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San Francisco Bay area February home sales dip but prices on the rise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Home sales dropped and prices rose in the San Francisco Bay area last month as supplies remained tight, the real estate research firm DataQuick reported Thursday.

March 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


2013's hottest improvement trends

The busy home remodeling season is a great time for homeowners to focus on increasing curb appeal. The percentage of homeowners who feel now is a good time to spend money on home improvement has doubled since 2009, according to a recent survey among Better Homes and Gardens readers. Considering two of the top four features consumers have on their wish lists for their next home are low maintenance exteriors and a private backyard, high-performance products that come in a variety of colors, textures and designs are expected to be in high demand this year.

March 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Staging on a shoestring: Tips from pros for quick home sales

The real estate market is starting to show signs of improvement, which is welcome news for people wanting to sell their homes. This positive momentum alone isn't enough to close a deal, though - a homeowner must make their properties appealing to potential buyers so they stand out from the competition. The good news is it's easy to create an appealing atmosphere with a few staging tips and tricks from the experts.

March 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


HOME IMRPOVEMENT Four steps to a more beautiful bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most frequented areas in your home, making your choice of bathroom decor pretty important. Don't forget about this key area when considering your next home improvement project. With a few tips, you can take your bathroom from so-so to spectacular in no time at all.

February 28, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Soul-lifting home improvements that are good for your wallet, too

No matter how value conscious a homeowner may be, few people ever make a home improvement simply to increase their house's resale value. People also undertake home improvements to enhance their enjoyment of their home - or to fix a problem, which, in its own way, is good for the soul, too.

February 28, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Be proactive when canceling PMI

DEAR BENNY: We purchased our home a year ago for $153,000 and put $16,000 cash down. PMI was required. I want to end the PMI as soon as possible and understand that the home equity must reach a certain point (the agent said after two years we could try to get it canceled). Isn't there a law that if we are current with our payments we can opt out of PMI? We purchased a short-sale home and the value has been appraised higher now. Will that work against us? --Phyllis

February 28, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


The higher they went, the harder a home price fell

The highest sale price ever recorded in Manteca for a production home was $720,000.

February 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


California gets larger share of mortgage deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California should receive at least $20.6 billion from a settlement with the nation's major mortgage lenders, the largest share of any state and about $2 billion more than expected when the agreement to assist homeowners was announced last year, according to a report released Thursday.

February 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage loans rises to 3.56 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage rose this week but remained near historic lows. Low mortgage rates have helped support the slowly recovering housing market.

February 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


High-tech homes make everyday living simpler, even more secure

If you find yourself wondering how you ever got along before your smartphone, laptop and GPS, you're not alone. Technology is so much a part of how we go about our days that we often take it for granted. However, in many cases, houses haven't caught up to the same technological standards as the gadgets people carry with them 24/7. But that's all about to change, as new ideas begin to revolutionize the way we view our homes.

February 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


‘Gifted’ loan down payments come back to haunt FHA

Uncle Sam's failure to practice tough love is creating more foreclosures.

February 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Remodeling: How to go from a far-off dream to 'DIY'

Year after year, no matter the state of the housing market, kitchen remodeling remains a good idea. The project perennially tops lists of value-for-your-money home improvements and almost every buyer will be attracted to a kitchen that's updated and move-in ready. Even if you're planning on staying in your home for a while, few things can reinvigorate your home like a brand new kitchen.

February 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


California home prices and sales up in January

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The number of homes sold in California rose 2.7 percent last month from a year earlier and the median price soared as the housing market showed continuing signs of recovery, the reporting firm DataQuick said Thursday.

February 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Late-payment rate on US mortgages hits four-year low

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Homeowners who took on mortgages well after the housing bubble burst are doing a better job in keeping up with payments, a trend that has helped push the national rate of late payments on home loans to the lowest level in four years.

February 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


4 must-knows about mortgage payoff

DEAR BENNY: I will be soon paying off (in its entirety) the mortgage on my home. For your information, I have been current on my payments throughout the 10-year term. The mortgage company is a credit union, and I intend to continue residing in my home.

February 14, 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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