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30-year mortgage drops to record-low 3.67%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on 30-year and 15-year fixed mortgages this week fell to fresh record lows for the sixth straight week. Cheap mortgages continue to help boost prospects for home sales this year.

June 07, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Dangers of downsizing to cut debt

DEAR BENNY: I am 58 years old and married. My total household income is less than $50,000. I have no mortgage; however, I do have a line of credit with $130,000 owed.

June 07, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Top kitchen upgrades

Nowhere else in the home must design and function marry as harmoniously as in the kitchen. The most-used room in the house is also the one where we spend the most work and leisure time, the one that gets the most scrutiny from potential buyers and the spot where most renovation dollars get spent.

June 07, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Foreclosure mess is slowly improving older Manteca housing stock

Here's a silver lining to the foreclosure crisis: There's anecdotal evidence it is leading to the improvement of older housing stock in Manteca.

June 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Remodeling your home? Start from outside in

The kitchen and bathroom are at the top of most home remodeling project lists. But homeowners intent on remodeling should also consider investing in the exterior of their homes - maybe even start there.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Sales contracts for homes dropped in April

WASHINGTON (AP) - A gauge of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in April from nearly a two-year high in the previous month.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Curb appeal via outdoor painting projects

Summer is finally here, and with warmer temperatures and longer days, it's the perfect time to brighten up your home with a few outdoor painting projects. You can add the right amount of color and increase your curb appeal in just one weekend, leaving you the rest of the season to enjoy the finished product.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Sales of foreclosure homes rose in 1Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Homes in some stage of the foreclosure process saw their share of overall U.S. home sales grow in the first quarter even as sales of bank-owned homes fell.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Federal flood insurance gets 60-day extension

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has given itself two more months to come up with long-term solutions for the debt-burdened federal program that provides insurance for homes and businesses in areas subject to flooding.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Understanding ‘stepped-down’ tax basis

DEAR BENNY: You frequently write about the stepped-up basis when a property is inherited. In today's market, however, you may find the reverse situation.

May 31, 2012 | By Benny L. Kass Inman News | HOME SCENE


Our love affair with wood

Wood is one of the oldest building materials we know, and one of the most beloved. It's a love affair that has lasted - like hardwood itself - through the centuries, from the log cabins of earliest America into the early 21st century.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Add tasty edible plants to your landscape

Window boxes overflowing with blooms, decorative pots lining the driveway with striking colors, and even a flowering vine climbing up the mailbox - the growing season have arrived, and it is time to decorate the landscape.

May 25, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Some foreclosed homes going for dirt-cheap prices

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Foreclosed homes typically sell cheap, but just how cheap is surprising some buyers in the St. Louis area.

May 25, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Researcher: Plant 'remembers,' adapts to survive in dry time

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - No one's talking about giving intelligence tests, but researchers say they've shown that plants have smarts - the sort needed to help them survive dry times.

May 25, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Upgrade your outdoor space, increase home’s value

Whether you are looking for a way to increase the marketability of your home, or simply looking for a way to make your outdoor space more enjoyable, a deck remodel adds living space to your home and value to your house. And if you start your project now, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy it during the warmer months.

May 24, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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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


Obligations are tied to house go along with inherited home

Q: I read your column and you seem to be really great at helping people with their issues, so I am taking a long shot and asking for your advice as well.

April 24, 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.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Home sales bounce back during March

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales bloomed in March after a brutal winter, a sign of possible newfound momentum for housing.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Justice Department sues Quicken over underwriting

NEW YORK (AP) - The Justice Department is suing Quicken Loans, saying the lender approved hundreds of mortgage loans that didn't meet federal standards, leaving the government stuck with the bill when borrowers defaulted.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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