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Green is beautiful: Tips for an eco-friendlier lifestyle

As the negative effects of human impact on the environment become more evident, a strong push toward global conservation continues to grow and gather steam. Scores of corporations have committed to becoming more "green" in recent years and countless environment-focused initiatives and organizations have popped up around the world. But even on an individual level, some small changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference in preserving the Earth for future generations.

August 06, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Incorporating timeless style into your home

Think traditional styling is only for opulent mansions and stuffy country clubs? Well, think again. Traditional design is not only extremely accessible to incorporate into any home, but according to research by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), it's the most popular, too. Learn how to take back traditional and customize your own space.

August 06, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


The smart way to go from renting to owning

If you've paid attention to any news media over the past few years, you know that the housing market has dropped off. From a seller's perspective, that makes life a lot harder. But for a buyer, it can mean a wider world of options and opportunities. For those want to become owners rather than renters, it's vitally important to make smart decisions - as the markets have shown.

August 06, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Renters reaping real estate tax benefits?

DEAR BENNY: My husband and I recently filed for bankruptcy after our home was foreclosed. My mother is willing to purchase a home in her name (as an investment property) and rent it back to us, as long as we can come up with the down payment for her purchase. My in-laws have agreed to provide the down payment. The terms of the investment loan do not allow the down payment to come from a third party, so the money needs to be "gifted" to my mother.

August 06, 2011 | by BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Ceramic tile for unexpected outdoor spaces

If you're thinking about creating or upgrading an outdoor living space, you're probably considering what materials to use for your project. You'll likely weigh concerns of cost and quality, durability and beauty before arriving at a final decision. If an outdoor shower is part of your plan, you'll probably consider ceramic tile.

July 23, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Pool safety measures for a safer summer

Enjoy the pleasures of home pool ownership and ensure a safer summer for your family by employing a few safety measures around your pool.

July 23, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Mulch: Unsung hero of the garden

Gardeners know that mulch is a great-looking layer of topping on the soil in gardens and landscapes, but mulch is so much more than just a decorative cover. Mirroring the leaf layer found on a forest floor, mulch covering can benefit both plants and soil.

July 23, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Recoup ‘life estate’ maintenance costs

DEAR BENNY: We have an unusual situation. When my dad died, he left a life estate in a house/rented duplex to his widow. My sister and I have managed the duplex for 12 years, with all income going for repairs and any surplus to the widow. We would like to be done with it. His widow does not want to move.

July 23, 2011 | by BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Long-time renter ahead by owning

She's a single woman in Manteca in her 50s.

July 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Turn to nature for inspiration when revitalizing tired interiors

The colors are blooming outside and chances are you're feeling inspired to add some color inside your home as well. Using nature as your guide, there are some quick and easy ways to refresh your home's interior.

July 23, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Marriage of natural light & right colors works wonders for home decor

Mother Nature is a master decorator. In summer, she dresses the world in lush greens and vibrant floral hues. And in every season, natural light is one of her most powerful designer touches.

July 16, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Avoid tax bite while saving brother’s house

DEAR BENNY: My brother bought his home about 15 years ago. He holds title only in his name, as a "single man." He lost his job a couple of years ago. He is older and is having a difficult time getting rehired. Long story short: He is now in arrears (18 months), owes escrow for taxes and insurance payments, and is facing foreclosure. His lack of employment is presenting a problem getting loan modifications or refinancing.

July 16, 2011 | by BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Turn-Key event offers big value

Woodside Homes is celebrating the start of its Turn-Key sales event this weekend, allowing homebuyers to unlock their choice of instant upgrades or assistance with interest rate buydowns or closing costs.

July 16, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


The wrong way to sell a time share

DEAR BENNY: I recently read your suggestions on how to get rid of a time share. You suggested attempting to give your time share back to the company with a "deed in lieu," but said that it probably won't work. You are right. It did not work. However, I found a broker who was willing to take the time share off my hands for $3,000. Is this the only other way to rid oneself of this burden? By paying money to give something away?

July 09, 2011 | by BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Set the scene for outdoor entertaining

It's not hard to get people to come to an outdoor gathering on a warm summer's evening, and it should be just as easy to pull together a memorable affair. To make the most of your time and budget, look for low-maintenance solutions that you can use throughout the season - and in summers yet to come. From the dishes you serve to the way you decorate, the less work you have to do, the more you'll be able to enjoy the time with your guests.

July 09, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


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Google

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Of Google gets to build a new office complex north of Highway 101, no one will feel the "Googly" aura of the canopied tech wonderland quite like the people living along Space Park Way.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


FHA LOANS: Don’t bite at email, or snail mail loan refinancing offers without exploring options

If you have a FHA backed mortgage there are a lot of people out there convinced you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year if you just call them.

March 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


5 ways to increase curb appeal, value

Whether you're planning to list your home for sale soon or you're simply working to maintain features that attracted you to the charming abode in the first place, careful attention to curb appeal is a must.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Maximizing your storage space: Begin in the garage

A recent study found that 50 percent of homeowners claim their garage is the most disorganized place in the home. In addition, The Department of Energy cites 25 percent of people with two-car garages have too much clutter to leave room for cars, while 32 percent only have room for one vehicle. Isn't it time to do something about the mess? This year, focus your efforts on maximizing storage space in the garage.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Realtors oppose ridgeline development

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - Two leading Realtor boards have come out against future ridgeline development in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Existing home sales rebound slightly in February

WASHINGTON (AP) - Slightly more Americans bought homes in February, but tight inventories, affordability problems and nasty winter weather point to sluggish sales in the coming few months.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


New home sales surge in February

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of new U.S. homes in February climbed to their fastest pace in seven years, as an otherwise dormant housing market showed fresh signs of life.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Add quality & comfort to your favorite rooms

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

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year loan falls to 3.69%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, edging closer to historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season.

March 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Lotusland

MONTECITO . (AP) - Ganna Walska, a wealthy Polish opera singer, created the Lotusland garden in her own likeness - beautiful, eccentric, intelligent, quixotic, romantic, spiritual - on a private estate here about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.

March 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


ENERGY-EFFICIENT

Did you know it takes just one afternoon to save money on your utility bills? Take on a few easy DIY projects this weekend to see immediate savings while making your home more comfortable and environmentally friendly for the long term. As hot months quickly approach, now is the perfect time to improve your home's energy efficiency and set the stage for a cool, comfortable home this summer.

March 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Projects: Spruce up your home

Warmer weather and sunnier days are on their way and many homeowners are itching to begin home improvement projects. If you are one of them, consider these areas of your home when prepping for spring.

March 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


California home sales are sluggish in February, prices rise

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales fell slightly in February as buyers struggled with higher prices and a thin supply of properties for sale, a research firm reported Wednesday.

March 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.78 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, remaining near historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season.

March 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


COUNTRY LIVING

It is country living with all the benefits of solitude but without the extra work of caring for land.

March 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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