're eligible for new deduction and a newly available exclusion, especially if you've taken out a mortgage.

Launch of Teardown Project
Hinges on Ironing Out Details

Columnist Nancy Keates was set to have her home torn down to make way for a new one this month, but small choices -- from doorknobs to doorbells to sink basins -- have pushed demolition back a month.

A Home-Equity Line of Credit
Can Be Your Safety Net

Now is the time to consider a home-equity loan if you haven't already. Think of it as valuable backup in a weakening economy.

Homes in a Box Are Popular
But Present Some Challenges

Kit houses sold as parts have attracted a near cult-like following among style-minded consumers and do-it-yourselfers. But assembling these abodes can present unexpected pitfalls.

MORTGAGES AND MORE
Older Homeowners Cautioned On Use of Reverse Mortgages

PRIVATE PROPERTIES
As Iglesias Rebuilds, He Buys House Nearby

MORTGAGES AND MORE
Democrats Align on Plan To Insure Mortgages

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June Fletcher's House Talk

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Teardown Diary

Columnist Nancy Keates chronicles her experiences as she prepares to demolish her home to make way for a new one. Her latest column: She struggles to find a roof to put over her head.


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Up on a roof: Nancy Keates talks about asphalt alternatives.

Is it worth the cost to commission an energy audit of your home?

Green construction -- it's cheaper than you think.

June Fletcher says a pretty yard can mean a higher sale price.

Some 'green' appliances don't do the job; suspending utility savings while you're away to save cash.

Are you relocating? You may be able to take your job with you. Plus, what to do before signing a new apartment lease.

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