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FHA suspending 90-day rule for mortgages

Finally there is some relief coming for those first-time buyers battling investors for foreclosures.

January 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Real Estate Believe it or Not

What a strange long year it's been.

January 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


When renting makes more sense

A household with two full-time workers each making minimum wage - $8 an hour – could afford to buy a $115,000 home if they have no other debt load and have the means to come up with $6,000 or so for down payment and closing costs.

December 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


It’s a mad, mad, mad market

The Manteca housing gods must be crazy.

December 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Housing: The end is coming

Don't look now but the clock is ticking on the most affordable housing era in post World War II Manteca history.

December 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Smart money is snapping up homes

Out-of-state investors who have savvy are treating Manteca foreclosures as the deals of the century.

November 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Condos $5,000 away from 80% decline

The Cherry Lane condos are on the verge of making Manteca history.

November 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Rents drop by 15 percent plus

Rents for Manteca homes have dropped 15 to 20 percent across-the-board since the start of the year.

November 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Housing tax credit: Will they extend it?

The countdown has started.

October 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


FIRST-TIME BUYER FRUSTRATIONS

Four years ago this month only one home sold for less than $300,000 in Manteca.

October 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


What goes down will also go back up

Fifteen years ago, the average home on the resale market in Manteca closed escrow at $125,000. It was $390,000 in 2005. The market peaked at $413,000 in 2006. Today the average closing price in the Manteca resale market is $178,044.

October 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The new Manteca numbers game

Now that it is clear the tsunami known as the mortgage meltdown has swept through the Manteca housing market it is safe to start thinking about long-term recovery.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Ready to move in home for $147,000

Tired of looking at homes in less-than-move-in condition?

October 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The bottom of the Manteca market

You can own your own home in Manteca for less than $550 a month and not have to sink a lot of money into the foreclosure you're buying.

September 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


A home’s value versus its worth

Why, the reader asked in an e-mail, are you still in your home if you paid $189,900 for it in March 2008 and the assessor says it is worth only $102,000 as of Jan. 1, 2009?

September 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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New-home sales close to flat

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. sales of new homes were nearly flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying.

October 24, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Tips to prepare windows & doors for winter to save

How much do you spend on utilities? Are you looking for ways to save? A typical American household spends about $2,100 on energy bills each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Most of that expense comes from a home's energy use during the winter heating season. But a quick home checkup can help you can reduce these costs, prepare for winter and enjoy energy savings.

October 17, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate at 3.97 %

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. mortgage rates tumbled this week. The 30-year loan hit its lowest level since June 2013 as Treasury bond yields marked new lows amid concern over global economic weakness.

October 17, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Ideas to bring Halloween decor back from the dead

Halloween has its fair share of iconic symbols: ghosts, witches, mummies and pumpkins, just to name a few. But if your home decor is becoming just as iconic, it may be time to change it up and take your decorating in a new direction.

October 17, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home sales rise in September

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales rose for the first time in a year in September, a research firm said Tuesday, as cooling prices and a strong economy encouraged buyers.

October 17, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


From make-do to all new: Create your dream kitchen

Homeowners have spent more on kitchen remodeling than any other home improvement category in the last 10 years, according to Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies - and there's good reason. An updated kitchen does more than boost the value of your home; whether you make just a few changes or completely renovate the entire space, a kitchen that feels new is always refreshing. From basic cooking to frequent entertaining, your dream kitchen should look good and function well.

October 17, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Apartments pushed up September homebuilding

WASHINGTON (AP) - Construction firms broke ground on more apartment complexes in September, pushing up the pace of U.S. homebuilding.

October 17, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Forward-looking luxury in renovation trends

Americans are renovating again, and instead of letting resale value alone drive their renovation choices, in 2014 homeowners are weighing many more factors. They are seeking renovations that are beautiful, luxurious and eco-friendly, and that both enhance resale value and their ability to age in place should they choose not to sell down the road.

October 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


KEY HELP

If you are a first-time homebuyer defined as someone who hasn't owned a home in the last three years you could be eligible for $6,500 in interest free down payment assistance.

October 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Mortgage rates down 3rd straight week

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, making it more affordable to borrow to buy a home.

October 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


How to keep your family safe from home’s hidden hazards

In the U.S. alone, approximately 60 million people suffer from asthma and allergies, which according to the American Lung Association can be triggered by mold for those who are allergic. As a responsible homeowner, it's essential to be aware of the many threats, such as mold and fire, which may cause harm to your family and your investment.

October 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Easy ways to warm up your space this winter

Cooler temperatures are on the horizon and now is the ideal time to begin checking items off your seasonal to-do list. Complete simple projects before the harsh winter weather arrives so your home is ready to enjoy in the coming season.

October 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Slower growth for US home prices in August

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices increased in August, yet the pace of these gains continues to slow, helping to improve affordability for would-be buyers.

October 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Building your memories around outdoor fire pit

Whether you're spending quality time with family or entertaining guests, few things compare to the cozy, warm and welcoming atmosphere created by a fire pit in the backyard. In fact, fire pits are among the most popular features for enhancing an outdoor living space, according to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Even better, with little experience and materials, you can build a fire pit in just a few hours.

October 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


EXODUS TO EXURBS

The oil boom and skyrocketing housing prices west of the Altamont Pass are setting the stage for a 21st century Grapes of Wrath migration.

October 03, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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