* Setting Price in a Shifting Market [Washington Post]
"One of the trickiest, and most important, parts of selling or buying a home is deciding how much it is worth."
* Looking for the Bottom [Washington Post]"If you think the real estate market in the Washington region still looks fuzzy, you get the picture."
* A Vineyard Grows in Manhattan [Reuters]
* Best Places to Retire [U.S. News and World Report]
"Go ahead, dream a little. Retirement may be years, or even decades, away. But that doesn't mean you can't think about it—and where you might spend your golden years."
* Affordable Homes in Every State [Business Week]"In Greenwich, Conn., Boston, and many parts of California, a four-bedroom house can easily set you back more than $1 million, while in parts of Texas and in the Midwest, a similar house can be had for just over $100,000."
* Solar Finally Pays Off [Kiplinger]
"Dan Mullin's electric meter is turning backward, and it gives him immense satisfaction. On a sunny day in his Washington, D.C., neighborhood, the solar panels perched on his roof catch enough rays to power his home and sell electricity back to the utility."
* No End Sight for Homebuilders [Seeking Alpha]
"Dismal earnings reports from homebuilders Lennar Corp. (LEN) and KB Home (KBH) last week (full story I, II) offered more evidence of the toll the credit crisis is taking on the industry, leading Barron's to speculate the downward cycle may not end until some of the weakest players face bankruptcy."
* Small Investors Gain an Edge in Properties [Real Estate Journal]
"For small investors who've been shut out of the commercial-property market in recent years, there's a bright side to the mortgage meltdown: It's much easier for them to compete."
* Houston, We've Solved a Problem [Dwell]
"A bird flying over Houston, Texas, sees only a sprawling canopy of trees. It seems the perfect nesting place for creatures both avian and human alike; unfortunately, the green ends at the tree line."
* The Untapped Green with Graying Buildings [GreenerBuildings]
"She rose 14 stories in 1929 as part of a development wave that established Seattle's downtown commercial district. "
* Taking Action to Save on Heating [NYT]
"WITH winter approaching, and heating costs showing no signs of dropping with the temperature, homeowners will be looking for ways to get the biggest bang for their energy dollar."
* Are You Prepared to be Ruled by a Homeowner Association [Market Watch]
"Buying a home is already a complex endeavor. Add in the sometimes unfathomable machinations of a homeowners association and you enter a realm filled with the potential for misunderstandings that may have legal and financial consequences."
* What's Really Wrong with Stated Income [Calculated Risk]
"I had pretty much decided that I had said all I have to say about stated income loans with this post, but now that, per Chevy Chase, IT'S BACK!, I'm going to say one more thing. Then I'm done."
* Regulators Shut Net Online Bank NetBank [BBOL]
"An online bank with $2.5 billion in assets was shut down by the government on Friday because of an unsustainable level of mortgage defaults."
* It May be 2009 Before Lumber, Housing Recover [Reuter]
"As the U.S. housing slump drags on, the North American lumber industry must reduce production and close some mills permanently to fix its financial mess, said analysts who follow the industry."