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Rate on 30-year mortgage down to record 3.88 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell again this week to a record low. The eighth record low in a year is attracting few takers because most who can afford to buy or refinance have already done so.

January 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Growing interest leaves homebuilders less gloomy

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. homebuilders are growing a little less pessimistic about the depressed housing market after seeing more people say they might be open to buying a home this year.

January 19, 2012 | The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


A poor year for home building ends on hopeful note during December

WASHINGTON (AP) - Builders ended 2011 with a third straight year of dismal home construction and the worst on record for single-family home building. But improvement at the end of the year lifted hopes for an eventual recovery.

January 19, 2012 | The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


Risks of walking away from time share

DEAR BENNY: I have read your articles regarding time shares but I still feel at a loss as to how unload it. It is completely paid, with the maintenance fees paid every other year. I have offered it on Craigslist but still no bites. I visited a licensed real estate broker and he has the same problem trying to sell his time share.

January 19, 2012 | by BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Easy-to-change seasonal decorating ideas for homes to spring’s approach

When spring arrives with its bright sunshine, fresh air, vibrant colors and light, do you find yourself regretting the decorating decisions you made last fall or winter? It's natural to incorporate the season into your home decor, and the best way to do that is with design touches that can change as easily - and quickly - as the seasons themselves.

January 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


South County resale homes selling for less than fair value

Is the South County housing undervalued when it comes to fair market price?

January 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Tea cottage owner speaks at Ripon Garden Club Feb. 1

RIPON - The owner of Dorie's Tea Cottage in Groveland is presenting the program at the Wednesday, Feb. 1, meeting of the Ripon Garden Club.

January 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Rose pruning, tomato care program topics

Master Gardener Lee Miller will be the guest speaker at the Monday, Jan. 16, meeting of the Manteca Garden Club. Miller's presentation will be on the topic of heirloom tomatoes.

January 13, 2012 | Bulletin Staff Reports | HOME SCENE


Four easy ways to warm up your home decor

As the chill of winter sets in, your home interior may be lacking the warmth and comfort you'd prefer. Fortunately, creating an inviting atmosphere does not require huge amounts of time or money. And you don't need to be a professional interior designer - or even have experience in decorating - to transform your home into a welcoming haven. To bring your decor into the season and give your home noticeable appeal, follow a few easy tips.

January 12, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Hide your wall flaws with texturing techniques

When it comes to home decorating, texturing can do for your walls what a good coat of wax can do for your car's finish - hide a host of flaws. Poorly patched holes, uneven sheetrock, ugly wallpaper and even multiple layers of peeling paint can all be hidden beneath a beautiful layer of texture.

January 12, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Tips to make a toddler's room sustainable

Whether you've been taking steps toward green living or you're a newbie and want to jump start your efforts and reduce your carbon footprint on earth, one area of opportunity is your toddler's room.

January 12, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Retaining walls and pavers add curb appeal

Front-porch entertaining is making a comeback in America's neighborhoods, thanks to homeowners' renewed interest in beautifying the front entries of their homes. The days of uninspired concrete front stoops have passed, giving way to elegant combinations of freestanding walls, columns and matching pavers to create welcoming entrances that also serve as gathering places.

January 12, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


November construction spending up 1.2%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Construction spending jumped in November as builders spent more on single-family homes, apartments and remodeling projects.

January 12, 2012 | The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


2011's foreclosure rate lowest since pre-recession in 2007

NEW YORK (AP) - About 1.9 million homes entered the foreclosure process in 2011, the lowest level since 2007 when the recession began, according to a report Thursday by the foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc.

January 12, 2012 | The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


Don't spend that escrow windfall

DEAR BENNY: We moved to Jacksonville, Fla., in 2010, but still own a home in Pensacola that we are renting to some friends. We got a check in the mail for an alleged overpayment from escrow. I remember telling my wife that the home insurance (was listed wrong) on the HUD-1 form, so we figured it was discovered, and we were reimbursed. We used the money to pay bills.

