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Colors and accessories bring emotion to your living spaces

Home decor can convey many different emotions - from warmth and comfort on cold and dreary winter days to elegance and festiveness during the holiday season. The colors and materials you use set the stage; everything from the textures that appear in the accessories, the arrangement of the furniture and even how sound reverberates in a room.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Wonders why mandatory info not part of timeshares

RESPONSE FROM A READER: I have given some thought to the timeshare thing – and yes we had one and paid money to get rid of it.

November 29, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 4.29 %

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. mortgage rates rose modestly this week, a move that makes home-buying a bit less affordable. Still, rates remain near historically low levels.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices rose at slower pace in September

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose more slowly in September than in August, a sign that weaker sales are preventing the kinds of sharp price gains that occurred earlier this year.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Winter renovations to boost home energy efficiency, add value

It's that time of year again, when the cold wind blows outdoors and your home works as hard as it can to keep you warm and comfortable indoors. Yet your home may be working harder than necessary, while inflating your energy bills in the process. By making a few home renovations this winter, you can boost energy efficiency, save money and add value to your home in the long run.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Shape up your home in time for the holidays

Excited about hosting a holiday party; but dreading the decorating? You don't have to spend a great deal of money or invest a lot of time to get your home holiday ready. There are a number of quick, easy and inexpensive projects you can complete to update your decor before the first guest rings the doorbell.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


How to maintain your deck for year-round entertainment

Expanding livable space using decks and patios is a top home improvement trend, but today's homeowners aren't satisfied with limiting entertaining outdoors to the warmer months. With a few smart updates, they're creating spaces that make outdoor entertaining possible all year long. Breathe new life into your existing deck and create a space that can be used for entertaining year-round with a few expert tips.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Few supporting delaying changes in flood insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Efforts to delay implementation of changes in the federal flood insurance program have run into roadblocks on both sides of Capitol Hill.

November 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Tips to make your home sparkle for your holiday guests

The holiday season's here - time for enjoying your favorite foods, cider simmering on the stove and gatherings of friends and family. If you're hosting a holiday celebration, prepping your home now will help reduce last-minute chores and make the season more enjoyable.

November 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Son getting dinged for more money after escrow

Q: About a month ago, our son sold his home he had owned for 9 years. Three years ago, he obtained a loan modification to lower his payments. The title attorney that handled the recent closing received a pay-off from the lender in the amount of XXXXX. Our son needed to sell, so he took a loss and had to pay over $5,000 at the closing.

November 22, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year fixed rate mortgage declines to 4.2 perecent.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week after two weeks of increases, keeping home-buying affordable.

November 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Existing home sales fall 3.2 percent during October as supply tightens

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans bought existing homes in October, as higher mortgage rates, the 16-day partial government shutdown and a limited supply of houses on the market reduced sales.

November 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


HEART & SOUL

"A kitchen provides physical and spiritual nourishment, and for many homes is now the heart and soul of family life." That's how Terence Conran opened his classic Kitchen Book 20 years ago, and it's probably even truer today. The kitchen's central importance in most households means that Americans are paying more attention than ever to the design and decoration of this vital space - a search for functionality, comfort and beauty that's reflected in current trends in hardwood kitchen cabinetry.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Festive tabletop ideas for holiday entertaining

Do you have the blues this holiday season? How about the pinks? Non-traditional holiday colors are a popular trend in home decor this yuletide, especially when it comes to decking the table for special gatherings with family and friends.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Fewer homes repossessed by lenders during October

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homes are completing the foreclosure process and ending up repossessed by banks because investors are increasingly buying up properties when they go on sale at public auction.

November 15, 2013 | | 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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