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Late payments on mortgages fall in 1st Q to lowest level since 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The percentage of U.S. homeowners behind on their mortgage payments dropped in the first three months of this year to the lowest level since 2009, according to a new report.

May 10, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Silver lining in news of home ownership rates at 15-year low

There has been a lot of trepidation this week awaiting the latest jobless report. On Friday morning the government announced that the national unemployment rate dropped to 8.1%. However before you begin to believe that the employment sector is improving, you need to understand the real numbers.

May 10, 2012 | By DEBORAH ROMERO Special to the Bulletin | HOME SCENE


Must-do's when paying off mortgage

DEAR BENNY: I plan to pay off my home mortgage. After I do so, do I need to do anything on the deed? I received a deed under my name from the county office when I bought the house three years ago. Is this deed good enough for my ownership of the house? Are there any other things I should take care of after paying off the mortgage? --Xia

May 10, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Instant home & garden makeover

Looking for a trendy home and garden makeover that gives instant gratification and doesn't require a lot of time and resources? The latest trends in fashion and home decorating are drawing inspiration from the bright colors and laid-back attitudes of the tropics.

May 10, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


What is lurking out there in the shadows?

There is a growing consensus among economists - and experts with firms that track housing such as CoreLogic and RealtyTrac - that the housing slide has ended.

May 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Census: Homeownership hit 15-year low in 1st Q

WASHINGTON (AP) - The American dream of homeownership is at its lowest point in 15 years, the latest evidence of a housing market still far from recovering five years after the housing crash.

May 03, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


California Senate passes bill to reduce neighborhood blight created by homes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would penalize home buyers, investors and developers if they fail to clean up dilapidated homes quickly.

May 03, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Ore. nursery, grass business greening up

CARLTON, Ore. (AP) - After getting trampled in the Great Recession, Oregon farmers who produce nursery crops and grass seed finally are seeing better days.

May 03, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Freddie asks for $19M in aid after loss

WASHINGTON (AP) - Government-controlled mortgage giant Freddie Mac is requesting $19 million in additional federal aid after posting a loss for the first quarter of this year.

May 03, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Manteca Garden Tour set for May 12

Six of some of the best private gardens in the area will be showcased in the 2012 Manteca Garden Tour sponsored by the Manteca Garden Club.

May 03, 2012 | Bulletin Staff Reports | HOME SCENE


Do-it-yourself deck-building tips

Looking for a way to enhance the use and enjoyment of your outdoor space? A deck addition may be the solution. A deck creates a designated area for entertaining and relaxing outdoors, while increasing homeowner satisfaction and home value. If you're a motivated do-it-yourselfer, building your own deck can be a fun and rewarding challenge that saves you money and ensures your outdoor space is tailored to suit you and your home.

May 03, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Construction spending barely increased in March

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders barely increased their spending on construction projects in March after two straight months of declines. A pickup in single-family home construction and commercial projects offset a steep drop in state and local government building.

May 03, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage hits record low of 3.84 percent, 15 years at 3.11%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for 30-year and 15-year fixed mortgages fell to fresh record lows this week, offering more incentive for Americans to buy or refinance homes.

May 03, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Creating a mortgage for your relatives

Q: I want to lend my daughter and son-in-law money by making a $200,000 mortgage loan to them. How do I do this to make it legal, so I can pay taxes on the income and they can get a tax deduction on the interest and I can earn more than I would on a bank CD?

May 03, 2012 | By TERRY SAVAGE Financial Advisor | HOME SCENE


Rent may be free, but taxes and maintenance are not

DEAR BENNY: My cousin and disabled elderly aunt are living in a house that my aunt sold about four years ago in which the agreement included lifetime living rights without the stipulation of rent payment or payment for taxes. Does the owner have the right to demand rental payments now? Is there a website that I might be able to check to find out more information for them? --Patti

May 03, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


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AIM FOR THE SKY

The average American spends an hour a day in the kitchen preparing food and cleaning up afterward, according to the American Time Use Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Add in the time it takes to put groceries away, load and unload dishwashers, organize cabinets and pantries or just hang out, and you spend a whole lot of time in your kitchen.

January 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


America’s doing it all wrong when it comes to dishwashing

Nearly everyone (96 percent) wastes up to an hour each week pre-washing their dishes, according to a recent survey. But the reality is that the outdated ritual of pre-washing can actually result in dirtier dishes and waste a valuable resource - water!

January 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


What’s your kitchen style?

Everyone has a preferred style of kitchen, no matter if you're a chef at heart or just prefer to heat something frozen using the microwave. You may be surprised to discover your personality influences the style of kitchen you prefer. So, do you know what style matches your personality?

January 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Home price gains increase modestly

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose at a modest pace in November, held back by weaker sales and a limited number of houses for sale.

January 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rises to 3.66 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week after four straight weeks of declines, while remaining near historically low levels.

January 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


MILLENNIALS

Owning a home is part of the American Dream, yet standards on income, credit and debt are making it tougher to buy a home than it was 10 years ago. Even though requirements are relaxing, only three out of five borrowers get approved.

January 23, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Answers for your top 5 plumbing questions

Installing or fixing a faucet can seem like a daunting task. But, in many cases homeowners can update the kitchen and bath themselves - all you need are the right tools, good judgment and a little time to devote to the project.

January 23, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Five ways to revamp your outdoor living space this year

Do long, winter days holed up indoors have you dreaming of a new deck to relax on come springtime? Whether you envision transforming a deck into a personal sanctuary or building a new outdoor living space for backyard entertaining, now is the perfect time to start turning those dreams into reality.

January 23, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


US home construction up 4.4 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) - Construction of new homes rebounded in December, helping to push activity for the entire year to the highest level since the peak of the housing boom nine years ago.

January 23, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Homebuilder confidence, sales outlook slip slightly in January

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects ahead of the spring homebuying season, traditionally the peak period for home sales.

January 23, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Seasonal guide for you to maintain your home

Homeowners can avoid emergency repairs by completing a few home projects each season. A simple project such as inspecting the plumbing annually can prevent the unexpected cost of repairing water damage from a pipe that burst.

January 23, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Rents keep climbing, especially in San Francisco

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home rental prices continued to climb at a modest pace in December, but rapidly escalating costs in cities such as San Francisco and Denver suggest that apartment dwellers are facing more financial pressure.

January 23, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Six ways to make your bathroom more luxurious

The bathroom doesn't have to be basic. Thanks to a wide array of new products on the market - and plenty of ways to customize - even the most outdated bathrooms can become an oasis of tranquility and a lavish retreat away from the stresses of everyday life. Here are six ideas for transforming your bathroom into a luxurious spa-like space.

January 23, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.63%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for the fourth straight week, with the benchmark 30-year rate again marking its lowest level since May 2013. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, slipped further below 3 percent.

January 23, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Banks settle mortgage kickbacks probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase have agreed to pay more than $35 million combined to resolve claims that loan officers at the two banks received kickbacks in exchange for steering mortgage borrowers to a Maryland title company.

January 23, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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