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Late-payment mortgage rate down in 3rd Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homeowners are falling behind on their mortgage payments, aided by rising home values, low interest rates and stable job gains.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Rights when boyfriend dies without a will

DEAR BENNY: My mother and her boyfriend lived together for 18 years. He owned the house by himself. He has two surviving adult children. He always told me he wanted my mom to have everything. He did not have a close relationship to his children.

November 15, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


What exactly is a probate sale?

Boys: My husband and I have just made an offer to purchase a home and when we wrote the offer, we found out it must be approved by the court. The Realtor used the word "probate." Our Realtor could not give a clear picture of what's going on or what is going to happen. Can you Real Estate Boys come to the rescue and explain what in the world we've gotten ourselves into with this purchase?

November 15, 2013 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage at 4.35%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose for the second straight week amid some signs of economic strength. Still rates remain near historically low levels.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


California home sales fairly flat in October

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales and prices were fairly flat in October compared to September, but other figures indicate a market that is slowly regaining its health after a yearslong slump, a research firm reported Wednesday.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage at 4.16 %

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

November 08, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Fannie, Freddie post strong earnings as housing market recovery continues

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted strong earnings for the July-September period as the housing market continued to recover. The gains will enable the mortgage giants to finish repaying their taxpayer aid or come close to doing so five years after they were rescued by the government.

November 08, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Space-making ideas create room for holiday entertaining

Every holiday party is as individual as the hosts and interesting as the guests. Yet whether you plan a sophisticated dinner party or an afternoon buffet, all parties do have one thing in common: the need for entertaining space.

November 08, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


A prescription for comfort and cost savings for winter

Homeowners will pay 13 percent more this year to heat their homes with natural gas, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts.

November 08, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices start leveling off after big value gains

WASHINGTON (AP) - A measure of U.S. home prices rose only slightly in September from August, a sign that prices are leveling off after big gains earlier this year.

November 08, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


What to do about smelly neighbor

Q: I haven't noticed this issue in your column. My neighbor's townhouse smells! When she has her windows or doors open, the odor is so overwhelming that I am unable to be outside or even have my windows open. This past summer, the smell was even drawn in by the air conditioner. I've had guests suddenly cover their nose and comment on the smell so, it's not my imagination.

November 08, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


Home improvement tricks to help you avoid the winter blues

Many triggers can affect our moods. From sights to sounds to smells - it's a sensory experience that we don't seem to have much control over. Or so we used to think. But with more research being done on exactly how these elements might affect our stress or happiness levels, we now have better insight on how to enhance our mood. This is good news for those looking to make home improvements.

November 01, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Colorful accents create unique living spaces

When looking to transform your home, elements such as doors, ceilings and trim are perfect places to add color. These architectural details can create a wow factor with well-placed splashes of color.

November 01, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Why the sudden slow down in home sales?

Hey Real Estate Boys; This should be a quick and easy question for you boys. Sometime in April or March the market picked up, as you both reported, and we seemed to have a resurgent market all of a sudden. Well, the end of the summer, say July, I saw signs sitting a lot longer in front yards. Then looking at the closed sales in another newspaper, the sales seemed to have dropped or stopped again. So, here's my question for you: First, have you noticed, or will you admit to a slow down, and if so, why do ...

November 01, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


5 lawn care tips & projects to complete before winter

With the autumn season in full swing, there's no better time to watch leaves change colors, enjoy a hayride with family and friends, and indulge in a cup of hot apple cider. But, did you know it's also the perfect time to prepare your backyard for winter?

November 01, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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Creating inviting outdoor spaces

From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family.

March 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


A healthy home makes for more happier families

If you've ever made a decision not to eat a certain food because it was bad for you, then you're like most Americans who are increasingly more health-conscious. As you consider what not to put in your body, there are simple ways to improve your health by examining what's in your home.

March 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices dip in January for 3rd straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices dipped in January for a third straight month, likely because of slower sales in recent months caused by cold weather, a limited supply of homes and higher mortgage rates.

March 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Sales of new homes fell 3.3% in February

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer people bought new U.S. homes in February. Sales fell to their slowest pace in five months, a sign that the housing market has yet to recover fully from brutal winter weather.

March 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.40%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week in the wake of comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen suggesting that the Fed could start raising short-term interest rates by mid-2015.

March 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Spring into four simple DIY home decorating trends

Whether you're personalizing a new home or revitalizing an old room, the start of spring is when newly imagined spaces become do-it-yourself realities.

March 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


FLOOR TO FIXTURES

Spring is in the air, which means it's time to refresh your indoor spaces to reflect the energy and optimism of the season. The top home decor trends of spring 2014 take a fresh approach to traditional design elements to create an aesthetic that is fresh and full of life. Best yet, the trends are easily accessible, so anyone can update their space with a few simple tips.

March 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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


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