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Home sales hit 6½-year high but could slow

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales rose last month to the highest level since February 2007 as buyers rushed to close deals before mortgage rates increased further.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Consumers making mortgage payments top priority again

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The steady rise in U.S. home values is increasingly motivating homeowners to make paying their mortgage on time a priority, according to a new study.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate dips to 4.50%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week amid signs the economic recovery is slowing.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


EXIT Realty Consultants expands

In another move of expansion, EXIT Realty Consultants has merged with EXIT Realty Touchstone of Modesto, to open its fifth California real estate office operated by broker/owner Kris Klair.

September 21, 2013 | 209 Home Scene staff | HOME SCENE


Making real estate play after owner dies

DEAR BENNY: I resided with a 71-year-old male who died in November with no will. I took care of him since 2002 and lived with him since 2005 because his health was diminishing. His family had basically abandoned him, never visiting or making any type of contact with him. I want to know if there is any way I can keep the house as my residence. We discussed his getting a will, but he died before he could get a lawyer. He was going to leave the house to me. --Carl

September 21, 2013 | By Benny L. Kass Inman News | HOME SCENE


Remodeling 101: Make space your own

There is a lot to think about when remodeling your kitchen. You want to design a kitchen that reflects your taste and style, which you'll love for years to come. Whether you're designing for yourself or for resale, the key to success is to embrace timelessness. That doesn't mean sacrificing personality for a neutral palette, though. Quite the opposite.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Single-family home construction up

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders started work in August on the most single-family homes in six months and requested permits to construct even more in future months. The figures suggest housing remains a driver of economic growth despite higher mortgage rates.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


What fine print is required when you go to sell a house?

Good day Real Estate Boys, kudos to the Journal for running your column for their readers. Today's question is an easy one for you Boys I'm sure. What exactly is required to sell a house? I don't mean the deed or signing papers or even the silly answer, duh, a buyer. I mean what are the state laws that every home owner must know to sell a house. I hope you guys can understand what I'm asking. I know what I'm asking but can't seem to make it understandable in writing. I'm so ...

September 21, 2013 | LARRY RUMBECK & LLOYD BLACKMAN The Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


Autumn edibles: Tips for fall gardening & second plantings

People choose to garden for many reasons: Food is fresher and tastes better. It's a healthy hobby that exercises the body. It saves money. Numerous reports show an increasing number of homeowners are growing their own fruits, vegetables and herbs.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Tips to help find the perfect home

For most Americans your home is the biggest ticket item you will ever purchase. It's no wonder that people can take months, and sometimes even years, to find the perfect home. When you walk into a house that's on the market, many times the homeowner or real estate agent has "staged" it to ensure that you focus on the home's greatest assets and overlook its flaws. Your job is to look past all that to see if this house is right for you.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Housing: Are we going back to the future?

Want a glimpse at the future in housing?

August 30, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Jump in mortgage rates hurts sale of new homes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans cut back sharply in July on their purchases of new homes, a sign that higher mortgage rates may slow the housing recovery.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year mortgage at 4.51 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages declined this week but stayed close to their highest levels in two years.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Infusing natural elements into the decor

Nature is bringing a breath of freshness into home decorating, but it's more than just incorporating flowering pots or opening windows. The latest home decorating trend features natural elements in the textures and finishes of furniture and accessories, giving homeowners an elegant - and often calming - result of blending nature and home living into a beautiful space.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices rise strong 12.1 percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose 12.1 percent in June from a year earlier, nearly matching a seven-year high. But month-over-month price gains slowed in most markets, a sign that higher mortgage rates may weigh on the housing recovery.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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VILLA TICINO

One owner homes often have tender loving care making them in some cases either on par or better than a new home.

April 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate down to 4.34 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week, edging closer to historically low levels as the spring home-buying season begins.

April 11, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Despite interest hike refinancing still attractive

Once at rock bottom, interest rates have ticked up slightly in recent months. Still, the prospect of refinancing a mortgage remains attractive. Interest rates are projected to rise to 5 percent or above by August 2014, according to an August 2013, Freddie Mac study.

April 11, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Increasing resale value easy by saving smartly

Investing in home improvements is a smart idea when you're thinking of putting your home on the market. So where is the best place to spend your money?

April 11, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


DEL WEBB LIFESTYLE

It is the cleanest neighborhood by far in Manteca and perhaps in the entire 209.

April 04, 2014 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 staff reporter | HOME SCENE


Growing demand for apartments pushing up rents

WASHINGTON (AP) - These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much.

April 04, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


30-year loan rate increases to 4.41%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose slightly this week but remained near historically low levels.

April 04, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Housing market: Few buyers, not enough sellers is unusual dilemma

WASHINGTON (AP) - Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.

April 04, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Creating inviting outdoor spaces

From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family.

March 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


A healthy home makes for more happier families

If you've ever made a decision not to eat a certain food because it was bad for you, then you're like most Americans who are increasingly more health-conscious. As you consider what not to put in your body, there are simple ways to improve your health by examining what's in your home.

March 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices dip in January for 3rd straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices dipped in January for a third straight month, likely because of slower sales in recent months caused by cold weather, a limited supply of homes and higher mortgage rates.

March 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Sales of new homes fell 3.3% in February

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer people bought new U.S. homes in February. Sales fell to their slowest pace in five months, a sign that the housing market has yet to recover fully from brutal winter weather.

March 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.40%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week in the wake of comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen suggesting that the Fed could start raising short-term interest rates by mid-2015.

March 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Spring into four simple DIY home decorating trends

Whether you're personalizing a new home or revitalizing an old room, the start of spring is when newly imagined spaces become do-it-yourself realities.

March 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


FLOOR TO FIXTURES

Spring is in the air, which means it's time to refresh your indoor spaces to reflect the energy and optimism of the season. The top home decor trends of spring 2014 take a fresh approach to traditional design elements to create an aesthetic that is fresh and full of life. Best yet, the trends are easily accessible, so anyone can update their space with a few simple tips.

March 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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