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$26 billion settlement between banks, states not what it seems

The big headline announced this month is the $26 settlement reached between the nation's five largest banks and 49 state attorney generals. The settlement is to compensate and assist homeowners that have been either foreclosed on improperly, or homeowners that owe significantly more than the value of their home.

February 16, 2012 | By DEBORAH ROMERO Mortgage Loan Officer | HOME SCENE


10 things to keep in mind when renting

Rent vs. own? More Americans are wrestling with that question as the economy continues its slow recovery. Even though homes are selling at record lows, many Americans are choosing to rent instead, maintaining their mobility and financial flexibility until the economy, as well as their job prospects, improve.

February 16, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Getting more out of rooms

Did you ever watch a home improvement show team transform a drab room into something spectacular using a shoestring budget and less time than it takes you to clean out your closet? Ever wonder how they did it? Here's the secret: they cheat. And you can too.

February 16, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Flex is the word at Oakwood Shores

Oakwood Shores 2.0 isn't simply an upgrade of the initial gated lakefront community that took major nosedive during the collapse of the housing bubble.

February 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Trends for spring home improvement projects

Warmer temperatures, green grass and increased daylight help shake off the winter blues and inspire home and yard improvements to spruce up your surroundings.

February 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Create a dream summer outdoor living space

Beat the winter blues by taking the first steps to create a summer backyard oasis. By preparing now, you'll be ready to install - and enjoy - a dream deck once warmer weather arrives.

February 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


To rid your garden of weeds, focus on seeds

Every garden is filled with them: millions of unseen weeds. They are dormant seeds that lurk just below the soil surface, ready to spring to life with just the briefest exposure to light. Weeds can choke a garden, robbing it of space, nutrients and water. Allowing weeds to mature compounds the problem, as they are naturally prolific seed producers. They grow aggressively and can be tough to get rid of, because pulling weeds brings more weed seeds to the surface.

February 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Builders group sees pickup in housing this year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. housing market will begin to mount a turnaround this year, building toward a solid recovery in 2013, according to a forecast issued Wednesday by the chief economist of a homebuilding industry trade group.

February 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage stays at record 3.87%

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage stayed at a record low this week, providing some added incentive for those looking to buy a home or refinance.

February 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Is owner's title insurance worth the cost?

DEAR BENNY: We are getting ready to close on a home and there is a settlement fee of $685 for lender's title insurance and $683 for owner's title insurance. Must we pay both fees? --Phyllis

February 09, 2012 | by BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


What settlement will and won’t do for homeowners

WASHINGTON (AP) - The mortgage settlement that government officials announced Thursday is intended to help victims of foreclosure abuses that followed the housing bust.

February 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Easy-to-install suggestions for bathroom remodeling

Dreaming about a bathroom remodel? With today's easy-to-install products - many of which are also easy-to-clean - your new bathroom can actually exceed your wildest dreams. What could be better than an easy-to-clean new bathroom?

February 02, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Tips for a secure home & peace of mind

Homeowners often worry about keeping their homes safe and secure for their families. And it's no wonder: nearly 70 percent of home break-ins are in the form of kick-ins to a door, according to the U. S. Department of Justice.

February 02, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices dropped in November in most cities

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices fell for a third straight month in nearly all cities tracked by a major index. The declines show that most homeowners are not reaping the benefits from some signs of an improving housing market.

February 02, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Obama seeks to broaden reach assistance

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - Conceding his earlier housing programs have fallen short, President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed a vast expansion of government assistance to homeowners, aiming to make lower lending rates a possibility for millions of borrowers who have not been able to get out from under burdensome mortgages.

February 02, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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‘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


California home sales surge in June thanks to strong economy

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales surged in June on a strong economy and low interest rates as prices reached seven-year highs, a research firm ...

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Apartment projects homebuilding surge

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders broke ground on apartment complexes last month at the fastest pace in nearly 28 years, as developers anticipate that recent ...

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


The Turlock market is pretty healthy

Real Estate Boys: Hope you are having a great summer so far. Our question for the Boys is simple and easy. What is the shape ...

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Everything is negotiable on a home transaction

Q: My wife and I are in our eighties and would like your comments regarding a very critical decision concerning our future.

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Homebuilder sentiment hits highest level since 2005

NEW YORK (AP) -U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the market for new homes is back up to levels not seen since the height of the ...

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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