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1. Search Continues for Any Survivors of Tennessee Wildfires
- Friday, December 2, 2016
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Crews made "significant progress" in their search for any survivors in the rubble of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains, and the death toll remains at seven, officials said Thursday.
2. High-Flying Vols Can’t Overlook Arkansas State
- Saturday, September 6, 2014
KNOXVILLE – You had to be hiding under a rock not to hear the buzz this week about the University of Tennessee’s football team.
One person not reveling in the Vols’ 38-7 season opening victory over Utah State on Sunday night was UT coach Butch Jones.
3. Many Seek New Homes Near Cities But are Priced Out
- Thursday, June 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – City living has been a blessing for Tim Nelson.
The Phoenix lawyer moved downtown a few months ago into a new $389,000 home with a warehouse-style floor plan, a Jacuzzi tub and kitchen counters made of Caesarstone quartz. His favorite coffee spot is three blocks away. When the Arizona Diamondbacks play on Friday nights, he can watch postgame fireworks from his deck.
4. Estimated Q4 Economic Growth Rate Cut to 2.4 Percent
- Monday, March 3, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a 2.4 percent annual rate last quarter, sharply less than first thought, in part because consumers didn't spend as much as initially estimated.
5. Rise in US Home Sales Reflects Steady Improvement
- Thursday, August 23, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans bought more homes in July than in June, the latest evidence that the housing market is slowly, but steadily, improving.
Sales of previously occupied homes rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.47 million in July, a 2.3 percent increase from the previous month's rate, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday.
6. US Sales of New Homes Rose 3.3 Percent in April
- Thursday, May 24, 2012
Americans bought more new homes last month, the latest evidence that the U.S. housing market could be starting to recover.
New-home sales increased 3.3 percent in April from March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 343,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Sales rose sharply in every region of the country but the South.
7. Good Deals on New Homes to be Had This Spring
- Wednesday, March 9, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The spring home-selling season is under way, and homebuyers have more leverage this year to get price discounts and other perks on new homes than in years past.
It's the busiest time for homebuilders, which means they are under less pressure to lower prices. They typically reserve the best bargains for the fall, when they look to thin their slate of unsold homes.
8. Signed Contracts to Buy Homes up 10.4 Pct. in Oct.
- Friday, December 3, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people who signed contracts to buy homes jumped in October, marking the third gain since contract signings hit a decade low.
The National Association of Realtors said Thursday its index of sales agreements for previously occupied homes rose 10.4 percent in October. Contract signings were up in every region of the country except the West.
9. New Home Sales Rise 6.6 Pct. After Dismal Summer
- Thursday, October 28, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new homes improved last month after the worst summer in nearly five decades, but not enough to lift the struggling economy.
The Commerce Department says new home sales in September grew 6.6 percent from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 307,000. Even with the increase, the past five months have been the worst for new home sales on records dating back to 1963.
10. Relief Effort Fails Many at Risk Of Foreclosure
- Thursday, July 22, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration’s effort to help those at risk of losing their homes is failing to aid many and could spur a rise in foreclosures that would further depress the housing industry.
11. Sharp Fall in Consumer Confidence Spurs Fears
- Wednesday, February 24, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans' outlook on the economy went into relapse in February. Rising job worries sent a key barometer of confidence to its lowest point in 10 months, raising concerns about the economic recovery.
12. Panel Begins Inquiry into Financial Meltdown
- Friday, September 18, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of a new congressionally appointed panel on Thursday pledged to deliver a no-holds barred investigation into last year's devastating economic collapse, including whether big financial firms and their government regulators were guilty of criminal misconduct.
13. May Housing Construction Jumps by 17.2 Percent
- Wednesday, June 17, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Construction of new homes jumped in May by the largest amount in three months, an encouraging sign that the nation's deep housing recession was beginning to bottom out.
The Commerce Department said Tuesday that construction of new homes and apartments jumped 17.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 532,000 units. That was better than the 500,000-unit pace that economists had expected and came after construction fell in April to a record low of 454,000 units.
14. Factory Orders Fall for Record Sixth Month
- Friday, March 6, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Orders to U.S. factories fell for a record sixth straight month in January as demand declined across a wide cross-section of industries.
The Commerce Department said Thursday that demand for manufactured products dropped by 1.9 percent in January. That was smaller than the 3.5 percent drop that economists had been forecasting but it was still the sixth consecutive monthly fall, a record number of declines for a data series that goes back to 1992.
15. Sector Snap: Regional Bank Stocks Fall
- Wednesday, November 12, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of regional banks slid Tuesday amid more signs of weakness in the financial sector and a string of bleak corporate earnings reports.
Losses piled up in the broader market as third-quarter reports from companies such as coffee retailer Starbucks Corp. and home builder Toll Brothers Inc. sent a strong signal to investors that few industries are immune to a sharp pullback in consumer spending.
16. Housing Starts Slide To 17-Year Low
- Thursday, August 21, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) – Construction of homes and apartments fell in July to the lowest level in more than 17 years, but some economists said the drop could aid the slumping housing sector by helping reduce a glut of unsold properties.
17. Shuttered Irish Landmark Could Reopen
- Monday, March 17, 2008
How Irish is the Magevney House? The Downtown landmark is so Irish that Eugene Magevney's bride-to-be brought soil from Ireland with her when she arrived in Memphis in 1840 to marry him.
The garden using that soil Mary Magevney planted and tended remains one of the home's distinctive features.
18. Homebuilder Sentiment Index Stuck at Record Low as Price Cuts Fail to Move Enough Unsold Homes
- Tuesday, November 20, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. homebuilders continue to be pessimistic about the housing market, as November's reading of an index that tracks their sentiment remained stuck at a record low.
The National Association of Home Builders said Monday its housing market index, which gauges builders' perceptions of conditions and expectations for home sales the next six months, came in at 19 in November, matching an upwardly revised reading for October.
19. Homebuilders Reconsider Wooing Buyers With Price Cuts on Fears of Downward Spiral
- Monday, November 19, 2007
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - When freebies like granite countertops and no-cost closings didn't woo back buyers, homebuilders began trying to outdo one another with bigger and better price cuts.
20. Index of Homebuilder Sentiment Falls, Again
- Thursday, September 20, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) - An index that tracks developers' expectations of future home sales fell this month to equal its record low, signaling the housing market's weakness could persist into early 2008.
21. Home Builders Shrink House Plans to Battle Slump
- Friday, September 14, 2007
The McMansion may be shrinking.
With the nation's housing market in a slump and the mortgage market in disarray, many home builders are putting up fewer supersize homes and offering smaller floor plans. That seems to be what buyers suddenly want in an era of high prices and tougher financing.
22. Toll, Others Buy Major Newspapers in Philadelphia
- Thursday, May 25, 2006
A prominent national home builder is the biggest investor among a group of business executives who have bought two newspapers in Philadelphia – the Philadelphia Inquirer and its sister paper, The Daily News – from McClatchy Co. in a $562