The USDA has released its new and improved digital Plant Hardiness Zone Map. It’s about time.
Existing-home sales, low mortgage rates, and a spike in home builder confidence point to a housing turnaround.
Rebounding from another slow year, the housing market is picking up steam. Prospective home buyers are taking advantage of low mortgage rates, and home builder sentiment reached its highest level in more than 4 years this week. Housing is also gaining a bit of attention on the campaign trail. Dems and Republicans took part at a South Carolina rally promoting home ownership. Read these headlines and more in this week’s Friday Five.
Tax rules that let you escape paying federal income tax after a short sale expire this year
If you can’t afford your mortgage and know you’re going to eventually have to sell your home via short sale, you might want to get going on that sooner rather than later.