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Be the buyer sellers wants to deal with

For years, the real estate market has been a buyer's world, with ample inventory, fewer qualified buyers, and highly motivated (read: desperate) sellers. This spring, some signs are pointing to a shift back toward a seller's market. If you're shopping for a home this spring and summer, chances are you'll face increased competition from other buyers.

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Homebuilder confidence nears 8-year high

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Confidence among U.S. homebuilders is at its highest level in nearly eight years, fueled by optimism that demand for new homes will drive sales growth into next year.

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Do the banks earn profit from foreclosures through insurance?

Real Estate Boys; It is a pleasure to write to you guys. We enjoy your column and finally think we have a question of merit for your comments. Here goes…we have heard, but are not certain, that when the banks foreclose on a home there is an insurance policy that the bank collects on the premium. Do you Boys have any knowledge of this fact or myth?

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Myth busters: Why vinyl siding is a hot home design feature

Chances are, you've seen and heard a lot about vinyl siding on home renovation television shows, in magazines and in your neighborhood. Once seen as a drab and boring alternative to aluminum siding, vinyl siding is now driving new design trends, effortlessly adapting to any architectural home style.

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Farm family wins a fight vs. big utility, NY state over eminent domain move

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A farm family unwilling to give up land it has tilled for four generations took on a major power utility and the state and won, at least for now.

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Feds investigating PNC over pricing

NEW YORK (AP) - PNC Financial Services said Thursday that the Justice Department and federal regulators are examining some of its mortgage-related practices, including how it priced mortgage loans.

August 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Whitewashed floors complement lively decorating trends for homes

It's the season of sunshine and enjoying the great outdoors. Celebrate it with a style makeover for your home by tapping lively decorating trends and home decor ideas that will refresh and brighten your living space.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Commuters save $15,500 per mile on housing

Housing prices in the 209 are back to the future.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Best Mortgage Deal? Try loans for 15 years

Now that a 30-year fixed rate mortgage has jumped to 4.4 percent hat's the best mortgage deal around?

August 09, 2013 | Terry Savage | HOME SCENE


Closing Fannie, Freddie could boost mortgage rates

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homebuyers could feel the pinch if Congress follows through on plans to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-controlled mortgage guarantee giants that were rescued by a $187 billion taxpayer bailout during the financial crisis.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan at 4.40 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages barely changed this week, giving prospective homebuyers time to lock in relatively low rates.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Real estate inheritance tax tips

DEAR BENNY: I am a retired widow who owns two homes. I have two children. Is it possible for each one to be a co-owner with me: one child on one house and the other on the second property? How would I go about doing this? Would that save anything on taxes, etc., for my two adult children? Would it cost me anything other than the filing fee for the property ownership papers of each of the homes?

August 09, 2013 | BENNY L. KASS | HOME SCENE


Freddie Mac earns $5B in 2nd quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) - Freddie Mac earned $5 billion from April through June, the seventh straight profitable quarter for the mortgage giant.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Fannie Mae posts $10.1B net income for 2Q

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage giant Fannie Mae earned $10.1 billion in the second quarter, aided by the recovery in the housing market. The government-controlled company has turned a profit in each of the past six quarters.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Remodeling: Making your space work for you

(BPT) - As more people choose to stay in their current homes longer, Americans are diving into large remodel projects. Forty percent of homeowners plan to remodel or build an addition to their existing home within the next two years, with kitchen and bathroom projects remaining the most popular remodeling jobs, according to the 2013 Houzz and Home Survey.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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Plan for futuristic communities opposed

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The utopic communities envisioned by a wealthy Mormon businessman near religious landmarks in Utah and Vermont would feature small homes clustered ...

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Should you keep renting or buy a house?

"Ask Brianna" from NerdWallet is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. I'm here to help you manage your money ...

August 25, 2016 | BRIANNA MCGURRAN | HOME SCENE


30-year rate unchanged at 3.43%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Long-term U.S. mortgage rates didn't budge this week, remaining at historically low levels that continue to lure prospective home buyers.

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Bring style to your closet

Closet designer may not be a title on your resume, but deep down you may find talents you never knew existed. Whether you are laying ...

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


New-home sales climb to best level since late 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low ...

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Sales fall amid inventory shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) - US homebuyers pulled back in July, as sales declined amid a shortage of available properties and steadily rising prices.

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Bank goes after borrower after foreclosed house sold

Q: My home was recently foreclosed upon. The bank claimed I owed $375,000 on the day of the foreclosure, but the bank was the ...

August 25, 2016 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


Buying after a bankruptcy or a foreclosure

Hey Real Estate Boys! How goes it on this bright and cheeriest of days? There is no such thing as a bad Saturday in my ...

August 25, 2016 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


LIVING BIG

When tiny houses first became popular, they seemed to be geared towards people who were looking to shed some of the glitz and glamour of ...

August 25, 2016 | CAMILLE MOORE | HOME SCENE


Homebuilder sentiment rises in August as sales improve

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about the housing market this month, reflecting strong growth in new-home sales and prices.

August 21, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Home construction climbed to a 6-month high in July

WASHINGTON (AP) - Apartment construction in the Northeast fueled a jump in home building in July as the pace of housing starts nationwide reached the strongest ...

August 21, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Siblings inherit house, brother against selling

Q: My father left his house and contents to my brother and me. My brother is living in the house and for the past four ...

August 21, 2016 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


Selling homes: The art of ‘the offer’

Dear Real Estate Boys: My husband and I have a big chip on our shoulder this week. We followed your advice and have our home ...

August 21, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


1904 World’s Fair mansion up for sale

OSWEGO, Kan. (AP) - When it comes to opulence, few houses in Kansas can top the Deming Mansion.

August 21, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


California home sales fall in July amid tight supplies

A kitchen must be many things for the average family: a cooking center, social hub and, most importantly, a central command station for the entire ...

August 21, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


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