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Tips for choosing the right water heater

If all is working well, most homeowners put little thought into their water heater. But when this critical appliance fails, it can be a nightmare that halts a home's productivity completely. With no hot water for washing dishes and clothes - let alone for bathing - homeowners are left scrambling to find a new water heater as fast as possible.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Protecting condo funds from embezzlement

DEAR BENNY: I have just been elected president of my 200-unit condominium association and have heard that some property managers throughout the country have embezzled association funds. How can we protect ourselves and our money? --Fred

December 20, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Housing starts slowed to 861,000 in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in November after starting work in October at the fastest pace in four years. Superstorm Sandy likely slowed starts in the Northeast.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Mortgage rates rise; still near record lows

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average rates on U.S. fixed mortgages rose this week but remained near record lows, a trend that is leading more Americans to buy homes or refinance their loans.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


American hardwood millwork transforms an aging room into a dazzling showcase

Looking for a simple, inexpensive way to turn an aging family room into a dazzling showcase? Inspired design professionals will tell you one of the most popular and cost-effective ways to transform a plain space into a room with sizzle is to adorn it with millwork crafted from American hardwoods.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


How to truly make your patio an extension of your home

If you're like many homeowners, you consider the patio an extension of your home. So it's fair to ask: Would you be just as comfortable nestled in with your favorite book or preparing a meal in your outdoor space as you would in your living room or your kitchen? As you contemplate ways to improve your outdoor area, think about projects that can both extend the hours you spend outside and make the time you spend there more relaxing.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


It may be worth your time to see if you can lower your tax bill

There are three ways you can possibly lower your property tax bill, two of which can be accomplished without investing even an hour of your time.

December 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Color match part of polymer roof tile’s charm

What does a homeowner do when he's so happy with his colorful new Bellaforté roof that he wants to share it with family and friends? If that homeowner is Dan Baer, he throws a roof party!

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Five fast home decor updates

With the fast-paced lives people can lead today, often we strive for instant gratification to fit into our busy schedules. So when it comes to home improvement projects, wouldn't you love an instant update for boring home decor? Fortunately, there are numerous fast fixes that can produce fantastic results. Try these easy update ideas and realize the rewards of a fabulous and functional home makeover.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Bank repossessions hit 9-month high of 59,134 during November

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. home repossessions rose to a nine-month high in November, even as the number of homes starting on the path to foreclosure declined to the lowest level in six years.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Managers at Fannie, Freddie earned $200,000 as media pay last year

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government report finds median pay for nearly 2,000 senior managers at government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exceeded $200,000 last year.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Know your rights for canceling private mortgage insurance

DEAR BENNY: I want to get the PMI off my mortgage in February of next year, which will be two years from the time of my refinancing. All my payments have been on time. I have communicated with my current mortgage company that I wish to have the PMI canceled and they informed me in writing that I have to wait for two years and that I have to get an appraisal (which I have to pay for) in order to make sure I will have 20 percent equity of the new appraised value.

December 13, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year fixed rate mortgage dips to 3.32 %

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week near record lows, providing more incentive for Americans to buy homes and refinance.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


California home prices rise 19% in November

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices posted a ninth straight annual increase in November as buyers competed for a limited number of available properties, a research firm reported Thursday.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Use winter to update and beautify your bathroom

Remodeling and refreshing the home is a great way to keep cabin fever at bay during long winter months. Designing a bathroom remodel to incorporate innovative style, comfort and efficiency helps to speed the winter months along, and your family will certainly enjoy the rest of the season with a beautiful new bathroom.

December 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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Rents rise overall but dip in Chicago & Minneapolis

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home rental prices rose at a steady rate in January, but prices barely budged or even dipped in parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Millennials seek tech-ready, smaller energy-efficient houses

LOS GATOS - As millennials enter the home-buying market in larger numbers, builders say homes will get a little smaller, energy-efficient appliances and laundry rooms will be essential, and home technology will become increasingly prevalent. These predictions are based on two surveys conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, one asking home builders what features they are most likely to include in a typical new home this year, and one asking millennials what features are most likely to affect their home-buying decisions. Of the top 10 features mentioned by home builders, four have to do with energy efficiency: low-E windows ...

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Freshen up your home with five sharp colors

While you're making resolutions and setting goals, consider adding updating the look of your home to your list. If your walls are looking a little dated, follow these five color suggestions to give your space a renewed look.

February 13, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rises to 3.69%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week yet remained near historically low levels.

February 13, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


CONTAINERS

HONOLULU (AP) - Shipping containers: They're strong, durable and portable, stack easily and link together like Legos.

February 13, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Take the sweat out of your DIY projects this year

You've been dreaming about digging in your garden, changing your landscaping or improving your house all winter long. Finally the weather is nice, your yard is clear and dry, and it's time for you to get your hands dirty. With the right tools and equipment, you can get all your DIY tasks done while saving time, money and elbow grease.

February 13, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


A lush lawn can be yours in 4 easy steps

Want to get the best out of your lawn this year? Implement these simple hacks to keep your lawn green and growing, your equipment up and running, and your yard looking great:

February 13, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


POCKET DOORS

Did you know that the smallest room in your home can be the most dangerous?

February 13, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.59%.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, resuming their downward trend of this year after rising slightly last week. Rates are near historically low levels.

February 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Challenge to real estate law fails

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a California real estate broker's lawsuit over a Nebraska law requiring licensing to market Nebraska homes online.

February 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


RIVER ISLANDS

With Phase I 90% sold out, Van Daele Homes has released Phase II at their Waterpointe community at River Island in Lathrop.

February 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Give your landscaping a no-maintenance makeover

Low- and no-maintenance features top the list when making over outdoor living spaces because less time maintaining means more time enjoying.

February 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Style and function blend for ideal bathroom visibility

Bathroom remodels are one of the most popular home improvement projects and they provide impressive return on investment. While plenty of focus goes into selecting the perfect tile or ideal shower surround, there's one critical area that too often is overlooked: the lighting.

January 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Keeping the heat inside your home during winter

The heat is definitely on this winter. With winter storms hitting many parts of the country early in the season, furnaces are plugging away, causing rising heating bills. Space heating is the largest energy expense in the average U.S. home, accounting for 45 percent of energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Consumers are looking to keep their homes cozy as the temperature continues to drop, while also having manageable utility bills.

January 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Getting rid of property ‘miners’ cuts crime

Fred Sheil fights crime.

January 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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