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The high cost of fence sitting

The waiting game is about to become expensive

March 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Home buying: Back to the future

Twenty-one years ago they bought a house in the custom East Manteca neighborhood of Spring Meadows for $210,000.

March 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Fence sitters can learn from history

Six years ago this summer a bidding war was underway to buy the models of the popular east Manteca custom neighborhood known as Meadowlands located to the north of Joshua Cowell School.

March 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Bay Area investors may ultimately help push up Manteca housing prices

Bay Area housing prices may once again impact future trends in Manteca values.

February 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Typical payment drops $2,500 a month

The first-time homebuyer story of four years ago in Manteca now seems like ancient history.

February 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Buyers of homes with deep value cuts will reap tax advantages for years to come

Call it the Darwin Proposition 13 effect.

February 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Tale of two Manteca houses

There is still no rhyme or reason to the Manteca housing market as it enters the third year of full-scale foreclosure frenzy.

February 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The case for a $10,000 California tax credit for homebuyers

The best way to keep California's housing construction pulse from straight-lining might just be Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal for reviving and expanding the $10,000 state home buyer's tax credit.

February 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


So is this the bottom?

Are things leveling out in the Manteca housing market?

February 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


What goes down must come up

The typical transaction involving an existing home closing escrow in Manteca is flat – for now.

January 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Move-up buyers now selling

More and more owner occupied homes that are not under duress are making their way to market.

January 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


FHA suspending 90-day rule for mortgages

Finally there is some relief coming for those first-time buyers battling investors for foreclosures.

January 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Real Estate Believe it or Not

What a strange long year it's been.

January 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


When renting makes more sense

A household with two full-time workers each making minimum wage - $8 an hour – could afford to buy a $115,000 home if they have no other debt load and have the means to come up with $6,000 or so for down payment and closing costs.

December 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


It’s a mad, mad, mad market

The Manteca housing gods must be crazy.

December 11, 2009 | 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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