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Bank goes after borrower after foreclosed house sold

Q: My home was recently foreclosed upon. The bank claimed I owed $375,000 on the day of the foreclosure, but the bank was the only bidder at $325,000. They then sold my house for $400,000, but are going after me for a deficiency of $50,000, plus legal and court costs. Is this legal? Is it fair? Kenyon.

August 25, 2016 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE

Buying after a bankruptcy or a foreclosure

Hey Real Estate Boys! How goes it on this bright and cheeriest of days? There is no such thing as a bad Saturday in my book. OK, a few years ago "I was much older then, I'm younger than that now" and had just met my future wife. I was rolling in cash, fast cars, fancy dinners and incredible weekends here, there and everywhere. We didn't think twice, it was alright. But always, when the credit card bill arrived it got paid. Rent, then was also paid on time every month. In early 2005 we got married and ...

August 25, 2016 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


When tiny houses first became popular, they seemed to be geared towards people who were looking to shed some of the glitz and glamour of traditional living and move on to something simpler. However, as tiny houses' popularity continued to grow, things began to change, and there were people looking at tiny houses who also wanted the experience of luxury living.

August 25, 2016 | CAMILLE MOORE | HOME SCENE

Homebuilder sentiment rises in August as sales improve

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about the housing market this month, reflecting strong growth in new-home sales and prices.

August 21, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Home construction climbed to a 6-month high in July

WASHINGTON (AP) - Apartment construction in the Northeast fueled a jump in home building in July as the pace of housing starts nationwide reached the strongest pace in six months.

August 21, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Siblings inherit house, brother against selling

Q: My father left his house and contents to my brother and me. My brother is living in the house and for the past four years said "it's only until I find a house." He's separated from his wife. I want to sell the house. Is there any recourse I can take so we can sell? Amy.

August 21, 2016 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE

Selling homes: The art of ‘the offer’

Dear Real Estate Boys: My husband and I have a big chip on our shoulder this week. We followed your advice and have our home listed with a local Realtor. The Realtor is a social friend and I believe well respected in the community as a professional. Our home is by far one of the best buys in town. We've have taken incredible care of our place. Never had a problem fixing or replacing anything that the home needed. We have been on the market for a little over 30 days and while we've had numerous showings no ...

August 21, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

1904 World’s Fair mansion up for sale

OSWEGO, Kan. (AP) - When it comes to opulence, few houses in Kansas can top the Deming Mansion.

August 21, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

California home sales fall in July amid tight supplies

A kitchen must be many things for the average family: a cooking center, social hub and, most importantly, a central command station for the entire household. Unfortunately, organization sometimes takes a backseat in the chaos of daily life, which means kitchens and pantries aren't living up to their full potential as spaces that make our lives easier to manage.

August 21, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Average 30-year mortgage rate slips to 3.43%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week, remaining at historically low levels as a potential spur to home purchases.

August 21, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Prop 13 & affordable housing

What goes down must come up.

August 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

8 must-have elements for your backyard

Mother Nature is the ultimate exterior designer, and she shows off her chops every spring and summer when backyards come alive with colorful flowers, birdsong, warm breezes and the lush aroma of newly mown grass. Is your deck, patio or other outdoor entertaining area living up to her standards?

April 15, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Average rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.58%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged down this week to their lowest levels of the year, offering a continued incentive for purchasing during the spring home-buying season.

April 15, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Deciding what to buy, display for your home

He likes leather. I like linen. He likes polished chrome. I like distressed wood. He likes bold. I like subtle. And so, as DC and I began picking art for our new blended home it got, umm, interesting.

April 15, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Tried & true tips for redesign

Tackling a home improvement project can be a really daunting task - whether it's a simple redecoration or a full kitchen renovation. You may feel like you're the only homeowner, ever, to have questions. Renowned designer and LG Studio Artistic Advisor, Nate Berkus, has answered design questions from homeowners for more than 20 years, and he's found that the same ones keep cropping up.

April 15, 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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