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What’s the deal with ‘Coming Soon’ signs?

Boys: And I start with just 'boys' to see if you both are men enough to put my letter in print. Here goes my question for you... I have seen over the last few years different real estate signs in front of homes that say "COMING SOON" and very often never see a real "FOR SALE" sign go up. Honestly, I very seldom, if ever, thought much about the coming soon until my husband and I recently began searching for a home to buy. We saw a coming soon sign in a neighborhood in which we have always wanted to ...

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Improvements for multi-generational smart homes

The American family continues to evolve, with multiple generations living under the same roof in more households than any time since the Great Depression. Of America's 76 million households, 5.6 percent (4.3 million) were multi-generational as of 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Homeowners are finding it's more important than ever to ensure every home improvement project delivers benefits for every member of the family - children, parents and grandparents.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Cool ways to enjoy your outdoor spaces through heat of summer

When warm weather arrives, does your family head outdoors to enjoy your patio or deck? Do they then turn around and head right back into the air-conditioned comfort when summer sun and temperatures make outdoor living spaces too hot to handle?

June 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


30-year loan rate falls to 3.93%

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. mortgage rates fell for the first time in seven week, keeping the average on the 30-year fixed loan just under 4 percent. But rates are expected to surge next week, as markets respond to Chairman Ben Bernanke's comments that the Federal Reserve will likely reduce its bond purchases later this year.

June 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Banks fall short in effort to help struggling owners

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure must wait too long for their loan modification applications to be reviewed by some of the nation's top mortgage servicers, according to a report released Wednesday. Such delays can plunge borrowers deeper in debt.

June 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Banks fall short in effort to help struggling owners

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure must wait too long for their loan modification applications to be reviewed by some of the nation's top mortgage servicers, according to a report released Wednesday. Such delays can plunge borrowers deeper in debt.

June 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Closed escrows of resale homes surpass 5M in May

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. sales of previously occupied homes surpassed the 5 million mark in May, the first time that's happened in 3 ½ years. The gain shows the housing recovery is strengthening.

June 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Landlord insurance: What is needed?

Q: What is needed in Landlord Insurance? My husband and I have become

June 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


How is bond market , real estate market connected?

Real Estate Boys: In today's newspaper I read that the government is talking about not buying bonds anymore and the stock market crashes for the next two days. In the same newspaper there is talk about home loan interest rates going up. Can you Boys explain to me the correlation here? The government buying bonds, interest rates going up and the stock market going down, does the government control them? I would think that a strong stock market would mean wealth for the American investor, and then low interest means more home buyers, right? Is all this stuff really ...

June 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Just as soon as I send this report, I’ll be making my way to Clark Fork for a week of camping with f

WASHINGTON (AP) - Same-sex couples are treated less favorably than heterosexual couples when seeking information about rental housing advertised over the Internet, according to a first-of-its-kind national study from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

June 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Create an outdoor space that ‘wows’, functions as living space

Whether you own a cozy cottage or mega mansion, as a homeowner, you likely embrace the outdoor living trend. But when you look at your deck or patio, does it leave something to be desired? By taking a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach, you can affordably create outdoor spaces that enhance the style and functionality of your home, plus add to the overall value of the property.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Single-family homes are in a number of cases no longer that

Think American Dream and images of owning a single-family home pop up.

June 14, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


California home prices jump 26 percent in May

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices surged to their highest level in more than five years last month as demand outpaced a thin supply of properties, a research firm reported Thursday.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on fixed 30-year mortgage rises to 3.98%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fixed U.S. mortgage rates rose for the sixth straight week, putting the average rate on the 30-year loan just shy of 4 percent.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Making your home stand out in hot real estate market

The residential housing market is heating up, but before you post that for-sale sign, consider making upgrades that add style and value to your home. With many buyers seeking wood floors, kitchen upgrades and other add-ons, it's important for homeowners to highlight these features so their property stands out from the competition in today's market.

June 14, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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What’s your storage style?

