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February 18, 2007|Diane Wedner;Gayle Pollard Terry

* Home-improvement spending, which peaked at $280 billion in 2005 in tandem with the real estate market boom, is poised to increase by 3.7% annually during the next decade, according to a recent report published by the Remodeling Futures Program of Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. -- D.W.

* The percentage of new foreclosure filings increased by 25% statewide in January compared with the same month last year, according to RealtyTrac Inc., an Irvine-based company that monitors such data. -- G.P.T.

* Men are from Venus and women from Mars, apparently even when shopping for homes. A January survey conducted by Countrywide Home Loans revealed that 43% of women believed they did not spend enough time shopping for a new home, compared with 27% of men. In contrast, 23% of the men felt they spent too much time on it; 14% of women felt that way. -- D.W.

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