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Fence & survey differ: So what do you do?

Q: We enjoy reading your column and would appreciate your comments on the following situation. You helped us with excellent advice in the past so we decided to seek your opinion on the following issue.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Top remodel trends for the modern home

Thanks to foreclosures and short sales, home buyers are snatching up great houses at reduced prices and remodeling to create stylish modern homes. Lucky for those buyers, many of today's top trends are relatively easy to recreate, and will add re-sale value to their homes.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Birdfeeder basics: Bring on back yard birds with the right feeders

When you dine, do you prefer clean and attractive tableware? Does ambiance enhance your enjoyment of your food? Birds feel the same way about their dining habits - the type and cleanliness of your bird feeders directly affects the number and species of birds that will visit your backyard this season.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Race affects homebuying, renting

WASHINGTON (AP) -Minority renters and homebuyers deployed to test for housing discrimination did not run into the blatant discrimination of four decades ago, but were told about and shown fewer homes than their white counterparts with similar backgrounds, according to the results of a major federal housing study released Tuesday.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Buyers & sellers beware: It’s a jungle out there

The Real Estate Boys: Boy, I don't know how you guys do it but you seem to be ahead of the game. Many weeks ago you wrote about funds for buying foreclosed homes in bulk from the large banks and a few weeks later I read about it in Time. You both seem to have the pulse of the market - or at least you talk a good game! So, what's coming up for us amateurs to watch out for when buying or selling? I enjoy your fun articles. Keep it up.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


RealtyTrac: Home repossessions rose during May

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lenders stepped up action last month against homeowners who had fallen behind on their mortgage payments, taking possession of more homes and initiating the foreclosure countdown clock on many others.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


PRIVATE PARADISE

By ROSE ALBANO RISSO

May 31, 2013 | Ryan Balbeuna | HOME SCENE


Today’s flippers aren’t the same as those who drove prices up

Flippers - the whipping boys for many who believed they played a big role in pumping up the housing bubble - are being criticized again.

May 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Signed contracts to purchase homes at highest level in 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes ticked up in April to the highest level in three years. The increase points to growth in home sales in the coming months.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


30-year fixed mortgage rate increases to 3.81%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages jumped this week to their highest levels in a year, signaling slightly higher costs for homebuyers. But rates still remain low by historical standards.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Sales of bank-owned homes hit 5-year low in 1st quarter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sales of bank-owned homes have plunged to a five-year low, the latest evidence that the nation's foreclosure woes are easing as the U.S. housing market recovery gains momentum.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Are we in a real estate market recovery?

Real Estate Boys: I keep reading that the real estate market is booming again. Time magazine, the newspaper from our north, TV and radio news are all reporting to get "in now, the market is heating up across the nation." Wasn't it just a short year ago you Boys, and it seemed everyone else, was reporting that maybe we haven't seen the bottom yet? Then in late in 2012, "Well, we've bottomed out, but the road ahead is a long uphill ride." Have we recovered that fast? What is the market doing?

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Rebounding home prices help regain some household wealth for families

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. household has a long way to go to recover the wealth it lost to the Great Recession, a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis concluded Thursday.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices rise 10.9 percent, largest jump in almost 7 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices jumped 10.9 percent in March compared with a year ago, the most since April 2006. A growing number of buyers are bidding on a tight supply of homes, driving prices higher and helping the housing market recover.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Smart, stylish renovations for any age

Most Americans over 50 want to stay in their home as they age, but few are making the renovations they need to ensure easy and comfortable living for years to come.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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Fannie Mae posts $1.9B profit for quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage giant Fannie Mae says it had net income of $1.9 billion for the first quarter. That's sharply down from the same period a year ago due to lower fee income and larger losses on investments used to hedge against swings in interest rates.

May 08, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Building tiny houses into big help for Los Angeles’ homeless

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shortly after Elvis Summers befriended Irene McGhee, he learned she was sleeping on the streets of South Los Angeles.

May 08, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


UP, UP & AWAY

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities.

May 01, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


$100M FOR A HOME?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The poshest of luxury homes are acquiring the cachet of a masterwork by Picasso or Matisse.

May 01, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Tips for perfect home laundry, every time

Keeping your wardrobe and entertaining linens fresh and clean is no easy task – from fitting your laundry routine into your lifestyle to removing the toughest stains from your bright whites.

May 01, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Add quality & comfort to your favorite rooms

When considering a home renovation, think outside the box for design inspiration and setting the overall tone.

May 01, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


ENTRYWAY

You only get one chance to make a first impression and that first statement for your home begins with your front door. Fortunately, there are a few simple projects to help welcome your family and friends into your home with style.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


San Francisco rents rocket 14.8 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Almost no one is moving to San Francisco to save money.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


California home prices hit 7-year high, sales up

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices reached fresh seven-year-highs in March, a research firm said Friday, helping sales rebound from a two-month slide as some homeowners put their property on the market to reap gains.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year slips to 3.65 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates are down slightly this week and remain near historic lows.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


To sell or not to sell. . .

Dearest Real Estate Boys; My spouse and I are considering listing our house and purchasing another one just because we can. We do love our present home but just feel at our age we need a change. It may sound silly but we've had the same walls and landscape for 20 plus years and we just want to look at something different. The question we have is while we are just considering this move we feel it may be prudent to wait for 6 or 9 months before we forge ahead. So, that's the question. Do say "Happy ...

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Obligations are tied to house go along with inherited home

Q: I read your column and you seem to be really great at helping people with their issues, so I am taking a long shot and asking for your advice as well.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Add quality & comfort to your favorite rooms

When considering a home renovation, think outside the box for design inspiration and setting the overall tone.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Home sales bounce back during March

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales bloomed in March after a brutal winter, a sign of possible newfound momentum for housing.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Justice Department sues Quicken over underwriting

NEW YORK (AP) - The Justice Department is suing Quicken Loans, saying the lender approved hundreds of mortgage loans that didn't meet federal standards, leaving the government stuck with the bill when borrowers defaulted.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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