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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


Enjoying the view enjoy from your home

With temperatures on the rise, it's time to get outside to relax with family and friends. Today's homeowners want their outdoor spaces to be an extension of their homes, with 80 percent saying a patio or front porch are "must haves," according to a survey of residential architects by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

May 03, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Two-bedroom homes show signs of being on road to recovery

It was one of those conversations that tend to stick with you.

April 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


US new-home sales off 7 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of new homes fell in March by the largest amount in more than a year, indicating that the U.S. housing market remains under strain despite some modest signs of improvement.

April 26, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Contracts for homes rose last month

WASHINGTON (AP) - An index that tracks the number of signed contracts to buy U.S. homes rose to its highest level in nearly two years last month, the latest sign the battered housing market is slowly improving.

April 26, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage dips to 3.88 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage has dipped to near its record low, keeping home-buying and refinancing affordable.

April 26, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Up in smoke: Don't let a grilling mishap ruin your summer cookout

What starts out as a fun summer evening with a few friends can quickly become a reminder that not paying attention while grilling can be dangerous.

April 26, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Foreclosures squeezing US home prices and sales

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rising foreclosures are weighing on the U.S. housing market, reducing prices and keeping new-home sales weak.

April 26, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Disconcerting news may simply be result of warmer winter

Gee, it has been a while since we had a week like this on the economic front. With the exception of mortgage rates declining slightly, and the retail sales report coming in better than expected, the bulk of the economic data and market news this week has been pretty disconcerting.

April 26, 2012 | By DEBORAH ROMERO Special to the Bulletin | HOME SCENE


Adding child to title when reverse mortgage exists

DEAR BENNY: My mother has a reverse mortgage on her home, taken out after my father died when as the survivor her name alone was on the title. The usual terms of the reverse mortgage apply, including the acceleration clause upon death or removal from the home.

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


Five renovations to make a bigger splash with your pool

If you added a pool to your home in the past few years, or moved into a house with an existing pool, you may wonder what more you can do to enhance the value and enjoyment your pool brings to your home and family. You may even think there's not much you can do beyond keeping it clean and well maintained.

April 26, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Surprised? One-bedroom Manteca apartments rent for up to $1,135 a month

A growing number of two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments in the more popular complexes in Manteca that were renting for under $750 just a year ago have now topped $800 a month.

April 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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New home sales fall slightly during January

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of new U.S. homes were basically flat in January, evidence that recent job gains and relatively low mortgage rates have yet to spur the real estate market.

February 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Add a signature style to your home

To satisfy homeowners seeking to add a signature style to their indoor living spaces, more and more design professionals and builders are going back to basics and rediscovering the versatility, durability and good looks of cypress.

February 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Home sales plunge 4.9 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales struck a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months.

February 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Energy guzzlers greener

For the first time in six years, Energy Star certification, a standard seal of approval for energy efficiency, has been expanded to include another major household appliance.

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Tips for replacing water heaters

Some 37 million residential water heaters gave up the ghost and were replaced over the past five years, according to estimates by the U.S. Department of Energy. While some things get better with age, water heaters aren't among them. In fact, the average life expectancy for a new water heater is 10 to 15 years, with the occasional stoic dinosaur making it two decades or more.

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


A stunning backsplash without the whiplash

The kitchen is the heart of the home and a top-selling feature with homebuyers. Does yours convey style and functionality? Whether you've just completed a remodel or you're looking for ways to upgrade your existing kitchen, a tile backsplash will instantly transform the space into an eye-catching masterpiece.

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


6 steps to select best remodeling contractor

A remodeling project is one of the most invigorating lifestyle changes a homeowner can make. However, trusting a contractor with both your home and your money can feel overwhelming. Spare your time, money and sanity by following these steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor:

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Central Valley group names Realtors, Affiliate of the Year

Every year the Central Valley Association of Realtors recognizes members who have gone above and beyond in the real estate profession and community service. This year CVAR named two recipients as Realtor of the Year - Shelly Bell and Larry Rumbeck - and as Affiliate of the Year, the honor goes to Taylor Phillips.

February 20, 2015 | Staff reports | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year loans rises to 3.76%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates have risen for a second straight week yet remained near historically low levels.

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Rents rise overall but dip in Chicago & Minneapolis

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home rental prices rose at a steady rate in January, but prices barely budged or even dipped in parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Millennials seek tech-ready, smaller energy-efficient houses

LOS GATOS - As millennials enter the home-buying market in larger numbers, builders say homes will get a little smaller, energy-efficient appliances and laundry rooms will be essential, and home technology will become increasingly prevalent. These predictions are based on two surveys conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, one asking home builders what features they are most likely to include in a typical new home this year, and one asking millennials what features are most likely to affect their home-buying decisions. Of the top 10 features mentioned by home builders, four have to do with energy efficiency: low-E windows ...

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Freshen up your home with five sharp colors

While you're making resolutions and setting goals, consider adding updating the look of your home to your list. If your walls are looking a little dated, follow these five color suggestions to give your space a renewed look.

February 13, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rises to 3.69%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week yet remained near historically low levels.

February 13, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


CONTAINERS

HONOLULU (AP) - Shipping containers: They're strong, durable and portable, stack easily and link together like Legos.

February 13, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Take the sweat out of your DIY projects this year

You've been dreaming about digging in your garden, changing your landscaping or improving your house all winter long. Finally the weather is nice, your yard is clear and dry, and it's time for you to get your hands dirty. With the right tools and equipment, you can get all your DIY tasks done while saving time, money and elbow grease.

February 13, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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