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Demand for rental apartments boosts U.S. housing starts

People work on a construction site to build a new apartment building in Los Angeles, California February 6, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

WASHINGTON – U.S. housing starts rose solidly in September on soaring demand for rental apartments, a sign that the housing market continues to steadily improve even as economic growth has slowed. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday groundbreaking increased 6.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.21 million units. It was the sixth straight month that starts were ...

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Dominion provides east Ohio customers several options to keep up with payments

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Dominion East Ohio customers who struggle to pay their energy bills are encouraged to explore payment plans and government energy assistance programs as winter approaches. Residential and commercial customers who use less than 500,000 cubic feet per year have several assistance options: Budget Billing: Customers can pay a fixed budget amount each month that the company bases off of annual ...

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Pennsylvania panel to examine drilling impacts on poor communities


Pennsylvania’s Office of Environmental Justice, all but moribund during the administration of then-Gov. Tom Corbett, gets new life this week with the appointment of a director and a mandate to review, for the first time, shale gas facilities that could increase the health and environmental risks in poor and minority communities. Whether those expanded reviews will reduce those risks in ...

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UMH Properties acquires Middletown, OH community

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New property acquisition adds quality, affordable housing for Ohio residents UMH Properties (NYSE:UMH) has acquired several new communities in Ohio and Michigan with new properties now available for rent or purchase. UMH’s newest community, Catalina, is located in Middeltown, Ohio, midway between Dayton and Cincinnati. The acquired property offers a pool, playground and safety patrol, focusing on the company’s dedication ...

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Mortgages 101: taking the best route to your new home


Purchasing a home The time has come to buy a house. Cue the applause. It’s exciting news! All that hard work has paid off.  Though once the excitement dies down, nervousness might take its place.  For those who’ve never purchased a home before, the process can be especially intimidating. The mortgage industry isn’t known for easy to understand rules and ...

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Watford City barrels through downturn in oil economy

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A dramatic drop in the price of oil has adversely impacted the economies of North Dakota and its oil patch cities and counties. But one area has weathered the storm better than most. Whether you take your measure from sales taxable revenue (up 11% year-over-year), construction permits or industry pundits, Watford City and McKenzie County have exceeded expectations. Experts mostly ...

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Energy efficiency goes mainstream with help of regulations, demand

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The light bulb aisle looks vastly different from when Craig Bonzo started working in hardware stores 25 years ago. Gone are most of the incandescent bulbs that the federal government prohibited over the past few years, replaced by more energy-efficient models with lower wattage, compact fluorescent lights and light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. Bonzo, manager of the T&M Hardware & Rental ...

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Police Blotter: Man arrested for terrorizing following altercation

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Police Blotter: Man arrested for terrorizing following altercation Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602 Police arrested Dickinson resident Douglas Rustan, 54, for resisting arrest and the Class C felony of terrorizing after they responded to an altercation around 12:10 a.m. Sunday on the 1400 block of Marilyn Way. Woman allegedly strikes another, charged with DUI A 24-year-old Dickinson ...

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Rents dropping with downturn


Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Odessa cost about 15 percent cost less in August than during the same month of 2014, reflecting a continuing drop amid the oil and gas downturn after years of tight apartment housing and rising costs. In August, an average one-bedroom in Odessa cost $850 per month, while a similar apartment in Midland cost $920, ...

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