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Buying a home: prepare by getting finances in order

For those considering buying a home, the current real estate market presents some unique opportunities. One of the side effects of the economic roller coaster ride of the past few years is that home prices have gone down and more homes have gone on the market. For buyers, that means more choices and better deals. However, those same tumultuous years also can also teach buyers a lesson: Make smart buying decisions and be wise with your finances.

July 05, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Bathroom remodeling ideas that add style, space

Now, more than ever, homeowners are adding to the value and comfort of their homes by renovating bathrooms into private retreats with luxurious touches that rival those of an upscale spa or resort.

July 05, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Construction spending rose 0.9 percent in May

WASHINGTON (AP) - A surge in homebuilding pushed U.S. construction spending up by the largest amount in five months, the latest indication that the housing sector is slowly recovering.

July 05, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Fixed mortgage rates fall to new record lows

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fixed U.S. mortgage rates fell again to new record lows, providing prospective buyers with more incentive to brave a modestly recovering housing market.

July 05, 2012 | | 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.

July 05, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Eclectic design trends breathe new life into your rooms & home

The newest interior design trends are invoking a playful vibe into rooms by mixing and matching different styles for an eclectic, fun look. According to "ELLE Decor," home decorating is shifting toward a more theatrical and eclectic decorating style highlighting richer colors, layers of textures and patterns and a fusion of time periods, styles and atmosphere.

July 05, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


$235,000 in Manteca 7 years ago bought a small house on an alley

Spend $235,000 today to buy a home in Manteca and you can get a new home of about 1,500 square feet with the latest built-in energy efficiencies.

June 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Big US cities boom as young adults shun suburbs

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time in a century, most of America's largest cities are growing at a faster rate than their surrounding suburbs as young adults seeking a foothold in the weak job market shun home-buying and stay put in bustling urban centers.

June 28, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Energy-saving tips for every room in the house

Keeping your home beautiful, organized and running smoothly is a never-ending task. The chores from the kitchen unfold into the dining room, which spills into the living room, the bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry room and beyond. Once you've added it all up, the amount of time and energy you spend on housework - day to day and year to year - is staggering.

June 28, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Contracts to buy homes rise, match two-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans signed more contracts to buy previously occupied homes in May, matching the fastest pace in two years. The increase suggests home sales will rise this summer and the modest housing recovery will continue.

June 28, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Appraisal fee can be challenged

DEAR BENNY: I have a question regarding a refinance. We had several unsuccessful attempts with two mortgage brokers because our house is located in a risky ZIP code and the appraiser said that he was unable to get two comps to complete the deal. Finally, we found another bank who said "no problem" right off the bat.

June 28, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Easy exterior projects that add lasting beauty to your home

In the current economy, homeowners want to improve their home's exterior while saving time, labor and money. You can enhance your lifestyle by choosing options that extend product performance and add beauty and enjoyment to outdoor living.

June 28, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Builders start more single-family homes

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders started work on more single-family homes in May and requested the most permits to build homes and apartments in three and a half years. The increase suggests the housing market is slowly recovering even as other areas of the economy have weakened.

June 21, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Signs that termites might be invading your house

Termites live to eat. Their hunger causes $5 billion worth of damage each year in the U.S., damage most homeowner's insurance doesn't cover. In fact, a colony can devour a foot of 2-by-4 wood in only six months. And since termites are masters at going undetected, they can destroy entire support beams before you discover their presence. That's why it's so important to know what to look for.

June 21, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Home sales slipped 1.5 percent in May

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans bought fewer homes in May than April, suggesting a sluggish job market could threaten a modest recovery in housing.

June 21, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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Four steps to find your home’s perfect patio door

Do you feel like your house could use more natural light to brighten and warm your favorite spaces? Patio doors offer unobstructed views that flood your home with natural light and provide convenient access to the outside.

May 15, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Dream outdoor kitchens

It often starts as a blank spot on the patio, usually somewhere just outside the back door. Then come the "things" to fill the spot. There's so much to consider that it gets difficult to make a decision.

May 08, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rises to 3.8 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates are up this week to the highest level since mid-March.

May 08, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Seeking advice on buying first home

Hey you Real Estate Boys: There's a lot going on my/our lives in the coming months. First and most importantly we will be getting married right after we both graduate in May, from Stanislaus with our respective degrees. We both have good jobs in this area and are looking forward to becoming old and boring and raising a family. "She is so brilliant." So, being the conservative future couple we'd like to make sure we start our lives on the correct foot/feet. And that, sirs, is our question. How does a young couple start a life ...

May 08, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Fannie Mae posts $1.9B profit for quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage giant Fannie Mae says it had net income of $1.9 billion for the first quarter. That's sharply down from the same period a year ago due to lower fee income and larger losses on investments used to hedge against swings in interest rates.

May 08, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Building tiny houses into big help for Los Angeles’ homeless

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shortly after Elvis Summers befriended Irene McGhee, he learned she was sleeping on the streets of South Los Angeles.

May 08, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


UP, UP & AWAY

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities.

May 01, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


$100M FOR A HOME?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The poshest of luxury homes are acquiring the cachet of a masterwork by Picasso or Matisse.

May 01, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Tips for perfect home laundry, every time

Keeping your wardrobe and entertaining linens fresh and clean is no easy task – from fitting your laundry routine into your lifestyle to removing the toughest stains from your bright whites.

May 01, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Add quality & comfort to your favorite rooms

When considering a home renovation, think outside the box for design inspiration and setting the overall tone.

May 01, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


ENTRYWAY

You only get one chance to make a first impression and that first statement for your home begins with your front door. Fortunately, there are a few simple projects to help welcome your family and friends into your home with style.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


San Francisco rents rocket 14.8 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Almost no one is moving to San Francisco to save money.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


California home prices hit 7-year high, sales up

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 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year slips to 3.65 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates are down slightly this week and remain near historic lows.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


To sell or not to sell. . .

Dearest Real Estate Boys; My spouse and I are considering listing our house and purchasing another one just because we can. We do love our present home but just feel at our age we need a change. It may sound silly but we've had the same walls and landscape for 20 plus years and we just want to look at something different. The question we have is while we are just considering this move we feel it may be prudent to wait for 6 or 9 months before we forge ahead. So, that's the question. Do say "Happy ...

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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