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A warning about unpaid real estate taxes

DEAR BENNY: Subsequent to the purchase/settlement of my condo, I began receiving claims of delinquent real estate taxes that the seller had neglected to pay from a previous year, prior to my purchase of the property. I notified my settlement agent, who asked that the seller look into the matter, and I have emailed the seller to see what he had done about it.

October 07, 2011 | by BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Creating a dream bedroom for your child

Just about every child wishes for a dream bedroom, but it takes inspiration to transform four white walls into a fairytale princess room or tree house hideaway. Fortunately, you don't have to be an interior designer or skilled craftsman to become a hero. A little family compromising, combined with some simple painting techniques, can go a long way in creating a fun, personalized design that kids love - and parents can live with over time.

October 07, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Fall/winter home decorating tips

Are you over orange as an autumn decorating accent? Bored with relying on balsam and fir touches to evoke a holiday spirit in your home? If cooler weather and the coming holidays have you looking for new decorating ideas, here are some trends that will be heating up interior design this year:

September 30, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


No-interest loan comes with tax bite

DEAR BENNY: My wife and I want to give our two grown children an interest-free loan for $360,000. They currently have a 15-year fixed 5 percent loan for this amount for a second home they both enjoy. With our given money they can immediately pay off the bank loan and pay us back $4,587 per month for approximately 6.5 years. The $4,587 is their current monthly payment. Staying with the bank loan, they would fully pay it off in seven years and 10 months. Paying the loan off 16 months early will represent a savings to ...

September 30, 2011 | by BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Winterize your home for long-term payback

You may not want to think about it, but winter will be here again before you know it. Of course, winter means it's time to turn the heat back on, which can be a strain on your home energy budget.

September 30, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Protecting young children in the home

When your child skins her knee or bumps her head, how do you comfort her? With a kiss and a hug? No matter how loving and careful you are, it's impossible to shield your children from all of life's little injuries.

September 30, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Time for mortgage lending to go back to the future

Back to the future - that is exactly what the government needs to do.

September 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Designing with an exceptional shower

For some of us, the shower is a personal sanctuary - the only place and time of the day to unwind and not be bothered by anything from the outside world. So why not make an exceptional shower the centerpiece of your next bathroom remodel? Utilize the latest in style - and even technology - to create the ultimate retreat.

September 23, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Does foreclosure wipe out all liens?

DEAR BENNY: In a recent column you said that "a foreclosure by a first-trust (lender) will wipe out any subordinate liens." But that is not necessarily the case, is it?

September 23, 2011 | by BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


‘Know your rights’ housing day Oct. 8

STOCKTON - The California Rural Legal Assistance is holding a free clinic that will provide legal information to those who are at risk of eviction, foreclosure or housing discrimination.

September 23, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Creating a year-round oasis in your backyard

When winter approaches, do you stow the grill and cover the patio furniture, wishing there was some way you could continue to enjoy your outdoor living space all year? If so, you're not alone.

September 23, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Artful design pairings create a culinary paradise

Just as matching food with the right wine can elevate a simple meal to the level of a culinary experience, artfully pairing design elements in your kitchen can turn a utilitarian room into a chef's paradise.

September 23, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Stockton, Modesto homes $58,000 lower than Manteca

Mountain House - ballyhooed as San Joaquin's first affordable housing community in the late 1990s when massive zoning changes were needed to make it happen - is anything but even four years into the foreclosure debacle.

September 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Buy new, buy now: ‘Turn-key’ sales event

With the success of more than 200 homes sold since the Woodside Homes "Turn-Key" sales event began in mid-July, the builder is extending the celebration through September 30. As part of the promotion, homebuyers enjoy a selection of any two of the available bonuses, including: a designer-coordinated package of a new stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator, washer, dryer and window coverings; backyard landscaping; or 30-year fixed rate financing at a below-market rate of just 3.75 percent.

September 10, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Beware of hidden foreclosure fees

DEAR BENNY: I recently was the successful bidder on a condo. The closing was within 15 days of the sale, and a special warranty deed was conveyed for the amount of my bid. The closing agent told me after the closing that I had signed a memorandum of foreclosure agreeing to reimburse the seller for prepaid taxes and all amounts claimed owing by the condominium association.

September 03, 2011 | by BENNY L. KASS Inman News | 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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