Increased Security at the White House, Welcome Fall, Now is a Good Time to Buy a House

White House increases security (Source: WOIO)
White House increases security (Source: WOIO)

WASHINGTON, DC (CNN/Pool) - The White House is stepping up security after Friday's security breach. President Barack Obama and his daughters had just left the White House Friday evening, boarding a helicopter on the south lawn. Four minutes later on the other side of the building, a man jumped the fence - running across the north lawn and into the president's home. "I was stunned," former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino said. "I've never heard of such a thing. I've been there for hundreds of fence jumpers, and they never even make it close." The Secret Service said 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez was stopped just inside the north doors. His former stepson describes him as a "great guy" whose mental state seemed to deteriorate after each of his three tours in Iraq. It's not clear yet why the Secret Service didn't stop him sooner. "We have dogs," Bongino said. "There's multiple layers of security. There was a failure here."

We can't rule out a stray, leftover. lake-effect shower through the morning commute on this cool, final day of summer 2014.  
Beneath mainly grey skies today we'll see highs struggling to reach 60 degrees. Showers should end before noon giving way to a slow clearing trend.  
Fall arrives at 10:29  tonight. Under the fair-weather influence of high pressure throughout the rest of the week, we'll be treated to plenty of sunshine and seasonable temperatures in the 70s to welcome autumn!

(CNN) - The housing market doesn't hibernate in fall and winter, but it's not nearly as hot as spring and summer. And those without school-age children may find it a good time to make a move. Recent analysis by real estate website Zillow found that in many metro areas, renting is more costly than buying, simply because rents kept climbing during the recession, and didn't drop like housing prices. Home affordability has been helped by low mortgage rates, which have sat around four percent for much of this year, but may not stay there as the economy improves. "If you are looking to buy, the time would be now, because when mortgage rates go up, your purchasing power goes down, and it goes down pretty substantially," said Vera Gibbons, a Zillow contributor and personal finance expert. But there's more to the housing market than mortgage rates, and that includes demand. Some markets are more challenging, even in the slower season. New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles are among cities where prices have had the sharpest rebounds.

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 Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager