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What goes down will also go back up

Fifteen years ago, the average home on the resale market in Manteca closed escrow at $125,000. It was $390,000 in 2005. The market peaked at $413,000 in 2006. Today the average closing price in the Manteca resale market is $178,044.

October 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The new Manteca numbers game

Now that it is clear the tsunami known as the mortgage meltdown has swept through the Manteca housing market it is safe to start thinking about long-term recovery.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Ready to move in home for $147,000

Tired of looking at homes in less-than-move-in condition?

October 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The bottom of the Manteca market

You can own your own home in Manteca for less than $550 a month and not have to sink a lot of money into the foreclosure you're buying.

September 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


A home’s value versus its worth

Why, the reader asked in an e-mail, are you still in your home if you paid $189,900 for it in March 2008 and the assessor says it is worth only $102,000 as of Jan. 1, 2009?

September 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Has bottom arrived in Manteca?

Two years ago this month there was a record 625 resale homes available in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon. Of those, more than 250 were foreclosures including almost 180 in Manteca.

September 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Mobile homes offer another housing option

Four years ago it wasn't unusual for a mobile home in a park like Manteca's El Rancho Estates to sell for $180,000.

September 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


No one said it would be easy

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

August 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The $101,000 home vs. $176,250 home

The median resale price of a home today in Manteca is $176,250.

August 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Buying a home on $9.60 an hour

Are you making at least $9.60 an hour at a 40-hour-a-week job to generate a gross annual income of $20,000?

August 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


It’s weird time for resale market

Buyers are coming over the Altamont Pass again.

August 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The new reality

There are those who are still in denial that their homes are no longer the equivalent of a Bureau of Engraving printing press.

July 31, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Montage solar expo & grand opening

Some of the most energy efficient homes in the Central Valley are now being built in Manteca.

July 24, 2009 | Staff reports of the Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin | HOME SCENE


2009 wages & 1997 prices

The South County real estate market is beginning to look more and more like a bad sequel to the 1963 treasure hunt farce entitled "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World."

July 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Keys for cash: Play poker at your own risk

"Keys for cash" may sound like a game or a big money giveaway but it isn't.

July 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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$MART MOVE$

She's a single woman in Manteca in her 50s.

September 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Driveways to mailboxes: Ways to drive your home’s curb appeal

Selling or staying, it makes no difference - everyone wants a home that looks great from the curb. Curb appeal comes together when all the elements of a home's facade are in good shape and working together. Driveways that are cracked or pitted with potholes, dingy front doors and other seemingly minor complaints like a shabby, scuffed mailbox, can all significantly detract from a home's overall curb appeal.

September 26, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage at 4.20%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined slightly this week, after marking their largest one-week gain of the year the previous week.

September 26, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Selling soon? 6 upgrades to secure a speedy sale

If you'll be putting your home on the market this year, simple, cost-effective upgrades can help ensure a speedy sale at a good price.

September 26, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Do’s and don’ts: Art of tackling your tile project

Do's and don'ts for making your next tile project perfect

September 26, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Avoid bathroom remodeling blues with budget-friendly tips

Beautifying your bathroom sounds exciting but oftentimes renovation plans begin with good intentions and end up a long, costly nightmare. The national average cost for a bathroom remodel is $10,142, according to the Cost Guide from HomeAdvisor.com. That's a hefty investment but one that can easily be reduced with a simple refresh of the space instead. Here are five cost-effective updates you can make to your bathroom in as little as a weekend.

September 26, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


ON THE WATER

You don't have to buy in Stockton's Quail Lakes or Brookside neighborhoods if you want to live on the water.

September 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Simple, affordable ways to personalize home decor

Every generation of homeowners has its design priorities. Baby boomers look for home design that will let them age in place, while generation X wants features that facilitate busy lifestyles. Millennials crave interior decor that meshes with their technology, blending energy efficiency, family-friendly features and plenty of personalization. Since many millennials are starting out in their personal and professional lives, affordability is also a priority.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Save money, time and energy making improvements in tandem

Most of us spend our day multi-tasking. At work or home, we want to maximize our time and resources in order to accomplish the most work while expending the minimum required effort. Home improvement should be no different. In order to make the most of your home improvement resources, it makes sense to undertake certain projects in tandem.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Early season gardening tricks to help garden grow faster

Warm weather begs green thumbs across the country to break out their gardening gloves and till the soil for the season's plantings. Whether this is your first year tending a home garden or it's something you've been doing for decades, gardening offers many rewards, including time spent outdoors, the ability to feel closer to Mother Nature, and of course, the fresh fare plucked just steps from your kitchen.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Upgrades that scream ‘luxury’ with less expensive price tags

Hand-planed, reclaimed hardwood floors? Beautiful but pricey. Custom drapery? The cost can be blinding. When it comes to home decorating, it's easy to blow your budget on one or two upgrades - and maybe that would be OK if those improvements also amped up the drama in your decor. Too often, however, costly decorating ploys disappoint, wearing out or becoming dated before you've paid off the financing.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Supply crunch sends California existing home sales drop to 4-year August low

IRVINE (AP) - The number of homes sold in California fell to the lowest level for an August in four years as a supply crunch pushed prices higher and kept homes out of reach for many buyers, a real estate research company reported Thursday.

September 12, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


COMPLETE PACKAGE

River Islands at Lathrop - situated to become the most high-profile community development in the 209 for the next 20 years - is marking its grand opening today.

September 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Simple home updates are environmentally friendly

Green living not only helps the environment, it helps your pocketbook. When making upgrades to your home - whether it's replacing a light bulb or a total living room makeover - incorporate energy-efficient and repurposed materials to make your living space more environmentally friendly.

September 05, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Modern man cave musts for you to keep in mind

Whether in a workshop, garden or garage, American men have always enjoyed their personal spaces. With the rise of flat-screen technology, having a "man cave" became an official home improvement trend. In fact, a 2013 survey by online retailer Newegg found that more than half of American homes now have a man cave. Now, after more than a decade of partying, man caves have matured.

September 05, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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