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Making your home stand out in hot real estate market

The residential housing market is heating up, but before you post that for-sale sign, consider making upgrades that add style and value to your home. With many buyers seeking wood floors, kitchen upgrades and other add-ons, it's important for homeowners to highlight these features so their property stands out from the competition in today's market.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Fence & survey differ: So what do you do?

Q: We enjoy reading your column and would appreciate your comments on the following situation. You helped us with excellent advice in the past so we decided to seek your opinion on the following issue.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Top remodel trends for the modern home

Thanks to foreclosures and short sales, home buyers are snatching up great houses at reduced prices and remodeling to create stylish modern homes. Lucky for those buyers, many of today's top trends are relatively easy to recreate, and will add re-sale value to their homes.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Birdfeeder basics: Bring on back yard birds with the right feeders

When you dine, do you prefer clean and attractive tableware? Does ambiance enhance your enjoyment of your food? Birds feel the same way about their dining habits - the type and cleanliness of your bird feeders directly affects the number and species of birds that will visit your backyard this season.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Race affects homebuying, renting

WASHINGTON (AP) -Minority renters and homebuyers deployed to test for housing discrimination did not run into the blatant discrimination of four decades ago, but were told about and shown fewer homes than their white counterparts with similar backgrounds, according to the results of a major federal housing study released Tuesday.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Buyers & sellers beware: It’s a jungle out there

The Real Estate Boys: Boy, I don't know how you guys do it but you seem to be ahead of the game. Many weeks ago you wrote about funds for buying foreclosed homes in bulk from the large banks and a few weeks later I read about it in Time. You both seem to have the pulse of the market - or at least you talk a good game! So, what's coming up for us amateurs to watch out for when buying or selling? I enjoy your fun articles. Keep it up.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


RealtyTrac: Home repossessions rose during May

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lenders stepped up action last month against homeowners who had fallen behind on their mortgage payments, taking possession of more homes and initiating the foreclosure countdown clock on many others.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


PRIVATE PARADISE

By ROSE ALBANO RISSO

May 31, 2013 | Ryan Balbeuna | HOME SCENE


Today’s flippers aren’t the same as those who drove prices up

Flippers - the whipping boys for many who believed they played a big role in pumping up the housing bubble - are being criticized again.

May 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Signed contracts to purchase homes at highest level in 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes ticked up in April to the highest level in three years. The increase points to growth in home sales in the coming months.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


30-year fixed mortgage rate increases to 3.81%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages jumped this week to their highest levels in a year, signaling slightly higher costs for homebuyers. But rates still remain low by historical standards.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Sales of bank-owned homes hit 5-year low in 1st quarter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sales of bank-owned homes have plunged to a five-year low, the latest evidence that the nation's foreclosure woes are easing as the U.S. housing market recovery gains momentum.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Are we in a real estate market recovery?

Real Estate Boys: I keep reading that the real estate market is booming again. Time magazine, the newspaper from our north, TV and radio news are all reporting to get "in now, the market is heating up across the nation." Wasn't it just a short year ago you Boys, and it seemed everyone else, was reporting that maybe we haven't seen the bottom yet? Then in late in 2012, "Well, we've bottomed out, but the road ahead is a long uphill ride." Have we recovered that fast? What is the market doing?

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Rebounding home prices help regain some household wealth for families

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. household has a long way to go to recover the wealth it lost to the Great Recession, a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis concluded Thursday.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices rise 10.9 percent, largest jump in almost 7 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices jumped 10.9 percent in March compared with a year ago, the most since April 2006. A growing number of buyers are bidding on a tight supply of homes, driving prices higher and helping the housing market recover.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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TOUGH TREE TIMES

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


DEATH, BANKS & LOANS

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


LUXURY AUCTIONS

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


Luxury summit peeks into lifestyles of ultra-high end home buyers

LOS GATOS (AP) - The summit on luxury homes and high-end buyers brought over 100 real estate professionals to the Rosewood Hotel in Menlo Park last ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Fannie Mae posts $4.6B profit

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage giant Fannie Mae reported net income of $4.6 billion from April through June, up from $3.7 billion a year earlier ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Tips to get your rental security deposit back

Moving out of an apartment or rental home is hard work and often unveils inevitable wear-and-tear from living in the space. What can be even ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


FAMILY LIVING

Nancy Lebon of Compass Real Estate has arguably one of the coolest deals in one of Manteca's hottest neighborhoods.

July 31, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Décor with a California vibe

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's no single definition of California style: The state's design sensibilities are as varied and interesting as its geography and ...

July 31, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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