Red hot home prices have more consumers saying now is a bad time to buy

People wait to visit a house for sale in Floral Park, Nassau County, New York.

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Anyone out hunting for a house knows that bidding wars are no longer the exception, but the rule.

Demand for housing has been unusually strong, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and supply is historically lean. That is a recipe for high prices, which are now beginning to take their toll on potential homebuyers’ confidence.

The share of buyers who say they think it’s a good time to buy fell in September, from 59% to 54%, according to a new survey from Fannie Mae.

Home values were up nearly 6% annually, according to CoreLogic, a data analytics firm. More consumers now expect those price gains to grow.

The percentage of respondents to the Fannie Mae survey who says prices will go up in the next year increased

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One Bad Kitchen, Three Good Designs

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Synopsis: In this case study, three designers/architects are assigned a set of fictional clients who have differing requests for a remodel of the same problem kitchen. Ashlee Richardson redesigns the space for empty nesters aging in place, Elizabeth Morgan is tasked with an eco-minded remodel, and Garrett Kuhlman, an avid cook himself, is given clients who love to cook and want to modernize the space. Each theoretical remodel includes extensive 3D floor plans along with a description of spec’d products and materials, displaying the many options for remaking the same space to suit different needs.

Remodeling a kitchen is always a big undertaking, but some kitchens are harder to fix than others. The size, the shape, and the way the space connects to the rest of the house can make it hard to add functionality, never mind bring it up to date.

Many homes built in the boom following World

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Opinion | Doctors say Trump may go home Monday. Based on what they’ve told us, that’s a bad idea.

Let’s begin with what we know about the president’s vital signs, which are called “vital” for a reason. They are the single most important descriptor of how patients are doing. It’s also not enough to have one set of vitals, but to see trends. When doctors and nurses do rounds in the hospital, we pore over charts of all of the patient’s vitals during the past 24 hours.

We don’t have these numbers for Trump. During Saturday’s news conference, Conley described his patient’s vitals as “great.” Less than an hour later, an anonymous source (later identified as White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows) said that the president’s vital signs had been “very concerning.” If both are true, then that in itself is worrisome: It points to a changing clinical picture that must be closely followed.

In particular, we need to be watchful of the president’s respiratory status. In many

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