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Consumers making mortgage payments top priority again

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The steady rise in U.S. home values is increasingly motivating homeowners to make paying their mortgage on time a priority, according to a new study.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

30-year mortgage rate dips to 4.50%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week amid signs the economic recovery is slowing.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

EXIT Realty Consultants expands

In another move of expansion, EXIT Realty Consultants has merged with EXIT Realty Touchstone of Modesto, to open its fifth California real estate office operated by broker/owner Kris Klair.

September 21, 2013 | 209 Home Scene staff | HOME SCENE

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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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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