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Understanding ‘stepped-down’ tax basis

DEAR BENNY: You frequently write about the stepped-up basis when a property is inherited. In today's market, however, you may find the reverse situation.

May 31, 2012 | By Benny L. Kass Inman News | HOME SCENE

Our love affair with wood

Wood is one of the oldest building materials we know, and one of the most beloved. It's a love affair that has lasted - like hardwood itself - through the centuries, from the log cabins of earliest America into the early 21st century.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Add tasty edible plants to your landscape

Window boxes overflowing with blooms, decorative pots lining the driveway with striking colors, and even a flowering vine climbing up the mailbox - the growing season have arrived, and it is time to decorate the landscape.

May 25, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Some foreclosed homes going for dirt-cheap prices

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Foreclosed homes typically sell cheap, but just how cheap is surprising some buyers in the St. Louis area.

May 25, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Researcher: Plant 'remembers,' adapts to survive in dry time

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - No one's talking about giving intelligence tests, but researchers say they've shown that plants have smarts - the sort needed to help them survive dry times.

May 25, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Upgrade your outdoor space, increase home’s value

Whether you are looking for a way to increase the marketability of your home, or simply looking for a way to make your outdoor space more enjoyable, a deck remodel adds living space to your home and value to your house. And if you start your project now, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy it during the warmer months.

May 24, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Liven up your home with color

The summer months are all about color. From flowers in bloom to vibrant beach towels and colorful dresses, summer brings with it a multitude of hues. As you look around, you might start to feel like your home is a little, well, blah. If so, just adding a little pop of color into your home can help.

May 24, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

30-year mortgage rate falls to record 3.78 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. rate for the 30-year fixed mortgage fell to a record low for a fourth straight week. Cheap mortgages have helped boost home sales modestly this year.

May 24, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Court: Families cannot sue over loan discount fee on Quicken loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that three families cannot sue a mortgage company for allegedly charging them a loan discount fee without giving them a lower interest rate.

May 24, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Home sales up across the country, hopeful sign

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are buying more homes in every region of the country, the latest indication that the housing market could be on the mend.

May 24, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

How not to get rid of a time share

DEAR READERS: I frequently receive questions about how to get rid of a time share. I must admit that my response thus far has been less than satisfactory. I once suggested that the time share be donated to a church or a synagogue, but several priests wrote and asked that I stop making that recommendation, because the religious groups don't want the expense or the headaches of ownership.

May 24, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE

How to transform a room with a few simple strokes

Paint can do more than change the color of a room - it can add texture, pattern and visual interest. Today's decorative painting techniques are simple and sophisticated alternatives to wallpaper, and a far cry from the dated sponge painting from years past. Whether you're a painting pro or a DIY beginner, here's how you can transform a room with a few simple strokes.

May 17, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Home organization for the busy household

Between work, school, children's activities, family obligations and travel plans, today's busy families are left with little time to keep their homes tidy and well-organized. With summer fast approaching, it is important for on-the-go families to realize that home organization does not have to be difficult or time consuming.

May 17, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Own a two-bedroom home? Then it’s probably gone up in value over the last year

Manteca's average closed escrow on a resale home has declined 57 percent since 2007.

May 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Southern California home prices increase 3.6 percent in April

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California home prices increased in April as the supply of properties for sale - especially low-cost homes in foreclosure - remained tight, a research firm said Wednesday.

May 17, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

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Hardwoods can make home dazzle

If you're looking to upgrade your home's exterior, include American hardwoods in the mix. New, environmentally friendly treatment methods now make hardwood an ...

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

California home prices, sales cool

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California's summer housing rally cooled in August, a research firm said Thursday, as tight supplies kept a lid on sales and ...

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Ways to Improve your sleep, improve health

As the fall and winter months approach, you're probably planning to take preventative health measures recommended by your doctor: get the flu shot; wash ...

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.91 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the second straight week, average long-term U.S. mortgage rates inched up this week as financial markets awaited the Federal Reserve's ...

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Homebuilding slows after hot streak

WASHINGTON (AP) - Builders broke ground on fewer houses and apartment complexes in August, a possible sign that the housing market may be levelling off after ...

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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


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


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