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In this Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, photo, an existing home for sale is shown in Roswell, Ga.

US New-Home Sales Soar in December

Americans rushed to buy new homes in December at the strongest pace in 10 months, a sign of the positive momentum carrying the housing market in 2016. The Commerce Department says new-home sales surged 10.8 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544,000...


  • Eagan Approves Senior Housing Complex Near Outlet Mall

    The Eagan City Council has approved plans for a new senior housing complex. The 173-unit complex will be at Cedar Grove Parkway and Nicols Road, which is in the Cedar Grove Redevelopment District near the Twin Cities Premium Outlets and the Cedar Grove Transit Station...

  • Home Values Jump in Twin Cities Market

    As the end of 2015 nears, the Twin Cities housing market also ends on a good note. Home values jumped an average of almost 2.5 percent this year, according to online real estate database company Zillow...

  • US Existing Home Sales Tank in November

    Home sales plunged sharply in November, as rising prices are creating affordability pressures and new regulations have delayed finalizing purchases. The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes collapsed 10.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.76 million. It was the weakest pace in 19 months...

  • Property Tax Levy Hikes Proposed for Majority of Minn. Communities

    Every community in Minnesota will have a say in how much property tax levies change, if at all. After years of decline, 2016 will bring with it both tax levy hikes and declines. Some areas of the state will be hit harder than others...

  • Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgages Rises to 3.97 Percent

    Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week in the days before the Federal Reserve announced a historic increase in its key short-term interest rate. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage edged up to 3.97 percent from 3.95 percent a week earlier....

  • US Home Sales Slump in Oct. as Higher Prices Weigh on Buyers

    Fewer Americans bought homes in October, a sign that rising home values are pushing more would-be buyers to the real estate market's sidelines. The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes fell 3.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.36 million...

  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons Recycle Your Broken Christmas Lights at These South Metro Locations

    As you start decorating for Christmas, you may find that some of your holiday lights aren't working. If so, you can drop off your lights in dozens of recycling bins around the Twin Cities, and people working with a company called ProAct will pick them up...

  • INTERVIEW: Save Money on Your Heating Bill

    As the temperatures go down, most of our energy bills are going up. Many Minnesotans are looking to save a few dollars in any way possible. Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware joined 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS on Sunday morning...

  • 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Investigates: Hidden Home Danger

    Federal safety experts are pushing to make drastic changes to window coverings, including possibly requiring only cordless options to be sold. The Consumer Product Safety Commission lists corded window coverings as one of their Top 5 Hidden Hazards in the Home...

  • Xcel Energy Offers Rebate for Those with ‘Smart’ Thermostats

    Xcel Energy is offering a $50 rebate to Minnesota customers who install qualifying “smart” thermostats in their homes. Smart thermostats allow homeowners to control heating and cooling systems using an app...

  • New Apartment Complex Opens in Apple Valley

    A new apartment complex is now open in Apple Valley. Remington Cove Apartments opened to new residents over the weekend. The complex has 101 studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments...

  • Construction to Begin on Housing Development at Former Roseville Fire Station Site

    Roseville community members are invited to attend a ground-breaking ceremony for a new housing development. The development is located on the site of the former Dale Street Fire Station and includes 18 owner-occupied, single-family detached and attached townhomes...

  • Artist's rendering of the 610 West Apartments Crews to Break Ground on Luxury Apartments in Brooklyn Park

    Brooklyn Park city officials on Thursday will attend a ground-breaking ceremony for the city’s first market-rate luxury apartment complex in the city in more than 20 years. The new building, called 610 West Apartments, will be south of Oak Grove Parkway...

  • Starbrights Dragon Build-A-Bear Recalls Stuffed Dragons for Choking Hazards

    You might want to check your child’s toy chest; Build-A-Bear is recalling stuffed animals because of a potential choking hazard. Starbrights Dragon stuffed animals are being recalled because the satin seam on its tummy, feet, wings and horns can open, allowing the stuffing to become exposed...

  • IRS to Test New Security Measures to Stop Tax Fraud

    The IRS is testing new data elements next year in hopes of preventing fraudulent returns. The 20 new safeguards are part of an effort to combat years of tax refund fraud. Last year, cyber thieves stole as much as $39 million in federal refunds...









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