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Cypress: Best kept secret for exterior

Unique versatility, unrivaled durability, breathtaking beauty - all are qualities that have made cypress a longtime favorite building material in the coastal regions of the South. But the secret about cypress is out, and homeowners across the country are acknowledging its virtues for upgrading their homes' curb appeal and outdoor living spaces.

December 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Reclaimed wood ’s appeal

Breathing new life into your home with weathered touches, aged accents and historical character is holding true to the popular belief of "what's old is new." Sparked from the sustainable living trend, reclaimed, recycled and repurposed wood floors have become one of the hottest green design and remodeling trends.

December 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Homebuilder confidence surges in December

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. homebuilders' confidence bounced back strongly this month, a sign that construction and industry hiring may pick up in coming months.

December 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Is 2nd home a wise investment?

Happy Holidays Real Estate Boys: Our question is simple yet complex. Has highs and also lows. It can be hot or cold, dry and wet. A little dangerous but has great beauty mostly. OK, enough of the word games. The last of my husband's parents has recently passed away and we have inherited a goodly amount of cash and stuff. My husband and I have always wanted a second home in the mountains, not up too high or down too low. Not to hot and not to cold. But just right, if you know what I mean? So, the ...

December 20, 2013 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


Home construction hits highest pace in US in more than 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 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Debt relief for rental property?

Q: I am hoping you can clarify debt relief as it applies to rental property.

December 20, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


Higher rates slow existing home sales for 3rd straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people who bought existing U.S. homes in November declined for the third straight month. Higher mortgage rates have made home-buying more expensive, while the lingering effect of the October government shutdown might have deterred some sales.

December 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan rises to 4.47 percent

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

December 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Safety tips for your garage door

The garage door's role in the home has changed dramatically over the last 30 years and most people don't realize it. Consider this: garage door openers have been installed in 35 million homes across the United States, making them one of the most widely used appliances. In fact, more than 70 percent of today's homeowners use their attached garage as their main entrance to their home.

December 13, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Holiday decorating tips: Repurposed, sustainable

This year's holiday season is taking on a decidedly modern twist, with an emphasis on recycling and repurposing old decorations, utilizing sustainable decor, and adding sparkle to complete the look.

December 13, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Condo prices bouncing back in Manteca

What housing is the hottest Manteca based on increases in the price of closed escrows?

December 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Fewer homes on foreclosure path during November

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While foreclosures remain a concern in select states, the number of U.S. homes entering the path to foreclosure or winding up repossessed by lenders has fallen to levels not seen in more than six years.

December 13, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan eases to 4.42 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages eased slightly this week, remaining near historically low levels.

December 13, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Turlock agents CVAR’s Realtor, Affiliate of Year

Shortly before the Central Valley Association of Realtors' largest local community fundraising effort -the Can Tree Breakfast - two members were honored for their philanthropic efforts.

December 13, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Woodside Homes collecting Toys for Tots through Dec. 8

All Woodside Homes new home communities in the Sacramento and Northern Central Valley areas are collection sites for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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Articles by Section - HOME SCENE


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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