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Designing your home office for maximum comfort & productivity

There's no doubt that we're a connected society - and connected like never before through email, social networks, video conference technology, instant messaging, smart phones, the list goes on. While this influx in connectivity has made it easier to do business, it has also blurred the lines between work and home life, resulting with many of us working in our homes at least a few hours each week. If your kitchen countertop has become your go-to place for paying bills, responding to emails and conducting business, it may be time to consider adding a dedicated office space in your ...

March 22, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Five easy spring cleaning tips

Spring is here, which means one thing: it's time to get your home in tip-top shape. By completing a few easy tasks, you can spend more time soaking up the sun and less time on interior projects. Here are five ways to spruce up your home this spring to prepare for a relaxing summer - and give your home that "spring cleaning" feel without spending the entire spring, well, cleaning.

March 15, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Some states saw spike in foreclosures

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Foreclosure activity surged last month across about half of the nation's states, as banks tackled a backlog of homes with mortgages that had gone unpaid yet remained in limbo due to delays stemming from foreclosure-abuse claims.

March 15, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Program helps people become homeowners

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Single mother Melissa Davis used to live in public housing but dreamed of owning her own home.

March 15, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year loan rises to 3.92%

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average rate in the U.S. on the 30-year fixed mortgage hovered near historic lows this week, making home-buying and refinancing more attractive to those who can qualify.

March 15, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Changes in the housing Changes in the housing market

Last week I talked about how I am seeing more "for sale" signs coming out on properties in my area. Reports around the country are similar to mine and it appears that homeowners who have been waiting to sell, are beginning to believe that the market is turning and that now is time to test the waters.

March 15, 2012 | By DEBORAH ROMERO Special to the Bulletin | HOME SCENE


Must-knows before selling home to daughter

DEAR BENNY: I own two properties and would like to sell my current residence to my daughter and her husband, and move into the other. Its assessed tax value is about $150,000, but I'd like to sell it to them for about $200,000 interest-free. Both my houses are paid off so I don't need any down payment from them.

March 15, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Bank of America to reduce loans for 200K homeowners

NEW YORK (AP) - Bank of America is providing mortgage relief to about 200,000 homeowners.

March 15, 2012 | The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


Home improvements that pay off big

It's beautiful outside and the last thing you want to do is spend all of your spare time working on your home when you could be playing or spending time with loved ones.

March 15, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year mortgage still a bargain dipping to 3.88 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fixed-rate mortgages remain a bargain at the start of the spring-buying season: The average rate on the 30-year mortgage dipped this week, while the 15-year loan fell to a new record low.

March 08, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Woodside Homes begins spring fling bonus event

Woodside Homes celebrated the start of its Spring Fling Bonus sales event last weekend, giving buyers their choice of five valuable move-in bonuses with the purchase of a new home.

March 08, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Home-readiness tips for sports fans

As the weather gets warmer, fans anxiously wait for their favorite sport to take center stage. College basketball fans fill out their brackets, golfers dust off their clubs and dream about green jackets, baseball diamonds are prepped for opening day and the professional basketball playoff run starts heating up.

March 08, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Obama unveils another housing plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is aiming mortgage relief at members of the military as well as homeowners with government-insured loans, the administration's latest efforts to address a persistent housing crisis.

March 08, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Q&A on administration's latest mortgage-aid plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is offering some relief to homeowners who have government-backed mortgages. Under a program President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday, the government would cut the fees it charges to insure those borrowers.

March 08, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


The bottom line: It is a good time to jump into market

The European Debt crisis has been noticeably absent from the news this week. No the crisis is not solved…however it does seem like the imminent reports of a Greek debt default have gone away. The stock market investors don't know what to do with themselves. The market continues to trade within a very narrow range. Gas prices are hurting at the pump but not enough to really have consumers changing their spending habits.

March 08, 2012 | By DEBORAH ROMERO Special to the Bulletin | HOME SCENE


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UNION RANCH APPEAL

There are various yardsticks to judge a neighborhood before you buy - the overall cleanliness, low crime rates, and amenities such as plenty of walking paths.

April 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Bringing life back into your yard and garden

Spring season is a time of regeneration and renewal as you prepare to bring life back to your lawn and garden. Taking the proper steps after seasonal changes or severe weather conditions can prove to be the difference between creating a breathtaking landscape or an outdoor space with unsightly mishaps. By following a few simple steps, you can take pride in your backyard year after year.

April 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Go green with eco-friendly backyard outdoor living spaces

Warmer weather means days spent in the backyard with barbecues, pool parties and neighborhood gatherings. This year, create a more satisfying and sustainable outdoor living space that you'll feel extra good about by going "green." With some expert advice, it's easier than you think.

April 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Bathroom organization styles that work smarter — not harder

Hairdryers, toothbrushes, combs, hair brushes and picks. Shaving utensils, makeup, styling products and perfumes. The collection of grooming and beauty tools cluttering the bathroom vanity can quickly overwhelm everything, making the space unusable for guests and creating difficulty in finding the tools you need.

April 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Turlock Realtors fund high school scholarships

Turlock Realtors continued a philanthropic tradition of supporting education with the Betty McCoy Scholarship Fund.

April 18, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins.

April 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices surge in March

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices surged to a six-year high in March amid lackluster sales at the start of the traditional buying season, a research firm said Wednesday.

April 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


VILLA TICINO

One owner homes often have tender loving care making them in some cases either on par or better than a new home.

April 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate down to 4.34 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week, edging closer to historically low levels as the spring home-buying season begins.

April 11, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Despite interest hike refinancing still attractive

Once at rock bottom, interest rates have ticked up slightly in recent months. Still, the prospect of refinancing a mortgage remains attractive. Interest rates are projected to rise to 5 percent or above by August 2014, according to an August 2013, Freddie Mac study.

April 11, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Increasing resale value easy by saving smartly

Investing in home improvements is a smart idea when you're thinking of putting your home on the market. So where is the best place to spend your money?

April 11, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


DEL WEBB LIFESTYLE

It is the cleanest neighborhood by far in Manteca and perhaps in the entire 209.

April 04, 2014 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 staff reporter | HOME SCENE


Growing demand for apartments pushing up rents

WASHINGTON (AP) - These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much.

April 04, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


30-year loan rate increases to 4.41%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose slightly this week but remained near historically low levels.

April 04, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Housing market: Few buyers, not enough sellers is unusual dilemma

WASHINGTON (AP) - Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.

April 04, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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