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Stay warm this winter by utilizing home heating tips for tricky spaces

When cold winds blow, it can be tricky to keep different rooms throughout your home at the right temperature - especially if you have old and drafty windows, tight spaces or room additions to work around. It can also be challenging to ensure economical comfort without having to do a major heating system overhaul. Yet there are easy and flexible ways to heat your home in areas where it needs it most and still stay comfortable all winter long.

November 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Some home remodeling tips for baby boomers entering their golden years

As America's 77 million-strong baby boomers reach retirement age, one thing is absolutely clear -- they are not going to quietly retreat into their golden years. The most active generation in America's history wants homes that will support their active lifestyles, and homes that will accommodate the challenges boomers will face, from bad knees, to working from home, to taking on grandchildren.

November 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Get high-end looks for your kitchen without paying a high-end price

Each year, House Beautiful magazine builds its highly anticipated Kitchen of the Year, a showplace for what's hot in the kitchen. Designed around the latest trends, the annual Kitchen of the Year is the epitome of high-end style. But let's face it. The majority of us don't have the luxury of a 1,000-square-foot kitchen designed by a celebrated designer. Nor do we have the budget.

November 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


What happens to a HELOC after foreclosure?

DEAR BENNY: I lost my home to foreclosure in August 2011. I had a second mortgage on the home that was secured by a deed of trust for $99,000. This was a home equity line of credit (HELOC) that I used to pay off a pool loan, used for home improvements and later tapped each month to make the mortgage payment.

November 08, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Fannie Mae earns $1.8 billion in 3rd quarter as market improves

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage giant Fannie Mae earned $1.8 billion from July through September, helped by an improving housing market that has lifted home prices.

November 08, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan rises to 3.40 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage was little changed this week, staying slightly above its record low. Cheaper mortgages are helping drive a modest housing recovery.

November 08, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


5 percent jump in home prices biggest in 6 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 5 percent in September compared with a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase since July 2006. The gain reported by CoreLogic offered more evidence of a sustainable housing recovery.

November 08, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Learn important lesson from Sandy’s destruction

In the past year, we've seen tornadoes sweeping across middle America, rivers flooding their banks along the Mississippi and out-of-control wildfires destroying homes in California, Colorado and Texas. But watching the ocean sweep across Wall Street, flooding the New York subway system and destroying a whole section of Queens and New Jersey must finally bring home our total vulnerability to nature.

November 08, 2012 | By TERRY SAVAGE Financial Advisor | HOME SCENE


Good news: Assessor says the bottom has bottomed out

My property tax bill hasn't changed for the second straight year.

November 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Create your holiday home with lights that accent looks

When it comes to decorating with lights for the holidays, there are unlimited ways to add twinkle to the inside as well as the outside of your home. Some people favor an elegant, restrained sprinkling of lights around a door, while others go for a more exuberant display of illumination on virtually every surface.

November 01, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices rise at faster pace for sustained gains

WASHINGTON (AP) - Home prices rose in August in nearly all U.S. cities, and many of the markets hit hardest during the crisis are starting to show sustained gains. The increases are the latest evidence of a steady housing recovery.

November 01, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Flood insurance still relatively rare for Northeast homeowners

NEW YORK (AP) - Many homeowners who suffered losses because of flooding from Hurricane Sandy are likely to find themselves out of luck. Standard homeowners policies don't cover flooding damage, and the vast majority of homeowners don't have flood insurance.

November 01, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan dips to 3.39 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage slipped this week and stayed near its record low, a trend that's helped boost home sales and refinancing.

November 01, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Refinance misstep forfeits low HELOC rate

DEAR BENNY: A mortgage broker advised us several years ago to split our mortgage into a $400,000 mortgage and a $100,000 line of credit (we had $300,000 total available on the HELOC). A few months ago, we refinanced our $400,000 mortgage with our current lender. (Our house is assessed at $900,000.) We asked our lender if we could refinance our mortgage up to $500,000, pay down the $100,000 drawn on the HELOC, but still keep the HELOC with the HELOC lender open, and our lender said "yes."

November 01, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Broker: Wright-designed Ariz. home to be preserved

PHOENIX (AP) - A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Phoenix home that had been slated for demolition will apparently survive under a new owner.

November 01, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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FAMILY LIVING

Nancy Lebon of Compass Real Estate has arguably one of the coolest deals in one of Manteca's hottest neighborhoods.

July 31, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Décor with a California vibe

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's no single definition of California style: The state's design sensibilities are as varied and interesting as its geography and ...

July 31, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Mike Holmes: Buy home using intelligence, not simply illusion

NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Holmes, famous for calling out bad plumbing, woodworking and electrical work on the HGTV show "Holmes on Homes," says there are ...

July 31, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.98%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a second straight week, with the key 30-year rate slipping below 4 percent.

July 31, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Strong sales, limited supply lift prices

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose steadily in May, pushed higher by a healthy increase in sales this year.

July 31, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


‘Big mistake’ cuts my costs

Do not buy a house.

July 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


PAINT LIKE A PRO

Sunny summer months are the perfect time for a colorful home refresh. With open windows, warm weather and the tips below, you can check painting ...

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Home sales surged in June to fastest pace in 8-plus years

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans bought homes in June at the fastest rate in over eight years, pushing prices to record highs as buyer demand has eclipsed ...

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage falls to 4.04 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, retreating from highs for the year and amplifying the incentive for prospective home buyers.

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Is Greek crisis a worry for homebuyers?

To The Real Estate Boys; For the last few weeks my husband and I have been following the nightly news and of course the newspapers ...

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


New-home sales hit slump during June

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans bought new homes in June, a possible sign that the real estate market might not be as hot as it appeared ...

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Can USA housing industry’s comeback endure? Outlook dims

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. housing market has sizzled this summer, lifting expectations that home sales will finally help drive an economic expansion now in ...

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Floor tile has versatility

If you are renovating any area of your home, it may be time to try something new-such as bringing tile into main living areas in ...

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Adding ‘wow’ to outdoor space

Turning your backyard into an outdoor living oasis can be a tough project to start. Between product choices and design ideas, planning your ideal outdoor ...

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Improving home’s energy efficiency

Most people probably think of windows and skylights only when they're buying or selling a house, when they get dirty, when they leak, or ...

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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