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The ebb and flow of interest rates

Gentlemen and Boys; My husband and I watch the news and stay abreast of current events for reasons we won't discuss here. Suffice it to say, we like to be aware of what's going on in our world. With knowledge comes a little fear that you may have missed a point or forgot. Forgetting is today's question for you Boys. We have forgotten what the interest rates have done over the last 40 or so years. I know I could go to the Internet and get the answer, but your answers honestly amuse us every Saturday morning.

September 27, 2013 | By LARRY RUMBECK & LLOYD BLACKMAN The Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


Home prices rise 12.4 pct., most in 7½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose 12.4 percent in July compared with a year ago, the most since February 2006. An increase in sales on a limited supply of available homes drove the gains.

September 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


New home sales jump 7.9 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans stepped up purchases of new homes in August after cutting back in July, suggesting that higher mortgage rates are not yet slowing the housing recovery.

September 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Wants to sell jointly owned property

Q: I read your last posting in the Tribune regards options for selling jointly owned property. I have a horrific situation not for the faint at heart. We are two brothers fighting worse than a Spanish bull ring.. Animosity exists between my older brother and my wife. He has no rush, and enjoys the comfort when he comes to Chicago to stay as long as he wishes in the basement and collects rent from the first floor of this 2 flat. Meantime I live with my wife on the 2nd floor. We want out of this situation. What once was ...

September 27, 2013 | By Benny L. Kass Inman News | HOME SCENE


Lawn games to enjoy in early autumn

As long as the sun is shining, early autumn is a great time to get outside and enjoy that beautiful you've been working so hard to maintain throughout the year. Barbecues and picnics are always a good excuse to get family and friends together but after you've finished eating you don't want the kids (or the adults) wandering back inside to waste a glorious day staring at a television or a computer screen. It's time for some good old-fashioned backyard fun: lawn games.

September 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Pending home sales fall for 3rd straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy U.S. homes in August, the third straight decline. The drop could mean that higher mortgage rates are starting to deter some buyers.

September 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Hot colors for kitchen and bath

So many of us love the rich colors featured in kitchen and bath magazines, but when it comes to selecting colors for our own homes, we tend to play it safe. It's time to be bold and get out of the color comfort zone. Whether it's a vibrant backsplash, playful shade on the wall, or a new sink color that pops with personality, today's hot color trends are anything but boring.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


INTERIOR DECORATING

Flipping through the television channels, it's hard not to find a home improvement show about remodeling and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. From "Property Brothers" to "Design Star," these popular programs give homeowners ideas on how to modernize their spaces. If you're planning your own DIY projects, here are three areas of the home that will give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to a makeover.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Home sales hit 6½-year high but could slow

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales rose last month to the highest level since February 2007 as buyers rushed to close deals before mortgage rates increased further.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Consumers making mortgage payments top priority again

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The steady rise in U.S. home values is increasingly motivating homeowners to make paying their mortgage on time a priority, according to a new study.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate dips to 4.50%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week amid signs the economic recovery is slowing.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


EXIT Realty Consultants expands

In another move of expansion, EXIT Realty Consultants has merged with EXIT Realty Touchstone of Modesto, to open its fifth California real estate office operated by broker/owner Kris Klair.

September 21, 2013 | 209 Home Scene staff | HOME SCENE


Making real estate play after owner dies

DEAR BENNY: I resided with a 71-year-old male who died in November with no will. I took care of him since 2002 and lived with him since 2005 because his health was diminishing. His family had basically abandoned him, never visiting or making any type of contact with him. I want to know if there is any way I can keep the house as my residence. We discussed his getting a will, but he died before he could get a lawyer. He was going to leave the house to me. --Carl

September 21, 2013 | By Benny L. Kass Inman News | HOME SCENE


Remodeling 101: Make space your own

There is a lot to think about when remodeling your kitchen. You want to design a kitchen that reflects your taste and style, which you'll love for years to come. Whether you're designing for yourself or for resale, the key to success is to embrace timelessness. That doesn't mean sacrificing personality for a neutral palette, though. Quite the opposite.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Single-family home construction up

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders started work in August on the most single-family homes in six months and requested permits to construct even more in future months. The figures suggest housing remains a driver of economic growth despite higher mortgage rates.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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Average 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.28 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell after three weeks of increases, edging closer to historically low levels.

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Sowing the seeds of spring: Start your garden indoors

While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring - and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don't have to wait until the weather is perfect to get started. In fact, working ahead by growing your own seedlings is a great way to ensure your garden is successful throughout the warmer months.

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Eight tips to get your lawn mower ready for optimum use this spring

With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to tune up your lawn mower for the season ahead. A yearly tune-up is important to ensure all parts of your mower are functioning properly and safely. Use these eight tips to rev up your engine and get your mower ready for spring:

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Six tips for growing lawns

To help get your lawn ready for use and enjoyment this season, the Craftsman brand has developed the following tips to ensure that your lawn kicks grass, takes names and becomes the envy of neighbors everywhere.

March 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Tiny houses help address nation’s homeless problem

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - While tiny houses have been attractive for those wanting to downsize or simplify their lives for financial or environmental reasons, there's another population benefiting from the small-dwelling movement: the homeless.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Nix the neutrals: Make a new home your own

When selling a house, the mantra for most is neutral, neutral, neutral. To help potential new owners envision themselves moving in, real estate experts remind sellers to de-personalize their homes. That means removing family photos and mementos and replacing favorite color schemes with more vanilla shades and hues. So as a new homeowner, how do you begin to de-neutralize your new house to make it your new home?

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices dip for second straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices fell for the second straight month in December as brutally cold weather, tight supply and higher costs slowed sales.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Solid new-home sales lift hopes for housing market

WASHINGTON (AP) - A surprisingly strong pace of new-home sales last month has boosted hopes that the spring buying season will be solid enough to lift the overall economy.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate reaches 4.37 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose for a third straight week as new data showed a surprisingly strong pace of new-home sales last month. Rates still remain near historically low levels.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Freddie Mac posts $8.6B profit in 4Q

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage giant Freddie Mac posted net income of $8.6 billion for the October through December period, its ninth straight profitable quarter. Earnings were boosted by the continued rise in home prices, which reduced the amounts the company had to set aside to cover losses on mortgages.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Oscar horse race to be a photo finish

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many of the winners who will take home an Oscar on Sunday have long been forecast, their triumph made seemingly self-evident after months of anticipation. That is, except for one little category: best picture.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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