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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


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


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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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