June 26, 2012

Sometimes, the editorial offices of Home Channel News will get sample products to review. Seldom do we write a full commentary about them.

The Rescue! Pop! Fly Trap is one of those rare products worthy of a commentary.

I don’t like the name. It contains too many exclamation points. (The New York Times editors have a longstanding rule: they can use one exclamation point per century.)

But, man, does that thing catch flies!

April 6, 2012

An index by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) designed to track improving housing markets across the country has shifted again, with 13 metros being added and 11 markets slipping from the list, for a net gain of two markets in April. The NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) now includes 101 metropolitan areas. Thirty-five states (including the District of Columbia) are represented by at least one market on the list.

February 13, 2012

International Paper (IP) has announced the completed acquisition of Temple-Inland, which will now become a wholly owned subsidiary of IP. Under the terms of the transaction, each issued and outstanding share of Temple-Inland common stock will fetch $32.00 in cash, including the assumption of approximately $700 million in Temple-Inland net debt. The total transaction value is approximately $4.5 billion.