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Purchase applications for home loans up 3.3%

The housing market continues to bounce around at what many experts believe is the bottom. In recent weeks I have written about how many of the housing reports have indicated a slowly strengthening real estate market. I don't believe that trend is changing however in the last week we have seen the New Home Sales report as well as the Pending Home Sales report come in weaker than expected. With the employment picture steadily improving, it is a little bit confusing as to why the housing market is unable to gain much traction towards improvement.

April 05, 2012 | By DEBORAH ROMERO Special to the Bulletin | HOME SCENE


Growing own produce growing trend

Who would have thought getting dirt under your fingernails would ever be considered one of the hottest trends going? According to Doug Jimerson, garden core director for Better Homes and Gardens, "growing your own fruits, veggies and herbs is something Americans are doing in record numbers this season."

April 05, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Spouse's death can hurt refi chances

DEAR BENNY: I enjoy reading your articles and I have a question of my own. My wife passed away three years ago and I recently remarried. I plan to retire this year and want to refinance my home. The house is in both my deceased wife's name and mine. What complications will I run into when I do this? --Harold

April 05, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


How to identify your personal design and make it come to life

You've made the decision to remodel your home. The budget range and project scope have been set. You've even preemptively told your sister-in-law she'll need to host Christmas (alright, that was before you knew you were going to remodel). Now what?

April 05, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


BofA tests alternative to foreclosing homes

Banks may finally be getting it.

March 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Create a tropic escape in your own backyard

Yearning to escape to a tropical paradise? This spring, look no further than your own backyard to capture the romance of the tropics and create a sense of optimism to lift your spirits.

March 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Searching shadows for end to foreclosure crisis

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - When Frank Verna pulls up to a battered, four-unit apartment building at lunch hour, he's just over a mile as the seagull flies from the gated oceanfront palaces of South Florida's wealthiest.

March 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices fell in January in most cities

WASHINGTON (AP) - Home prices fell in January for a fifth straight month in most major U.S. cities, as modest sales increases have yet to boost prices.

March 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices fell in January in most cities

WASHINGTON (AP) - Home prices fell in January for a fifth straight month in most major U.S. cities, as modest sales increases have yet to boost prices.

March 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Study: Making car payment takes priority over paying the mortgage

NEW YORK (AP) - The recession and its hangover may have turned bill-paying habits upside down. Cash-strapped Americans are paying off their car loans before they pay credit card bills and make mortgage payments, a study finds.

March 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Must giftee pay IRS when property is later sold?

DEAR BENNY: In April 2001, a friend and I purchased a condo in California for $100,000. We are on title as tenants in common. My wife and I own 50 percent, and my friend owns 50 percent.

March 29, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


2012 outdoor living trends can easily update your patio or deck

More homeowners want their outdoor space to truly be an extension of their house and are taking steps to create an inviting area to relax, play and host guests. If you want to update your deck or patio for warm weather entertaining, you don't have to spend a lot of time or money. You can easily refresh the items you already have and add new stylish elements by keeping some top trends and design ideas in mind.

March 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Is owning your own home worth it? Sit down and try to figure it out

Is owning a home really worth it?

March 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


California home sales jump in February

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Home sales rose sharply in California last month as investors snapped up the lowest-priced properties, often paying cash, a research firm reported Thursday. Prices continued to fall.

March 22, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Credit score can impact home purchase

Purchasing a home can be the most rewarding - and also the most frustrating - financial transaction of your life. Especially today, when the news is filled with stories about the great market conditions for buyers. One aspect of the home buying process that's often overlooked is the extra cost that interest from a home loan adds to the total price of the home.

March 22, 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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