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Location, amenities & value for $189K

You want a newer home with all the architectural touches but not a Mellos-Roos tax?

May 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Tax credit helps stabilize Manteca home prices

The clock is running out on $8,000 in free money.

May 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Ready to move in for $267K

The best value on the resale market today in Manteca?

May 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Interactive real estate seminar for troubled homeowners this Saturday in Modesto

Manteca Realtor Christine Papworth – "the Real Estate Doctor" – is hosting a free hands-on interactive seminar for members of the public facing mortgage dilemmas at 1 p.m. Saturday at 1401 F Street in Modesto.

May 15, 2009 | | HOME SCENE


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


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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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