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This Oct. 20, 2009, file photo, shows a home with a reduced price for sale in Carmel, Ind., neighborhood.

Why Americans Waiting Longer than Ever to Buy First Homes

Short of cash and unsettled in their careers, young Americans are waiting longer than ever to buy their first homes. The typical first-timer now rents for six years before buying a home, up from 2.6 years in the early 1970s, according to a new analysis by the real estate data firm Zillow...


  • Farmers Markets Across Minn. Start Accepting EBT Cards for Season

    Low-income Minnesotans can now use their EBT cards at certain farmers markets across the state. More than 486, 500 Minnesotans who receive Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be able to use their EBT cards at 64 participating markets this summer and fall...

  • Minneapolis Pushes Landlords to Make Buildings Safer with New Program

    The city of Minneapolis thinks they have found a way to make apartments safer. Landlords looking to pay less to renew their rental license have an added incentive to do so with the city's enhanced tier rental licensing renewal fee structure...  

  • INTERVIEW: Twin Cities Real Estate Market Strengthens

    There is some good news regarding the housing market in the metro. Researchers from the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business said that the real estate market in the Twin Cities is as strong as it was before the recent housing bubble. According to the researchers, the current state of the market is comparable to that of 2007 in the metro....

  • Corner Fireplace Lakeville's Hearth & Home Pellet Stoves, Fireplaces Recalled

    Fireplaces and stoves made by a Lakeville company are being recalled, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. About 2,000 Hearth and Home Quadra-Fire Mt. Vernon E2 pellet stoves and inserts are being recalled because laceration hazard...

  • Ramsey County Fix-It Clinics Help Repair Household Items for Free

    If you have broken stuff lying around the house -- don’t throw it, fix it You can have your broken household items fixed for free or learn how to repair them yourself at an upcoming Fix-It Clinic in Ramsey County...

  • Dos and Don'ts for Dealing with Storm Damaged Trees

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Monday offered advice for dealing with trees damaged in this weekend's storms. Knowing which trees to save and which to remove can impact safety and the survival of remaining trees, according to the DNR...

  • North Ridge Senior Living in New Hope is raising rent, upsetting some tenants. Rent Increases at Senior Living Center Leave Tenants Unsure About Future

    The rent at the North Ridge Senior Living Center in New Hope is increasing for the first time in a few years, but the dramatic spike is putting residents in a tough spot. Several tenants told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that their rent is increasing by almost 25 percent and they don't know if they'll be able to stay. But experts say this could be a trend...

  • Property Owners Can Opt Out of Washington Co. Weed Spraying Program

    Washington County property owners near county roads who don’t want their property sprayed as part of a chemical weed control program can pick up “Do Not Spray” signs this weekend. The spraying will affect 220 miles of Washington County roadsides and is scheduled to begin Monday, July 13...

  • Rent in Twin Cities Continues to Rise in Low-Vacancy Environment

    A new report out Tuesday from the Minnesota Housing Partnership says rent in the Twin Cities market averaged $1,018 in the first quarter of 2015, which is 13 percent higher than five years ago. The report also found that it is rare to find available units at $1,000 or less...

  • Get Growing: Yard Beautification Tips

    With the 4th of July right around the corner, people are planning celebrations, and yards need to look their best, lawn and garden expert Larry Pfarr says. Slugs appear this time of year, and the best way to get rid of them is to use Sluggo, an all-natural slug control product, or by pouring beer into a container buried in your yard...

  • Minnesota Veteran Receives Home Makeover After Years of Service

    A group of volunteers helped a Minnesota veteran clean up and renovate his childhood home Wednesday. For a time, John Boyle didn't know if he'd be able to keep his St. Paul house because of financial hardships. Now with new windows, flooring, plumbing and more, he'll be able to call this place home for years to come...

  • Get Growing: Landscaping

    Lawn and garden expert Larry Pfarr talks about how to successfully landscape a yard.  He emphasizes the importance of having a plan, thinking about how one will use the landscaped space, having plants for all seasons, and well as having repeat plants to create repetition and focal points in a yard...

  • Report Shows Median Income Drops Significantly in 6 of 7 Metro Counties

    Recent data shows the median income in the Twin Cities metro has dropped since 2000. According to Minnesota COMPASS, a drop was seen in six of the seven metro counties between 2000-2013. Carver County's median household incoming went from $70,222 in 2000 to to $86,759 in 2013...

  • The view from Lake Street, the southeast corner East Block of Wayzata Bay Center to be Converted to Condos

    Plans have been approved to transform one of Wayzata’s largest development projects. BohLand Development wants to convert the East Block of Wayzata Bay Center from 27,000 square feet of office space to 29 individually-owned condos...

  • Big Lots Hanging Chairs Big Lots Hanging Chairs Recalled Because of Fall Hazard

    Big Lots is recalling hanging chairs due to fall hazards. The egg shaped, hanging chairs that are made from brown plastic wicker can tip over when they are sideways and swing beyond the base, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission...









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