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High design for homes with kids in mind

For many years, creating family-friendly spaces meant sacrificing your design aesthetic. Thankfully, gone are the days when having children meant succumbing to a house full of bright-yellow bins and sofas wrapped in plastic. Today, new materials and technologies make it easy to create a beautiful, well-designed home that meets the needs of adults and children alike. The following tips may help you design a living space that satisfies your design goals and meets the demands of your youngest family members.

August 16, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Give your kitchen a fresh face this fall

As the season changes, many of us will get the itch to tackle any number of home improvement projects before winter. For some, a complete remodel is in the works. For others, just a few quick fixes are needed to make the home a more enjoyable space during the long winter months or in preparation for holiday entertaining.

August 16, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


US home construction dips, but signs start to point up

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders broke ground on slightly fewer homes in July than June. But in a hopeful sign for future construction, applications for building permits rose to their highest level since August 2008.

August 16, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Potential home buyers may soon outsmart themselves

Back in February 2008 when I bought my house I spent two weeks in the "upfront process."

August 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Citigroup tries turning owners into renters

NEW YORK (AP) - Citigroup will try something new to keep struggling homeowners out of foreclosure: turn them into renters.

August 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Consumer finance agency sets new mortgage protections

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's consumer lending watchdog proposed new rules Friday aimed at protecting homeowners from unexpected costs and shoddy service by companies that collect their monthly mortgage payments.

August 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Brown's loft site of foreclosure protest

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Occupy Sacramento movement is staging a protest over California home foreclosures outside Gov. Jerry Brown's rented Sacramento loft.

August 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


How to create the perfect outdoor retreat at home

Backyards have always been places where families can get away without actually going away. Outdoor areas connect people with their favorite natural treasures while providing a place to relax. Whether it's adding an outdoor kitchen and replacing your old picnic table with a truly impressive dining set, or outfitting your patio with a desk space so you can bring your work outside, you can expand your living area by focusing on what's outside the home.

August 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Beware of condo board’s right to reject buyer

DEAR BENNY: I have some questions regarding an owner's right to rent his condo:

August 09, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Number of homes facing foreclosure rise

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More U.S. homes started on the foreclosure path in July, as lenders tackled a backlog of mortgages gone unpaid even as they pulled back on home repossessions.

August 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Fannie Mae posts $2.2B net gain for Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fannie Mae earned $2.2 billion from April through June, its second quarterly gain in net income since being taken over by the government during the 2008 financial crisis.

August 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Rent a backyard in NYC for $100 an hour

NEW YORK (AP) - The first sign that something strange is happening on Ludlow Street is the fence, which is long and green and decidedly out of place amid a cluster of city buildings. Peer through its holes and things get even more confusing: Is that a backyard? In the middle of Manhattan?

August 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Five tips for conserving water

Water and the summer months tend to go hand-in-hand - water skiing or fishing at a lake, taking a dip in a swimming pool and watering home-grown plants with a garden hose are among the season's most popular activities. Recent summers have also been some of the driest on record, prompting grass fires, drastically low lake levels and water utilities having to implement water restrictions on their customers.

August 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgages increases to 3.59 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose for the second straight week, staying slightly above historic lows.

August 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Late payments on mortgages hit 3-year low in 2Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. homeowners are getting better about keeping up with their mortgage payments, driving the percentage of borrowers who have fallen behind to a three-year low, according to a new report.

August 09, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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THE BIG SQUEEZE

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Living in an apartment? Expect your rent to go up again.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


5 upgrades for under $5,000 to lure buyers

It's a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have to spend money to make money. Even if your home is relatively new, you still face costs associated with getting it ready to show, such as repainting interior rooms or hiring professional cleaners and stagers. If your home could use some TLC and updating, spending as little as $5,000 on key upgrades could improve its appeal for buyers - and ensure a speedier sale at a better price.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Demystifying 2015 kitchen design trends

Every new year brings along new design trends, with homeowners often feeling the pressure to mix up their kitchen interiors to keep things current. But the truth is, when embarking on any renovation project, incorporating more timeless (and less trendy) assets will save both time and money in the long run. This ensures any kitchen styling stays current and "fits in" no matter which way the design pendulum swings.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Tips for parents considering helping their child buy a home

Rising prices and a dearth of homes for sale in many markets have made it harder for many looking to buy their first home.

April 17, 2015 | ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer | HOME SCENE


House approves legislation to ease rules on home loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly adopted legislation to ease some mortgage lending requirements of the sweeping 2010 law reining in banks and Wall Street as the Republican majority continues its assault on the so-called Dodd-Frank law enacted after the financial crisis.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


California home prices reach new 7-year high, sales rebound

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices reached fresh seven-year-highs in March, a research firm said Friday, helping sales rebound from a two-month slide as some homeowners put their property on the market to reap gains.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


OAKWOOD SHORES

Oakwood Shores is not just among a handful of neighborhoods surrounding private lakes in the Northern San Joaquin Valley but it has another feature that few of those have - a gated community with 24-hour security patrols.

April 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Your perfect State of home Organization

Life gets busy and clutter has a way of sneaking up on everyone. It may be all those shoes, the lack of space or the fact that you have absolutely no time - there are many reasons for the mess. But, whether you're a single person living in an apartment or have a large family in a sprawling house, everyone can benefit from more organization. By simply thinking about storage differently and coming up with a smart organizational system that works for you, you'll be on the way to creating a well-balanced, happier home.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Five projects to help redo your basement

Have you ever wished you had more space in your home? Maybe you'd use the space to pursue a hobby, host out-of-town guests or just spread out and get some quiet time to yourself. The space you desire could already be in your home in your basement. If your cellar is nothing but a series of unfinished areas used for storage, you're not getting all the benefits you could be from the space.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


TRID could delay closing of escrow

LOS GATOS (AP) - Members of the real estate industry are getting ready for a new regulation scheduled to take effect this summer that requires changes to the traditional mortgage loan acquisition process. The upcoming TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule takes effect Aug. 1 and, if not understood by all parties involved, could delay the closing of escrow. Issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, TRID combines the mortgage disclosure established by the Truth-in-Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act into one single rule. However, according to a lender panel at a Silicon Valley Association of Realtors meeting, the move ...

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


SHARED HOUSING TREND GROWS

BOWIE, Md. (AP) - In 2008, Bonnie Moore was going through a divorce. And as she was adjusting to a one-income lifestyle, the recession hit and her five-bedroom, three-bathroom home lost half its value.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Ripon launches effort to conserve energy & water

Ripon has launched the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program, which enables homeowners and commercial property owners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay them off through their property tax bill.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Latest tool for selling real estate: FaceTime

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Real estate agent Julie Ray has come of age in the red-hot housing market. But this was a first: zooming through a $1.7 million house with her iPhone, she used its FaceTime video application to send images of the property -- including bathroom tile and a backyard lemon tree - to the prospective buyers in Switzerland.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage falls to 3.66%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, approaching historically low levels with the spring home-buying season underway.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


LIVE IN A PORSCHE?

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) - The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view.

April 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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