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Fixed or adjustable-rate?

NEW YORK (AP) - Adjustable-rate mortgages got a bad rap after the housing bust.

May 09, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year rate falls to 4.21%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for a second straight week as the spring home-buying season has gotten off to a slow start.

May 09, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Personalize your backyard with beautiful concrete path

Paths provide the practical purpose of connecting two or more locations but a well-made walkway that will stand up for years can enrich the natural landscape of a backyard and complement the exterior look of a home.

May 09, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Simple solutions to add storage, style to your home

The kitchen - it's the central hub of the home where we do homework, pay bills, charge electronics, surf the Web and cook up a meal or two. We spend hours in this core of the house, so it's not surprising that a recent survey from the Research Institute for Cooking and Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI) found that four out of five homeowners want to change something about their kitchen.

May 09, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Outdoor kitchens: Tools and tips to do it yourself

Outdoor kitchens are one of the hottest trends for exterior home improvements in 2014, a survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects reveals. If you're considering creating a backyard kitchen this year, you may be wondering how much of the work you can do yourself in order to get the most out of your budget. Fortunately, many aspects of the job are within the abilities of the average do-it-yourselfer, and resources like rental stores mean you can easily obtain the tools you need to get the job done.

May 09, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Put pro in home improvement with the right painting tools

When planning to paint a room, most people spend countless hours selecting a color. Once that decision is made, they spend far less time selecting paint brushes and rollers. Many DIYers don't consider that choosing the right applicators is just as important as selecting the right paint color. Here are a few tips to help you identify the right tools for the job and make your next painting project your best yet.

May 09, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


MEADOWLANDS JEWEL

Homes rarely come up for sale in Meadowlands, a semi-custom neighborhood in east Manteca.

May 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Make your home ‘smart’ with simple tech upgrades

Homes are more technically advanced than ever before, providing homeowners with sophisticated sound systems, high-tech security capabilities and interactive entertainment systems. The good news is that you don't have to be a techie to turn your home into a smart home.

May 02, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Simple tips on how to give your home new life this spring

Spring is a time of rebirth. A time when everyone shakes off the last chills of a long winter and sets goals to improve themselves. Maybe you plan to set a goal to lose weight, now that you can exercise outside, learn a new skill or get promoted. All of these are great ideas. But while you are striving to attain your personal goal, have you ever thought of setting a goal to refresh your home in a way that will have your friends talking?

May 02, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


‘Vitamin garden’ with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies & herbs

It's a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn't it be better - not to mention tastier - to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This season, why not turn your vegetable and herb garden into a "vitamin garden?"

May 02, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate eases to 4.29%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined slightly this week as the spring home-buying season has gotten off to a slow start.

May 02, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


STARBUCKS HABIT

That $8 a day Starbucks habit could translate into a big chunk of a down payment to buy your own home.

April 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Expert advice for spring inspired kitchen redesigns

When your spring cleaning is accomplished and the room sparkles, do you still feel as if something is missing? All the cleaning in the world can't hide worn countertops, outdated appliances or uninspired cabinetry. If spring cleaning your kitchen is starting to feel like you're simply putting polish on a dirt floor, it's time to plan a spring redesign that you'll love now, and for years to come.

April 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Technology giving outdoor power tools a new twist

The modern world runs on batteries. Portable smartphones, tablets, computers, e-readers and more have revolutionized how everyone communicates. The same is becoming true for household chores. Today's line-up of innovative devices make maintaining a home's outdoor spaces easy, fast and fun while adding a dash of Millennial cool.

April 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Perk up your home with bold & colorful patterns

Give your home an energy shot this spring with bright colors and bold patterns.

April 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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DEL WEBB LIFESTYLE

The appeal of Del Webb at Woodbridge goes beyond the obvious.

August 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Three tips for converting an attic into living space

Moving up - vacating your current, smallish home for a larger, roomier abode - was the American way before the Great Recession. Now that the economy is humming again, at least some of the people who stayed put during those lean years will be looking to move into larger, nicer homes this summer. High demand and low inventory, however, may leave many with nowhere to go. Some will rediscover a time-honored space-gaining technique: attic conversion.

August 15, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Making your home sensational for summer outdoor living

Summer is here and this is the time when you want to be outside as much as possible, soak up the sun, eat amazing food and enjoy the company of family and friends. You'll also see more of your home's exterior on days like this than any other time of the year so this is also a great time to complete those outdoor projects. In fact, 60 percent of homeowners will accomplish a summer home improvement project this year according to survey data from the Zillow Digs Summer Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey.

August 15, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Family-friendly bathroom renovations to consider

Mom rules the media room, Johnny loves the basement workshop and the kitchen is Dad's domain. Gender roles notwithstanding, each family member has one room where he or she enjoys spending more time. One room, however, is equally used and loved - or reviled - by all: the bathroom.

August 15, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Simple ideas to refresh your home’s entryway

Most people enter their home through the garage or backdoor, forgetting how the front entrance looks to neighbors and guests. Your front door is often the first thing others notice about your home. That's why it's key to make a positive first impression.

August 15, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


California home sales decline amid tight real estate market

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales declined in July compared to the same time last year as buyers struggled to find something they could afford in the tight market, a research firm said Thursday.

August 15, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average year mortgage rate at 4.12 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, approaching their lows for the year.

August 15, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


CREDIT SCORES

NEW YORK (AP) - There are changes coming to FICO, a broadly used credit score, that may mean higher credit scores for many consumers. Banks, credit card issuers, auto lenders and other businesses use those scores to decide whether to lend to consumers and how much interest to charge them. A higher score could get you better terms on loans for cars and homes.

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate at 4.14 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but remained near their lows for the year.

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Keep them happy & studying: Creating a kid-friendly space

Would a great study space ease your child's transition from summer to school? Perhaps an awesome lounge area could convince your teens - and all their friends - that your house is the best hangout spot ever. Whatever your objectives, a few design and decorating tricks can help you create a kid-friendly space in your home.

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Five fixes for kitchens that get compliments

No matter if you're an aspiring chef or TV dinner connoisseur ... if the look of your kitchen makes you want to dine out - it may be time for an upgrade. The kitchen should be the heart of your home: it's where you entertain, hold family meetings and even pay bills, so why not take it from "make-do" to "magnificent?"

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Must-have technology makes bathrooms healthier & safer

Think home technology begins with your wireless, programmable thermostat and ends with the high-definition, 3-D, web-enabled flat-screen TV with surround sound? Think again - whole home technology means using leading-edge devices to improve life in every room of the house, including the bathroom.

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Season-extending gardening tips for fall

Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables - and personal satisfaction - from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to keep growing and harvesting delicious, healthy produce well into the season.

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Give your home a checkup

There's no better time than now to give your home the attention it deserves. Give it an annual checkup before cold weather arrives to help add comfort, save energy and cut home maintenance in the long-run.

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Year-over-year: Price gains slowing

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose in June by the smallest year-over-year amount in 20 months, slowed by modest sales and more properties coming on the market.

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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