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Home prices tick up 0.1% in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices barely rose in November from the previous month and year-over-year gains slowed, reflecting declines in sales in the fall.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


The value of home inspections

(BPT) - While giving a new $900,000 home a thorough going-over, Salt Lake City home inspector Kurt Salomon found a problem under the deck. The builder had cut corners, using the wrong kind of fasteners to secure the deck to the house. Yet, the municipal building official had approved the work.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Simple steps to paint like a pro

The difference between a professional paint job and a do-it-yourself job that looks like a pro painted it is surprisingly simple. As the old adage goes, the devil's in the details. If you want that professional look while maintaining your DIY pride - and checkbook - take the time and effort to pay attention to often overlooked details.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Four simple tips for designing an on-trend home for 2014

The new year will usher in a new era of home decor by welcoming an "anything goes" attitude as designers mix old with new; DIY and high-end; as well as rustic and sleek to create eclectic, one-of-a-kind looks that are just as personal to the homeowner as they are unique.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Making your home a bit more personal

With so many TV shows, publications, websites and social networks focusing on home design, gathering expert tips and real-world inspirations to make over your home is easier than ever. Use these sources of inspiration and ideas as a starting point, and inject personality by adding layers to the space with individual touches that will truly make it your own.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Seeks escrow snafu advice

Q: I am at my wit's end. This is a long story so please bear with me. (Note:For brevity sake, I am summarizing.) Peter appealed his real estate tax assessment but first the County got it wrong and then his lender compounded the problem with yet another error. His lender has calculated last year's monthly escrow payment and Peter believes it is wrong. As Peter wrote me: "Knowing there would be a shortage if I paid the lower payment, every month since March , I have over paid my mortgage by at least $100 and specifically requested it ...

December 27, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


What can I do about noisy, rude neighbors?

Ho, Ho, Ho to the Real Estate Boys; We are sort of hoping we might be the Christmas letter of the year, just like Time's person of the year. In fact, we sent Time your names for people of the year, keep your fingers crossed, Guys. OK, enough small talk. Our question is about neighbors who allow dogs to bark all day, rev their motor cycles early in the morning, 6:30 a.m., and sometimes late in the evening; neighbors who have tree branches that drop leaves and sap into my pool - basically, rude neighbors in general. Is ...

December 27, 2013 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


Mortgage applications tumble to a 13-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans applying for mortgages has fallen 63 percent since a May peak, reflecting a cooling housing market and higher borrowing rates.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Construction hits highest pace in 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders broke ground on homes at the fastest pace in more than five years, strong evidence that the housing recovery is accelerating despite higher mortgage rates.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Sales of new homes slips 2.1 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - New-home sales dipped in November, but the government released more positive figures for the previous three months, a sign that housing may be regaining strength after a summer lull.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rises to 4.48 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages crept higher this week but remained low by historical standards.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Cypress: Best kept secret for exterior

Unique versatility, unrivaled durability, breathtaking beauty - all are qualities that have made cypress a longtime favorite building material in the coastal regions of the South. But the secret about cypress is out, and homeowners across the country are acknowledging its virtues for upgrading their homes' curb appeal and outdoor living spaces.

December 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Reclaimed wood ’s appeal

Breathing new life into your home with weathered touches, aged accents and historical character is holding true to the popular belief of "what's old is new." Sparked from the sustainable living trend, reclaimed, recycled and repurposed wood floors have become one of the hottest green design and remodeling trends.

December 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Homebuilder confidence surges in December

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. homebuilders' confidence bounced back strongly this month, a sign that construction and industry hiring may pick up in coming months.

December 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Is 2nd home a wise investment?

Happy Holidays Real Estate Boys: Our question is simple yet complex. Has highs and also lows. It can be hot or cold, dry and wet. A little dangerous but has great beauty mostly. OK, enough of the word games. The last of my husband's parents has recently passed away and we have inherited a goodly amount of cash and stuff. My husband and I have always wanted a second home in the mountains, not up too high or down too low. Not to hot and not to cold. But just right, if you know what I mean? So, the ...

December 20, 2013 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


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Del Webb comes home

The largest residential development in Manteca history - and one that is slowly changing the city's demographics – is the progression of an idea launched 58 years ago by a Fresno native.

July 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Custom home decor without all the hassle and high costs

Conventional wisdom holds that in order to achieve a custom look in your home decor you either have to spend a bundle hiring professionals, or invest countless hours of hard work doing it yourself. In the Internet age, however, it's easier than ever to achieve the look of custom home decor without the expense or hassle of traditional methods.

July 04, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


How to easily achieve today’s hottest home improvements

Whether you're staying in place or planning to take advantage of an improving real estate market to sell your home, spring and summer are upgrade seasons. From adding a bathroom to creating an outdoor kitchen, certain improvements pay off for both homeowners who are selling and those who are staying. And while plumbing challenges, such as breaking through concrete or opening walls, may discourage some people, savvy homeowners know a tried-and-true option solves such problems.

July 04, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


How ceiling fans offer energy efficiency, decor

Savvy interior designers know that items that are both fashionable and functional are in high demand. One of the best examples of a stylish, hardworking home fixture is also one of the most overlooked: the ceiling fan. In 2014, more homeowners are realizing the potential this classic technology has not only on their comfort levels, but also on their interior's design aesthetic.

July 04, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Empty nesters want low- maintenance yards, not fuss

One of the first questions new empty nesters face is: what do we do with the nest? Some are eager to downsize and sell. Others like where they live and choose to stay put.

July 04, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


6 upgrades to secure a speedy sale

When the weather warms up, so does the real estate market. Spring and summer are traditionally the seasons when both home buyers and sellers are most active across the country. If you'll be putting your home on the market this year, simple, cost-effective upgrades can help ensure a speedy sale at a good price.

June 27, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Lew announces expanded housing support programs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is extending for another year a program aimed at helping people struggling to avoid foreclosure on their homes, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Thursday.

June 27, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Design inspiration at your fingertips

More than 40 percent of homeowners plan to update their homes in the next two years, according to the latest Houzz & Home Study. Of those who plan to remodel, 78 percent cite their motivation as improving the look and feel of the space.

June 27, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Increasing your resale value is easy

Investing in home improvements is a smart idea when you're thinking of putting your home on the market. So where is the best place to spend your money?

June 27, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate falls

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week, hovering near historically low levels.

June 27, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


DITCH COOKIE CUTTER

Want a newer home with space but don't want the repetitious cookie cutter look of most subdivisions built since the 1960s?

June 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Grand opening set today for Waterpointe

Today's (Saturday, June 21) the grand opening of Van Daele Homes newest community, Waterpointe at River Islands in Lathrop.

June 20, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Raymus Homes conducting family photograph contest through July 3

Ready to show off your adorable family? Raymus Homes is holding their first ever family photo contest.

June 20, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate at 4.17%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages eased slightly this week, remaining near historic lows.

June 20, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


ACCIDENTAL INVESTORS

The Accidental Investors and Prudent Buyers from the Great Recession are having a field day.

June 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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