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INSPIRING IDEAS

With new home trends emerging, it's an ideal time to collect ideas to inspire your next home improvement plans.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Homeowners split on privacy for the throne

PALO ALTO - Master baths top most homeowners' lists and four in ten will be skipping the tub (43 percent), according to the Winter Houzz Bathroom Remodeling Survey of more than 7,500 Houzz users who are in the midst of, or are planning, a bathroom remodel. Houzz ( www.houzz.com ), the world's leading platform for home remodeling and design.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Architects struggle to giveaway Sears house

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Another buyer might not have flinched at the idea of demolishing the tiny 1920s house in Lyon Park, with its two bedrooms, single bathroom and basement built for dwarves.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year fixed mortgage at 4.51 %

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages barely changed this week, hovering near historically low levels.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices tick up 0.1% in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices barely rose in November from the previous month and year-over-year gains slowed, reflecting declines in sales in the fall.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


The value of home inspections

(BPT) - While giving a new $900,000 home a thorough going-over, Salt Lake City home inspector Kurt Salomon found a problem under the deck. The builder had cut corners, using the wrong kind of fasteners to secure the deck to the house. Yet, the municipal building official had approved the work.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Simple steps to paint like a pro

The difference between a professional paint job and a do-it-yourself job that looks like a pro painted it is surprisingly simple. As the old adage goes, the devil's in the details. If you want that professional look while maintaining your DIY pride - and checkbook - take the time and effort to pay attention to often overlooked details.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Four simple tips for designing an on-trend home for 2014

The new year will usher in a new era of home decor by welcoming an "anything goes" attitude as designers mix old with new; DIY and high-end; as well as rustic and sleek to create eclectic, one-of-a-kind looks that are just as personal to the homeowner as they are unique.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Making your home a bit more personal

With so many TV shows, publications, websites and social networks focusing on home design, gathering expert tips and real-world inspirations to make over your home is easier than ever. Use these sources of inspiration and ideas as a starting point, and inject personality by adding layers to the space with individual touches that will truly make it your own.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Seeks escrow snafu advice

Q: I am at my wit's end. This is a long story so please bear with me. (Note:For brevity sake, I am summarizing.) Peter appealed his real estate tax assessment but first the County got it wrong and then his lender compounded the problem with yet another error. His lender has calculated last year's monthly escrow payment and Peter believes it is wrong. As Peter wrote me: "Knowing there would be a shortage if I paid the lower payment, every month since March , I have over paid my mortgage by at least $100 and specifically requested it ...

December 27, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


What can I do about noisy, rude neighbors?

Ho, Ho, Ho to the Real Estate Boys; We are sort of hoping we might be the Christmas letter of the year, just like Time's person of the year. In fact, we sent Time your names for people of the year, keep your fingers crossed, Guys. OK, enough small talk. Our question is about neighbors who allow dogs to bark all day, rev their motor cycles early in the morning, 6:30 a.m., and sometimes late in the evening; neighbors who have tree branches that drop leaves and sap into my pool - basically, rude neighbors in general. Is ...

December 27, 2013 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


Mortgage applications tumble to a 13-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans applying for mortgages has fallen 63 percent since a May peak, reflecting a cooling housing market and higher borrowing rates.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Construction hits highest pace in 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders broke ground on homes at the fastest pace in more than five years, strong evidence that the housing recovery is accelerating despite higher mortgage rates.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Sales of new homes slips 2.1 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - New-home sales dipped in November, but the government released more positive figures for the previous three months, a sign that housing may be regaining strength after a summer lull.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rises to 4.48 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages crept higher this week but remained low by historical standards.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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Obama to sign relief from flood insurance hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bipartisan bill relieving homeowners living in flood-prone neighborhoods from big increases in their insurance bills.

March 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year loan rate up to 4.37%.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose last week but remained close to historically low levels.

March 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Is it a good time to sell and hit the open road?

Dear Real Estate Boys: My wife and I have been reading your articles in the Journal now for over a year. So far we give you a B+. Not bad at all; we've learned some real estate facts. Anyway, we are Dick and Jane. We met you in early grammar school. Remember us? It went something like this. See Jane? See Dick? See Jane run? See Dick run? Well, I finally caught Jane and we've been married for many happy years now. And yes, we have a dog named Spot. OK, here's our question. Jane was a ...

March 14, 2014 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


Your home could be attracting termites & what you should do

Spring is when pests come out of hiding and hibernation to search for new places to establish their colonies. Unfortunately, it's not only the flowers in your garden that attract pests but also your home itself. One of the most determined springtime pests is termites.

March 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Community groups’ lawsuit contend California mortgage money mishandled

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three community assistance organizations sued Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials on Friday, alleging the state improperly diverted nearly $370 million that was intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures.

March 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


California home sales fall in February; prices increase

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices rose slightly in February from the previous month, while low inventories kept a lid on sales, a research firm said Thursday.

March 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Opening door to space, privacy

Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative and new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations.

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Solve everyday setbacks via 5 simple ‘life hacks’

Fifty-six percent of adults who completed home improvements in the past year spent $1,000 or more, according to The Scarborough Report. Next time you're faced with a home improvement project, instead of wasting money throwing away fixable objects or hiring professionals for quick and easy repairs and improvements, keep these money-saving tips in mind. Here are five simple life hacks to help you throughout your entire home and trying one just might make you $40,000 richer!

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.28 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell after three weeks of increases, edging closer to historically low levels.

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Sowing the seeds of spring: Start your garden indoors

While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring - and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don't have to wait until the weather is perfect to get started. In fact, working ahead by growing your own seedlings is a great way to ensure your garden is successful throughout the warmer months.

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Eight tips to get your lawn mower ready for optimum use this spring

With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to tune up your lawn mower for the season ahead. A yearly tune-up is important to ensure all parts of your mower are functioning properly and safely. Use these eight tips to rev up your engine and get your mower ready for spring:

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Six tips for growing lawns

To help get your lawn ready for use and enjoyment this season, the Craftsman brand has developed the following tips to ensure that your lawn kicks grass, takes names and becomes the envy of neighbors everywhere.

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Tiny houses help address nation’s homeless problem

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - While tiny houses have been attractive for those wanting to downsize or simplify their lives for financial or environmental reasons, there's another population benefiting from the small-dwelling movement: the homeless.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Nix the neutrals: Make a new home your own

When selling a house, the mantra for most is neutral, neutral, neutral. To help potential new owners envision themselves moving in, real estate experts remind sellers to de-personalize their homes. That means removing family photos and mementos and replacing favorite color schemes with more vanilla shades and hues. So as a new homeowner, how do you begin to de-neutralize your new house to make it your new home?

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices dip for second straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices fell for the second straight month in December as brutally cold weather, tight supply and higher costs slowed sales.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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