Home builders can't find enough workers

There's a huge "help wanted" sign hanging over the home building industry.

Builders throughout the country are struggling to find workers, and it's causing major problems: Labor costs are rising, homes are taking longer to complete and buyers are facing higher prices.

"We are now at the point that there is a serious shortage of workers," said Jerry Howard, CEO of the National Association of Home Builders. "It's a real problem that ripples throughout the home-building process that ultimately costs...

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Spring Home Maintenance List: Five Things to Check Off Your List

 

 

Just as you prepare your home for the winter by covering outside pipes, making sure your heater is working well and removing all of the old leaves and branches from your property, there are also a number of things homeowners should do to ready their homes for warmer weather.  With spring in full swing, check out the following list of home-related chores and checkups you may want to do before summer arrives.

Check For Pests

As plants, flowers and bushes...

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These Cities Are the 10 Biggest Comeback Stories in U.S. Real Estate

 

Everyone loves a great comeback story.

And there are plenty to go around. Rocky. Steve Jobs. The Chicago Cubs. And perhaps the most impressive comeback of all, the one that hits us exactly where we live: the housing industry.

After all, the 2007 real estate crash was a trauma that cut a wide swath of destruction through the ranks of home buyers, sellers and owners—and just about everyone affected by the bleak recession that followed. Although it has taken...

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Fannie Mae Gives Homebuyers Struggling With Student Loan Debt A Break

There's good news for would-be homebuyers with federal student loans who are enrolled in government repayment programs for struggling borrowers.

The nation's largest purchaser and guarantor of mortgages, Fannie Mae, now says that it won't hold it against borrowers if the monthly payments they're making on their student loans aren't even covering the interest they owe.

When the monthly payments on your student loans are too small to cover the interest that's owed, you've got a loan that's...

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