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6 hot design trends

Does the change of seasons have you itching to refresh a tired, lackluster room? Or maybe you're looking for some small ways to make a big impact on your home's style? Whatever the case, here are some of this season's most buzzed-about trends and how you can incorporate them into your next project.

February 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


First builders selected for River Islands

LATHROP - When River Islands, the largest new master planned community in Northern California, opens in the late spring, home buyers will be able to walk through models from three of the state's leading homebuilders: Brookfield Residential, De Nova Homes, and Van Daele Development.

February 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year loan rate at 4.23 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages fell this week as the latest data continued to indicate a pause in the housing market's recovery.

February 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Slower sales led to dip in home prices in December

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices slipped from November to December, and the year-over-year increase slowed, likely a result of weaker sales at the end of last year.

February 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Ways of making your outdoor living spaces more useful all year

No matter if you live on a coast or in the Upper Midwest, you can use your outdoor spaces to the fullest in any season by adding a few enhancements. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, it's easy to add features like a seat wall and a fire ring for an outdoor gathering spot, or an outdoor kitchen to create the taste of summer all year. A few simple improvements can help you create a space that keeps you outside longer into the night, earlier in the spring and later into the cooler seasons.

February 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Upgrading your home’s bathroom

How much time do you spend in the bathroom each day? Whether it's where you prep the kids for bed or step away for some alone time, the bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in the home. It's also one of the best areas in which to invest; renovating or simply updating this space can lead to a 62 percent return on investment.

January 31, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Creative trends for your home’s hardwood flooring

The recovering U.S. housing market has led to increased demand for certain luxury items, including hardwood flooring. Exciting trends are influencing the marketplace and for today's consumers, there are more hardwood flooring options than ever before.

January 31, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Pending home sales slow down

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy previously occupied homes in December, suggesting a slowdown in real estate. Pending home sales fell to the lowest point since October 2011.

January 31, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan at 4.32%.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages slipped this week as new data showed a decline in home prices in November and a drop in new homes sales last month.

January 31, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Sales of new homes drop 7 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. sales of new homes fell in December for a second consecutive month but even with the pause at the end of the year, sales for all of 2013 climbed to the highest level in five years.

January 31, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Cold weather puts chill on home prices

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices fell slightly in November as colder weather slowed buying, ending nine straight months of price gains.

January 31, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Should resale value factor in when you’re remodeling?

To the Good Old Real Estate Boys: My wife and I are having a rather heated disagreement about adding a room onto our home. The man of the house, that's me, wants a man cave where I can go and watch the 49ers on Sunday afternoon with a few friends, male of course, or maybe on a special day like New Year's go and spend the entire day watching the college games. The Olympics are coming and I could go shut the door and just enjoy on my big screen. On the flip side my beautiful, kind wife ...

January 24, 2014 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


For sale: Historic small town drive-in theater up for grabs

GRANBURY, Texas (AP) - The sign in front of the historic Brazos Drive-In says "closed."

January 24, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Top 10 home decor trends for 2014: Color to natural

Renew. Rejuvenate. Reinvigorate. The same objectives people have when making their personal New Year's resolutions can be just as easily be applied to their homes. There's no better time to give a home a fresh look, whether it's incorporating a new color palette, adding accessories, repurposing furniture or putting something interesting up on the walls.

January 24, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Energy-efficiency growing part of remodeling trends

Remodeling trends come and go, which is a good thing if you're talking about shag carpet or avocado-colored Formica. But some trends have both staying power and universal appeal, such as the strengthening movement toward homes that are more energy efficient and eco-friendly.

January 24, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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Solid new-home sales lift hopes for housing market

WASHINGTON (AP) - A surprisingly strong pace of new-home sales last month has boosted hopes that the spring buying season will be solid enough to lift the overall economy.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate reaches 4.37 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose for a third straight week as new data showed a surprisingly strong pace of new-home sales last month. Rates still remain near historically low levels.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Freddie Mac posts $8.6B profit in 4Q

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage giant Freddie Mac posted net income of $8.6 billion for the October through December period, its ninth straight profitable quarter. Earnings were boosted by the continued rise in home prices, which reduced the amounts the company had to set aside to cover losses on mortgages.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Oscar horse race to be a photo finish

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many of the winners who will take home an Oscar on Sunday have long been forecast, their triumph made seemingly self-evident after months of anticipation. That is, except for one little category: best picture.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


ND home prices soar with oil boom

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's oil boom isn't just driving up housing prices at the epicenter. Getting a roof overhead is getting more expensive throughout the state, with the average value of a home sold last year topping $200,000 - up more than 20 percent from 2011, a real estate trade group says.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Builder confidence sinks in February

NMEW YORK (AP) - U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market declined sharply this month as the severe weather battering much of the nation keeps many would-be buyers at home.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Put your decorating fears to bed by employing the latest color trends

The bedroom is an oasis. It's the place where you wake up, energized and ready to start the day, as well as where you slip away and unwind from the day's activities. This is the one room that is truly yours, so make sure it's a reflection of your personality.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Put your decorating fears to bed by employing the latest color trends

The bedroom is an oasis. It's the place where you wake up, energized and ready to start the day, as well as where you slip away and unwind from the day's activities. This is the one room that is truly yours, so make sure it's a reflection of your personality.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


4 quick color tips to awaken your home

While many resolutions are based on eating healthier and exercising more, homes rarely receive the same promise of improvement. This year, resolve to give your home some attention by committing to a new coat of paint. Painting can be a quick and cost-effective way to refresh your home, so consider updating several spaces for a clean start.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Foreclosure rate almost back to normal

Good news.

February 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Storms put chill on new housing starts

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home construction fell in January for a second month but the weakness in both months reflected severe winter weather in many parts of the country. The expectation is that housing will deliver another year of solid gains, helped by an improving economy.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year loan rate up to 4.33 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week but remained near historically low levels.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Prepping sun-friendly skylights

When spring finally arrives, windows and skylights across the country will open, as happy homeowners revel in all that sunshine and warm, fresh air. But before you can savor spring, you still have weeks of winter to get through. You can use that time wisely to ensure all your home's windows, skylights and doors are in good working order - and ready for action when spring arrives.

February 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Fewer homes repossessed during January

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lenders repossessed fewer U.S. homes in January, bringing the number of completed foreclosures down to the lowest level in more than six years.

February 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Few homes on market; California sales lower

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California homes sales dropped sharply in January due to a seasonal slump and a lack of affordable homes on the market, a research firm reported Thursday.

February 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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