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Commuters save $15,500 per mile on housing

Housing prices in the 209 are back to the future.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Best Mortgage Deal? Try loans for 15 years

Now that a 30-year fixed rate mortgage has jumped to 4.4 percent hat's the best mortgage deal around?

August 09, 2013 | Terry Savage | HOME SCENE


Closing Fannie, Freddie could boost mortgage rates

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homebuyers could feel the pinch if Congress follows through on plans to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-controlled mortgage guarantee giants that were rescued by a $187 billion taxpayer bailout during the financial crisis.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan at 4.40 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages barely changed this week, giving prospective homebuyers time to lock in relatively low rates.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Real estate inheritance tax tips

DEAR BENNY: I am a retired widow who owns two homes. I have two children. Is it possible for each one to be a co-owner with me: one child on one house and the other on the second property? How would I go about doing this? Would that save anything on taxes, etc., for my two adult children? Would it cost me anything other than the filing fee for the property ownership papers of each of the homes?

August 09, 2013 | BENNY L. KASS | HOME SCENE


Freddie Mac earns $5B in 2nd quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) - Freddie Mac earned $5 billion from April through June, the seventh straight profitable quarter for the mortgage giant.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Fannie Mae posts $10.1B net income for 2Q

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage giant Fannie Mae earned $10.1 billion in the second quarter, aided by the recovery in the housing market. The government-controlled company has turned a profit in each of the past six quarters.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Remodeling: Making your space work for you

(BPT) - As more people choose to stay in their current homes longer, Americans are diving into large remodel projects. Forty percent of homeowners plan to remodel or build an addition to their existing home within the next two years, with kitchen and bathroom projects remaining the most popular remodeling jobs, according to the 2013 Houzz and Home Survey.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Wall-mounted sliding door ‘reflects’ solid design solution

Like many couples who share a bathroom, one Arizona couple was frustrated by the space that was compromised by a swinging bathroom door. The open door swung into the bathroom vanity and took up too much space in a very traditional bathroom.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Inventory, not interest, is key

Good afternoon Real Estate Boys; it is well over 100 degrees outside as I write to you gentlemen. Boy the heat is on and it's only July 2. While the heat is my question it has nothing to do with the weather outside. More to the point, my question is about the heat of the market. You Boys let your readers know about the interest rate hike a few weeks before it happened and you've been somewhat accurate about the market itself. So, with interest rates going up about a whole point last week, now here's the ...

August 09, 2013 | The Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


Make your own masterpieces: painted focal points for rooms

Still love the overall design scheme of a space, but feeling a little bored? The best way to breathe new life into it - without revamping the entire area - is by creating a new focal wall. Instead of a decal, stencil or pricey artwork, make a statement that's one-of-a-kind with a little creativity and painter's tape.

July 26, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Former Long-time renter is $18,000 ahead after buying home 5 years ago

She's a single woman in Manteca in her 50s.

July 26, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Building homes that make more power than they take

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) - Homes being built in this Hudson Valley cul-de-sac offer prospective buyers wooded lots, pretty views and - oh yes - the promise of thumbing your nose at the power utility.

July 26, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan falls to 4.31 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average rates on U.S. fixed mortgages fell for the second straight week, a welcome sign for homebuyers hoping to lock in lower rates that had spiked earlier this month.

July 26, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Best backyard bets for enhancing outdoor living

From entertainment systems and fully functional kitchens to luxurious furnishings and decor, it's easy to drop a bundle on improving your outdoor living spaces. The choices seem to be unlimited. But no matter how much you love your deck or patio - and most Americans do - you probably don't have an unlimited budget for equipping your outdoor space.

July 26, 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 off your list in a breeze and head back outdoors to enjoy the weather.

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 the availability of houses on the market.

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 and a few magazines about Greece and their economic problems. In 800 words or less how will the outcome affect us here in the Valley, if at all? A short and to the point question and answer please.

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 at the start of summer.

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 its seventh year.

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 addition to your bathrooms and kitchen. New designs, styles and technologies are making tile the most versatile and accessible flooring material.

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 space can mean a lot of research and time at the local home improvement store.

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 when the kid next door lobs a baseball through one. Yet the glass in your home is arguably among its most important features, directly impacting the structure's overall energy efficiency and livability.

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 reported Friday.

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 jobs gains will launch a wave of renters

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 of the local market? We often hear and read about the national real estate market and yeah, while we care we really don't. It's the local market that affects me. And you Boys should know, "It's all about me, you know."

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 housing boom a decade ago.

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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