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Doors, a forgotten design element

It's a design opportunity that's easily missed: Even the most stylishly decorated rooms often have bland wooden doors with cheap hardware.

November 29, 2012 | The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


Expert tips for choosing the right fountain

Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon spent many years and covered many miles searching for the fabled "fountain of youth." Fortunately, you don't have to go to those lengths to find a special fountain that will transform your backyard into a private oasis. You only need to make a trip to the local garden store.

November 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Flat screens: No such thing as too slim

Slim is "in" ... and not just for people watching their weight. Flat screen TVs and the wall mounts that turn the TVs into decorator showpieces seem to grow sleeker and slimmer every year. And when it comes to viewing technology, thinner not only looks better, it has practical advantages, too.

November 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


US sales of new homes dip 0.3 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. sales of new homes fell slightly in October and September sales were slower than initially thought. The October sales pace was dragged lower by steep declines on the East Coast, partly related to Superstorm Sandy.

November 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


How to tell if lender is overcharging escrow account

DEAR BENNY: I own a house worth approximately $400,000. The current mortgage is $25,000. A company in Florida took over the mortgage about six months ago. The mortgage company handles the tax and insurance payments through an escrow account. Given the current schedule of payments, the account has had a positive balance during all of 2012 and will average at least a $1,000 balance during the 12 months. The mortgage company wants to double the escrow payments so that the minimum balance is $1,000, the maximum is $3,000 and the average account balance is $2 ...

November 29, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Rate on US 30-year mortgage ticks up to 3.32 pct

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages stayed close to record lows this week, a trend that has made home buying more affordable and helped the housing market recover.

November 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


US pending home sales jump to nearly a 6-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - An index measuring the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes in October jumped to nearly its highest level in almost six years. Steady job gains and record-low mortgage rates have made home buying more attractive.

November 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Make your home smarter, more efficient this winter

The coldest time of the year can also be the busiest. With holiday entertaining, overnight guests and winter getaways, it can be hard to ensure your home heating and other systems are performing for optimal comfort and efficiency. In addition, the Department of Energy reports that no matter what-energy-source you use, heating this winter will cost more, an important consideration since heating and cooling typically makes up about 54 percent of your utility bill.

November 21, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Tips on home care for holiday pleasure

Whether it's guests arriving for a holiday party, visiting relatives or holiday revelers, your home can feel like a revolving door during the holiday season. Unfortunately, all of this added traffic can also bring unwanted dirt and germs that can outweigh holiday cheer. Keep your home looking clean, germ-free and ready to welcome guests throughout the holiday season by establishing a cold-weather cleaning routine.

November 21, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Home tech: affordable, uncomplicated ideas to add enjoyment to your home

Did you know it's almost the year that Michael J. Fox went "back to the future?" While we don't have hover boards or flying cars, our innovations have changed drastically since 1985, especially when it comes to technology in the home. Now there are many affordable innovations that are simple to use and can add unique benefits and enjoyment to routine activities.

November 21, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Steady housing recovery is boosting national economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - From purchases and prices to builder sentiment and construction, the U.S. housing market is making consistent gains.

November 21, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


New home starts jump to fastest pace in four years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders started construction last month on the most homes and apartments since July 2008, more evidence that the housing recovery is gaining momentum.

November 21, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


How low will they go? Mortgage rates at record 3.31 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell to fresh record lows this week, a trend that is boosting home sales and aiding the housing recovery.

November 21, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Opening door to more do-it-yourself home improvement projects is possible

On any given weekend, homeowners can be found climbing around in attics to add insulation, repairing shingles on the roof, installing new floors in kitchens and bathrooms, and handling many other home improvement projects that, with a little elbow grease, they are able to do themselves.

November 21, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Don’t buy home until you sell the current one

Q: I have a fixed-rate mortgage at 5.99 percent that doesn't have to be refinanced until 2016. I know I will want to move to a more suitable place before then, but if I sell now at current low prices, I will have very little equity left to put down on a new condo.

November 21, 2012 | By TERRY SAVAGE Financial Advisor | 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 20 pounds per person every month! In terms of money, that's an alarming $165 billion in wasted food annually, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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 is effective, efficient air conditioning that provides constant and reliable comfort.

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 or redesign. Architectural details, such as cabinetry, offer clever ways to provide pet-friendly function to any room.

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 impact than online reviews from other consumers or experts.

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 about household DIY tricks to prevent pests, but what actually works?

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 the strength led by a big jump in non-residential projects.

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 surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights activists.

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 Francisco but Jackson, Mississippi, and Portland, Maine.

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 is free and clear and is worth approximately $400,000. We have seen some famous people raving about the concept on television, but we have some concerns whether this is right for us. Clara.

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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