Highway 29, Silverado Trail Reopened; Firefighters Gain 82 Percent Containment; 642 Homes Destroyed In Napa, Sonoma Counties

ST. HELENA (CBS SF) — Across Wine Country a sense of normality was beginning to take grip early Saturday as major roadways closed by the threat of the Glass Fire were reopened, neighborhoods in St. Helena, Calistoga and Angwin repopulated, less smoke was visible on the horizon and utility crews were busy restoring electrical power to once evacuated homes.

As of Saturday morning, the Glass Fire burn zone had grown to 67,484 acres with 82 percent containment, but a once promising weather front and the showers it would produce, never arrived.

“Crews experienced minimal fire behavior throughout the night on the Glass Fire,” Cal Fire said in a Saturday morning update. “These conditions consisted of creeping and smoldering fire behavior within the current perimeter.”

There were a few mandatory evacuations still in place, but the majority had been either completely lifted or reduced to warnings that allowed residents to

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S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices show Chicago home values rose 0.8 percent in July

That’s essentially flat from a year ago. July was the seventh month out of the past 12 when Chicago home values were flat, according to the index. In the other five months, values were up 1.5 percent or less. 

Nationwide, home values were up 4.8 percent in July, or six times the increase in Chicago. The national figure has been up more than 4 percent in six of the past 12 months.

“The strength of the housing market was consistent nationally,” Craig Lazzara, managing director and global head of index investment strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said in prepared comments that accompanied the data. All 19 cities in the index showed stronger performance in July than in June, he noted. That includes Chicago, where home prices were up 0.6 percent in June and 0.8 percent in July.

This report from Case-Shiller does not conflict with Crain’s story last week

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Buying a home? Good luck. Prices soared 14 percent last month

The region’s housing market surged in August, with prices for single-family homes both statewide and in Greater Boston leaping by double digits compared with the same month last year.

Fueled by strong demand — despite the pandemic-induced recession — coupled with a severe shortage of properties for sale, prices for single-family homes jumped 14 percent to a record-high median of $480,000, according to Boston real estate data firm The Warren Group. Condominium prices climbed 5.9 percent, to $425,000.

The dramatic increases came as the number of homes listed for sale in Greater Boston dropped by 23 percent compared with last August, according to data from the Greater Boston Association of Realtors. Many would-be sellers have decided to stay put this spring and summer, real estate agents say, even as cooped-up renters are looking for places to buy and spread out a bit.

That supply-and-demand imbalance, along with a delayed selling

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