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Dollar buys 4X more house today than 6 years ago

The dollar just isn't buying what it used to.

April 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Re/Max honors top agents in Ripon, Manteca

Some 40 Realtors from the three RE/MAX sales offices in Manteca, Ripon and Modesto took part in a Wednesday morning brunch and awards ceremony at the Spring Creek Country Club.

April 16, 2011 | Staff reports of the Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin | HOME SCENE


Tiny tweaks yield big results

Bored with your bath? While remodeling high-profile items, such as flooring, a vanity and the tub/shower, will make a big visual update ... these projects also come with a hefty budget. And, if you're like most homeowners, you may not have the time, knowledge or budget for a major overhaul.

April 16, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Right at Home: Bunny motif abounds in spring decor

In Asian culture, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. You wouldn't know it given current events, but traditionally, years hallmarked by the animal are quiet and serene.

April 16, 2011 | By KIM COOK For The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


Clematis needs pruning; the question is when

There's a lot to like about clematis, one of the earliest vines to green up in the spring. It's easy to grow, blooms in profusion and is hardy, with some varieties lasting over 50 years.

April 16, 2011 | By DEAN FOSDICK For The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


Apartment rents up as vacancies drop across nation

Renters that have the desire and wherewithal to buy but are waiting for either lower prices or lower loan rates should consider this a warning.

April 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Porches that are stylish & durable

It's been a long, hard winter in much of the country. Towering snowdrifts, icy roads, freak hailstorms. For many of us, spring can't come fast enough, and with it the chance to enjoy our porches, patios and sunrooms.

April 09, 2011 | By MELISSA RAYWORTH The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


Manteca plans garden tour for May 14

An expansive garden with a Japanese theme and a garden that illustrates how green thumbs with physical limitations can still enjoy their hobby are two of the six that are being featured in the 2011 Manteca Garden Tour.

April 09, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Modesto garden tour on May 7

MODESTO - The Modesto Garden Club's Saturday, May 7, Annual Spring Tour of Town & Country Gardens provides a look at eight private gardens in town and country settings and the Modesto Garden Club office garden.

April 09, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


White helps adds a touch of spring to homes

Like freshly washed laundry dancing on the line on a sunny day, this season's white decor is a welcome sight. Just when we're ready to fling open the windows, shake out rugs and scrub the memory of winter away, stores are responding by stocking tabletop accessories, throw pillows, furniture and more in crisp whites and soothing creams.

April 09, 2011 | By KIM COOK The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


Hybrids: Pros & cons in backyard garden

These days, hybrids are either panned or praised in the world of gardening. Not that hybrids are such oddities. A hybrid is merely the offspring of two parents that are not genetically the same.

April 09, 2011 | By LEE REICH The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


America’s new favorite pastime

More than 41 million Americans planted vegetable gardens in 2009 - a number expected to increase as food costs climb, according to a recent Gardening Trends Research Report. When you factor in flowers, herbs and fruits, it's difficult to find a home where people are not working the soil on a warm sunny day.

April 09, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Heat up your kitchen with color

The kitchen is the heart of the home: a place to cook and share a meal, to entertain friends, gather as a family and even pay bills or do homework.

April 09, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Gardening mistakes & how to avoid them

Gardening is a forgiving hobby. You can always right any wrongs next growing season.

April 02, 2011 | By DEAN FOSDICK For The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


Three steps to ensure you get best deal when buying a house

Ample inventory, low mortgage rates and motivated sellers - all these key elements are present in real estate markets across the country, indicating it's still a great time to buy a house. If you're thinking of buying a house - whether it's new or existing, your first home or your fifth - you can help ensure you get the best possible deal by doing a few things before you get down to serious shopping.

April 02, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


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Overcome challenges with raised beds and planters

Small yards, city dwelling or soil that's sandy, rocky or full of clay - it seems no obstacles can keep Americans from the joys of gardening. More than 78 million U.S. households grow gardens, according to the Garden Writers Association Foundation, and many of them don't have optimal conditions to plant their gardens in the ground. When space constraints or soil conditions make traditional gardens impossible or inconvenient, gardeners turn to raised beds and planter boxes to grow the vegetables, herbs and flowers they crave.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Decor through the decades: Kitchen, bath design evolves

Remember when brass fixtures and mauve countertops were all the rage in kitchen design? How about the days of shag carpet (yes, in the bathroom) and avocado tile? Fortunately, those particular trends have come and gone. And, whether you embraced them or not, they did have an influence on the space you live in right now. Take a look through the decades to see how decor styles have evolved into the modern kitchens and bathrooms of today.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Improvements boost safety, comfort and value of home

Home improvement season is in full swing, and homeowners across the country are deciding which projects to tackle this year. By taking a strategic approach to selecting home improvements, you can go beyond adding value to your property - you can also boost your comfort and safety as well.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Housing recovery picking up steam

WASHINGTON (AP) - A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home renovation starts with good planning, good insurance

The United States is a country of renovators and remodelers, judging from the steady growth of home improvement projects across the nation in recent years.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year rate on fixed rate mortgage at 4.10 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, with the 30-year loan rate hitting its 52-week low.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Late-payment rate on mortgages declines in 2Q, lowest in 6 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homeowners are falling behind on their mortgage payments, a trend that has reduced the late-payment rate on home loans to the lowest level in six years, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Ways to discover the design potential of the ‘Fifth wall’

With autumn just a few short weeks away, many people will soon spend less time on the patio and more time within four walls. Actually, five walls if you include the ceiling.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


DEL WEBB LIFESTYLE

The appeal of Del Webb at Woodbridge goes beyond the obvious.

August 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Three tips for converting an attic into living space

Moving up - vacating your current, smallish home for a larger, roomier abode - was the American way before the Great Recession. Now that the economy is humming again, at least some of the people who stayed put during those lean years will be looking to move into larger, nicer homes this summer. High demand and low inventory, however, may leave many with nowhere to go. Some will rediscover a time-honored space-gaining technique: attic conversion.

August 15, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Making your home sensational for summer outdoor living

Summer is here and this is the time when you want to be outside as much as possible, soak up the sun, eat amazing food and enjoy the company of family and friends. You'll also see more of your home's exterior on days like this than any other time of the year so this is also a great time to complete those outdoor projects. In fact, 60 percent of homeowners will accomplish a summer home improvement project this year according to survey data from the Zillow Digs Summer Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey.

August 15, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Family-friendly bathroom renovations to consider

Mom rules the media room, Johnny loves the basement workshop and the kitchen is Dad's domain. Gender roles notwithstanding, each family member has one room where he or she enjoys spending more time. One room, however, is equally used and loved - or reviled - by all: the bathroom.

August 15, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Simple ideas to refresh your home’s entryway

Most people enter their home through the garage or backdoor, forgetting how the front entrance looks to neighbors and guests. Your front door is often the first thing others notice about your home. That's why it's key to make a positive first impression.

August 15, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


California home sales decline amid tight real estate market

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales declined in July compared to the same time last year as buyers struggled to find something they could afford in the tight market, a research firm said Thursday.

August 15, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average year mortgage rate at 4.12 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, approaching their lows for the year.

August 15, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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