January 12, 2012 | by BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


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Affordable entertaining ideas for holiday parties

The holidays are coming up quickly, and that means there's plenty of reason to celebrate. Whether you're throwing a party for the first time or you're continuing a long-running annual tradition, hosting a festive celebration with friends and family is a lot of work and always worth it. This year, take your party to the next level to truly impress your guests - without breaking the bank.

November 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Five home design tips on layering from professionals

Designers are often drawn to a simple, modern look - however, layering unique patterns and textures in the home is a quickly growing trend. Keep your space harmonized, yet distinct, with the tips outlined below.

November 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


THE ENTERTAINER

Looking for a home that does more than put on a good facade from the curb?

November 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Get a jump on this year’s predicted polar vortex

Last winter's polar vortex not only affected the majority of the country with subfreezing temperatures, but wreaked havoc on utility bills. In fact, consumers in 13 states and the District of Columbia used enough energy in January to capture eight of the 10 highest winter demand days on record, according to PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator. According to the Farmers' Almanac and other weather predictors, a polar vortex is expected to rear its ugly head again this winter.

November 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Tips on how to make your bathroom shower sing

It's where some of your best ideas are born, and where you unwind - or get ready - for the day. And although your current shower might be fine, why not make it fabulous? Here are the latest trends and products to create a fantastic shower experience.

November 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Subprime services firm abandons disputed fees

WASHINGTON (AP) - A company with ties to the nation's largest overseer of subprime mortgages announced under pressure Wednesday it will stop collecting controversial insurance fees from homeowners whose properties were under foreclosure. The announcement came three months after The Associated Press highlighted its business practices.

November 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


30-year loan rate slips to 4.01 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates edged lower this week, approaching their lows for the year. The benchmark 30-year loan rate hovered near 4 percent.

November 14, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


ORIGINAL OWNERS

Its rare today in Manteca to find a newer home with four bedrooms under $150 a square-foot that is in move-in condition in a desirable neighborhood.

November 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Timely solutions to get your house holiday ready

The fun chaos of the holidays is right around the corner. Family gatherings to plan, delicious meals to prepare, gifts to find and purchase, and a house to decorate ... the list goes on!

November 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Timely solutions to get your house holiday ready

The fun chaos of the holidays is right around the corner. Family gatherings to plan, delicious meals to prepare, gifts to find and purchase, and a house to decorate ... the list goes on!

November 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Say bye-bye to bathroom remodeling blues with 5 tips

Beautifying your bathroom sounds exciting but oftentimes renovation plans begin with good intentions and end up a long, costly nightmare. The national average cost for a bathroom remodel is $10,142, according to the Cost Guide from HomeAdvisor.com. That's a hefty investment but one that can easily be reduced with a simple refresh of the space instead. Here are five cost-effective updates you can make to your bathroom in as little as a weekend.

November 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Six yard projects you shouldn’t skip this fall

When it comes to caring for your yard, maintenance is crucial - especially during the fall when it needs to recover from the wear and tear of summer and prepare for winter's harsh conditions. Knowing what your lawn and garden needs from season to season not only makes it easier for you to stay organized with your list of backyard to-do's, but it also allows you to identify and treat any problems before they become bigger issues down the road.

November 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Five common weatherization myths taken apart and busted

Last winter's visit from the polar vortex made for bone-chilling blizzards and teeth-chattering temperatures. If this year is anything like the last, drafty homes and high thermostat settings will accompany the freezing weather. Unfortunately, many homeowners get cold feet when it comes to weatherizing their homes, citing various reasons why they don't just get it done. Here are five common weatherizing myths you should overcome to help you get ready this winter:

November 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate up to 4.02 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan crawling back over 4 percent. It was the second straight week of increases in rates after they had fallen for five weeks amid concern over global economic weakness.

November 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


SHOP AROUND

Beware of e-lenders and unsolicited junk mail from boiler room mortgage lenders bearing gifts of lower mortgage payments.

October 31, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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