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New US home sales jump 11.6 percent in December

...the Northeast and a 17.7 percent increase in the South. The West reported a slight increase in sales, while buying in the Midwest slipped.Average rates for 30-year mortgages dropped to 3.63 percent last week, down from 4.39 percent a year ago...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-27/new-us-home-sales-jump-116
Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices

...movement we make in farming takes fuel," Kansas cattle rancher and hay grower Randy Cree said.Livestock producers in the Midwest and vegetable growers in the Sun Belt alike are reaping the immediate benefits. And with average retail gas prices for 2015...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-25/fueled-oil-agriculture-sec
US home construction up 4.4 percent in December

...construction rose 12.5 percent in the Northeast and was up 8.8 percent in the South and 5.8 percent in the West. The Midwest was the only region to record a decline in December, falling 13.3 percent.Despite the recent weakness in building permits...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-21/us-home-construction-44-pe
Travel Briefs-New and Now

...blues with blossomsThe dreary last few weeks of winter always get an early shot of spring from garden shows.In the West and Midwest, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show takes place March 14-22; the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle is Feb. 11-15...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/travel/2015-01-11/travel-briefs-new-and-now
Bad barley crop probably won't affect 2015 beer prices

...shell out an extra couple of dollars for their favorite brews.Much of the nation's large-scale brewing is done in the Midwest, says Collin Watters of the Montana Wheat and Bar ley Committee, but barley growing has been pushed farther west as corn...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-04/bad-barley-crop-probably-w
US pending home climb in November

...completed sale. The number of contract signings increased in the Northeast, South and West last month, while declining in the Midwest.Housing has struggled to fully rebound since the recession ended more than five years ago. Many potential buyers lack the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-31/us-pending-home-climb-nove
US home sales hit slowest pace in 6 months in November

...purchase but lack the savings or credit record to do so.November sales fell in all four major geographic regions: Northeast, Midwest, South and West. Buying activity fell over the past 12 months for homes worth less than $250,000.A sudden blast of cold...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-22/us-home-sales-hit-slowest-
Wine Time: Fable Mountain Vineyards Jackal Bird 2012, South Africa

...one glaring omission in the recipe is that it didn't call for okra.I know I'm no gumbo expert since I grew up in the Midwest, but Southern cooks tell me gumbo has to have okra, so I always add okra. We served this for the family on Christmas Eve...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/things-do/applause/2015-01-06/wine-time-fable-mount
US new home sales fall 1.6 percent in November

...National Association of Realtors.Purchases plunged 12 percent in the Northeast last month, while sales also skidded in the Midwest and South. Home-buying increased 14.8 percent in the West.Even though sales have barely budged, the supply of newly-built...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-23/us-new-home-sales-fall-16-
US new home sales up 0.7 percent in October

...modestly in October, led by a big jump in activity in the Midwest.New home sales advanced 0.7 percent last month to a seasonally...stemmed from a big 15.8 percent increase in sales in the Midwest and a smaller 7.1 percent rise in the Northeast. Those increases...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-11-26/us-new-home-sales-07-perce