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Clearing the short sale fog

Growing up in our valley, I loved fog! Because fog for us represents the changing of a season. It meant "red cups" are coming back to Starbucks, turkey will become a meal staple for a week and Christmas is around the corner. But a "foggy" or "gray" understanding of our real estate market can make for a great deal of anxiety.

November 05, 2010 | By JEFF REYES PMZ Realtor | HOME SCENE


Valley Blossom sells eight new homes before models are done

Florsheim Homes has a solid reputation for building quality and providing homes that fit well into customers' lifestyles and needs.

October 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


No such thing as free houses

"Sorry, no free houses." - Glenn Schorr, an analyst with Norton Securities International in a research report sent to clients concerning the foreclosure moratorium

October 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Springtime Estates home for $279,500

Springtime Estates is part of a series of small, semi-custom and custom neighborhoods east of Highway 99 that for years has drawn strong interest from long-time Manteca residents looking to move-up.

October 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


One-story homes gain in popularity

The hottest trend in Manteca's new housing market besides value pricing can be summed up in "one" as in one-story homes.

October 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Double dip in housing isn’t likely scenario for Manteca market

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?"

October 01, 2010 | By JEFF REYES PMZ Realtor | HOME SCENE


Manteca market is different

Every market is different.

September 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The short sale debate

Are short sales good for Realtors and bad for homeowners?

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


Upgraded home in Sierra neighborhood

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?

September 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Ideal time to streamline your FHA loan

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.

August 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Three promising signs for Manteca

Foreclosure cancellations are at an all-time high in California.

August 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


My personal short sale story

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!"

August 20, 2010 | By JEFF REYES PMZ Realtor | HOME SCENE


Is now the time to sell?

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.

July 30, 2010 | By JEFF REYES PMZ Realtor | HOME SCENE


Does it still make sense to fence sit?

How do you determine when it is the best time to buy a home?

July 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Thank you ‘Builder’s Generation’

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.

July 23, 2010 | By JEFF REYES PMZ Realtor | 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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