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Germany Takes Top Honors in Solar Decathlon

Team Germany--led by students from Technische Universitat Darmstadt--won top honors overall in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, the Department of Energy announced today. Second place, overall, went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and third place went to Team California, which was a partnership of Santa Clara University and California College of the Arts.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  October 16, 2009; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Department of Hopeful News , Home features , Neighborhoods , New construction , Outdoors , Remodeling and repair  
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Solar Winners, Chat Day and The Weekend Poll

A couple of early winners have been announced at the Solar Decathlon still underway through this weekend on the National Mall. So far, Team California has taken first place for architecture and communications; the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has taken first place for market viability, and the University of Minnesota has taken first place for lighting design. The rest of the winners will be announced Friday.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  October 16, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Home features , Mortgages , New construction , Outdoors , Poll , Remodeling and repair , The economy , Weekend Poll  
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Get Free Alerts if Someone Messes With Your Deed

First American CoreLogic's ePropertyWatch service allows users to set up a password-protected account and receive e-mail updates reporting recent home sales, foreclosures and, most important, the registration of any changes to public records reflecting your ownership of the home. Such changes could include liens or deed transfers filed without you knowing about it.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  October 15, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Foreclosure , Mortgages , Neighborhoods , Selling , Statistics , The economy , The market  
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AIG Headquarters Going Condo?

The former headquarters of American International Group -- AIG-- in Manhattan will be turned into luxury condos, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  October 13, 2009; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Buying , Condo/homeowner associations , Funny , Neighborhoods , New construction , Selling , The economy  
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What's the Mortgage-Interest Deduction for That Yacht?

The $17 admission fee to the giant sailboat show in Annapolis last weekend was thrifty entertainment, allowing me to spend the afternoon wandering below deck on yachts worth more than my house. The really tricked-out ones had all sorts of sea-worthy goodies like radar and automated sail-trimming gear--most of which is way beyond my limited knowledge of sailing. Below deck, some of these yachts were trimmed out with granite countertops, dishwashers, full-size showers, large flat-screen TVs and even a washer and dryer. These boats also come with a mortgage interest deduction.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  October 13, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Buying , Home features , Mortgages , Outdoors , Taxes  
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