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Rate on 30-year mortgage loans rises to 3.56 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage rose this week but remained near historic lows. Low mortgage rates have helped support the slowly recovering housing market.

February 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


High-tech homes make everyday living simpler, even more secure

If you find yourself wondering how you ever got along before your smartphone, laptop and GPS, you're not alone. Technology is so much a part of how we go about our days that we often take it for granted. However, in many cases, houses haven't caught up to the same technological standards as the gadgets people carry with them 24/7. But that's all about to change, as new ideas begin to revolutionize the way we view our homes.

February 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


‘Gifted’ loan down payments come back to haunt FHA

Uncle Sam's failure to practice tough love is creating more foreclosures.

February 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Remodeling: How to go from a far-off dream to 'DIY'

Year after year, no matter the state of the housing market, kitchen remodeling remains a good idea. The project perennially tops lists of value-for-your-money home improvements and almost every buyer will be attracted to a kitchen that's updated and move-in ready. Even if you're planning on staying in your home for a while, few things can reinvigorate your home like a brand new kitchen.

February 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


California home prices and sales up in January

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The number of homes sold in California rose 2.7 percent last month from a year earlier and the median price soared as the housing market showed continuing signs of recovery, the reporting firm DataQuick said Thursday.

February 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Late-payment rate on US mortgages hits four-year low

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Homeowners who took on mortgages well after the housing bubble burst are doing a better job in keeping up with payments, a trend that has helped push the national rate of late payments on home loans to the lowest level in four years.

February 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


4 must-knows about mortgage payoff

DEAR BENNY: I will be soon paying off (in its entirety) the mortgage on my home. For your information, I have been current on my payments throughout the 10-year term. The mortgage company is a credit union, and I intend to continue residing in my home.

February 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Expanding outdoor living spacecan increase value of your home

Even during a challenging economy, the outdoor living trend remains popular as homeowners seek to add lasting value and functional living space under the sky and stars. Whether it's a do-it-yourself patio or a professionally installed outdoor kitchen, the beauty, usefulness, value and ease of maintenance in outdoor living space is limitless.

February 07, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Don't grant lenders unlimited access to tax records

DEAR BENNY: I understand that when homebuyers sign closing documents, they are routinely required to sign a blanket form allowing the lender to access IRS records with no time limit. The form says not to sign it unless dates are specified on the form, but lenders routinely insist they be signed without any specification as to which years of IRS records are covered.

February 07, 2013 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Home prices rose during 2012 by most in 6.5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices jumped by the most in 6 ½ years in December, spurred by a low supply of available homes and rising demand.

February 07, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Thinking about being a landlord?

NEW YORK (AP) ‑ Low mortgage rates have made buying a home more affordable and turned rentals into an attractive option for investors.

February 07, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Preparing your credit profile

Winter can seem like an eternity. Yet when it comes to your credit profile, house-hunting and the spring real estate season is just around the corner.

January 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Green home improvement improve home value

What your home is worth to you is one thing; what it's worth to someone else may be totally different. If you want to boost the value of your home for yourself and in the eyes of others, one of the best ways to do that in today's real estate market is to make green home improvements.

January 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


WELL-BUILT DECKS

As temperatures increase, your thoughts may wander to spending time outside sharing conversation, drinks and meals with friends and family.

January 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Fewer homes repossessed by banks in 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lenders took possession of fewer U.S. homes in 2012 than a year earlier, as the pace of new homes entering the path to foreclosure slowed and banks increasingly opted to allow troubled borrowers to sell their homes for less than what they owed on their mortgage.

January 18, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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Articles by Section - HOME SCENE


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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