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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


Why renting for much longer may not be wise idea

If you are renting an apartment you may want to give serious thought to buying a home.

January 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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ON THE WATER

You don't have to buy in Stockton's Quail Lakes or Brookside neighborhoods if you want to live on the water.

September 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Simple, affordable ways to personalize home decor

Every generation of homeowners has its design priorities. Baby boomers look for home design that will let them age in place, while generation X wants features that facilitate busy lifestyles. Millennials crave interior decor that meshes with their technology, blending energy efficiency, family-friendly features and plenty of personalization. Since many millennials are starting out in their personal and professional lives, affordability is also a priority.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Save money, time and energy making improvements in tandem

Most of us spend our day multi-tasking. At work or home, we want to maximize our time and resources in order to accomplish the most work while expending the minimum required effort. Home improvement should be no different. In order to make the most of your home improvement resources, it makes sense to undertake certain projects in tandem.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Early season gardening tricks to help garden grow faster

Warm weather begs green thumbs across the country to break out their gardening gloves and till the soil for the season's plantings. Whether this is your first year tending a home garden or it's something you've been doing for decades, gardening offers many rewards, including time spent outdoors, the ability to feel closer to Mother Nature, and of course, the fresh fare plucked just steps from your kitchen.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Upgrades that scream ‘luxury’ with less expensive price tags

Hand-planed, reclaimed hardwood floors? Beautiful but pricey. Custom drapery? The cost can be blinding. When it comes to home decorating, it's easy to blow your budget on one or two upgrades - and maybe that would be OK if those improvements also amped up the drama in your decor. Too often, however, costly decorating ploys disappoint, wearing out or becoming dated before you've paid off the financing.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Supply crunch sends California existing home sales drop to 4-year August low

IRVINE (AP) - The number of homes sold in California fell to the lowest level for an August in four years as a supply crunch pushed prices higher and kept homes out of reach for many buyers, a real estate research company reported Thursday.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


COMPLETE PACKAGE

River Islands at Lathrop - situated to become the most high-profile community development in the 209 for the next 20 years - is marking its grand opening today.

September 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Simple home updates are environmentally friendly

Green living not only helps the environment, it helps your pocketbook. When making upgrades to your home - whether it's replacing a light bulb or a total living room makeover - incorporate energy-efficient and repurposed materials to make your living space more environmentally friendly.

September 05, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Modern man cave musts for you to keep in mind

Whether in a workshop, garden or garage, American men have always enjoyed their personal spaces. With the rise of flat-screen technology, having a "man cave" became an official home improvement trend. In fact, a 2013 survey by online retailer Newegg found that more than half of American homes now have a man cave. Now, after more than a decade of partying, man caves have matured.

September 05, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Celebrate fall patio season via elegant outdoor updates

Fall patio season is upon us, which means hosting family and friends for warm-weather gatherings and barbecues. Don't fret; outdoor events don't have to break the bank. With just a bit of creative vision and DIY savvy, you'll have an al fresco affair to remember in no time at all.

September 05, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Upgrades that scream ‘luxury’ are cheaper-than-you-think

Hand-planed, reclaimed hardwood floors? Beautiful but pricey. Custom drapery? The cost can be blinding. When it comes to home decorating, it's easy to blow your budget on one or two upgrades - and maybe that would be OK if those improvements also amped up the drama in your decor. Too often, however, costly decorating ploys disappoint, wearing out or becoming dated before you've paid off the financing.

September 05, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Plenty of light! Feds selling off lighthouses

YORK, Maine (AP) - Lighthouses for sale! Actually, lots of lighthouses for free.

September 05, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate steady

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average 30-year U.S. mortgage rate this week remained at a 52-week low of 4.10 percent for the third straight week.

September 05, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


BUYING FOR ONE

Here's a trend that might catch you off-guard: Upwards of one in six new homebuyers in Manteca are single.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Do’s & don’ts for making your tile project perfect

When you add a tile or natural stone surface to the kitchen or bathroom, it transforms each space with a fresh, clean and customized look. Many homeowners often dream about adding a backsplash or replacing a floor, but never complete the project because they can't decide on the right look, become mentally exhausted by the thought of doing the project or don't know how to accomplish it themselves.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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