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Just how much cash do I need to buy a house?

Hey Real Estate Boys: My husband and I are thinking of jumping into the housing market and have a question about the costs of the purchase. My husband says the down payment is just that, the down payment. OK, then what other associated costs are there for us to consider? We have yet to meet with a lender and have not even thought of looking at homes, but we sure would love to own rather than rent. We both work and have saved up what we consider a tidy sum of money. Our hope is to buy something at about ...

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Flood insurance changes hit resistance, face delay in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing higher federal flood insurance premiums under reforms passed last year would win a temporary one-year reprieve under a measure that began its advance through the Senate on Tuesday.

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


RealtyTrac: Home repossessions declined in June to lowest level in nearly 8 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homes entered the foreclosure process or were repossessed by banks in June, the latest sign that the nation is shaking off its housing bust hangover.

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Homebuilder confidence, sales outlook soar to seven-year high

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about their home sales prospects than they have in more than seven years, a trend that suggests home construction will accelerate in coming months.

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


FIX IT FOR FALL

Autumn is on the way, so don't fall behind on your seasonal home repairs checklist. It pays to know which renovations to tackle now, which repairs can wait until next season, and what preventative measures can help you avoid large-scale, costly repairs.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Green ways to make sun work for you

When summer sun has you slathering on sunscreen and retreating indoors to air-conditioned rooms, it's easy to forget the winter doldrums that made you eagerly anticipate sunshine and warm temperatures. Winter snow and dreary days seem far away, and you find yourself craving a respite from too much sun.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Easier mortgage processes inspires renters to buy

Owning a home has been an integral element of the American Dream for generations. But is ownership right for you? And if it is, how do you know if it's the right time in your life to purchase a home?

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


RealtyTrac: Home repos down in June

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homes entered the foreclosure process or were repossessed by banks in June, the latest sign that the nation is shaking off its housing bust hangover.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Bathroom becomes at-home spa

Today's bathrooms are evolving into relaxing rooms with many benefits of a spa. Whether remodeling an existing bathroom or building a new one, nature-themed trends add comfort and style.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Pay PMI provider $1K to fast-track approval?

DEAR BENNY: In a recent column you mentioned that the government in some cases is offering $1,500 to homeowners who turn over their keys and accept a deed-in-lieu instead of going through foreclosure. I can see where this is advantageous to all parties involved. How does one find out about this program?

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Green renovations that don’t skimp on style, luxury

Elegant, planet-friendly bathrooms continue to be a hot trend in home building and renovation. Bath products that respect and celebrate water have become trendier and more satisfying, proving that homeowners don't need to sacrifice comfort, beauty and luxury in order to do something good for the environment.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Viking becoming own distributor

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - A Viking Range Corp. official says the high-end kitchen appliance manufacturer has become its own distributor to create closer ties to its dealers.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Bridging the communication gap a must in real estate

DEAR REAL ESTATE BOYS, I have heeded your advice and listed my home with a local Realtor and three weeks later I have questions but I can't seem to get my Realtor to answer my concerns. I'm hoping you Boys will/can help me.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Testing sensors as safety net for seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) - It could mean no more having to check up on Mom or Dad every morning: Motion sensors on the wall and a monitor under the mattress one day might automatically alert you to early signs of trouble well before an elderly loved one gets sick or suffers a fall.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Housing costs soar 10.6% in the 209 market

The cost of buying a typical home in Manteca, Turlock, Ripon, Modesto and elsewhere has gone up 10.6 percent during the past month.

July 05, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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8 must-have elements for your backyard

Mother Nature is the ultimate exterior designer, and she shows off her chops every spring and summer when backyards come alive with colorful flowers, birdsong ...

April 15, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.58%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged down this week to their lowest levels of the year, offering a continued incentive for purchasing ...

April 15, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Deciding what to buy, display for your home

He likes leather. I like linen. He likes polished chrome. I like distressed wood. He likes bold. I like subtle. And so, as DC and ...

April 15, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Tried & true tips for redesign

Tackling a home improvement project can be a really daunting task - whether it's a simple redecoration or a full kitchen renovation. You may feel ...

April 15, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Create serene bedroom of your dreams

As life gets busier, a bedroom becomes more than a sleeping space - it's an escape to a calmer, more serene world that rests the ...

April 15, 2016 | | HOME SCENE


Is owning your own home worth it? Sit down and try to figure it out

Is owning a home really worth it?

April 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Festivals for Stockton, Lodi & Tracy

What's in a name?

March 25, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | HOME SCENE


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