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Four fast, easy kitchen projects for you to do

Minor kitchen updates can result in enhanced appearance, enjoyment and increased home value. With a free weekend and a modest budget, you can accomplish some do-it-yourself projects that will give your kitchen a whole new look.

August 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


What to do about overhanging branches

Q: My neighbor has several trees on his property at the property line. The branches come over my lawn, roof and driveway. I have requested many times that he trim the branches but to no avail. When they asked me to cut a tree that they feared would fall on their house I complied, no question asked.

August 22, 2013 | Benny Kass | HOME SCENE


Tips for making moving easier

Planning out a big move across town requires a bit of organization. Enlisting the help of friends and family, packing all of the belongings carefully into containers and once moved, finding homes for everything - the to-do list can go on and on.

August 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


US home sales hit 5.4M in July, highest since ‘09

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time since 2009, previously occupied U.S. homes are selling at a pace associated with a healthy market.

August 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


How to become a good credit risk

Boys: My husband and I have been very irresponsible in the past and now think we would like to purchase our first home. The time seems right and prices are still good. But, as you can probably already figure out, we don't qualify to purchase a home due to our poor credit rating. While we have not been to a lender to check our credit score, we thought we'd begin with having you Boys give us your guiding-light-map to what we should do first. My parents think you guys are a hoot, but your advice is sound.

August 22, 2013 | Larry Rumbeck Lloyd Blackman | HOME SCENE


Renovation loans give homebuyers an edge in a competitive market

Just a year ago homebuyers could choose from a bounty of properties on the market. Today things are starkly different. In many locations throughout the United States, inventory of homes for sale is at historic lows, creating a seller's market where multiple buyers get into bidding wars over move-in-ready homes.

August 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


ENTERTAINING ON A DIME

Wish your soiree could have a bit more swagger? You don't need a celebrity budget and abode to throw a stunning celebration. With just a bit of creative vision and DIY savvy, you'll have an affair to remember in no time at all.

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


California home sales up 17% in June

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's once-battered housing market continued its recovery in July as statewide sales hit an eight-year high and prices remained firm, a real estate research firm said Thursday.

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Home foreclosures continuing to decline on track for 6-year low

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. is on track to end the year with the fewest homes repossessed by lenders in six years, a trend that should help limit the negative impact foreclosures have on home values.

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year Mortgage stays 4.4 %

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average rates on U.S. long-term fixed mortgages remained steady for a second straight week, giving prospective home buyers more time to lock in historically low levels.

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


A homeowner’s guide to a year-round deck

During the warm summer months, having an outdoor deck for barbecues and gatherings with family and friends is a great addition to any backyard. The approach of cool weather may signal the end of barbecue season, but homeowners can still use their deck after the warm temperatures have passed.

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Taking on condo commandos

Q: I have lived in a four unit condo for almost four years. In that length of time we have never had a condo meeting nor have we received any financial statements. I have been fine with that until recently.

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Be the buyer sellers wants to deal with

For years, the real estate market has been a buyer's world, with ample inventory, fewer qualified buyers, and highly motivated (read: desperate) sellers. This spring, some signs are pointing to a shift back toward a seller's market. If you're shopping for a home this spring and summer, chances are you'll face increased competition from other buyers.

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Homebuilder confidence nears 8-year high

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Confidence among U.S. homebuilders is at its highest level in nearly eight years, fueled by optimism that demand for new homes will drive sales growth into next year.

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Do the banks earn profit from foreclosures through insurance?

Real Estate Boys; It is a pleasure to write to you guys. We enjoy your column and finally think we have a question of merit for your comments. Here goes…we have heard, but are not certain, that when the banks foreclose on a home there is an insurance policy that the bank collects on the premium. Do you Boys have any knowledge of this fact or myth?

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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‘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


California home sales surge in June thanks to strong economy

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales surged in June on a strong economy and low interest rates as prices reached seven-year highs, a research firm ...

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Apartment projects homebuilding surge

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders broke ground on apartment complexes last month at the fastest pace in nearly 28 years, as developers anticipate that recent ...

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


The Turlock market is pretty healthy

Real Estate Boys: Hope you are having a great summer so far. Our question for the Boys is simple and easy. What is the shape ...

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Everything is negotiable on a home transaction

Q: My wife and I are in our eighties and would like your comments regarding a very critical decision concerning our future.

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Homebuilder sentiment hits highest level since 2005

NEW YORK (AP) -U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the market for new homes is back up to levels not seen since the height of the ...

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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