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Purchase applications for home loans up 3.3%

The housing market continues to bounce around at what many experts believe is the bottom. In recent weeks I have written about how many of the housing reports have indicated a slowly strengthening real estate market. I don't believe that trend is changing however in the last week we have seen the New Home Sales report as well as the Pending Home Sales report come in weaker than expected. With the employment picture steadily improving, it is a little bit confusing as to why the housing market is unable to gain much traction towards improvement.

April 05, 2012 | By DEBORAH ROMERO Special to the Bulletin | HOME SCENE


Growing own produce growing trend

Who would have thought getting dirt under your fingernails would ever be considered one of the hottest trends going? According to Doug Jimerson, garden core director for Better Homes and Gardens, "growing your own fruits, veggies and herbs is something Americans are doing in record numbers this season."

April 05, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Spouse's death can hurt refi chances

DEAR BENNY: I enjoy reading your articles and I have a question of my own. My wife passed away three years ago and I recently remarried. I plan to retire this year and want to refinance my home. The house is in both my deceased wife's name and mine. What complications will I run into when I do this? --Harold

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


How to identify your personal design and make it come to life

You've made the decision to remodel your home. The budget range and project scope have been set. You've even preemptively told your sister-in-law she'll need to host Christmas (alright, that was before you knew you were going to remodel). Now what?

April 05, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


BofA tests alternative to foreclosing homes

Banks may finally be getting it.

March 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Create a tropic escape in your own backyard

Yearning to escape to a tropical paradise? This spring, look no further than your own backyard to capture the romance of the tropics and create a sense of optimism to lift your spirits.

March 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Searching shadows for end to foreclosure crisis

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - When Frank Verna pulls up to a battered, four-unit apartment building at lunch hour, he's just over a mile as the seagull flies from the gated oceanfront palaces of South Florida's wealthiest.

March 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices fell in January in most cities

WASHINGTON (AP) - Home prices fell in January for a fifth straight month in most major U.S. cities, as modest sales increases have yet to boost prices.

March 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices fell in January in most cities

WASHINGTON (AP) - Home prices fell in January for a fifth straight month in most major U.S. cities, as modest sales increases have yet to boost prices.

March 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Study: Making car payment takes priority over paying the mortgage

NEW YORK (AP) - The recession and its hangover may have turned bill-paying habits upside down. Cash-strapped Americans are paying off their car loans before they pay credit card bills and make mortgage payments, a study finds.

March 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Must giftee pay IRS when property is later sold?

DEAR BENNY: In April 2001, a friend and I purchased a condo in California for $100,000. We are on title as tenants in common. My wife and I own 50 percent, and my friend owns 50 percent.

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


2012 outdoor living trends can easily update your patio or deck

More homeowners want their outdoor space to truly be an extension of their house and are taking steps to create an inviting area to relax, play and host guests. If you want to update your deck or patio for warm weather entertaining, you don't have to spend a lot of time or money. You can easily refresh the items you already have and add new stylish elements by keeping some top trends and design ideas in mind.

March 29, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Is owning your own home worth it? Sit down and try to figure it out

Is owning a home really worth it?

March 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


California home sales jump in February

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Home sales rose sharply in California last month as investors snapped up the lowest-priced properties, often paying cash, a research firm reported Thursday. Prices continued to fall.

March 22, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Credit score can impact home purchase

Purchasing a home can be the most rewarding - and also the most frustrating - financial transaction of your life. Especially today, when the news is filled with stories about the great market conditions for buyers. One aspect of the home buying process that's often overlooked is the extra cost that interest from a home loan adds to the total price of the home.

March 22, 2012 | | 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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