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AG seeks statewide mortgage protections

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Attorney General Kamala Harris promoted legislation Wednesday to reform the mortgage process in California and provide more protections for homeowners, three weeks after she secured $18 billion for California in a nationwide bank settlement.

March 01, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Easy seasonal changes refresh homes

Spring's new growth and warm sunshine provide inspiration for renewal in our lives. It's a time to pack away the sweaters and boots for lighter layers and brimmed hats. Homeowners should embrace this same mindset - one where you pack away the heavy textures and colors of winter in favor of breezy fabrics and fun decor that inspire a fresh feeling in your house.

March 01, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year mortgage down to 3.90% just above record low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average rate on the 30-year mortgage edged down this week to hover again above record lows. Cheaper rates have spurred modest improvements in the battered housing market, but not enough to signal a recovery.

March 01, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Sales contracts for homes rose 2 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in January to the highest level in nearly two years, supporting the view that the housing market is gradually coming back.

March 01, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Foreclosures comprised smaller slice of 2011 sales

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bank-owned homes and short sales last year accounted for the smallest slice of overall sales in three years but still made up nearly a quarter of all U.S. homes sold in 2011.

March 01, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Qualifying for $500K home-sale tax break

DEAR BENNY: My husband and I each have a trust, and our house is in my trust. We have lived in this house for 14 years. If we were to sell it, would we qualify for the $500,000 tax exemption? I understand each person is permitted $250,000, and a couple twice that amount. Does my trust make a difference, and if so, what should we do? --Arlene

March 01, 2012 | by BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


‘Daylighting' improvements for homes

If your home will be on the market this spring, you're probably looking for every possible edge that will make it stand out to potential buyers. But even if you're staying put, you still want to make your home as attractive and valuable as your budget will allow.

March 01, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


SJ Master Gardeners offer free workshops

The free monthly workshop program offered by the San Joaquin Master Gardeners at the Manteca Public Library is making a comeback following its initial successful run last year.

February 24, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | HOME SCENE


Oakwood Shores making big splash with lifestyle, price & lakefront access

The next best thing in Manteca housing is here: Oakwood Shores.

February 24, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Watchdog: Limit Fannie, Freddie legal fees more

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must do a better job limiting legal expenses paid by the two mortgage giants to their former executives facing lawsuits, a new watchdog report says.

February 23, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Rethinking the yard in drought-stricken regions

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texans watched disaster unfold slowly last year as a historic drought took a withering toll across the region.

February 23, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Some money from mortgage settlement to be diverted

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The ink wasn't even dry on a settlement with the nation's top mortgage lenders when Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon laid claim to a chunk of the money to avert a huge budget cut for public colleges and universities.

February 23, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Good economic news continues to trickle out

The economic recovery was once again reinforced last week with the majority of data continuing to point towards growth. Retail Sales rose a solid .7% showing that consumers are continuing to increase spending long after the holiday season has ended.

February 23, 2012 | By DEBORAH ROMERO Special to the Bulletin | HOME SCENE


Rising sales point to better year for housing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The housing market is flashing signs of health ahead of the spring-buying season.

February 23, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.95%

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage jumped after standing pat for three straight weeks at record lows. But the rate stayed below 4 percent for the 12th straight week, keeping home-buying and refinancing attractive for those who can qualify.

February 23, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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TOUGH TREE TIMES

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


DEATH, BANKS & LOANS

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


LUXURY AUCTIONS

EDWARDS, Colo. (AP) - Bob and Karin Weber built their dream home 14 years ago, creating an 11,000-square-foot mountaintop oasis. Now that the couple is ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Discarded objects reborn as light fixtures

NEW YORK (AP) - Household objects, industrial cast-offs and vintage farm tools - all these and more are being salvaged and upcycled into lighting fixtures that range ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan falls to 3.91 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a third straight week amid anxiety over developments in the U.S. economy that lifted ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Cut yuck for healthier home

Dirt. Grime. Bacteria. Airborne allergens. As hard as you try to keep your home clean, these types of yucky things are an everyday reality. Taking ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Bring style for small spaces

As college students prepare to move into dorm rooms and apartments, they trim their packing lists and often sacrifice style due to space restraints. Although ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Luxury summit peeks into lifestyles of ultra-high end home buyers

LOS GATOS (AP) - The summit on luxury homes and high-end buyers brought over 100 real estate professionals to the Rosewood Hotel in Menlo Park last ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Fannie Mae posts $4.6B profit

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage giant Fannie Mae reported net income of $4.6 billion from April through June, up from $3.7 billion a year earlier ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Tips to get your rental security deposit back

Moving out of an apartment or rental home is hard work and often unveils inevitable wear-and-tear from living in the space. What can be even ...

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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


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