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Condos drop from $220K down to $60K

Thirty months ago the Cherry Lane Apartments condo conversion was being billed as the most affordable housing option for buyers in Manteca.

March 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


For $229K you get a home, not a house

Are you just looking for a house or are you in the market for a home?

March 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Two scams homeowners need to avoid

There are two scams you need to look out for if you're a homeowner looking to reduce property taxes or someone trying to stay above water. One is trying to get you to fork over $179 to have your property taxes lowered and the others are popping up since President Obama's administration unveiled Wednesday how they are going to help homeowners who are current but are struggling to make mortgage payments.

March 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Del Webb living for $217,000

It's not a misprint.

February 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Workshop Saturday aims to stop foreclosures

Christine Papworth – The Real Estate Doctor – is demonstrating her passion to help homeowners facing foreclosure to remain in their homes and eventually regain their ownership.

February 27, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | HOME SCENE


Short sales: Next big thing?

Short sales were avoided like the plague just a year ago.

February 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


When it costs less to buy than rent you’ve found the market’s bottom

Has the Manteca housing market hit bottom at least under the $180,000 threshold?

February 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Custom homes going for a song

A $3,200 monthly housing payment on a home bought three years ago in Manteca or Ripon typically would buy a 3,100-square-foot newer tract home with a $560,000 selling price and a 10 percent down loan.

February 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Did I pay too much for my home? Absolutely not

I paid $185,000 for a two bedroom, one bathroom home with 996 square feet some 11 months ago.

February 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Dollar-for-dollar non-foreclosures look good

Countryside Lane is a place you'd expect to see Steve Douglas and his three sons if the widely popular CBS sitcom was based in the 1980s and not the 1960s.

February 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Non-distressed sellers pricing competitively

The best bargains may not be foreclosed homes.

February 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The golden deals are starting

Buying activity is to the point in the Manteca housing market that the available number of resale homes has finally dipped to less than a three month supply for the first time in nearly three years.

January 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


McMansions sell for just over $80 per square foot

What does the median priced home in Manteca cost and look like this week?

January 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Your mortgage & taxes: Financial peace of mind

It's that dreaded time of the year again, time to start preparing your tax returns. And since 2008 was one of the toughest years in the history of our financial markets, this also may be a time that many of us learn exactly how much of a hit our investments and retirement accounts actually took this year.

January 30, 2009 | By Deborah Romero Mortgage Consultant Ability Mortgage | HOME SCENE


Best prices in 20 years on 2-1

The homes along the narrow streets in the 600 blocks of Fir and Pine have served as barometers for housing affordability in Manteca since they were first built in the 1950s.

January 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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LOOK IN LATHROP

Homes that qualify for FHA mortgages are in high demand.

July 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Revive the charm of mid- century modern design

Mid-century modern inspiration draws from the 1940s through the 1960s, a twenty-year span when design was sleek, elegant and functional. Although the style originated more than 70 years ago, this trend has resurfaced with a fresh revival.

July 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Lawn mower accessories help you get landscaping jobs done

Efficiency is the name of the game these days. At the office it comes into play in processing work quickly and at a lower cost. At home, efficiency means being able to get the household and landscaping chores done so you can spend time with the family.

July 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


To stack TVs & fireplaces? That is the great debate

When choosing a focal point for a room, designers and homeowners alike often plan for a single feature - windows, TVs, artwork, or fireplaces - to take center stage. However, the explosion of flat screen TVs for every room in the home has created a debate - can you really have more than one focal point?

July 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Laying a good foundation for improvement success

You've probably heard the saying: "Your home is your castle." But if your current home - or the home you're thinking of buying -feels more like the servant's quarters than the royal palace, you may need to plan a renovation. At times like these it's easy to give in to your excitement and get the project moving forward, but take a moment to plan your overall strategy. You'll find that, much like your future castle, your renovation project will benefit from a solid foundation.

July 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate at 4.13%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates were stable to slightly higher this week, remaining near their lows for the year.

July 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


5 HOME SELLING TIPS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rebound in U.S. home values over the past couple of years has placed many homeowners in a better position to sell their home for a profit.

July 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home sales increase 2.6 percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of previously owned homes rose for a third straight month in June, pushing activity to the highest level in eight months and providing evidence that housing is regaining lost momentum.

July 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


How bad would it be without Prop. 13?

Ah, the good old days before Proposition 13.

July 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


GOING TO THE DOGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - These homes are set apart by their amenities - for dogs.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Mowers, chain saws & high- ethanol gas: safety tips

Whether you're beautifying your landscape with a lawn mower and hedge trimmer or using a chain saw to clear space for that deck you've always dreamed of, it's important to take proper care when using outdoor power equipment. Safety measures help protect both the equipment and the people using it.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Energy-efficient home upgrades that can also save you money

It's the perfect time to think green.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Chic chalet: Give your kitchen a stunning mountain makeover

Your kitchen doesn't need a Matterhorn vista to stay on top of the latest "chalet chic" design trend. It's easier than you think to get this style by mixing rustic pieces with modern touches.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Tricks to instantly refresh your home design for entertaining

Summer is the ideal time to host events at home with family and friends. But is your home ready for summer soirees? The kitchen is the heart of the home and where people naturally congregate, so it's important it showcases your signature style and reflects the relaxed feeling of the summer season.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Downside of low rates? Owners reluctant to sell

WASHINGTON (AP) - Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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