Storage has style? Really? Of course it does. And when it comes to tackling storage projects, don't skimp on creating the style that best suits your personality.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


DIY kids’ room makeovers

Once school lets out, it's a great time to make updates to kids' rooms. Not only does it let children personalize their own space with decor that reflects their growing personality, it's a great way to keep them busy with all that extra time to burn.

April 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


THE BIG SQUEEZE

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Living in an apartment? Expect your rent to go up again.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


5 upgrades for under $5,000 to lure buyers

It's a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have to spend money to make money. Even if your home is relatively new, you still face costs associated with getting it ready to show, such as repainting interior rooms or hiring professional cleaners and stagers. If your home could use some TLC and updating, spending as little as $5,000 on key upgrades could improve its appeal for buyers - and ensure a speedier sale at a better price.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Demystifying 2015 kitchen design trends

Every new year brings along new design trends, with homeowners often feeling the pressure to mix up their kitchen interiors to keep things current. But the truth is, when embarking on any renovation project, incorporating more timeless (and less trendy) assets will save both time and money in the long run. This ensures any kitchen styling stays current and "fits in" no matter which way the design pendulum swings.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Tips for parents considering helping their child buy a home

Rising prices and a dearth of homes for sale in many markets have made it harder for many looking to buy their first home.

April 17, 2015 | ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer | HOME SCENE


House approves legislation to ease rules on home loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly adopted legislation to ease some mortgage lending requirements of the sweeping 2010 law reining in banks and Wall Street as the Republican majority continues its assault on the so-called Dodd-Frank law enacted after the financial crisis.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


California home prices reach new 7-year high, sales rebound

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices reached fresh seven-year-highs in March, a research firm said Friday, helping sales rebound from a two-month slide as some homeowners put their property on the market to reap gains.

April 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


OAKWOOD SHORES

Oakwood Shores is not just among a handful of neighborhoods surrounding private lakes in the Northern San Joaquin Valley but it has another feature that few of those have - a gated community with 24-hour security patrols.

April 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Your perfect State of home Organization

Life gets busy and clutter has a way of sneaking up on everyone. It may be all those shoes, the lack of space or the fact that you have absolutely no time - there are many reasons for the mess. But, whether you're a single person living in an apartment or have a large family in a sprawling house, everyone can benefit from more organization. By simply thinking about storage differently and coming up with a smart organizational system that works for you, you'll be on the way to creating a well-balanced, happier home.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Five projects to help redo your basement

Have you ever wished you had more space in your home? Maybe you'd use the space to pursue a hobby, host out-of-town guests or just spread out and get some quiet time to yourself. The space you desire could already be in your home in your basement. If your cellar is nothing but a series of unfinished areas used for storage, you're not getting all the benefits you could be from the space.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


TRID could delay closing of escrow

LOS GATOS (AP) - Members of the real estate industry are getting ready for a new regulation scheduled to take effect this summer that requires changes to the traditional mortgage loan acquisition process. The upcoming TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule takes effect Aug. 1 and, if not understood by all parties involved, could delay the closing of escrow. Issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, TRID combines the mortgage disclosure established by the Truth-in-Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act into one single rule. However, according to a lender panel at a Silicon Valley Association of Realtors meeting, the move ...

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


SHARED HOUSING TREND GROWS

BOWIE, Md. (AP) - In 2008, Bonnie Moore was going through a divorce. And as she was adjusting to a one-income lifestyle, the recession hit and her five-bedroom, three-bathroom home lost half its value.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Ripon launches effort to conserve energy & water

Ripon has launched the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program, which enables homeowners and commercial property owners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay them off through their property tax bill.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Latest tool for selling real estate: FaceTime

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Real estate agent Julie Ray has come of age in the red-hot housing market. But this was a first: zooming through a $1.7 million house with her iPhone, she used its FaceTime video application to send images of the property -- including bathroom tile and a backyard lemon tree - to the prospective buyers in Switzerland.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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