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Rate on 30-year fixed mortgage rises to 3.63%

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage rose this week to its highest level in seven months but remains near historic lows. Low mortgage rates have helped support the gradually recovering housing market.

March 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Investors keep SoCal mid- to high-end sales strong

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California home sales continued strong last month as investors snapped up mid- to high-end homes, though it was unclear whether the rebound will continue through the year, real estate research firm DataQuick reported Wednesday.

March 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Sharp drop in foreclosures

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While the nation's foreclosure woes persist, new data show they're easing amid a resurgent housing market, rising home prices and efforts by some states to buy homeowners more time to avoid losing their homes.

March 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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


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30-year mortgage rises to 4.09%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching highs for the year as investor anxiety over economic turbulence abroad moderated.

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


5 FREEZER TIPS

As much as 30 to 40 percent of all food in North America is wasted, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. That's about ...

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Cool way to reduce home energy costs

It's the time of year when even a dip in the local lake won't cool you down for long. What you really need ...

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Pending home sales climb to 9-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in May, as pending sales climbed to their highest level in more than nine years.

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 4.08%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching high levels for the year.

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices climbing steadily

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit jumps in Denver and San Francisco.

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Design pet-friendly place

Even for households that count four-legged fur friends as part of their family, pet-friendly features can be easily overlooked when it's time to build ...

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Choose right lighting for your home

Just like many products, when it comes to purchasing new light bulbs, nothing beats the in-store experience. Seeing the difference in lighting has a stronger ...

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


PEST MYTHS

During the summer, it may seem impossible to keep bugs away from the home, so people will try just about anything. Perhaps you've heard ...

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


US construction spending rises

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. construction spending posted a solid gain in May, pushing total activity to the highest point since the fall of 2008, with ...

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Court upholds key tool for fighting bias

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday preserved a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination, handing a ...

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Manteca program conserves water, energy

The Manteca City Council has launched the HERO Property assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program.

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Fastest rising rents in US? Try Jackson, Mississippi

WASHINGTON (AP) - Home rental prices are climbing across much of the United States - with the biggest gains coming from not from New York or San ...

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Open the door to fresh air

For homeowners who enjoy spending time outside, the doorway is an important architectural element that blends style and function to connect indoor and outdoor spaces.

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Questions about using a reverse mortgage

Q: What is your opinion about a reverse mortgage? We are in our late 60s, have a small savings and an acceptable pension. Our home ...

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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