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FHA moves to decrease its mortgage market share (access required)

The Federal Housing Administration did its job, officials say. When no one could get mortgages after the housing market crashed, home buyers came to FHA, and FHA got the qualified ones mortgages. The market share of federally insured home loans–those ...

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Homebuilders come into 2012 with momentum (access required)

The figures are in for Ada County homebuilding last year, and they’re leaving builders feeling optimistic. While the number of newly constructed homes sold in 2011 dropped slightly from the year before, the median sales price leaped up by 20 percent, ...

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New building will shake up Boise’s Class A office market (access required)

Despite the sluggish uncertainty that has gripped the Treasure Valley’s commercial real estate market over the last few years, there’s one category that has remained largely stable through it all: downtown Boise’s high-end office space. New figures from Colliers International ...

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Design firm Adrian + Sabine carves its own niche (access required)

A couple years ago, a Boise family threw a wintry Northwest Passage-themed private party. The invitations featured a watercolor illustration of mountains, attached to a brown box and accompanied by miniature snowshoes and a frosted pinecone. Inside the box were two ...

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Politics heat up around plans for geothermal pool (access required)

Ever since Cascade’s city pool closed down in the 1970s, residents have been trying to build a new one. Early on, they held bake sales and auctions and went door to door, hoping to collect enough money to build a ...

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Boise luthier builds life into each of his guitars (access required)

In 2003, Carl Hamilton wanted to buy a high-end electric guitar, but they cost $3,000 and he didn’t have that kind of money. So he did some research. “I started looking at what they were made of and how they ...

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Precious metals prices keep jewelers hopping (access required)

Susie Molenaar was born and raised in the jewelry business. She grew up watching her father run Molenaar Jewelers in Boise, later purchasing his Broadway Avenue store. She’s watched precious metals and precious stones prices rise and fall, running their ...

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Boise grandma brings big manufacturing dreams to fanwear (access required)

When LaDonna Thomas was looking for the best way to get her invention mass produced, all signs were pointing to China. That idea didn’t sit well with the 61-year-old grandmother of five: Her family is closely bound with the military, ...

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Boise attorney stands up to domestic violence (access required)

One in three teens reports being abused in his or her dating relationship, and that’s not okay with Boise attorney Paula Landholm Kluksdal. “I have young kids, so this kind of hits home for me,” the Hawley Troxell partner said. ...

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Workplace blues lead to billions of dollars in lost productivity

Depression may not often come with the expensive treatments and procedures tied to medical conditions like cancer or serious accidents, but it’s costing American companies between $36.6 and $51.5 billion every year in lost productivity, according to various studies. It’s ...

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