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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


Expanding outdoor living spacecan increase value of your home

Even during a challenging economy, the outdoor living trend remains popular as homeowners seek to add lasting value and functional living space under the sky and stars. Whether it's a do-it-yourself patio or a professionally installed outdoor kitchen, the beauty, usefulness, value and ease of maintenance in outdoor living space is limitless.

February 07, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Don't grant lenders unlimited access to tax records

DEAR BENNY: I understand that when homebuyers sign closing documents, they are routinely required to sign a blanket form allowing the lender to access IRS records with no time limit. The form says not to sign it unless dates are specified on the form, but lenders routinely insist they be signed without any specification as to which years of IRS records are covered.

February 07, 2013 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Home prices rose during 2012 by most in 6.5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices jumped by the most in 6 ½ years in December, spurred by a low supply of available homes and rising demand.

February 07, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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Average 30-year rate edges up to 4.02%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates were mixed this week, marking slight increases or declines but remaining close to high levels for the year.

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Simple home safety improvement steps

Renovating a house can be a tough job. With so many details to consider, just knowing where to begin can be a challenge. But one consideration homeowners shouldn't skip is safety.

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Brisk sales at Atherton means model homes are now for sale

By DENNIS WYATT

June 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


‘THE ADDRESS’

Here's an interesting tidbit: Fifty percent of the home buyers at River Islands at Lathrop are coming from Mountain House and Tracy,

June 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Floor your house with design twists

Hardwood flooring brings enduring beauty, charm and value to a home. Not content to keep a good thing underfoot, inspired homeowners are now finding new and creative locations to use it for a dramatic effect.

June 19, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Is your money going out of the windows?

One of the largest contributors to a home's energy efficiency is its windows. Energy-efficient windows can lower your energy costs and increase your home's comfort while reducing your carbon footprint and increasing your home's value.

June 19, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


California home sales rise; median price tops $400,000

IRVINE (AP) - California home sales continued their year-over-year rise last month as the state recovers from its housing slump. The median price of homes hit $401,000 statewide and $650,000 in the San Francisco Bay Area, a real estate research firm reported Thursday.

June 19, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Kitchen designer tells all

When remodeling your kitchen, it can be tricky to know where to start. Certified Kitchen Designer MaryJo Camp has been there, in more ways than one. As a designer certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Camp has designed thousands of kitchens in her 35-year career – including her own. With a newfound personal understanding of remodeling challenges, Camp has pulled together her top tips for a successful kitchen revamp.

June 19, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan drops to 4%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates eased this week after hitting their highest levels this year in the previous week.

June 19, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Homebuilders’ confidence in sales surges in June

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - U.S. homebuilders are feeling more confident about their sales prospects than they have since last fall, while their outlook for sales over the next six months is at the highest level in 10 years.

June 19, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


KB Home profit tops forecasts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shares of KB Home jumped Friday after the custom home builder reported better-than-expected results for the second-quarter, delivered more homes for a higher average selling price and said its backlog of orders spiked.

June 19, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Mother Nature knows best

When it comes to health and wellness, the design of your home may prove to be just as important as your diet, sleep habits or exercise routine. This is the premise behind biophilic design - the idea that incorporating natural elements into your home, such as wood or plants, can actually improve overall health.

June 19, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Regulators impose limits on six banks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators have slapped restrictions on the mortgage businesses of six banks, saying they haven't fully complied with requirements imposed on them to resolve allegations that they abused the foreclosure process after the collapse of the housing market.

June 19, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


SAVVY STORAGE

Just because you don't own your home or have a permanent abode, does not mean you can't be neat and organized in the place you currently hang your hat.

June 12, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Broker gets FAA approval to use drone

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Across Southern Nevada, homes listed online usually have a slideshow of photos - some good-quality, some not - showing the yards, bedrooms, kitchen, garage and other areas of the house.

June 12, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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