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Making real estate play after owner dies

DEAR BENNY: I resided with a 71-year-old male who died in November with no will. I took care of him since 2002 and lived with him since 2005 because his health was diminishing. His family had basically abandoned him, never visiting or making any type of contact with him. I want to know if there is any way I can keep the house as my residence. We discussed his getting a will, but he died before he could get a lawyer. He was going to leave the house to me. --Carl

September 21, 2013 | By Benny L. Kass Inman News | HOME SCENE

Remodeling 101: Make space your own

There is a lot to think about when remodeling your kitchen. You want to design a kitchen that reflects your taste and style, which you'll love for years to come. Whether you're designing for yourself or for resale, the key to success is to embrace timelessness. That doesn't mean sacrificing personality for a neutral palette, though. Quite the opposite.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Single-family home construction up

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders started work in August on the most single-family homes in six months and requested permits to construct even more in future months. The figures suggest housing remains a driver of economic growth despite higher mortgage rates.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

What fine print is required when you go to sell a house?

Good day Real Estate Boys, kudos to the Journal for running your column for their readers. Today's question is an easy one for you Boys I'm sure. What exactly is required to sell a house? I don't mean the deed or signing papers or even the silly answer, duh, a buyer. I mean what are the state laws that every home owner must know to sell a house. I hope you guys can understand what I'm asking. I know what I'm asking but can't seem to make it understandable in writing. I'm so ...

September 21, 2013 | LARRY RUMBECK & LLOYD BLACKMAN The Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE

Autumn edibles: Tips for fall gardening & second plantings

People choose to garden for many reasons: Food is fresher and tastes better. It's a healthy hobby that exercises the body. It saves money. Numerous reports show an increasing number of homeowners are growing their own fruits, vegetables and herbs.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Tips to help find the perfect home

For most Americans your home is the biggest ticket item you will ever purchase. It's no wonder that people can take months, and sometimes even years, to find the perfect home. When you walk into a house that's on the market, many times the homeowner or real estate agent has "staged" it to ensure that you focus on the home's greatest assets and overlook its flaws. Your job is to look past all that to see if this house is right for you.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Housing: Are we going back to the future?

Want a glimpse at the future in housing?

August 30, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Jump in mortgage rates hurts sale of new homes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans cut back sharply in July on their purchases of new homes, a sign that higher mortgage rates may slow the housing recovery.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Average rate on 30-year mortgage at 4.51 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages declined this week but stayed close to their highest levels in two years.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Infusing natural elements into the decor

Nature is bringing a breath of freshness into home decorating, but it's more than just incorporating flowering pots or opening windows. The latest home decorating trend features natural elements in the textures and finishes of furniture and accessories, giving homeowners an elegant - and often calming - result of blending nature and home living into a beautiful space.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Home prices rise strong 12.1 percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose 12.1 percent in June from a year earlier, nearly matching a seven-year high. But month-over-month price gains slowed in most markets, a sign that higher mortgage rates may weigh on the housing recovery.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Problem with inherited property ownership

Q: I inherited 8 pieces of property that includes vacant lots and 2 houses. I co-own them with 9 other people who grew up with my deceased father. They created a housing development corporation with the original intent of building housing for the elderly, but that never happened. They use empty lots as special event parking a few times a year. While I was originally acknowledged as a co-owner after my father's death in 2000, the active members of the group do not keep me informed of any of the activities, and I do not share in the thousands ...

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

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Dear Real Estate Boys: My wife and I are having a running discussion over whether we should put a built-in pool in our backyard. My wife says it will just take up needed play space the kid(s) need and will do nothing but cost money to keep up. But the real reason is that she wants to go on a long vacation before the kid(s) get to school age. I, being the most pragmatic of the couple, say it will enhance the value of our home. We can design the pool to take only a small portion of ...

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Liberace’s one-time sells for $500K


August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Four ways to tech up your bathroom

We live in a constantly connected society - more than half of adults in the U.S. own smartphones (75 percent in a recent survey actually admit to taking them in the bathroom). It comes as no surprise that integrating technology into the bathing space is one of the hottest trends in products and interior design. Gone are the days of blasting the TV from an adjacent room to catch the weather forecast, or eating up precious counter space with a docking station for your mobile device. It's never been easier or more affordable to make your bathroom smarter - all ...

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

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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

Sales soar to fastest pace since 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans stepped up their home-buying for a third straight month in July, as sales accelerated to the strongest pace in eight years.

August 21, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


EDWARDS, Colo. (AP) - Bob and Karin Weber built their dream home 14 years ago, creating an 11,000-square-foot mountaintop oasis. Now that the couple is ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Discarded objects reborn as light fixtures

NEW YORK (AP) - Household objects, industrial cast-offs and vintage farm tools - all these and more are being salvaged and upcycled into lighting fixtures that range ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Average rate on 30-year loan falls to 3.91 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a third straight week amid anxiety over developments in the U.S. economy that lifted ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Cut yuck for healthier home

Dirt. Grime. Bacteria. Airborne allergens. As hard as you try to keep your home clean, these types of yucky things are an everyday reality. Taking ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Bring style for small spaces

As college students prepare to move into dorm rooms and apartments, they trim their packing lists and often sacrifice style due to space restraints. Although ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

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