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Signed contracts for buying existing homes at 6-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people who signed contracts to buy U.S. homes jumped in May to the highest level in more than six years, a sign home sales will probably rise in the months ahead.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


How can lender dictate commission agreeement?

Q: I am a real estate lawyer in practice for over 36 years and in the last three months encountered a new situation for which I find troubling. Both closings I conducted were lot purchases as part of a construction/perm loan. In both cases the realtors were to split a 10% commission. The lenders were not the same. The lenders, citing a fed regulation said the commission could not exceed 8%. How can a lender dictate the commission agreed to by the seller and realtors neither of whom have any relationship with the lenders? Hal.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


New home sales hit fastest pace in 5 years; up 2.1% from April

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of new homes rose in May to the fastest pace in five years, a solid gain that added to signs of a steadily improving housing market.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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


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Court upholds key tool for fighting bias

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday preserved a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination, handing a ...

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Manteca program conserves water, energy

The Manteca City Council has launched the HERO Property assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program.

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Fastest rising rents in US? Try Jackson, Mississippi

WASHINGTON (AP) - Home rental prices are climbing across much of the United States - with the biggest gains coming from not from New York or San ...

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Open the door to fresh air

For homeowners who enjoy spending time outside, the doorway is an important architectural element that blends style and function to connect indoor and outdoor spaces.

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Questions about using a reverse mortgage

Q: What is your opinion about a reverse mortgage? We are in our late 60s, have a small savings and an acceptable pension. Our home ...

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Putting farm, water use in perspective

Hey Real Estate Boys; We read your article last week on the water situation here in the Valley. While I agree with you that it ...

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year rate edges up to 4.02%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates were mixed this week, marking slight increases or declines but remaining close to high levels for the ...

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Simple home safety improvement steps

Renovating a house can be a tough job. With so many details to consider, just knowing where to begin can be a challenge. But one ...

June 26, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Brisk sales at Atherton means model homes are now for sale

By DENNIS WYATT

June 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


‘THE ADDRESS’

Here's an interesting tidbit: Fifty percent of the home buyers at River Islands at Lathrop are coming from Mountain House and Tracy,

June 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Floor your house with design twists

Hardwood flooring brings enduring beauty, charm and value to a home. Not content to keep a good thing underfoot, inspired homeowners are now finding new ...

June 19, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Is your money going out of the windows?

One of the largest contributors to a home's energy efficiency is its windows. Energy-efficient windows can lower your energy costs and increase your home ...

June 19, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


California home sales rise; median price tops $400,000

IRVINE (AP) - California home sales continued their year-over-year rise last month as the state recovers from its housing slump. The median price of homes hit ...

June 19, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Kitchen designer tells all

When remodeling your kitchen, it can be tricky to know where to start. Certified Kitchen Designer MaryJo Camp has been there, in more ways than ...

June 19, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan drops to 4%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates eased this week after hitting their highest levels this year in the previous week.

June 19, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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