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
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
Want a glimpse at the future in housing? Then head up to Atherton Homes off of North Union Road in Manteca or to Lafferty Homes at Oakwood Shores on the former site of the Manteca Waterslides. Both builders are offering home models that are a clear break from the post World War II concept of "single family" homes. They call them "intergenerational homes." In both cases there is a living suite that puts studio apartments ...
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages declined this week but stayed close to their highest levels in two years.
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.
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.
Q: I inherited 8 pieces of property that includes vacant lots and 2 houses. I co-own them with 9 other people who grew up with my deceased father. They created a housing development corporation with the original intent of building housing for the elderly, but that never happened. They use empty lots as special event parking a few times a year. While I was originally acknowledged as a co-owner after my father's death in 2000, ...
Dear Real Estate Boys: My wife and I are having a running discussion over whether we should put a built-in pool in our backyard. My wife says it will just take up needed play space the kid(s) need and will do nothing but cost money to keep up. But the real reason is that she wants to go on a long vacation before the kid(s) get to school age. I, being the most pragmatic of ...
By MICHELLE RINDELS Associated Press LAS VEGAS - A 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas mansion once owned by Liberace was sold for $500,000 in cash to a British businessman who said he learned to play the piano after being inspired by the flamboyant performer. The buyer - Martyn Ravenhill - closed the deal on Aug. 23 for $29,000 below its list price and about $3 million less than it was sold for seven years ago. "I grew ...
We live in a constantly connected society - more than half of adults in the U.S. own smartphones (75 percent in a recent survey actually admit to taking them in the bathroom). It comes as no surprise that integrating technology into the bathing space is one of the hottest trends in products and interior design. Gone are the days of blasting the TV from an adjacent room to catch the weather forecast, or eating up ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homes are completing the foreclosure process and ending up repossessed by banks because investors are increasingly buying up properties when they go on sale at public auction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homeowners are falling behind on their mortgage payments, aided by rising home values, low interest rates and stable job gains.
DEAR BENNY: My mother and her boyfriend lived together for 18 years. He owned the house by himself. He has two surviving adult children. He always told me he wanted my mom to have everything. He did not have a close relationship to his children.
Boys: My husband and I have just made an offer to purchase a home and when we wrote the offer, we found out it must be approved by the court. The Realtor used the word "probate." Our Realtor could not give a clear picture of what's going on or what is going to happen. Can you Real Estate Boys come to the rescue and explain what in the world we've gotten ourselves into with this purchase?
WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose for the second straight week amid some signs of economic strength. Still rates remain near historically low levels.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales and prices were fairly flat in October compared to September, but other figures indicate a market that is slowly regaining its health after a yearslong slump, a research firm reported Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose slightly last week but remained near historically low levels.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted strong earnings for the July-September period as the housing market continued to recover. The gains will enable the mortgage giants to finish repaying their taxpayer aid or come close to doing so five years after they were rescued by the government.
Every holiday party is as individual as the hosts and interesting as the guests. Yet whether you plan a sophisticated dinner party or an afternoon buffet, all parties do have one thing in common: the need for entertaining space.
Homeowners will pay 13 percent more this year to heat their homes with natural gas, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A measure of U.S. home prices rose only slightly in September from August, a sign that prices are leveling off after big gains earlier this year.
Q: I haven't noticed this issue in your column. My neighbor's townhouse smells! When she has her windows or doors open, the odor is so overwhelming that I am unable to be outside or even have my windows open. This past summer, the smell was even drawn in by the air conditioner. I've had guests suddenly cover their nose and comment on the smell so, it's not my imagination.
Many triggers can affect our moods. From sights to sounds to smells - it's a sensory experience that we don't seem to have much control over. Or so we used to think. But with more research being done on exactly how these elements might affect our stress or happiness levels, we now have better insight on how to enhance our mood. This is good news for those looking to make home improvements.
When looking to transform your home, elements such as doors, ceilings and trim are perfect places to add color. These architectural details can create a wow factor with well-placed splashes of color.
Hey Real Estate Boys; This should be a quick and easy question for you boys. Sometime in April or March the market picked up, as you both reported, and we seemed to have a resurgent market all of a sudden. Well, the end of the summer, say July, I saw signs sitting a lot longer in front yards. Then looking at the closed sales in another newspaper, the sales seemed to have dropped or stopped ...