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Mortgage rates rise; still near record lows

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average rates on U.S. fixed mortgages rose this week but remained near record lows, a trend that is leading more Americans to buy homes or refinance their loans.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


American hardwood millwork transforms an aging room into a dazzling showcase

Looking for a simple, inexpensive way to turn an aging family room into a dazzling showcase? Inspired design professionals will tell you one of the most popular and cost-effective ways to transform a plain space into a room with sizzle is to adorn it with millwork crafted from American hardwoods.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


How to truly make your patio an extension of your home

If you're like many homeowners, you consider the patio an extension of your home. So it's fair to ask: Would you be just as comfortable nestled in with your favorite book or preparing a meal in your outdoor space as you would in your living room or your kitchen? As you contemplate ways to improve your outdoor area, think about projects that can both extend the hours you spend outside and make the time you spend there more relaxing.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


It may be worth your time to see if you can lower your tax bill

There are three ways you can possibly lower your property tax bill, two of which can be accomplished without investing even an hour of your time.

December 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Color match part of polymer roof tile’s charm

What does a homeowner do when he's so happy with his colorful new Bellaforté roof that he wants to share it with family and friends? If that homeowner is Dan Baer, he throws a roof party!

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Five fast home decor updates

With the fast-paced lives people can lead today, often we strive for instant gratification to fit into our busy schedules. So when it comes to home improvement projects, wouldn't you love an instant update for boring home decor? Fortunately, there are numerous fast fixes that can produce fantastic results. Try these easy update ideas and realize the rewards of a fabulous and functional home makeover.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Bank repossessions hit 9-month high of 59,134 during November

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. home repossessions rose to a nine-month high in November, even as the number of homes starting on the path to foreclosure declined to the lowest level in six years.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Managers at Fannie, Freddie earned $200,000 as media pay last year

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government report finds median pay for nearly 2,000 senior managers at government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exceeded $200,000 last year.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Know your rights for canceling private mortgage insurance

DEAR BENNY: I want to get the PMI off my mortgage in February of next year, which will be two years from the time of my refinancing. All my payments have been on time. I have communicated with my current mortgage company that I wish to have the PMI canceled and they informed me in writing that I have to wait for two years and that I have to get an appraisal (which I have to pay for) in order to make sure I will have 20 percent equity of the new appraised value.

December 13, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year fixed rate mortgage dips to 3.32 %

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week near record lows, providing more incentive for Americans to buy homes and refinance.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


California home prices rise 19% in November

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices posted a ninth straight annual increase in November as buyers competed for a limited number of available properties, a research firm reported Thursday.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Use winter to update and beautify your bathroom

Remodeling and refreshing the home is a great way to keep cabin fever at bay during long winter months. Designing a bathroom remodel to incorporate innovative style, comfort and efficiency helps to speed the winter months along, and your family will certainly enjoy the rest of the season with a beautiful new bathroom.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Ten lucky home décor trends coming in 2013

Despite its negative reputation, the number 13 doesn't always have to be unlucky. Take these top 10 decor trends for 2013 from design experts, manufacturers and trend forecasters across the country. They're fresh, fun and sure to bring good fortune to any home.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Siding with style adds timeless value

As cooler temperatures approach, more homeowners are turning to value-driven renovation projects that will warm up their space and withstand the test of time.

December 06, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Kitchen trends for 2013: 'Revamping kits' offer high-end results for less

If you're tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you're not alone. In 2013, consumers will be trying to find the beauty in the beast. Projects that help the old look new will be the next big makeover trend - especially in the kitchen where remodeling becomes more pricey.

December 06, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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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


Mike Holmes: Buy home using intelligence, not simply illusion

NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Holmes, famous for calling out bad plumbing, woodworking and electrical work on the HGTV show "Holmes on Homes," says there are ...

July 31, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.98%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a second straight week, with the key 30-year rate slipping below 4 percent.

July 31, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Strong sales, limited supply lift prices

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose steadily in May, pushed higher by a healthy increase in sales this year.

July 31, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


‘Big mistake’ cuts my costs

Do not buy a house.

July 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


PAINT LIKE A PRO

Sunny summer months are the perfect time for a colorful home refresh. With open windows, warm weather and the tips below, you can check painting ...

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Home sales surged in June to fastest pace in 8-plus years

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans bought homes in June at the fastest rate in over eight years, pushing prices to record highs as buyer demand has eclipsed ...

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage falls to 4.04 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, retreating from highs for the year and amplifying the incentive for prospective home buyers.

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Is Greek crisis a worry for homebuyers?

To The Real Estate Boys; For the last few weeks my husband and I have been following the nightly news and of course the newspapers ...

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


New-home sales hit slump during June

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans bought new homes in June, a possible sign that the real estate market might not be as hot as it appeared ...

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Can USA housing industry’s comeback endure? Outlook dims

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. housing market has sizzled this summer, lifting expectations that home sales will finally help drive an economic expansion now in ...

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Floor tile has versatility

If you are renovating any area of your home, it may be time to try something new-such as bringing tile into main living areas in ...

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Adding ‘wow’ to outdoor space

Turning your backyard into an outdoor living oasis can be a tough project to start. Between product choices and design ideas, planning your ideal outdoor ...

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Improving home’s energy efficiency

Most people probably think of windows and skylights only when they're buying or selling a house, when they get dirty, when they leak, or ...

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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