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Buying a foreclosure or short sale with confidence

Buyers are still clamoring for real estate deals in this turbulent market. Foreclosures and short sales offer some of the best bargains, but also have a higher risk level. Still, more than four in five adults think foreclosures and short sales can be good deals, according to a recent American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) survey.

June 07, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Big design ideas for small kitchen spaces

Bigger isn't always better in the real estate world, and what's more, it's not always possible. With more baby boomers downsizing from McMansions to smaller, more manageable houses, and a growing number of people opting to rent rather than buy, many families are looking for new ways to decorate, design and work with smaller spaces.

June 07, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Fannie Mae names Mayopoulos as new CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) - Timothy Mayopoulos, the general counsel of Fannie Mae, will be the next CEO of the government-controlled mortgage giant.

June 07, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage drops to record-low 3.67%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on 30-year and 15-year fixed mortgages this week fell to fresh record lows for the sixth straight week. Cheap mortgages continue to help boost prospects for home sales this year.

June 07, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Dangers of downsizing to cut debt

DEAR BENNY: I am 58 years old and married. My total household income is less than $50,000. I have no mortgage; however, I do have a line of credit with $130,000 owed.

June 07, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Top kitchen upgrades

Nowhere else in the home must design and function marry as harmoniously as in the kitchen. The most-used room in the house is also the one where we spend the most work and leisure time, the one that gets the most scrutiny from potential buyers and the spot where most renovation dollars get spent.

June 07, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Foreclosure mess is slowly improving older Manteca housing stock

Here's a silver lining to the foreclosure crisis: There's anecdotal evidence it is leading to the improvement of older housing stock in Manteca.

June 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Remodeling your home? Start from outside in

The kitchen and bathroom are at the top of most home remodeling project lists. But homeowners intent on remodeling should also consider investing in the exterior of their homes - maybe even start there.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Sales contracts for homes dropped in April

WASHINGTON (AP) - A gauge of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in April from nearly a two-year high in the previous month.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Curb appeal via outdoor painting projects

Summer is finally here, and with warmer temperatures and longer days, it's the perfect time to brighten up your home with a few outdoor painting projects. You can add the right amount of color and increase your curb appeal in just one weekend, leaving you the rest of the season to enjoy the finished product.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Sales of foreclosure homes rose in 1Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Homes in some stage of the foreclosure process saw their share of overall U.S. home sales grow in the first quarter even as sales of bank-owned homes fell.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Federal flood insurance gets 60-day extension

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has given itself two more months to come up with long-term solutions for the debt-burdened federal program that provides insurance for homes and businesses in areas subject to flooding.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Understanding ‘stepped-down’ tax basis

DEAR BENNY: You frequently write about the stepped-up basis when a property is inherited. In today's market, however, you may find the reverse situation.

May 31, 2012 | By Benny L. Kass Inman News | HOME SCENE


Our love affair with wood

Wood is one of the oldest building materials we know, and one of the most beloved. It's a love affair that has lasted - like hardwood itself - through the centuries, from the log cabins of earliest America into the early 21st century.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Add tasty edible plants to your landscape

Window boxes overflowing with blooms, decorative pots lining the driveway with striking colors, and even a flowering vine climbing up the mailbox - the growing season have arrived, and it is time to decorate the landscape.

May 25, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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Articles by Section - HOME SCENE


How bad would it be without Prop. 13?

Ah, the good old days before Proposition 13.

July 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


GOING TO THE DOGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - These homes are set apart by their amenities - for dogs.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Mowers, chain saws & high- ethanol gas: safety tips

Whether you're beautifying your landscape with a lawn mower and hedge trimmer or using a chain saw to clear space for that deck you've always dreamed of, it's important to take proper care when using outdoor power equipment. Safety measures help protect both the equipment and the people using it.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Energy-efficient home upgrades that can also save you money

It's the perfect time to think green.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Chic chalet: Give your kitchen a stunning mountain makeover

Your kitchen doesn't need a Matterhorn vista to stay on top of the latest "chalet chic" design trend. It's easier than you think to get this style by mixing rustic pieces with modern touches.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Tricks to instantly refresh your home design for entertaining

Summer is the ideal time to host events at home with family and friends. But is your home ready for summer soirees? The kitchen is the heart of the home and where people naturally congregate, so it's important it showcases your signature style and reflects the relaxed feeling of the summer season.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Downside of low rates? Owners reluctant to sell

WASHINGTON (AP) - Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Ripon Garden Club plans tour of Wild Blooms Flower & Produce

The Ripon Garden Club is planning a field trip on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 9 a.m. at Wild Blooms Flower & Produce Farm, 22828 North Ripon Road, Ripon.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


How can she force a sale of properties held jointly with ex?

Q: I have been divorced since 2010, and my ex still has 2 properties owned jointly with me. Is it at all possible that I can force the sale of these properties. Kay.

July 11, 2014 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


RIVER ISLAND’S APPEAL

River Islands at Lathrop - the largest ever planned community in the Northern San Joaquin Valley - is off to a strong start.

July 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Build a lasting memory with backyard project

There are regular backyard projects and then there are those special backyard projects that bring families closer together, both during the construction and while enjoying the finished piece.

July 11, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


A sure-footed way to choose new flooring

When spring-cleaning uncovers a worn floor it may be time to consider purchasing a new one, especially if you're selling your home in the near future. A new floor, like refreshed paint and updated fixtures, makes a home more enjoyable to live in as well as more marketable.

July 11, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Modern art creation, display evolves with new technology

Can you imagine a museum without paintings? Technology has impacted society in countless ways but many overlook its impact on the arts. The very phrase "the arts" might evoke images of oils, watercolors or sculpture but technology is inspiring a whole new generation of artists who are using new mediums to create their masterpieces.

July 11, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.15 pct

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

July 11, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Driveways to mailboxes are overlooked for curb appeal

Selling or staying, it makes no difference - everyone wants a home that looks great from the curb. Curb appeal comes together when all the elements of a home's facade are in good shape and working together. Driveways that are cracked or pitted with potholes, dingy front doors and other seemingly minor complaints like a shabby, scuffed mailbox, can all significantly detract from a home's overall curb appeal.

July 11, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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