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EPA pushes for ‘smart themostats’ to limit pollution

CHICAGO (AP) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made an impassioned push Thursday for homeowners to adopt Wi-Fi-enabled "smart thermostats" as a way to limit carbon pollution and improve public health.

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year mortgages falls to 3.76%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell sharply this week amid concern over a labor market that has shown recent signs of weakness.

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


THEY’RE UPSIDE DOWN

Q: I have a mortgage balance of approx. $170,000, but the estimated market value of my home is $67,000 to $75,000. The mortgage was modified back in 2008, with a balloon payment of approx. $108,000 due in 2037. So the property is totally upside down, and this modification shows as an adverse account on my credit, even though all monthly payments are made. We are senior citizens and want to move to Florida, so I was thinking about renting it out to section 8, but was advised by an attorney that we should short sale it ...

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Sparks braces for Tesla housing boom

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Not since the Southern Pacific railroad rolled into this sleepy high desert town in Nevada more than a century ago has there been such excitement - Tesla Motors and other technology companies are coming, and along with them thousands of jobs.

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Hardwoods can make home dazzle

If you're looking to upgrade your home's exterior, include American hardwoods in the mix. New, environmentally friendly treatment methods now make hardwood an excellent and great looking material choice for outdoor living spaces.

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


California home prices, sales cool

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California's summer housing rally cooled in August, a research firm said Thursday, as tight supplies kept a lid on sales and more buyers found prices out of reach.

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Ways to Improve your sleep, improve health

As the fall and winter months approach, you're probably planning to take preventative health measures recommended by your doctor: get the flu shot; wash your hands more often and sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands. But one thing that makes you more susceptible to getting sick is being stressed and run down. Despite living in a world where everyone is constantly on-the-go, you can't avoid the fact that proper sleep is a key element when it comes to overall health.

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.91 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the second straight week, average long-term U.S. mortgage rates inched up this week as financial markets awaited the Federal Reserve's crucial decision on interest rates.

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Homebuilding slows after hot streak

WASHINGTON (AP) - Builders broke ground on fewer houses and apartment complexes in August, a possible sign that the housing market may be levelling off after accelerating for much of the year.

September 18, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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 may think tackling their home décor takes a bundle of time, money and expertise, it doesn't have to be so frightening. You don't need to spend a fortune or go to design school to breathe a little life into your home.

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 current situation. My mother passed in September 2009, she had a will leaving the family home, transferred to me upon her death. She also had a home equity line of credit with a local bank, where the payments were automatically deducted from her checking account. I visited the bank and notified them of her death, providing a certified copy of her death certificate and spoke with the loan officer. The loan officer advised me to ...

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 in their 70s, they're ready to downsize and possibly move to nearby Vail.

August 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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