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The proverbial light at tunnel’s end?

There is only a large enough supply of homes Manteca to satisfy the current buying pace of 121 homes a month for the next six weeks.

May 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


USDA: Zero down loans for buyers

You can buy a $170,000 home with nothing down, have a payment of less than $980 a month, have the seller possibly contribute up to 6 percent of the selling price toward closing costs and get an $8,000 tax credit from the federal government.

May 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


201 homes available & dropping

"There's nothing out there."

May 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


California contemporary living

RIPON - It's a home worthy of a cover spread in Sunset Magazine.

April 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Some advice on tricky short sale process

Sometimes I feel like I am living in the real estate twilight zone, you know?

April 03, 2009 | By CHRISTINE PAPWORTH The Central Valley’s Real Estate Doctor! | HOME SCENE


Big home, big pluses, big value

It is one of the biggest bargains in Manteca when it comes to getting more home per dollar.

March 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Are you still waiting for the government?

During the first quarter of 2009, the first 100 days of the new President's term, you are no doubt going to hear a lot of news stories about the economic stimulus plan and the financial rescue package and their possible ramifications to the real estate and mortgage markets.

March 27, 2009 | By DEBORAH ROMERO Ability Mortgage loan office | HOME SCENE


New heights with Summit Collection

What does it take to jump start serious interest in new housing in Manteca?

March 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Inventory dips below 300 homes for 1st time in three years

It is definitely a trend.

March 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


A unique home & neighborhood

It is arguably Manteca's best kept secret – a short segment of Joaquin Street tucked away in the neighborhood between Center Street, Yosemite Avenue, the Tidewater Bikeway, and Walnut Avenue.

March 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Condos drop from $220K down to $60K

Thirty months ago the Cherry Lane Apartments condo conversion was being billed as the most affordable housing option for buyers in Manteca.

March 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


For $229K you get a home, not a house

Are you just looking for a house or are you in the market for a home?

March 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Two scams homeowners need to avoid

There are two scams you need to look out for if you're a homeowner looking to reduce property taxes or someone trying to stay above water. One is trying to get you to fork over $179 to have your property taxes lowered and the others are popping up since President Obama's administration unveiled Wednesday how they are going to help homeowners who are current but are struggling to make mortgage payments.

March 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Del Webb living for $217,000

It's not a misprint.

February 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Workshop Saturday aims to stop foreclosures

Christine Papworth – The Real Estate Doctor – is demonstrating her passion to help homeowners facing foreclosure to remain in their homes and eventually regain their ownership.

February 27, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | HOME SCENE


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Average 30-year mortgage rate up to 4.20 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week for a second straight week but remained near historic lows.

June 13, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Four real estate tips for buyers, sellers

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.

June 13, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Got extra pounds? Blame next door foreclosure

Gain a couple of pounds since 2006?

June 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


$100K+ HELOC LOANS

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.

June 06, 2014 | bY TERRY SAVAGE | HOME SCENE


A sure-footed way to choose new flooring

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.

June 06, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Perk up your home with bright & bold patterns

Give your home an energy shot this spring with bright colors and bold patterns.

June 06, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Create inviting outdoor spaces for entertaining

From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family.

June 06, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Opening the door to space & privacy is easy

Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative and new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations.

June 06, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


A GEM ON EMERALD

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.

May 30, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


5 new ways to update your home with wood

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.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Finding balance: creating functional family spaces

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.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Coast to coast: 2014’s top outdoor home living trends

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.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices rise at slower rate

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose in March, but the gains are decelerating as fewer Americans can afford to buy.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


New home sales rose 6.4 percent

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.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


UNDERWATER MORTGAGES

Horror of horrors.

May 23, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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