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Clearing the short sale fog

Growing up in our valley, I loved fog! Because fog for us represents the changing of a season. It meant "red cups" are coming back to Starbucks, turkey will become a meal staple for a week and Christmas is around the corner. But a "foggy" or "gray" understanding of our real estate market can make for a great deal of anxiety.

November 05, 2010 | By JEFF REYES PMZ Realtor | HOME SCENE


Valley Blossom sells eight new homes before models are done

Florsheim Homes has a solid reputation for building quality and providing homes that fit well into customers' lifestyles and needs.

October 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


No such thing as free houses

"Sorry, no free houses." - Glenn Schorr, an analyst with Norton Securities International in a research report sent to clients concerning the foreclosure moratorium

October 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Springtime Estates home for $279,500

Springtime Estates is part of a series of small, semi-custom and custom neighborhoods east of Highway 99 that for years has drawn strong interest from long-time Manteca residents looking to move-up.

October 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


One-story homes gain in popularity

The hottest trend in Manteca's new housing market besides value pricing can be summed up in "one" as in one-story homes.

October 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Double dip in housing isn’t likely scenario for Manteca market

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?"

October 01, 2010 | By JEFF REYES PMZ Realtor | HOME SCENE


Manteca market is different

Every market is different.

September 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The short sale debate

Are short sales good for Realtors and bad for homeowners?

September 17, 2010 | By JEFF REYES PMZ Realtor | HOME SCENE


Upgraded home in Sierra neighborhood

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?

September 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Ideal time to streamline your FHA loan

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.

August 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Three promising signs for Manteca

Foreclosure cancellations are at an all-time high in California.

August 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


My personal short sale story

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!"

August 20, 2010 | By JEFF REYES PMZ Realtor | HOME SCENE


Is now the time to sell?

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.

July 30, 2010 | By JEFF REYES PMZ Realtor | HOME SCENE


Does it still make sense to fence sit?

How do you determine when it is the best time to buy a home?

July 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Thank you ‘Builder’s Generation’

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.

July 23, 2010 | By JEFF REYES PMZ Realtor | HOME SCENE


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ON THE WATER

You don't have to buy in Stockton's Quail Lakes or Brookside neighborhoods if you want to live on the water.

September 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Simple, affordable ways to personalize home decor

Every generation of homeowners has its design priorities. Baby boomers look for home design that will let them age in place, while generation X wants features that facilitate busy lifestyles. Millennials crave interior decor that meshes with their technology, blending energy efficiency, family-friendly features and plenty of personalization. Since many millennials are starting out in their personal and professional lives, affordability is also a priority.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Save money, time and energy making improvements in tandem

Most of us spend our day multi-tasking. At work or home, we want to maximize our time and resources in order to accomplish the most work while expending the minimum required effort. Home improvement should be no different. In order to make the most of your home improvement resources, it makes sense to undertake certain projects in tandem.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Early season gardening tricks to help garden grow faster

Warm weather begs green thumbs across the country to break out their gardening gloves and till the soil for the season's plantings. Whether this is your first year tending a home garden or it's something you've been doing for decades, gardening offers many rewards, including time spent outdoors, the ability to feel closer to Mother Nature, and of course, the fresh fare plucked just steps from your kitchen.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Upgrades that scream ‘luxury’ with less expensive price tags

Hand-planed, reclaimed hardwood floors? Beautiful but pricey. Custom drapery? The cost can be blinding. When it comes to home decorating, it's easy to blow your budget on one or two upgrades - and maybe that would be OK if those improvements also amped up the drama in your decor. Too often, however, costly decorating ploys disappoint, wearing out or becoming dated before you've paid off the financing.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Supply crunch sends California existing home sales drop to 4-year August low

IRVINE (AP) - The number of homes sold in California fell to the lowest level for an August in four years as a supply crunch pushed prices higher and kept homes out of reach for many buyers, a real estate research company reported Thursday.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


COMPLETE PACKAGE

River Islands at Lathrop - situated to become the most high-profile community development in the 209 for the next 20 years - is marking its grand opening today.

September 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Simple home updates are environmentally friendly

Green living not only helps the environment, it helps your pocketbook. When making upgrades to your home - whether it's replacing a light bulb or a total living room makeover - incorporate energy-efficient and repurposed materials to make your living space more environmentally friendly.

September 05, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Modern man cave musts for you to keep in mind

Whether in a workshop, garden or garage, American men have always enjoyed their personal spaces. With the rise of flat-screen technology, having a "man cave" became an official home improvement trend. In fact, a 2013 survey by online retailer Newegg found that more than half of American homes now have a man cave. Now, after more than a decade of partying, man caves have matured.

September 05, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Celebrate fall patio season via elegant outdoor updates

Fall patio season is upon us, which means hosting family and friends for warm-weather gatherings and barbecues. Don't fret; outdoor events don't have to break the bank. With just a bit of creative vision and DIY savvy, you'll have an al fresco affair to remember in no time at all.

September 05, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Upgrades that scream ‘luxury’ are cheaper-than-you-think

Hand-planed, reclaimed hardwood floors? Beautiful but pricey. Custom drapery? The cost can be blinding. When it comes to home decorating, it's easy to blow your budget on one or two upgrades - and maybe that would be OK if those improvements also amped up the drama in your decor. Too often, however, costly decorating ploys disappoint, wearing out or becoming dated before you've paid off the financing.

September 05, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Plenty of light! Feds selling off lighthouses

YORK, Maine (AP) - Lighthouses for sale! Actually, lots of lighthouses for free.

September 05, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate steady

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average 30-year U.S. mortgage rate this week remained at a 52-week low of 4.10 percent for the third straight week.

September 05, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


BUYING FOR ONE

Here's a trend that might catch you off-guard: Upwards of one in six new homebuyers in Manteca are single.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Do’s & don’ts for making your tile project perfect

When you add a tile or natural stone surface to the kitchen or bathroom, it transforms each space with a fresh, clean and customized look. Many homeowners often dream about adding a backsplash or replacing a floor, but never complete the project because they can't decide on the right look, become mentally exhausted by the thought of doing the project or don't know how to accomplish it themselves.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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