The hottest trend in Manteca's new housing market besides value pricing can be summed up in "one" as in one-story homes.
The topic of many water coolers today, and for that matter the last 5 years has been and still is real estate. The subject though has changed as of late to the question of, "Are we really headed for a double dip?"
Every market is different.
Are short sales good for Realtors and bad for homeowners?
Why go with a foreclosure where you have to spend upwards of $30,000 to update it when you can find a similar home placed on the market by an owner who is not under duress that already has the upgrades in plus has a swimming pool and is in move-in condition?
If you have a FHA insured loan - and virtually all first-time buyers who have purchased homes in Manteca during the last three years have them - you might just want to take advantage of the one-time ability to streamline your loan.
Foreclosure cancellations are at an all-time high in California.
Last week I started a two part article telling my personal short sale story. Like I stated last week, I thought I would share with you my story to let you know one major thing that a lot of Realtors fail to mention to their clients but they long to hear: "You're not alone!" "I have actually been there!" "You will make it through, I did!"
With all the news about interest rates and mansions selling for the price of shacks, many people are asking themselves, "Is now the time to sell our home?" The answer to that question depends heavily on your situation.
How do you determine when it is the best time to buy a home?
Our local real estate market and community owe a great deal of gratitude to the Builder Generation, a group of active adults who are doing more than their part to stabilize our local housing market. In a time where our seniors have been almost disregarded in our culture, it's good to live in a community that not only supports our seniors, but also places an emphasis on their importance.
If you close your eyes and think of the word "foreclosure", what are some images that come to mind? Some see outwardly expressed imagery such as six foot high weeds, dry and dead lawns, papers taped to windows, spider webs and other pictures that remind you of the opening scenes of an old black and white scary movie panning into the haunted mansion. The only problem is that haunted mansion is found all over our southern San Joaquin community.
When most people hear the phrase "loan modification" there are a multitude of images and emotions that flood the brain; skepticism, hope, desperation, lonely, gamble, fear and maybe even a "yeah right"! I have often said that it's easier to catch a Leprechaun at the end of a rainbow than receive a permanent loan modification.
The day of great deals are numbered.
By DENNIS WYATT
WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week for a second straight week but remained near historic lows.
The real estate market heats up when the weather does, and spring and summer are traditionally the most active seasons for home sales. This year, industry experts predict that home prices will continue to rise and, with mortgage rates remaining low, the spring and summer real estate season will be competitive for both buyers and sellers.
Gain a couple of pounds since 2006?
Despite record-low interest rates, monthly mortgage payments may double for more than 1 million American homeowners. That's because a decade ago they opted for "interest-only" loans or home equity lines of credit. But most of those loans were structured to reset after 10 years - at which time the loan would require payment of both principal and interest.
When spring-cleaning uncovers a worn floor it may be time to consider purchasing a new one, especially if you're selling your home in the near future. A new floor, like refreshed paint and updated fixtures, makes a home more enjoyable to live in as well as more marketable.
Give your home an energy shot this spring with bright colors and bold patterns.
From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family.
Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative and new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations.
Homes priced under $304,000 that are ready-to-move-in and don't require major work such as new roofs, kitchen upgrades or bathroom repairs are moving relatively briskly in Manteca.
Wood may be known for its timeless visual appeal, but there's nothing static about the way people showcase it in American homes. Designers, homeowners and DIYers are re-discovering the warmth and beauty of wood. From inventive new uses to re-interpretations of existing styles, they're finding creative ways to use wood throughout the home.
Let's face it - life is busy. And one of the byproducts of a busy life is a cluttered house. With piles of paper coming home from school and toys creating obstacle courses in the family room, parents may wonder how they'll ever take back control of the house. A few experts share their ideas for doing just that.
From genteel porches in the East to sleek, seaside balconies in the West, the popularity of outdoor living spaces is poised for significant growth from coast to coast with industry analysts predicting it will be a $5.7 billion market by 2016. Reinforcing these projections, 63 percent of architects cite an outdoor living space as the most popular "special function room" in housing construction, according to the American Institute of Architects. What's more, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association reports that homebuilders list decks among the top three features most requested with new home buys.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose in March, but the gains are decelerating as fewer Americans can afford to buy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of U.S. new homes recovered in April after slumping in the previous two months. But Americans are still buying new homes at a slower pace than they did a year ago.
Horror of horrors.