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How not to get rid of a time share

DEAR READERS: I frequently receive questions about how to get rid of a time share. I must admit that my response thus far has been less than satisfactory. I once suggested that the time share be donated to a church or a synagogue, but several priests wrote and asked that I stop making that recommendation, because the religious groups don't want the expense or the headaches of ownership.

May 24, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


How to transform a room with a few simple strokes

Paint can do more than change the color of a room - it can add texture, pattern and visual interest. Today's decorative painting techniques are simple and sophisticated alternatives to wallpaper, and a far cry from the dated sponge painting from years past. Whether you're a painting pro or a DIY beginner, here's how you can transform a room with a few simple strokes.

May 17, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Home organization for the busy household

Between work, school, children's activities, family obligations and travel plans, today's busy families are left with little time to keep their homes tidy and well-organized. With summer fast approaching, it is important for on-the-go families to realize that home organization does not have to be difficult or time consuming.

May 17, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Own a two-bedroom home? Then it’s probably gone up in value over the last year

Manteca's average closed escrow on a resale home has declined 57 percent since 2007.

May 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Southern California home prices increase 3.6 percent in April

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California home prices increased in April as the supply of properties for sale - especially low-cost homes in foreclosure - remained tight, a research firm said Wednesday.

May 17, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Will proposed state mortgage bills hurt housing recovery?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government's main regulator of home loans is objecting to mortgage-related bills in California and says they could end up increasing lending costs and harming the housing market.

May 17, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Practical 2-for-1 solutions for gardeners

What gardener doesn't find tasks like weeding and watering tiresome? To tackle recurring chores like these and more with greater ease and efficiency, consider some practical tools that offer two-in-one solutions.

May 17, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate falls to record 3.79 percent in USA

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for 30-year and 15-year fixed mortgages fell to record lows for the third straight week. The steady decline has made home-buying and refinancing more affordable than ever for those who can qualify.

May 17, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Fewer homes foreclosed upon in April

LOS ANGELES (AP) - National foreclosure trends took a positive turn in April, as the number of homes seized by banks declined and fewer properties entered into the foreclosure process.

May 17, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Renters complicate condo financing

DEAR BENNY: Four years ago I bought the cheapest condo in town, intending to buy a house soon. However, I learned that our complex doesn't qualify for mortgages that Fannie Mae would repurchase because landlords own more than half of the units in the complex.

May 17, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Essential insurance you can't live without

Cutting back on vacations and entertainment is a wise move to help ride out a recovering economy, but don't be tempted to forego car and homeowners insurance to make ends meet.

May 10, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Consumer watchdog weighs limits to lender mortgage fees

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's consumer-finance watchdog is weighing an overhaul of the fees consumers pay to obtain mortgages.

May 10, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Fannie Mae earns $2.7B in first Q, will pay gov't $2.8B

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. mortgage giant Fannie Mae reported its first net income gain since it was taken over by the government during the 2008 financial crisis.

May 10, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


'Techorating' trend harmoniously marries technology & interior design

Some interior design trends are hard to understand. That jagged piece of cement that is supposedly a chair or headache-inducing paint color may look great in the glossy pages of a design magazine, but would average people really want it in their own living room?

May 10, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Late payments on mortgages fall in 1st Q to lowest level since 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The percentage of U.S. homeowners behind on their mortgage payments dropped in the first three months of this year to the lowest level since 2009, according to a new report.

May 10, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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Simple steps for organized & sensational garage space

Move over kitchens and bathrooms, homeowners are focusing on a new part of the home: the garage. No longer just a place to park the car and lawn equipment, today's garages are getting bigger and better. Here are a few quick and easy projects to create a useful and organized garage.

October 03, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Smart, stylish solutions keep entire home cool

Don't sweat it if your home doesn't have central air-conditioning. Whether you live in an older house that can't accommodate ductwork, or you don't want to sacrifice your interior aesthetics with an unattractive air conditioning unit, you can still keep your home feeling - and looking - cool this summer with advanced air conditioning technology.

October 03, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate at 4.19%

WASHINGTON (AP) - A key long-term U.S. mortgage rate dipped this week, the second drop after a large increase two weeks ago.

October 03, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Pet-proofing your home in preparation for adopting

The addition of a new pet to the family is always a cause for celebration. Stress can occur, too, no matter how welcome the new addition. When you're thinking about adopting a pet from an animal shelter, some preparation can help ensure he or she is as safe and happy as possible.

October 03, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Keep winter energy bills in check

As winter temperatures drop, the potential for higher utility bills goes up. Taking steps ahead of the cold season can help you trim costs and make your home more energy efficient, keeping those utility bills in check even as the winter weather rages.

October 03, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Mini-makeovers deliver big home value return

Kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects can significantly add comfort, improve functionality and increase the home's resale value. Whichever reason drives homeowners to complete an improvement project, they need to pick one that also delivers a return on investment.

October 03, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


$MART MOVE$

She's a single woman in Manteca in her 50s.

September 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Driveways to mailboxes: Ways to drive your home’s curb appeal

Selling or staying, it makes no difference - everyone wants a home that looks great from the curb. Curb appeal comes together when all the elements of a home's facade are in good shape and working together. Driveways that are cracked or pitted with potholes, dingy front doors and other seemingly minor complaints like a shabby, scuffed mailbox, can all significantly detract from a home's overall curb appeal.

September 26, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage at 4.20%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined slightly this week, after marking their largest one-week gain of the year the previous week.

September 26, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Selling soon? 6 upgrades to secure a speedy sale

If you'll be putting your home on the market this year, simple, cost-effective upgrades can help ensure a speedy sale at a good price.

September 26, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Do’s and don’ts: Art of tackling your tile project

Do's and don'ts for making your next tile project perfect

September 26, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Avoid bathroom remodeling blues with budget-friendly tips

Beautifying your bathroom sounds exciting but oftentimes renovation plans begin with good intentions and end up a long, costly nightmare. The national average cost for a bathroom remodel is $10,142, according to the Cost Guide from HomeAdvisor.com. That's a hefty investment but one that can easily be reduced with a simple refresh of the space instead. Here are five cost-effective updates you can make to your bathroom in as little as a weekend.

September 26, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


ON THE WATER

You don't have to buy in Stockton's Quail Lakes or Brookside neighborhoods if you want to live on the water.

September 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Simple, affordable ways to personalize home decor

Every generation of homeowners has its design priorities. Baby boomers look for home design that will let them age in place, while generation X wants features that facilitate busy lifestyles. Millennials crave interior decor that meshes with their technology, blending energy efficiency, family-friendly features and plenty of personalization. Since many millennials are starting out in their personal and professional lives, affordability is also a priority.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Save money, time and energy making improvements in tandem

Most of us spend our day multi-tasking. At work or home, we want to maximize our time and resources in order to accomplish the most work while expending the minimum required effort. Home improvement should be no different. In order to make the most of your home improvement resources, it makes sense to undertake certain projects in tandem.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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