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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


Home construction hits highest pace in US in more than 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 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Debt relief for rental property?

Q: I am hoping you can clarify debt relief as it applies to rental property.

December 20, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


Higher rates slow existing home sales for 3rd straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people who bought existing U.S. homes in November declined for the third straight month. Higher mortgage rates have made home-buying more expensive, while the lingering effect of the October government shutdown might have deterred some sales.

December 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan rises to 4.47 percent

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

December 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Safety tips for your garage door

The garage door's role in the home has changed dramatically over the last 30 years and most people don't realize it. Consider this: garage door openers have been installed in 35 million homes across the United States, making them one of the most widely used appliances. In fact, more than 70 percent of today's homeowners use their attached garage as their main entrance to their home.

December 13, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Holiday decorating tips: Repurposed, sustainable

This year's holiday season is taking on a decidedly modern twist, with an emphasis on recycling and repurposing old decorations, utilizing sustainable decor, and adding sparkle to complete the look.

December 13, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Condo prices bouncing back in Manteca

What housing is the hottest Manteca based on increases in the price of closed escrows?

December 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Fewer homes on foreclosure path during November

LOS ANGELES (AP) - While foreclosures remain a concern in select states, the number of U.S. homes entering the path to foreclosure or winding up repossessed by lenders has fallen to levels not seen in more than six years.

December 13, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan eases to 4.42 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages eased slightly this week, remaining near historically low levels.

December 13, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Turlock agents CVAR’s Realtor, Affiliate of Year

Shortly before the Central Valley Association of Realtors' largest local community fundraising effort -the Can Tree Breakfast - two members were honored for their philanthropic efforts.

December 13, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Woodside Homes collecting Toys for Tots through Dec. 8

All Woodside Homes new home communities in the Sacramento and Northern Central Valley areas are collection sites for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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Average 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.28 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell after three weeks of increases, edging closer to historically low levels.

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Sowing the seeds of spring: Start your garden indoors

While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring - and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don't have to wait until the weather is perfect to get started. In fact, working ahead by growing your own seedlings is a great way to ensure your garden is successful throughout the warmer months.

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Eight tips to get your lawn mower ready for optimum use this spring

With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to tune up your lawn mower for the season ahead. A yearly tune-up is important to ensure all parts of your mower are functioning properly and safely. Use these eight tips to rev up your engine and get your mower ready for spring:

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Six tips for growing lawns

To help get your lawn ready for use and enjoyment this season, the Craftsman brand has developed the following tips to ensure that your lawn kicks grass, takes names and becomes the envy of neighbors everywhere.

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Tiny houses help address nation’s homeless problem

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - While tiny houses have been attractive for those wanting to downsize or simplify their lives for financial or environmental reasons, there's another population benefiting from the small-dwelling movement: the homeless.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Nix the neutrals: Make a new home your own

When selling a house, the mantra for most is neutral, neutral, neutral. To help potential new owners envision themselves moving in, real estate experts remind sellers to de-personalize their homes. That means removing family photos and mementos and replacing favorite color schemes with more vanilla shades and hues. So as a new homeowner, how do you begin to de-neutralize your new house to make it your new home?

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices dip for second straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices fell for the second straight month in December as brutally cold weather, tight supply and higher costs slowed sales.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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


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