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Home improvement tricks to help you avoid the winter blues

Many triggers can affect our moods. From sights to sounds to smells - it's a sensory experience that we don't seem to have much control over. Or so we used to think. But with more research being done on exactly how these elements might affect our stress or happiness levels, we now have better insight on how to enhance our mood. This is good news for those looking to make home improvements.

November 01, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Colorful accents create unique living spaces

When looking to transform your home, elements such as doors, ceilings and trim are perfect places to add color. These architectural details can create a wow factor with well-placed splashes of color.

November 01, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Why the sudden slow down in home sales?

Hey Real Estate Boys; This should be a quick and easy question for you boys. Sometime in April or March the market picked up, as you both reported, and we seemed to have a resurgent market all of a sudden. Well, the end of the summer, say July, I saw signs sitting a lot longer in front yards. Then looking at the closed sales in another newspaper, the sales seemed to have dropped or stopped again. So, here's my question for you: First, have you noticed, or will you admit to a slow down, and if so, why do ...

November 01, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

5 lawn care tips & projects to complete before winter

With the autumn season in full swing, there's no better time to watch leaves change colors, enjoy a hayride with family and friends, and indulge in a cup of hot apple cider. But, did you know it's also the perfect time to prepare your backyard for winter?

November 01, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

What to do with dad’s house with $330K mortgage

Q: My dad is in his 70's still working. Mom died a couple years ago and he's left with a mortgage (remaining balance of $330K on a single-home) on top of house maintenance, monthly costs and unpaid debts. Lately, dad expressed concern that he is getting old and worried how he can pay for the house. He is opposed to selling the house because of life memories. Stated the idea of us (family of 3, paying mortgage on a townhome bought in 2010) moving in with him. Wife and myself are hesitant because we cannot afford the cost ...

November 01, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE

Signed contracts to buy homes plunges in Sept.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy existing homes fell in September to the lowest level in nine months. The decline reflects higher mortgage rates and home prices that have made purchases more costly.

November 01, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Mortgage rates at lowest level in four months

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell for the second straight week and are at their lowest levels in four months.

November 01, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Tips to capture mood, season’s splendor

As decorations are hung this holiday season in preparation for entertaining family and friends, consider creating ambiance using lighting in the main social rooms of the home, including the kitchen, dining and living rooms. Beyond the trimmings, presents and other jolly adornments, it is essential to have the proper lighting to enhance the glow of the holidays and adjust the mood of a room.

November 01, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Is the 44.6% gain in value of Manteca homes for real?

The median price of existing homes closing escrow in year-to-year comparisons is up a whopping 44.6 percent in Manteca.

September 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

How to paint like a pro

The task of home painting projects may seem daunting, but by following a few helpful steps you can give your home a fresh, clean appearance and incorporate some of your favorite new home décor trends.

September 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


From runway fashion to home decor, blue is definitely in the spotlight right now. Give your home a fresh boost of an on-trend color and make it through the fall season in style.

September 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

The ebb and flow of interest rates

Gentlemen and Boys; My husband and I watch the news and stay abreast of current events for reasons we won't discuss here. Suffice it to say, we like to be aware of what's going on in our world. With knowledge comes a little fear that you may have missed a point or forgot. Forgetting is today's question for you Boys. We have forgotten what the interest rates have done over the last 40 or so years. I know I could go to the Internet and get the answer, but your answers honestly amuse us every Saturday morning.

September 27, 2013 | By LARRY RUMBECK & LLOYD BLACKMAN The Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE

Home prices rise 12.4 pct., most in 7½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose 12.4 percent in July compared with a year ago, the most since February 2006. An increase in sales on a limited supply of available homes drove the gains.

September 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

New home sales jump 7.9 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans stepped up purchases of new homes in August after cutting back in July, suggesting that higher mortgage rates are not yet slowing the housing recovery.

September 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Wants to sell jointly owned property

Q: I read your last posting in the Tribune regards options for selling jointly owned property. I have a horrific situation not for the faint at heart. We are two brothers fighting worse than a Spanish bull ring.. Animosity exists between my older brother and my wife. He has no rush, and enjoys the comfort when he comes to Chicago to stay as long as he wishes in the basement and collects rent from the first floor of this 2 flat. Meantime I live with my wife on the 2nd floor. We want out of this situation. What once was ...

September 27, 2013 | By Benny L. Kass Inman News | HOME SCENE

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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

EPA pushes for ‘smart themostats’ to limit pollution

CHICAGO (AP) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made an impassioned push Thursday for homeowners to adopt Wi-Fi-enabled "smart thermostats" as a ...

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Average rate on 30-year mortgages falls to 3.76%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell sharply this week amid concern over a labor market that has shown recent signs of weakness.

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Q: I have a mortgage balance of approx. $170,000, but the estimated market value of my home is $67,000 to $75,000. The ...

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Sparks braces for Tesla housing boom

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Not since the Southern Pacific railroad rolled into this sleepy high desert town in Nevada more than a century ago has there ...

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Hardwoods can make home dazzle

If you're looking to upgrade your home's exterior, include American hardwoods in the mix. New, environmentally friendly treatment methods now make hardwood an ...

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

California home prices, sales cool

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California's summer housing rally cooled in August, a research firm said Thursday, as tight supplies kept a lid on sales and ...

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Ways to Improve your sleep, improve health

As the fall and winter months approach, you're probably planning to take preventative health measures recommended by your doctor: get the flu shot; wash ...

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.91 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the second straight week, average long-term U.S. mortgage rates inched up this week as financial markets awaited the Federal Reserve's ...

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Homebuilding slows after hot streak

WASHINGTON (AP) - Builders broke ground on fewer houses and apartment complexes in August, a possible sign that the housing market may be levelling off after ...

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


The rush to save water is claiming legions of unintended casualties - California's trees.

August 21, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

5 simple design tricks to help revamp home

Whether you've just moved into a home or you've lived there for years, it might be time for a design tune-up. While many ...

August 21, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Average 30-year fixed mortgage at 3.93 %

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week, with the key 30-year loan rate remaining under 4 percent.

August 21, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Q: I was searching the Internet and came across and article you wrote a couple of years ago. That posting is very similar to my ...

August 21, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

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