Realty Check

Homes get makeovers as more mortgages are back in black

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. homeowners are coming back into the black on their mortgages, and that makes them feel better about their homes in general. When people feel better about their homes, they pour money back in.

"We had three new inquiries yesterday," Michael Bruckwick, a busy architect in Bethesda, Md., said on Tuesday. "People may have waited a year or two or three, but it's the reality of life and raising families that keep growing."