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Obama proposes broad refinancing for homeowners including private lenders

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is proposing a program to allow homeowners with privately held mortgages to refinance at lower interest rates.

January 26, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Savvy bathroom-storage solutions

While the bathroom may be one of the smallest rooms in the home, it is also the area where we store a multitude of items, from cosmetics to cleaners, laundry to linens. With this in mind, it's easy for your bath to feel more like crowded, cluttered chaos than the spa sanctuary we long for it to be.

January 26, 2012 | Chuck Higgs | HOME SCENE


Candidates unloved in FL town hit by foreclosures

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. (AP) - At Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, the conversation often centers on real estate. Once taboo details - home values and what people paid for their properties - are casually discussed, and there appears to be little shame in walking away from a mortgage or fighting the bank on a foreclosure.

January 26, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Upgrading your home into home sweet home

Home sweet home. With more homeowners deciding to stay put in their homes, rather than attempting to sell in the current market, that old adage is more meaningful than ever.

January 26, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Woodside Homes launches ‘40 homes in 40 days’ sales event at neighborhoods

To get a jump on the upcoming spring selling season, Woodside Homes has started a "40 Homes in 40 Days" sales event at communities throughout the Sacramento and Modesto regions. With a lofty goal of selling 40 homes in 40 days or less, the sales teams at all Woodside Homes communities are receiving daily updates and the authorization to do whatever they can to help homebuyers purchase a new home now.

January 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Applying new home trends to remodeling

A significant shift in consumer preference in new home purchases is the latest by-product of the still-struggling economy. The residential construction market is shrinking and so are houses.

January 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Mortgage settlement between banks, states getting 'close'

WASHINGTON (AP) - A $25 billion settlement between the nation's major banks and U.S. states over deceptive foreclosure practices during the housing crisis is nearing completion.

January 19, 2012 | The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


Update countertops for a song

Everyone loves granite for kitchen and bath countertops, but many homeowners find this option for adding value to their home, too pricey. When considering a kitchen update I found that granite typically costs $50 to $100 per square foot (including installation).

January 19, 2012 | By ASHLEY FLEMING Special to the Bulletin | HOME SCENE


On the Call: Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf on mortgages

NEW YORK (AP) - Wells Fargo reported gains in its mortgage business for the fourth quarter on Tuesday.

January 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage down to record 3.88 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell again this week to a record low. The eighth record low in a year is attracting few takers because most who can afford to buy or refinance have already done so.

January 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Growing interest leaves homebuilders less gloomy

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. homebuilders are growing a little less pessimistic about the depressed housing market after seeing more people say they might be open to buying a home this year.

January 19, 2012 | The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


A poor year for home building ends on hopeful note during December

WASHINGTON (AP) - Builders ended 2011 with a third straight year of dismal home construction and the worst on record for single-family home building. But improvement at the end of the year lifted hopes for an eventual recovery.

January 19, 2012 | The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


Risks of walking away from time share

DEAR BENNY: I have read your articles regarding time shares but I still feel at a loss as to how unload it. It is completely paid, with the maintenance fees paid every other year. I have offered it on Craigslist but still no bites. I visited a licensed real estate broker and he has the same problem trying to sell his time share.

January 19, 2012 | by BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Easy-to-change seasonal decorating ideas for homes to spring’s approach

When spring arrives with its bright sunshine, fresh air, vibrant colors and light, do you find yourself regretting the decorating decisions you made last fall or winter? It's natural to incorporate the season into your home decor, and the best way to do that is with design touches that can change as easily - and quickly - as the seasons themselves.

January 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


South County resale homes selling for less than fair value

Is the South County housing undervalued when it comes to fair market price?

January 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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Obama to sign relief from flood insurance hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bipartisan bill relieving homeowners living in flood-prone neighborhoods from big increases in their insurance bills.

March 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year loan rate up to 4.37%.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose last week but remained close to historically low levels.

March 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Is it a good time to sell and hit the open road?

Dear Real Estate Boys: My wife and I have been reading your articles in the Journal now for over a year. So far we give you a B+. Not bad at all; we've learned some real estate facts. Anyway, we are Dick and Jane. We met you in early grammar school. Remember us? It went something like this. See Jane? See Dick? See Jane run? See Dick run? Well, I finally caught Jane and we've been married for many happy years now. And yes, we have a dog named Spot. OK, here's our question. Jane was a ...

March 14, 2014 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


Your home could be attracting termites & what you should do

Spring is when pests come out of hiding and hibernation to search for new places to establish their colonies. Unfortunately, it's not only the flowers in your garden that attract pests but also your home itself. One of the most determined springtime pests is termites.

March 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Community groups’ lawsuit contend California mortgage money mishandled

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three community assistance organizations sued Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials on Friday, alleging the state improperly diverted nearly $370 million that was intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures.

March 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


California home sales fall in February; prices increase

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices rose slightly in February from the previous month, while low inventories kept a lid on sales, a research firm said Thursday.

March 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Opening door to space, privacy

Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative and new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations.

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Solve everyday setbacks via 5 simple ‘life hacks’

Fifty-six percent of adults who completed home improvements in the past year spent $1,000 or more, according to The Scarborough Report. Next time you're faced with a home improvement project, instead of wasting money throwing away fixable objects or hiring professionals for quick and easy repairs and improvements, keep these money-saving tips in mind. Here are five simple life hacks to help you throughout your entire home and trying one just might make you $40,000 richer!

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.28 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell after three weeks of increases, edging closer to historically low levels.

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Sowing the seeds of spring: Start your garden indoors

While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring - and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don't have to wait until the weather is perfect to get started. In fact, working ahead by growing your own seedlings is a great way to ensure your garden is successful throughout the warmer months.

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Eight tips to get your lawn mower ready for optimum use this spring

With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to tune up your lawn mower for the season ahead. A yearly tune-up is important to ensure all parts of your mower are functioning properly and safely. Use these eight tips to rev up your engine and get your mower ready for spring:

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Six tips for growing lawns

To help get your lawn ready for use and enjoyment this season, the Craftsman brand has developed the following tips to ensure that your lawn kicks grass, takes names and becomes the envy of neighbors everywhere.

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Tiny houses help address nation’s homeless problem

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - While tiny houses have been attractive for those wanting to downsize or simplify their lives for financial or environmental reasons, there's another population benefiting from the small-dwelling movement: the homeless.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Nix the neutrals: Make a new home your own

When selling a house, the mantra for most is neutral, neutral, neutral. To help potential new owners envision themselves moving in, real estate experts remind sellers to de-personalize their homes. That means removing family photos and mementos and replacing favorite color schemes with more vanilla shades and hues. So as a new homeowner, how do you begin to de-neutralize your new house to make it your new home?

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices dip for second straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices fell for the second straight month in December as brutally cold weather, tight supply and higher costs slowed sales.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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