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Wonders why mandatory info not part of timeshares

RESPONSE FROM A READER: I have given some thought to the timeshare thing – and yes we had one and paid money to get rid of it.

November 29, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE

Average rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 4.29 %

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. mortgage rates rose modestly this week, a move that makes home-buying a bit less affordable. Still, rates remain near historically low levels.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Home prices rose at slower pace in September

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose more slowly in September than in August, a sign that weaker sales are preventing the kinds of sharp price gains that occurred earlier this year.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Winter renovations to boost home energy efficiency, add value

It's that time of year again, when the cold wind blows outdoors and your home works as hard as it can to keep you warm and comfortable indoors. Yet your home may be working harder than necessary, while inflating your energy bills in the process. By making a few home renovations this winter, you can boost energy efficiency, save money and add value to your home in the long run.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Shape up your home in time for the holidays

Excited about hosting a holiday party; but dreading the decorating? You don't have to spend a great deal of money or invest a lot of time to get your home holiday ready. There are a number of quick, easy and inexpensive projects you can complete to update your decor before the first guest rings the doorbell.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

How to maintain your deck for year-round entertainment

Expanding livable space using decks and patios is a top home improvement trend, but today's homeowners aren't satisfied with limiting entertaining outdoors to the warmer months. With a few smart updates, they're creating spaces that make outdoor entertaining possible all year long. Breathe new life into your existing deck and create a space that can be used for entertaining year-round with a few expert tips.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Few supporting delaying changes in flood insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Efforts to delay implementation of changes in the federal flood insurance program have run into roadblocks on both sides of Capitol Hill.

November 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Tips to make your home sparkle for your holiday guests

The holiday season's here - time for enjoying your favorite foods, cider simmering on the stove and gatherings of friends and family. If you're hosting a holiday celebration, prepping your home now will help reduce last-minute chores and make the season more enjoyable.

November 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Son getting dinged for more money after escrow

Q: About a month ago, our son sold his home he had owned for 9 years. Three years ago, he obtained a loan modification to lower his payments. The title attorney that handled the recent closing received a pay-off from the lender in the amount of XXXXX. Our son needed to sell, so he took a loss and had to pay over $5,000 at the closing.

November 22, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE

Average rate on 30-year fixed rate mortgage declines to 4.2 perecent.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week after two weeks of increases, keeping home-buying affordable.

November 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Existing home sales fall 3.2 percent during October as supply tightens

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans bought existing homes in October, as higher mortgage rates, the 16-day partial government shutdown and a limited supply of houses on the market reduced sales.

November 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


"A kitchen provides physical and spiritual nourishment, and for many homes is now the heart and soul of family life." That's how Terence Conran opened his classic Kitchen Book 20 years ago, and it's probably even truer today. The kitchen's central importance in most households means that Americans are paying more attention than ever to the design and decoration of this vital space - a search for functionality, comfort and beauty that's reflected in current trends in hardwood kitchen cabinetry.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Festive tabletop ideas for holiday entertaining

Do you have the blues this holiday season? How about the pinks? Non-traditional holiday colors are a popular trend in home decor this yuletide, especially when it comes to decking the table for special gatherings with family and friends.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Fewer homes repossessed by lenders during October

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homes are completing the foreclosure process and ending up repossessed by banks because investors are increasingly buying up properties when they go on sale at public auction.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Late-payment mortgage rate down in 3rd Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homeowners are falling behind on their mortgage payments, aided by rising home values, low interest rates and stable job gains.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

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November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

USA housing recovery divided on age, race, place

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's the most profitable time to sell a house since the Great Recession started in late 2007. But first-time buyers are increasingly ...

November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Average rate on 30-year mortgage jumps to 3.87%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose sharply this week amid growing expectations that the Federal Reserve may soon raise its key short-term ...

November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Wood improves indoor air quality

A recent Life Cycle Analysis of wood flooring conducted by the University of Wisconsin supports this belief. The study compared five different floor coverings in ...

November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Wells Fargo to pay $81.6M to homeowners in bankruptcy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to pay $81.6 million to settle claims that it failed to notify homeowners in bankruptcy of ...

November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Water damage caused by you cleaning appliances can clean out wallet

Being a homeowner means being vigilant. From the roof to the foundation, you need to keep a close eye on your house to guard against ...

November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Fannie Mae posts $2B profit for 3Q

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage giant Fannie Mae reported net income of $2 billion for the July-September period, down from $3.9 billion a year earlier.

November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Natural light helps save money

Wild seasonal temperature changes and the high utility bills extreme temperatures can cause - no wonder a change in season can make many Americans feel down ...

November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


With sales of new and existing homes remaining slow nationwide, many homeowners are looking for ways to add value now. Installing stylish interior doors and ...

October 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Home rental prices rose at slower pace

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. home rental market cooled in September. The slowdown hit major hubs of the energy industry such as Dallas, Houston and ...

October 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

In San Francisco, high rents matched by rising incomes

WASHINGTON (AP) - San Francisco has outlandishly high rents - among the highest in the nation - yet a striking number of tenants there can afford to plunk ...

October 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

US home values and rents defying global slowdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. housing appears to be insulated so far from the cooling global economy.

October 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Turn to nature for color inspiration

The colors are blooming outside and chances are you're feeling inspired to add some color inside your home as well. Using nature as your ...

October 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Wright house aimed at wider audience rediscovered in Madison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Linda McQuillen long wondered whether her 1917 home had any connection to Frank Lloyd Wright, thinking at best maybe one of his ...

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Chef-centered kitchen

Many homeowners with a passion for cooking desire a kitchen that mirrors those of renowned chefs. To achieve this, various design elements and simple upgrades ...

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

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