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Pending home sales rise to highest level in 2½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) - A measure of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes increased last month to its highest level in two and a half years, the latest sign of improvement in the once-battered housing market.

January 03, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Cypress siding provides a natural choice to enhance today's homes

Across the country, cypress siding is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners who are looking to add value, durability, and a lifetime of good looks to their homes.

January 03, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Name on the sales contract, but not the deed

DEAR BENNY: Some time ago I entered into a sales contract with my then-fiancee to buy a house. Both our names (hers was in her maiden name) were on the sales contract, which we both signed. I turned over my half of the down payment, we went to closing and we owned the house (or so I thought). Some time after that I learned that the deed was in her name only. I went to the closing attorney who told me I didn't own anything (the house).

January 03, 2013 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


The days of rock-bottom affordability are gone

It's a mad, mad, mad, mad housing market.

December 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Tips for choosing the right water heater

If all is working well, most homeowners put little thought into their water heater. But when this critical appliance fails, it can be a nightmare that halts a home's productivity completely. With no hot water for washing dishes and clothes - let alone for bathing - homeowners are left scrambling to find a new water heater as fast as possible.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Protecting condo funds from embezzlement

DEAR BENNY: I have just been elected president of my 200-unit condominium association and have heard that some property managers throughout the country have embezzled association funds. How can we protect ourselves and our money? --Fred

December 20, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Housing starts slowed to 861,000 in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in November after starting work in October at the fastest pace in four years. Superstorm Sandy likely slowed starts in the Northeast.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Mortgage rates rise; still near record lows

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average rates on U.S. fixed mortgages rose this week but remained near record lows, a trend that is leading more Americans to buy homes or refinance their loans.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


American hardwood millwork transforms an aging room into a dazzling showcase

Looking for a simple, inexpensive way to turn an aging family room into a dazzling showcase? Inspired design professionals will tell you one of the most popular and cost-effective ways to transform a plain space into a room with sizzle is to adorn it with millwork crafted from American hardwoods.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


How to truly make your patio an extension of your home

If you're like many homeowners, you consider the patio an extension of your home. So it's fair to ask: Would you be just as comfortable nestled in with your favorite book or preparing a meal in your outdoor space as you would in your living room or your kitchen? As you contemplate ways to improve your outdoor area, think about projects that can both extend the hours you spend outside and make the time you spend there more relaxing.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


It may be worth your time to see if you can lower your tax bill

There are three ways you can possibly lower your property tax bill, two of which can be accomplished without investing even an hour of your time.

December 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Color match part of polymer roof tile’s charm

What does a homeowner do when he's so happy with his colorful new Bellaforté roof that he wants to share it with family and friends? If that homeowner is Dan Baer, he throws a roof party!

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Five fast home decor updates

With the fast-paced lives people can lead today, often we strive for instant gratification to fit into our busy schedules. So when it comes to home improvement projects, wouldn't you love an instant update for boring home decor? Fortunately, there are numerous fast fixes that can produce fantastic results. Try these easy update ideas and realize the rewards of a fabulous and functional home makeover.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Bank repossessions hit 9-month high of 59,134 during November

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. home repossessions rose to a nine-month high in November, even as the number of homes starting on the path to foreclosure declined to the lowest level in six years.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Managers at Fannie, Freddie earned $200,000 as media pay last year

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government report finds median pay for nearly 2,000 senior managers at government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exceeded $200,000 last year.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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Google

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Of Google gets to build a new office complex north of Highway 101, no one will feel the "Googly" aura of the canopied tech wonderland quite like the people living along Space Park Way.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


FHA LOANS: Don’t bite at email, or snail mail loan refinancing offers without exploring options

If you have a FHA backed mortgage there are a lot of people out there convinced you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year if you just call them.

March 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


5 ways to increase curb appeal, value

Whether you're planning to list your home for sale soon or you're simply working to maintain features that attracted you to the charming abode in the first place, careful attention to curb appeal is a must.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Maximizing your storage space: Begin in the garage

A recent study found that 50 percent of homeowners claim their garage is the most disorganized place in the home. In addition, The Department of Energy cites 25 percent of people with two-car garages have too much clutter to leave room for cars, while 32 percent only have room for one vehicle. Isn't it time to do something about the mess? This year, focus your efforts on maximizing storage space in the garage.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Realtors oppose ridgeline development

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - Two leading Realtor boards have come out against future ridgeline development in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Existing home sales rebound slightly in February

WASHINGTON (AP) - Slightly more Americans bought homes in February, but tight inventories, affordability problems and nasty winter weather point to sluggish sales in the coming few months.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


New home sales surge in February

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of new U.S. homes in February climbed to their fastest pace in seven years, as an otherwise dormant housing market showed fresh signs of life.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Add quality & comfort to your favorite rooms

When considering a home renovation, think outside the box for design inspiration and setting the overall tone.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year loan falls to 3.69%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, edging closer to historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Lotusland

MONTECITO . (AP) - Ganna Walska, a wealthy Polish opera singer, created the Lotusland garden in her own likeness - beautiful, eccentric, intelligent, quixotic, romantic, spiritual - on a private estate here about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.

March 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


ENERGY-EFFICIENT

Did you know it takes just one afternoon to save money on your utility bills? Take on a few easy DIY projects this weekend to see immediate savings while making your home more comfortable and environmentally friendly for the long term. As hot months quickly approach, now is the perfect time to improve your home's energy efficiency and set the stage for a cool, comfortable home this summer.

March 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Projects: Spruce up your home

Warmer weather and sunnier days are on their way and many homeowners are itching to begin home improvement projects. If you are one of them, consider these areas of your home when prepping for spring.

March 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


California home sales are sluggish in February, prices rise

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales fell slightly in February as buyers struggled with higher prices and a thin supply of properties for sale, a research firm reported Wednesday.

March 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.78 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, remaining near historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season.

March 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


COUNTRY LIVING

It is country living with all the benefits of solitude but without the extra work of caring for land.

March 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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