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Free classes address credit issues, needs of first-time home buyers

Knowledge is the key to home ownership.

January 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Valley Blossom a big hit

Valley Blossom is showcasing the completion of its newest model homes this weekend.

January 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Manteca builder showcasing energy-efficiency

For several years, K. Hovnanian Homes has responded to its customers with higher levels of energy-efficiency and green technology in new homes. The builder has been a proactive force in the industry, pursuing new research, pushing initiatives and educating homeowners about living energy-efficient and earth-friendly lifestyles.

January 08, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Transfer ownership without tax bite?

DEAR BENNY: If I buy a house outright for my aunt for $459,900 (fair market value), what is the best way for me to transfer ownership to her without tax consequences? I know that the gift tax exclusion is now $13,000. I'm not married and neither is my aunt.

January 08, 2011 | by Benny L. Kass Inman News | HOME SCENE


Creating versatile living spaces for today’s families

With the active and bustling lifestyle families lead, it is no surprise that they frequently change the way they interact with, and in, their living spaces. Different stages of life call for different living spaces. Most homes are not equipped to offer this versatility. Outfitted with traditional swinging doors that squander space, standard-width doorways offer limited accessibility and restrictive living areas.

January 08, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Three years & counting

Three years into the great foreclosure meltdown and people are still wondering whether it is worth the risk of buying a home as they have fears over the future being uncertain.

January 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Underwater? Not a big deal unless you are treading water

Home prices aren't going to go up again.

December 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Have short sale lien holders been naughty or nice this year?

Even Santa is surprised by the behavior of banks.

December 17, 2010 | By JEFF REYES PMZ Realtor | HOME SCENE


Terra Ranch could add 409 more living units

Manteca south of the Highway 120 Bypass could add 6,058 homes over the next 15 years between four projects that are at various stages in the entitlement process.

December 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Sales statistics reflective of confidence in Manteca market

Almost a fifth of Manteca's single family homes that are in existence today have sold in the past three years.

December 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


You’ve got to be out by the end of the month

It is still happening.

December 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


$400,000 goes from bottom to top of Manteca resale market

A 1,482-square-foot home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, dual pane windows, new interior paint and a large backyard sold for $400,000 in the 300 block of North Powers in April of 2006.

November 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Bad times? It depends upon where you’re at

Every 13 hours plus a few odd minutes for the past 34 months in Manteca an existing home has closed escrow.

November 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Convergence of existing & resale prices

The Manteca housing gods must be crazy.

November 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


New home sales aren’t driving down home prices

It is one of the enduring myths of the housing bubble bust: New home construction is driving down the price of resales in Manteca.

November 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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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


CREDIT SCORES

NEW YORK (AP) - There are changes coming to FICO, a broadly used credit score, that may mean higher credit scores for many consumers. Banks, credit card issuers, auto lenders and other businesses use those scores to decide whether to lend to consumers and how much interest to charge them. A higher score could get you better terms on loans for cars and homes.

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate at 4.14 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but remained near their lows for the year.

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Keep them happy & studying: Creating a kid-friendly space

Would a great study space ease your child's transition from summer to school? Perhaps an awesome lounge area could convince your teens - and all their friends - that your house is the best hangout spot ever. Whatever your objectives, a few design and decorating tricks can help you create a kid-friendly space in your home.

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Five fixes for kitchens that get compliments

No matter if you're an aspiring chef or TV dinner connoisseur ... if the look of your kitchen makes you want to dine out - it may be time for an upgrade. The kitchen should be the heart of your home: it's where you entertain, hold family meetings and even pay bills, so why not take it from "make-do" to "magnificent?"

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Must-have technology makes bathrooms healthier & safer

Think home technology begins with your wireless, programmable thermostat and ends with the high-definition, 3-D, web-enabled flat-screen TV with surround sound? Think again - whole home technology means using leading-edge devices to improve life in every room of the house, including the bathroom.

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Season-extending gardening tips for fall

Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables - and personal satisfaction - from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to keep growing and harvesting delicious, healthy produce well into the season.

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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