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Sales contracts for homes dropped in April

WASHINGTON (AP) - A gauge of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in April from nearly a two-year high in the previous month.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Curb appeal via outdoor painting projects

Summer is finally here, and with warmer temperatures and longer days, it's the perfect time to brighten up your home with a few outdoor painting projects. You can add the right amount of color and increase your curb appeal in just one weekend, leaving you the rest of the season to enjoy the finished product.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Sales of foreclosure homes rose in 1Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Homes in some stage of the foreclosure process saw their share of overall U.S. home sales grow in the first quarter even as sales of bank-owned homes fell.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Federal flood insurance gets 60-day extension

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has given itself two more months to come up with long-term solutions for the debt-burdened federal program that provides insurance for homes and businesses in areas subject to flooding.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Understanding ‘stepped-down’ tax basis

DEAR BENNY: You frequently write about the stepped-up basis when a property is inherited. In today's market, however, you may find the reverse situation.

May 31, 2012 | By Benny L. Kass Inman News | HOME SCENE


Our love affair with wood

Wood is one of the oldest building materials we know, and one of the most beloved. It's a love affair that has lasted - like hardwood itself - through the centuries, from the log cabins of earliest America into the early 21st century.

May 31, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Add tasty edible plants to your landscape

Window boxes overflowing with blooms, decorative pots lining the driveway with striking colors, and even a flowering vine climbing up the mailbox - the growing season have arrived, and it is time to decorate the landscape.

May 25, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Some foreclosed homes going for dirt-cheap prices

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Foreclosed homes typically sell cheap, but just how cheap is surprising some buyers in the St. Louis area.

May 25, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Researcher: Plant 'remembers,' adapts to survive in dry time

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - No one's talking about giving intelligence tests, but researchers say they've shown that plants have smarts - the sort needed to help them survive dry times.

May 25, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Upgrade your outdoor space, increase home’s value

Whether you are looking for a way to increase the marketability of your home, or simply looking for a way to make your outdoor space more enjoyable, a deck remodel adds living space to your home and value to your house. And if you start your project now, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy it during the warmer months.

May 24, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Liven up your home with color

The summer months are all about color. From flowers in bloom to vibrant beach towels and colorful dresses, summer brings with it a multitude of hues. As you look around, you might start to feel like your home is a little, well, blah. If so, just adding a little pop of color into your home can help.

May 24, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate falls to record 3.78 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. rate for the 30-year fixed mortgage fell to a record low for a fourth straight week. Cheap mortgages have helped boost home sales modestly this year.

May 24, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Court: Families cannot sue over loan discount fee on Quicken loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that three families cannot sue a mortgage company for allegedly charging them a loan discount fee without giving them a lower interest rate.

May 24, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Home sales up across the country, hopeful sign

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are buying more homes in every region of the country, the latest indication that the housing market could be on the mend.

May 24, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


How not to get rid of a time share

DEAR READERS: I frequently receive questions about how to get rid of a time share. I must admit that my response thus far has been less than satisfactory. I once suggested that the time share be donated to a church or a synagogue, but several priests wrote and asked that I stop making that recommendation, because the religious groups don't want the expense or the headaches of ownership.

May 24, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | 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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