The topic of many water coolers today, and for that matter the last 5 years has been and still is real estate. The subject though has changed as of late to the question of, "Are we really headed for a double dip?"
Every market is different.
Are short sales good for Realtors and bad for homeowners?
Why go with a foreclosure where you have to spend upwards of $30,000 to update it when you can find a similar home placed on the market by an owner who is not under duress that already has the upgrades in plus has a swimming pool and is in move-in condition?
If you have a FHA insured loan - and virtually all first-time buyers who have purchased homes in Manteca during the last three years have them - you might just want to take advantage of the one-time ability to streamline your loan.
Foreclosure cancellations are at an all-time high in California.
Last week I started a two part article telling my personal short sale story. Like I stated last week, I thought I would share with you my story to let you know one major thing that a lot of Realtors fail to mention to their clients but they long to hear: "You're not alone!" "I have actually been there!" "You will make it through, I did!"
With all the news about interest rates and mansions selling for the price of shacks, many people are asking themselves, "Is now the time to sell our home?" The answer to that question depends heavily on your situation.
How do you determine when it is the best time to buy a home?
Our local real estate market and community owe a great deal of gratitude to the Builder Generation, a group of active adults who are doing more than their part to stabilize our local housing market. In a time where our seniors have been almost disregarded in our culture, it's good to live in a community that not only supports our seniors, but also places an emphasis on their importance.
If you close your eyes and think of the word "foreclosure", what are some images that come to mind? Some see outwardly expressed imagery such as six foot high weeds, dry and dead lawns, papers taped to windows, spider webs and other pictures that remind you of the opening scenes of an old black and white scary movie panning into the haunted mansion. The only problem is that haunted mansion is found all over our southern San Joaquin community.
When most people hear the phrase "loan modification" there are a multitude of images and emotions that flood the brain; skepticism, hope, desperation, lonely, gamble, fear and maybe even a "yeah right"! I have often said that it's easier to catch a Leprechaun at the end of a rainbow than receive a permanent loan modification.
The day of great deals are numbered.
By DENNIS WYATT
A Manzanita is a strong, resilient tree.
The under $230,000 market when it comes to nicer resale homes is almost history once again in Manteca.
Small yards, city dwelling or soil that's sandy, rocky or full of clay - it seems no obstacles can keep Americans from the joys of gardening. More than 78 million U.S. households grow gardens, according to the Garden Writers Association Foundation, and many of them don't have optimal conditions to plant their gardens in the ground. When space constraints or soil conditions make traditional gardens impossible or inconvenient, gardeners turn to raised beds and planter boxes to grow the vegetables, herbs and flowers they crave.
Remember when brass fixtures and mauve countertops were all the rage in kitchen design? How about the days of shag carpet (yes, in the bathroom) and avocado tile? Fortunately, those particular trends have come and gone. And, whether you embraced them or not, they did have an influence on the space you live in right now. Take a look through the decades to see how decor styles have evolved into the modern kitchens and bathrooms of today.
Home improvement season is in full swing, and homeowners across the country are deciding which projects to tackle this year. By taking a strategic approach to selecting home improvements, you can go beyond adding value to your property - you can also boost your comfort and safety as well.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.
The United States is a country of renovators and remodelers, judging from the steady growth of home improvement projects across the nation in recent years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, with the 30-year loan rate hitting its 52-week low.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homeowners are falling behind on their mortgage payments, a trend that has reduced the late-payment rate on home loans to the lowest level in six years, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion.
With autumn just a few short weeks away, many people will soon spend less time on the patio and more time within four walls. Actually, five walls if you include the ceiling.
The appeal of Del Webb at Woodbridge goes beyond the obvious.
Moving up - vacating your current, smallish home for a larger, roomier abode - was the American way before the Great Recession. Now that the economy is humming again, at least some of the people who stayed put during those lean years will be looking to move into larger, nicer homes this summer. High demand and low inventory, however, may leave many with nowhere to go. Some will rediscover a time-honored space-gaining technique: attic conversion.
Summer is here and this is the time when you want to be outside as much as possible, soak up the sun, eat amazing food and enjoy the company of family and friends. You'll also see more of your home's exterior on days like this than any other time of the year so this is also a great time to complete those outdoor projects. In fact, 60 percent of homeowners will accomplish a summer home improvement project this year according to survey data from the Zillow Digs Summer Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey.
Mom rules the media room, Johnny loves the basement workshop and the kitchen is Dad's domain. Gender roles notwithstanding, each family member has one room where he or she enjoys spending more time. One room, however, is equally used and loved - or reviled - by all: the bathroom.
Most people enter their home through the garage or backdoor, forgetting how the front entrance looks to neighbors and guests. Your front door is often the first thing others notice about your home. That's why it's key to make a positive first impression.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales declined in July compared to the same time last year as buyers struggled to find something they could afford in the tight market, a research firm said Thursday.