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Homeowners split on privacy for the throne

PALO ALTO - Master baths top most homeowners' lists and four in ten will be skipping the tub (43 percent), according to the Winter Houzz Bathroom Remodeling Survey of more than 7,500 Houzz users who are in the midst of, or are planning, a bathroom remodel. Houzz ( ), the world's leading platform for home remodeling and design.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Architects struggle to giveaway Sears house

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Another buyer might not have flinched at the idea of demolishing the tiny 1920s house in Lyon Park, with its two bedrooms, single bathroom and basement built for dwarves.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Average rate on 30-year fixed mortgage at 4.51 %

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages barely changed this week, hovering near historically low levels.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Home prices tick up 0.1% in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices barely rose in November from the previous month and year-over-year gains slowed, reflecting declines in sales in the fall.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

The value of home inspections

(BPT) - While giving a new $900,000 home a thorough going-over, Salt Lake City home inspector Kurt Salomon found a problem under the deck. The builder had cut corners, using the wrong kind of fasteners to secure the deck to the house. Yet, the municipal building official had approved the work.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Simple steps to paint like a pro

The difference between a professional paint job and a do-it-yourself job that looks like a pro painted it is surprisingly simple. As the old adage goes, the devil's in the details. If you want that professional look while maintaining your DIY pride - and checkbook - take the time and effort to pay attention to often overlooked details.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Four simple tips for designing an on-trend home for 2014

The new year will usher in a new era of home decor by welcoming an "anything goes" attitude as designers mix old with new; DIY and high-end; as well as rustic and sleek to create eclectic, one-of-a-kind looks that are just as personal to the homeowner as they are unique.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Making your home a bit more personal

With so many TV shows, publications, websites and social networks focusing on home design, gathering expert tips and real-world inspirations to make over your home is easier than ever. Use these sources of inspiration and ideas as a starting point, and inject personality by adding layers to the space with individual touches that will truly make it your own.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Seeks escrow snafu advice

Q: I am at my wit's end. This is a long story so please bear with me. (Note:For brevity sake, I am summarizing.) Peter appealed his real estate tax assessment but first the County got it wrong and then his lender compounded the problem with yet another error. His lender has calculated last year's monthly escrow payment and Peter believes it is wrong. As Peter wrote me: "Knowing there would be a shortage if I paid the lower payment, every month since March , I have over paid my mortgage by at least $100 and specifically requested it ...

December 27, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE

What can I do about noisy, rude neighbors?

Ho, Ho, Ho to the Real Estate Boys; We are sort of hoping we might be the Christmas letter of the year, just like Time's person of the year. In fact, we sent Time your names for people of the year, keep your fingers crossed, Guys. OK, enough small talk. Our question is about neighbors who allow dogs to bark all day, rev their motor cycles early in the morning, 6:30 a.m., and sometimes late in the evening; neighbors who have tree branches that drop leaves and sap into my pool - basically, rude neighbors in general. Is ...

December 27, 2013 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE

Mortgage applications tumble to a 13-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans applying for mortgages has fallen 63 percent since a May peak, reflecting a cooling housing market and higher borrowing rates.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Construction hits highest pace in 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders broke ground on homes at the fastest pace in more than five years, strong evidence that the housing recovery is accelerating despite higher mortgage rates.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Sales of new homes slips 2.1 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - New-home sales dipped in November, but the government released more positive figures for the previous three months, a sign that housing may be regaining strength after a summer lull.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

30-year mortgage rises to 4.48 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages crept higher this week but remained low by historical standards.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Cypress: Best kept secret for exterior

Unique versatility, unrivaled durability, breathtaking beauty - all are qualities that have made cypress a longtime favorite building material in the coastal regions of the South. But the secret about cypress is out, and homeowners across the country are acknowledging its virtues for upgrading their homes' curb appeal and outdoor living spaces.

December 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

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EPA pushes for ‘smart themostats’ to limit pollution

CHICAGO (AP) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made an impassioned push Thursday for homeowners to adopt Wi-Fi-enabled "smart thermostats" as a ...

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Average rate on 30-year mortgages falls to 3.76%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell sharply this week amid concern over a labor market that has shown recent signs of weakness.

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Q: I have a mortgage balance of approx. $170,000, but the estimated market value of my home is $67,000 to $75,000. The ...

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Sparks braces for Tesla housing boom

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Not since the Southern Pacific railroad rolled into this sleepy high desert town in Nevada more than a century ago has there ...

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

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