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Short sales: Next big thing?

Short sales were avoided like the plague just a year ago.

February 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

When it costs less to buy than rent you’ve found the market’s bottom

Has the Manteca housing market hit bottom at least under the $180,000 threshold?

February 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Custom homes going for a song

A $3,200 monthly housing payment on a home bought three years ago in Manteca or Ripon typically would buy a 3,100-square-foot newer tract home with a $560,000 selling price and a 10 percent down loan.

February 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Did I pay too much for my home? Absolutely not

I paid $185,000 for a two bedroom, one bathroom home with 996 square feet some 11 months ago.

February 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Dollar-for-dollar non-foreclosures look good

Countryside Lane is a place you'd expect to see Steve Douglas and his three sons if the widely popular CBS sitcom was based in the 1980s and not the 1960s.

February 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Non-distressed sellers pricing competitively

The best bargains may not be foreclosed homes.

February 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

The golden deals are starting

Buying activity is to the point in the Manteca housing market that the available number of resale homes has finally dipped to less than a three month supply for the first time in nearly three years.

January 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

McMansions sell for just over $80 per square foot

What does the median priced home in Manteca cost and look like this week?

January 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Your mortgage & taxes: Financial peace of mind

It's that dreaded time of the year again, time to start preparing your tax returns. And since 2008 was one of the toughest years in the history of our financial markets, this also may be a time that many of us learn exactly how much of a hit our investments and retirement accounts actually took this year.

January 30, 2009 | By Deborah Romero Mortgage Consultant Ability Mortgage | HOME SCENE

Best prices in 20 years on 2-1

The homes along the narrow streets in the 600 blocks of Fir and Pine have served as barometers for housing affordability in Manteca since they were first built in the 1950s.

January 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Why renting for much longer may not be wise idea

If you are renting an apartment you may want to give serious thought to buying a home.

January 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Good-bye boxes, hello style & character

Big for the sake of being big isn't better.

January 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Sub-$100K market is changing in Manteca

Twenty-six existing homes have closed escrow in the first 12 days of 2009 in Manteca.

January 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

1,370 buyers bought with confidence

How did the 2008 resale housing market shape up in Manteca?

January 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

2008 saw strong faith in Manteca home sales

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

January 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | 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


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


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


Horror of horrors.

May 23, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

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