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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


Foreclosure bills will get legislative hearings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature started moving ahead Thursday with bills intended to protect homeowners in the foreclosure process, setting up a potential showdown between the state attorney general and mortgage lenders.

April 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Housing market boosted by jobs, higher rents

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's been a long time since the market for new homes has looked this good.

April 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Homebuilders request most permits in 3½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders requested the most permits in March for single-family homes and apartments in 3½ years, suggesting that many expect the housing market to improve over the next year.

April 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


A good reason to buy HO-6 insurance

DEAR BENNY: In December 2007 I purchased a one-bedroom unit on the top floor in a mixed-income development. Nearly seven months ago, management ran a water test on the roof that resulted in water flowing into my unit, as well as both structural and personal damage to my ceiling and possessions.

April 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Tips for refreshing with paint color

For many people, the onset of spring and summer is the ideal time to take on a home improvement project. Paint is a popular choice for those looking to freshen up their space, given that it is an easy, economical activity and a fun way to make a dramatic difference.

April 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Research firm: Calif. home sales for March rise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of homes sold in California during March hit a five-year high as prices held steady, according to a survey released Thursday.

April 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Bank reports point to a healing housing market

NEW YORK (AP) - Earnings reports from two major banks painted a picture of a healing housing market, with more Americans taking out mortgages, paying them on time and taking advantage of low interest rates to refinance.

April 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Top deck trends for summer 2012

It's that time of year when homeowners are lured outside by the warm, sunny weather. Is your outdoor space ready to be enjoyed to the fullest? If your deck or patio needs updating, catching up on the top design innovations and trends will help you create an inviting area that will add value to your home investment.

April 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.88%

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage dropped near its all-time low this week, making home-buying and refinancing a bargain for those who can qualify.

April 12, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Foreclosure activity down to near 5-year low

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More U.S. homes are entering the foreclosure process, setting the stage for a surge in properties repossessed by lenders this year.

April 12, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Momentum of economic improvement slowing

After a few months of positive economic news, the tide may be turning. Although I won't say the tide is reversing, there certainly may be cause for concern.

April 12, 2012 | By DEBORAH ROMERO Special to the Bulletin | HOME SCENE


Tips for installing a vinyl fence the easy way

If you need to keep the neighbors out or the pets and children in, it may be time for a fence, preferably one that will last a lifetime and requires very little maintenance. But if you know much about installing a fence, chances are this is a home project that makes you want to run for the hills. After all, who wants to rent power augers, dig deep holes, tear up the yard, remove excavated dirt and pour hundreds of pounds of concrete?

April 12, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Inspector General: Foreclosure aid program flawed

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Treasury Department rushed out a major revamp of its foreclosure-prevention program in 2010, limiting Special Inspector General for the financial bailouts.the plan's ability to help people who are unemployed or owe more than their homes are worth, a government watchdog says.

April 12, 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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