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Quick fixes for a swift home sale

First impressions are everything when it comes to selling a home, and peeling paint, stained carpets and unpleasant odors can be an instant turn-off for buyers. Fortunately, you can take simple and inexpensive steps to prep your home for a quick, top-dollar sale.

September 06, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Realtors: Existing homes taking less time to sell

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. homes are taking less time to sell than a year ago, reflecting more homebuyer demand and fewer bank-owned homes and other properties available for sale in some markets.

September 06, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices rise in July by biggest percent in six years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices jumped 3.8 percent in the 12 months ending in July, according to a private real estate data provider. The year-over-year increase was the biggest in six years, further evidence that the housing market is steadily recovering.

September 06, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Slashing perks when condo fees rise

DEAR BENNY: I thought condo fees were for the maintenance and repair of homes and grounds, and for lawn care. Our association fees also pay for parties. I think the people who participate in the parties should pay for the parties themselves. Our condo fees have been raised twice since I moved here six years ago, and they are expected to go up again this coming fiscal year. What can be done to remove the party category from the budget? --R.E.

September 06, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


River Islands: Game changer for regional housing market

River Islands at Lathrop with its approval to build 10,800 homes with much of the key infrastructure in place is more than just the proverbial 900-pound gorilla.

August 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Must-have contingencies in purchase offer

DEAR BENNY: I am in the process of buying an older single-family home and found one I like. I wanted to have my contract contingent on obtaining a favorable home inspection, but my real estate agent has been discouraging me. She claims that I may lose the house if I insist on the inspection. What do you think? --Terrie

August 30, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Resale home prices show consistent 12-month gains

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices are finally starting to increase consistently.

August 30, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.59 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week and are just slightly above record lows reached earlier this year. The low rates have contributed to a modest housing recovery.

August 30, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Report: Foreclosure sales fell sharply in second quarter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sales of bank-owned homes and those already on the foreclosure path fell sharply in the second quarter, reflecting a thinner slate of properties for sale in many cities as banks take a measured approach to placing homes on the market.

August 30, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Contracts to buy homes hit two-year high during July; shortage of homes in the West

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans signed the most contracts to buy homes in July than at any other point in the last two years, further evidence of a housing recovery.

August 30, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


REFRIGERATOR MAKEOVER

The new school year is upon us and with it comes hectic schedules and harried mornings that make weekdays a mad dash. With school lunches to make, snacks to prepare and evening meals to plan, getting out the door on time can be a challenge. Having the house in order and a few things made ahead of time can be a huge convenience that means a world of difference in those time-crunched minutes.

August 30, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


The shadow inventory & the bogey man

Does the bogey man exist?

August 24, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Realtors honor Joaquin, Romero

RIPON - The Central Valley Association of Realtors (CVAR) held their annual awards luncheon on July 25 at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club. Awards were given for "Masters Club" which honors top agents in the area based on sales volume. Also awarded were the Realtor & Affiliate of the Year awards for each respective council of CVAR.

August 23, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Property unsalable until recurring defect is fixed

DEAR BENNY: I am the owner of a house that has flooded repeatedly over the past eight years. It is paid off. I want to pull the equity out of the property and walk away from it. How do I best approach this task? I have considerable cash assets that I do not want to put at risk.

August 23, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


New-home sales rise to match 2-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of new homes in the United States rose 3.6 percent in July to match a two-year high reached in May, the latest sign of a steady recovery in the housing market.

August 23, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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Garden takes inspiration from quilts

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - It's not uncommon to see floral patterns on quilts. But how about flowers planted in a quilt pattern?

June 12, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Tips, tech make for a tidy home

With spring in full swing and summer fast approaching, finding ways to save time on indoor chores can help get you out of the house faster and back to enjoying your favorite outdoor pastimes. Tame household dust, hair and dirt in a snap this summer with these efficient and effective cleaning tips:

June 12, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


How to secure the home loan you need

Springtime represents new beginnings and is the prime time to get the house in order. Whether you're looking to make a first-time purchase, refresh an existing home or simply leverage built-up equity for other reasons, it's important to figure out which path is right for you and understand the lending options available.

June 12, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage jumps to high for year

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates jumped this week to their highest levels this year, with the key 30-year rate topping 4 percent for the first time since late 2014.

June 12, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


LET IT GROW

Whether it's a just a vibrant pop of pretty petals you want added to the front of the home or a raised bed full of delicious fruits and vegetables, the return of warmer weather has many homeowners reaching for their gardening gloves.

June 12, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


How to bring the indoors out

Gone are the days of basic backyards outfitted with plastic furniture and folding lawn chairs. Today's outdoor spaces have evolved to become true extensions of the home offering all the style, comfort and function of an interior living area. From furniture and accessories to fully-appointed outdoor kitchens, the lines between indoors and out have blurred beyond distinction.

June 12, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Drought spurs home water recycling

BERKELEY (AP) - Showering during California's drought is a guilt-free experience for homeowners Catarina Negrin and Noah Friedman.

June 05, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Out-of-the-ordinary upgrades

Perhaps your home is in pretty good shape - newish roof, well-maintained furnace and air-conditioning, and fresh paint throughout. Or maybe you've bought a brand-new house that's move-in ready. Even though you don't really need to do a thing to the home, you may still have the urge to update. But what can you do when everything is already just about perfect?

June 05, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year mortgage stays at 3.87 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates were flat to slightly lower this week, remaining near their highest levels so far this year.

June 05, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


HOUSING DEBT

WASHINGTON (AP) - Al and Saundra Karp have found an unconventional way to raise money and help save their Miami-area home from foreclosure: They're lining up gigs for their family jazz band.

June 05, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


US regulators warn: Ads for reverse mortgages can mislead

WASHINGTON (AP) - We've seen the TV ad pitches from celebrities like "The Fonz" Henry Winkler and actor and ex-senator Fred Thompson, touting the benefits of reverse mortgages for older homeowners.

June 05, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Pot or plot? ‘Right-size’ plant picks

Have you ever walked into a room that was so full of over-sized furniture it made an already small space feel miniscule and unusable? Or tricked your tummy into being satisfied with less food by using a small plate to make a modest portion look huge? Scale makes a decided difference in many aspects of life, and gardening is no different.

June 05, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


SF files suit against landlord for evictions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco has filed a lawsuit against a property owner, claiming she has been harassing and intimidating her rent-controlled tenants to force them from their apartments.

June 05, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


BEST POSITIONING

Equations are for more than just math class; did you know there's a proper order of operations for your home, too? Whether it's arranging your couch and television for optimal viewing or making sure towel bars are right within reach, knowing a few key numbers can help you determine the ideal place for each item in your home - creating spaces that look great and are easy-to-use.

May 29, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Creating an island paradise in kitchen

Custom cabinetry, granite countertops, reclaimed wood flooring and accents, and top-of-the-line, high-tech appliances - what more do you need to make your kitchen renovation perfect? How about adding an island? Designers and builders across the country are pointing to the addition of an island as the must-have upgrade for kitchen renovations this year.

May 29, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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