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Using security deposit for last month’s rent

Q: I am always eager to read your columns on real estate law and feel obligated to respond to one of your recent columns. I understand you are not advocating breaking local landlord/tenant laws which generally require a tenant to pay the last month's rent and for the landlord to return the deposit, minus any damage expenses.

December 23, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Creating today’s top shower design

Love the look of sleek, elegant shower spaces featured in popular home-improvement magazines and TV shows? You don't need to be a design expert to update your favorite bathroom with touches of modern luxury and influences of European simplicity. To create a fashionable, functional and fabulous shower, follow these three rules.

December 23, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Smart storage ideas to squeeze extra space from your bathroom

Shampoo bottles, makeup tools, lotions, linens and laundry - the bathroom is one of the most frequented rooms in the home and clutter can collect quickly. Stop the chaos before it gets out of control by implementing some smart storage solutions. With these simple ideas, your bathroom will be the most functional and fashionable room in the house.

December 23, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Remodeling bathroom: It’s about you

One of the things I liked about my home I ended up buying in 2008 was the fact both the kitchen and bathroom had much of the original look from when the house was built in 1954.

December 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Plan for futuristic communities opposed

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The utopic communities envisioned by a wealthy Mormon businessman near religious landmarks in Utah and Vermont would feature small homes clustered around community gardens and focus on walkability to reduce the need for cars.

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Should you keep renting or buy a house?

"Ask Brianna" from NerdWallet is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. I'm here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans - all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com.

August 25, 2016 | BRIANNA MCGURRAN | HOME SCENE


30-year rate unchanged at 3.43%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Long-term U.S. mortgage rates didn't budge this week, remaining at historically low levels that continue to lure prospective home buyers.

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Bring style to your closet

Closet designer may not be a title on your resume, but deep down you may find talents you never knew existed. Whether you are laying out the perfect closet or organizing your belongings, these tips will guide you toward creating a truly stylish and functional space.

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


New-home sales climb to best level since late 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low mortgage rates and a solid job market are helping support the residential real estate market.

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Sales fall amid inventory shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) - US homebuyers pulled back in July, as sales declined amid a shortage of available properties and steadily rising prices.

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Bank goes after borrower after foreclosed house sold

Q: My home was recently foreclosed upon. The bank claimed I owed $375,000 on the day of the foreclosure, but the bank was the only bidder at $325,000. They then sold my house for $400,000, but are going after me for a deficiency of $50,000, plus legal and court costs. Is this legal? Is it fair? Kenyon.

August 25, 2016 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


Buying after a bankruptcy or a foreclosure

Hey Real Estate Boys! How goes it on this bright and cheeriest of days? There is no such thing as a bad Saturday in my book. OK, a few years ago "I was much older then, I'm younger than that now" and had just met my future wife. I was rolling in cash, fast cars, fancy dinners and incredible weekends here, there and everywhere. We didn't think twice, it was alright. But always, when the credit card bill arrived it got paid. Rent, then was also paid on time every month. In early 2005 we got married and ...

August 25, 2016 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


LIVING BIG

When tiny houses first became popular, they seemed to be geared towards people who were looking to shed some of the glitz and glamour of traditional living and move on to something simpler. However, as tiny houses' popularity continued to grow, things began to change, and there were people looking at tiny houses who also wanted the experience of luxury living.

August 25, 2016 | CAMILLE MOORE | HOME SCENE


Homebuilder sentiment rises in August as sales improve

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about the housing market this month, reflecting strong growth in new-home sales and prices.

August 21, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Home construction climbed to a 6-month high in July

WASHINGTON (AP) - Apartment construction in the Northeast fueled a jump in home building in July as the pace of housing starts nationwide reached the strongest pace in six months.

August 21, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


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Articles by Section - HOME SCENE


Higher prices squeezing both renters & would- be homeowners

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A diminished supply of available homes is swelling prices in large U.S. metro areas from New York to Miami to Los ...

June 23, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


WATER USE & THE HOME

Cooking dinner, washing dishes, showering and flushing toilets - these are daily activities for most Americans. If you did any of these in the last 24 ...

June 23, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


A VISION FOR AFFORDABLITY

Drive Highway 99 north through Stockton and you'll change any preconceived notions you may have about affordable housing.

June 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Simple projects for your backyard

Your focus changes during the warm weather months. Your backyard becomes your new living room and the most memorable evenings are spent outdoors with friends ...

June 16, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


Clients’ view: Here’s what we want Realtors to go for us

The Boys were being interviewed a few days ago by a prospective seller who would also be a potential buyer after the sale. The couple ...

June 16, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


YOUR OUTDOOR OASIS

Summer is the season when your backyard takes center stage. As warm weather arrives, it's time to head outdoors and create a beautiful and ...

June 16, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


7 reasons why millennials love gardening

The stereotype: Millennials spend more time interacting with the digital world than the natural world around them. The reality: Five million of the 6 million ...

June 16, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


Prices: Manteca vs. Pleasanton

People like to compare Manteca with Pleasanton and Livermore.

June 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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