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What's your 'TV persona'? Picking set that's right for you

Long gone are the days when TVs were a "one size fits all" proposition, when all you really wanted was the right size box for your living room: a picture tube TV with an unassuming appearance, only matched by its archaic remote controller. Today, the game has changed, and the choices of flat-panel HDTVs are almost as diverse as the viewing audience.

August 02, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Single-family neighborhoods are no longer composed of single families

One of the hottest new home floor plans in Manteca today isn't the McMansion.

July 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Hot & cool trend: Saltwater pools

One of the hottest summers in US history has sent everyone scurrying into their pools to cool off, and the biggest new trend in swimming pools is salt water. First developed in Australia, saltwater pools offer several advantages over conventional chlorine and have become incredibly popular in the last decade.

July 26, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Go big or go home with your redecorating? Why not both?

"Go big or go home." It's a popular sports chant that's found its way into numerous other aspects of American life. But when it comes to home decor, going big at home may not seem like an option, especially if your budget is less than grand.

July 26, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Mortgage rates dip below 3.5% for first time in at least 60 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell again, this time dropping below 3.50 percent for the first time on records dating back 60 years.

July 26, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Zillow: Home values have hit bottom; now starting to go up

SEATTLE (AP) - U.S. home values have risen four consecutive months, Zillow.com said on Tuesday, a trend that led the housing website to declare that the market has turned the corner from its five-year slump.

July 26, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Deposit should be big enough to deter ‘buyer’s remorse’

DEAR BENNY: Some states such as California have a 3 percent limit to deposit recovery; buyers have the right, if they legally back out of a contract, to secure a full return of up to a 3 percent deposit. Any deposit over 3 percent is not refundable. In California, I have never seen a deposit over 3 percent. --Joe

July 26, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Secrets to successful outdoor entertaining

What makes an outdoor party great? It's simple: Keep guests comfortable.

July 26, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Flat tops to McMansions

It's little wonder that Ozzie was joined by Harriet in the work world.

July 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


California home prices climb 8 percent in June

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices rose sharply last month to the highest levels in more than two years, a research firm said Wednesday.

July 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Young earns short sale designation to help owners in danger of foreclosure

Brad Young of PMZ Real Estate in Manteca has earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance, with a particular emphasis on short sales.

July 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Request a payment plan for unpaid condo dues

DEAR BENNY: I need to write a "request for payment plan" letter to my homeowners association, but I don't know how to write an effective one. I owe several months of back dues totaling about $3,000, which includes attorney's fees and interest. I really need help on writing this letter. I have not paid because of major health issues in 2011 to date. --Liz

July 19, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Housing confidence picks up five years after collapse

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are regaining confidence in the housing market five years after it collapsed.

July 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


How low can they go? 30-year mortgage now at record low 3.53%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average rates on fixed mortgages fell again this week to record lows, creating more incentive for buyers to enter the recovering housing market.

July 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Foreclosure hits older Americans harder than most

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 1.5 million older Americans already have lost their homes, with millions more at risk as the national housing crisis takes its toll on those who are among the worst positioned to weather the storm, a new AARP report says.

July 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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Rates hit lowest level in 21 months

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. mortgage rates started the year by dipping to new lows, with the benchmark 30-year rate marking its lowest level since May 2013.

January 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Top 5 real estate trends of 2015

According to the "2014 Housing Review" released by realtor.com , 2014 "demonstrated a steady buildup of housing momentum fueled by significant improvements in economic fundamentals, low mortgage rates and compressed inventory, and is expected to carry the market into 2015 gains."

January 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices drifted upward in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home values rose at a measured pace in November, a sign that demand remains weak as many buyers have been priced out of the market.

January 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


New homebuyers checklist

When you're about to buy a house, it's easy to get excited about its great location, spacious floor plan or beautifully decorated interior. Yet the old saying, "beauty's only skin deep" can apply to any home, especially if you're considering an older, previously owned property. Before signing on the dotted line, use this checklist to help avoid some potentially costly surprises and anticipate repairs or upgrades that may be needed.

January 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Timeless interior design protects your investment

Kitchens are the heart of the home. It's where you prepare meals, help your kids with homework and entertain guests. It's the room in the house where everyone gathers, where memories are made, and, with solid investment, can single-handedly increase the value of your home and help you build more of a nest egg. Even if you're considering selling your home, all eyes of prospective buyers will inevitably be on the kitchen.

January 02, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Hot home decor color trends make statement

It's a strategy interior designers often use to create stunning rooms that wow the instant someone enters them: the use of creative color. Homeowners looking to deliver impressive interior style can take cues from what will be the trendiest hues of 2015 and beyond.

January 02, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Mortgage rate edges up to 3.87%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week, but the benchmark 30-year rate stayed near a 19-month low.

January 02, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Mortgage rate edges up to 3.87%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week, but the benchmark 30-year rate stayed near a 19-month low.

January 02, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


100-YEAR-OLD CRAFTSMAN

PASADENA . (AP) - My love of 100-year-old California Craftsman bungalows - those low-slung, early 20th century Arts and Crafts-era homes known for their clean, horizontal lines and sturdy woodwork - runs long and deep.

January 02, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Curb energy loss with renovation investments

While homeowners may not immediately think of their attic as a major source of energy loss, the reality is that as much as 25 percent of the energy lost in the average American home occurs there. As the weather begins to get cooler, you may be inclined to increase the thermostat to maintain a warm and comfortable home. However, air leakage, caused by numerous gaps and cracks throughout your home's infrastructure, particularly the attic, can cause your HVAC equipment to work overtime and place a strain on your wallet every month.

January 02, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


6 design trends to make your home’s style in 2015

As the new year kicks off, it's the premier time to refresh and refocus on certain aspects of your life ... and the home is no exception. Say goodbye to lackluster interiors as renowned interior designer and DIY television personality, Taniya Nayak, has forecasted the top trends for 2015 that will be sure to enhance and revive any home.

January 02, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Pending home sales rise slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose modestly in November as a strengthening economy helped nudge some would-be homebuyers.

January 02, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage edges up

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but the benchmark 30-year low remained very close to the 19-month low hit last week.

December 26, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Reverse mortgage can help seniors

Americans have learned a tough lesson: Your home is not your piggy bank. However, there is a reward for those who did build equity in their homes: In their senior years, their home can provide a monthly stream of tax-free income, or a lump sum of cash to spend as they wish, while remaining safely in their home. Or it can provide a source of financing for a new, smaller home.

December 26, 2014 | TERRY SAVAGE | HOME SCENE


FLAT TOPS TO McMANSIONS

It's little wonder that Ozzie was joined by Harriet in the work world.

December 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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