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Simple projects for your backyard

Your focus changes during the warm weather months. Your backyard becomes your new living room and the most memorable evenings are spent outdoors with friends and loved ones.

June 16, 2017 | | HOME SCENE

Clients’ view: Here’s what we want Realtors to go for us

The Boys were being interviewed a few days ago by a prospective seller who would also be a potential buyer after the sale. The couple was explaining what they expected a Realtor do if he or she was to represent them. Lloyd and Larry thought it might be an interesting read for our readers. Honestly, it was interesting and a learning experience for us Boys. The following is what we heard.

June 16, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


Summer is the season when your backyard takes center stage. As warm weather arrives, it's time to head outdoors and create a beautiful and lush outdoor space that you can enjoy all season long.

June 16, 2017 | | HOME SCENE

7 reasons why millennials love gardening

The stereotype: Millennials spend more time interacting with the digital world than the natural world around them. The reality: Five million of the 6 million people who took up gardening in 2015 were millennials, according to the 2016 National Gardening Survey.

June 16, 2017 | | HOME SCENE

Prices: Manteca vs. Pleasanton

People like to compare Manteca with Pleasanton and Livermore.

June 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Using security deposit for last month’s rent

Q: I am always eager to read your columns on real estate law and feel obligated to respond to one of your recent columns. I understand you are not advocating breaking local landlord/tenant laws which generally require a tenant to pay the last month's rent and for the landlord to return the deposit, minus any damage expenses.

December 23, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Creating today’s top shower design

Love the look of sleek, elegant shower spaces featured in popular home-improvement magazines and TV shows? You don't need to be a design expert to update your favorite bathroom with touches of modern luxury and influences of European simplicity. To create a fashionable, functional and fabulous shower, follow these three rules.

December 23, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Smart storage ideas to squeeze extra space from your bathroom

Shampoo bottles, makeup tools, lotions, linens and laundry - the bathroom is one of the most frequented rooms in the home and clutter can collect quickly. Stop the chaos before it gets out of control by implementing some smart storage solutions. With these simple ideas, your bathroom will be the most functional and fashionable room in the house.

December 23, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Remodeling bathroom: It’s about you

One of the things I liked about my home I ended up buying in 2008 was the fact both the kitchen and bathroom had much of the original look from when the house was built in 1954.

December 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Plan for futuristic communities opposed

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The utopic communities envisioned by a wealthy Mormon businessman near religious landmarks in Utah and Vermont would feature small homes clustered around community gardens and focus on walkability to reduce the need for cars.

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Should you keep renting or buy a house?

"Ask Brianna" from NerdWallet is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. I'm here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans - all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to


30-year rate unchanged at 3.43%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Long-term U.S. mortgage rates didn't budge this week, remaining at historically low levels that continue to lure prospective home buyers.

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Bring style to your closet

Closet designer may not be a title on your resume, but deep down you may find talents you never knew existed. Whether you are laying out the perfect closet or organizing your belongings, these tips will guide you toward creating a truly stylish and functional space.

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

New-home sales climb to best level since late 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low mortgage rates and a solid job market are helping support the residential real estate market.

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Sales fall amid inventory shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) - US homebuyers pulled back in July, as sales declined amid a shortage of available properties and steadily rising prices.

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

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The critical number for affordable housing in Manteca is $18.75 per hour.

March 16, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Imagine, if you well, if one of the first California ranch-style houses built in Manteca's Shasta Park neighborhood had been built on a third ...

February 16, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Resolve, not magic, leads to home ownership

Being able to buy a home is as insurmountable a goal as you want to make it.

February 02, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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