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Ready to renovate? How to check out a contractor before you hire

Warm weather is here and it's time to start thinking about those home renovation and home improvement projects you put on hold until the weather - or the economy - got better. While many indicators point toward a better economy, many contractors are still feeling the pinch, and are competing fiercely to win business.

May 28, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


It is turning into a gentle rolling market

The Manteca housing market appears to be stabilizing in terms of bottom prices.

May 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Manteca Builder offers help for credit-challenged home buyers

With many hopeful homebuyers trying to purchase new homes while the buying conditions are ideal, K. Hovnanian Homes is offering a free credit enhancement program for customers with challenging credit histories. The program, available through the builder's lender, K. Hovnanian American Mortgage, assists customers who have a history of bankruptcy, delinquencies, foreclosure, short sale or other credit issues and want to become responsible homeowners.

May 21, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Easy gardening in any space

Gardening is rapidly becoming a popular hobby for many Americans, even with an increase in the number of people living in apartments and condos. Getting your hands dirty may seem challenging when faced with a small space, but all the space necessary to have a successful garden is a window, ledge, patio or balcony.

May 21, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Tips on how to renew a room on a budget

No matter the size or style of your home, the decor you choose determines its atmosphere and reflects your own personality. Updating or changing your decor can give you a sense of pride and satisfaction when completed. But redesigning your living space can also be slightly overwhelming. You may think you don't have the time or funds to redecorate, but there are several ways to rejuvenate your interior without spending a great deal of time or money.

May 21, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


GET READY FOR SUMMER

Summer often means enjoying the outdoors with friends and family for a weekend barbecue or catching some sun by the pool. Now that pleasant weather is upon us, homeowners may be thinking about what can be done to spruce up outdoor space to use for entertaining or for a little relaxation.

May 14, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Create a relaxing outdoor living space

Cool drinks. Barbecues. Relaxing. They're all the makings of the perfect summer evening when enjoying time with family and friends. It's the season when everyone is looking for ways to spend time outside - and with a little ingenuity, a bit of a green thumb and a knack for do-it-yourself projects, the backyard can easily become an outdoor oasis. Here are some summer project tips:

May 14, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Avoiding injury and discomfort

Warm weather is here and it's time to get the garden going. Gardening is good for you on many levels - from the mental health boost you get from doing something relaxing to the physical benefits of exercise, time outdoors and adding fresh vegetables to your diet. Bending over to weed, gripping gardening tools and the general physical effort of gardening, however, can make existing aches and pains worse, or even cause new ones.

May 14, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


When it’s time for your new deck, details count

Backyard decks beckon this time of year. They are the perfect place for spending lazy summer days or for entertaining on blissful summer nights.

May 14, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Fresh ideas for summer entertaining

Bright flowers are blooming, nights are turning warmer, the days are getting longer: 'tis the season for outdoor entertaining. Design insiders say you can make summer sizzle by throwing a great dinner party without breaking the bank. Simply start with two sources - your china cabinet and Mother Nature.

May 14, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


River Islands will offer true executive home sites

It's hard to envision a high concentration of true "million dollar homes" in the South County given today's housing market.

May 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Manteca garden tour tickets available at 9 locations

Tickets to the annual Manteca Garden Tour are available at nine businesses in Manteca, Ripon and Modesto.

May 07, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | HOME SCENE


Bathroom upgrades that freshen

When you sit back to relax in the tub, or take time to preen in front of the bathroom vanity, do you often feel that the setting just isn't giving you the comforting and spa-like experience you wish you could feel at home?

May 07, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Backyard upgrades offer resort lifestyle

Maybe the economy really is getting better, but if you're still planning to forego a pricey vacation this summer, you're likely not alone. Rather than dropping a lot of cash on travel, many Americans are choosing to spend their hard-earned money where they'll enjoy it more for longer - in their own backyards.

May 07, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Shaping up for selling? Here’s some tips

First impressions are important and the same holds true when you are showcasing your home for a potential sale. While larger home improvement projects are often necessary to catch the eye of someone in the market for a new home, they require a great deal of time and money. Sometimes simple cleaning and organization is all that is needed for your home to become more appealing to potential buyers.

May 07, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


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STAYING PUT

When considering a home renovation, think outside the box for design inspiration and setting the overall tone.

December 19, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Simple steps for protecting your home during holidays

When you think of the holidays, celebrations, presents and friends likely come to mind - not crime. Unfortunately, burglaries increase at this time of year, and your home could be a target. With a few simple safety precautions, you can protect your property, your family and your valuables now and well into the new year.

December 19, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Surprising big ticket bargains you can find at holiday time

Bargain hunting is practically a sport, especially during the holiday shopping season. Deloitte's 2014 annual holiday survey predicts the average American will drop nearly $1,300 this holiday season. With that level of spending in mind, planning to save real money elsewhere is crucial to managing a household's bottom line.

December 19, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Creating the perfect porch can be simple, low-maintenance

Your porch should be a warm, welcoming outdoor living space that offers comfort and helps make a house a home. Whether you want to remodel your porch from the ground up, or just give it a refreshing new look and feel, it's easier than you think to create a perfect porch.

December 19, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Timeless, trendy? Achieve both in your home decor

Are you looking for ways to update your home this new year? With so many fresh interior ideas available, it can be difficult to balance current design trends with classic styles for a look that is both of-the-moment and everlasting. Follow these guidelines to find a way to blend now and forever for a look you will love today and tomorrow.

December 19, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year loan rate falls to 3.80%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year.

December 19, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home starts drop 1.6% in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - Construction of new homes fell slightly in November, reflecting weakness in construction of single-family homes.

December 19, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


FHA loan limits need to go up

Most first-time buyers can come up with the income to comfortably cover a monthly house payment but often lack the money needed up front.

December 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


3% DOWN LOANS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some Americans will soon be able to buy a home with a down payment as low as 3 percent, compared with the current minimum of 5 percent, the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say.

December 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Create a happy homemade Christmas setting this year

One of the best ways to kick off the holiday season is to decorate. And while it's easy to load your cart with beautiful decor from your favorite store, Christmas is more personal when decorations are homemade.

December 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Bathroom upgrades to impress guests & family

Game night, girls' night or family reunion – your home serves as the backdrop for many occasions. Preparing your space for friends and family can feel like a heavy undertaking, but with a few simple entertaining tips, hosts can wave goodbye to anxieties.

December 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Reurposing garage doors into walls with a view

Have you ever admired a coffee table cleverly fabricated using a discarded door sitting on a frame? Or been surprised by the sight of an old refrigerator reborn as a bookshelf or TV cabinet? Even bathroom fixtures have been known to draw notice (and a snicker or two) when repurposed as garden containers.

December 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year loan rate increases to 3.93 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates edged higher this week after four weeks of declines, but they remained at historically low levels that could entice potential homebuyers.

December 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Tips to keep garden & hand tools in top shape

From painting supplies to gardening and hand tools, buying well-made home improvement tools can help improve project results. The tools you use may be an investment, so you'll want to take care of them to ensure they last for more than just one project.

December 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Master bathroom trends for homes in 2015 & beyond

When it comes to renovating spaces in your home, the master bath should be top of mind. Leading master bath trends for 2015 go beyond functionality to incorporate features that complement the design aesthetic and provide a touch of luxury for lasting results.

December 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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