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Greener decorating for your outdoor living deck and patio

Outdoor living spaces cry out for an eco-friendly touch. Whether you're adding a patio, updating a deck or livening up your landscaping, the last thing you want to do is harm the environment. Greener decorating and building practices can help you protect and pay homage to Mother Nature while creating a space where you'll enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Home price gains bring sellers off the sidelines

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Robert and Emerald Oravec were itching to sell their condominium late last year to move closer to a favorite surfing spot, but they were stuck. They owed the bank $194,000 and figured the most they could get was $180,000.

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Rate on 30-year loan falls to 4.29 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week after last week's surge. The declines could prompt homebuyers to act quickly before rates rise further.

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Prices rise 12.2% in May, biggest jump in 7 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices jumped 12.2 percent in May from a year ago, the most in seven years. The increase suggests the housing recovery is strengthening.

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Tiff over mortgage insurance refund

Q: My husband and I purchased a home in October of 2010 using an FHA mortgage through Bank of America. We had a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with a PMI requiring "up-front" money of $4,635.61 and a monthly premium. Luckily we were able to sell our previous home which was mortgage free and, together with savings, paid off this mortgage in February 2013 - about 28 months into the 30-year commitment. Looking at the FHA/HUD website it states that a refund of some of the premium money is available if the following three criteria are met:

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Construction spending up 0.5% n May

WASHINGTON (AP) - Spending on residential housing rose in May to the highest level in 4½ years, helping to send overall construction spending higher despite a big drop in nonresidential activity.

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Rylan Tinsley of the Weston Ranch Major All Stars beats the throw to Trent Prokes on Wednesday in a

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government said Monday that it has received $66.3 billion in dividend payments from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after both reported stronger earnings at the start of the year.

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Oakwood Shores obtains $9.4M construction loan

Sabal Financial Group, a diversified financial services firm specializing in real estate, lending and banking, has closed a construction loan in the amount of $9.4 million for Manteca's gated Oakwood Shores community.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Home prices will again reach 2006 levels

If the gains of the past 12 months in housing prices throughout the 209 region occurred prior to 2006, there would be dancing in the streets.

June 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Home prices rise in April by most in 7 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices jumped 12.1 percent in April from a year ago, the most since March 2006. More buyers and a limited supply of available homes have lifted prices in most cities across the country, a sign of a broad-based housing recovery.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Mortgage rates jump to 2-year high of 4.46% adding thousands to cost of buying home

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. mortgage rates have suddenly jumped from near-record lows and are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of buying a home.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Signed contracts for buying existing homes at 6-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people who signed contracts to buy U.S. homes jumped in May to the highest level in more than six years, a sign home sales will probably rise in the months ahead.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

How can lender dictate commission agreeement?

Q: I am a real estate lawyer in practice for over 36 years and in the last three months encountered a new situation for which I find troubling. Both closings I conducted were lot purchases as part of a construction/perm loan. In both cases the realtors were to split a 10% commission. The lenders were not the same. The lenders, citing a fed regulation said the commission could not exceed 8%. How can a lender dictate the commission agreed to by the seller and realtors neither of whom have any relationship with the lenders? Hal.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

New home sales hit fastest pace in 5 years; up 2.1% from April

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of new homes rose in May to the fastest pace in five years, a solid gain that added to signs of a steadily improving housing market.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

What’s the deal with ‘Coming Soon’ signs?

Boys: And I start with just 'boys' to see if you both are men enough to put my letter in print. Here goes my question for you... I have seen over the last few years different real estate signs in front of homes that say "COMING SOON" and very often never see a real "FOR SALE" sign go up. Honestly, I very seldom, if ever, thought much about the coming soon until my husband and I recently began searching for a home to buy. We saw a coming soon sign in a neighborhood in which we have always wanted to ...

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

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Plan for futuristic communities opposed

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The utopic communities envisioned by a wealthy Mormon businessman near religious landmarks in Utah and Vermont would feature small homes clustered ...

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Should you keep renting or buy a house?

"Ask Brianna" from NerdWallet is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. I'm here to help you manage your money ...


30-year rate unchanged at 3.43%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Long-term U.S. mortgage rates didn't budge this week, remaining at historically low levels that continue to lure prospective home buyers.

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Bring style to your closet

Closet designer may not be a title on your resume, but deep down you may find talents you never knew existed. Whether you are laying ...

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

New-home sales climb to best level since late 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low ...

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Sales fall amid inventory shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) - US homebuyers pulled back in July, as sales declined amid a shortage of available properties and steadily rising prices.

August 25, 2016 | | HOME SCENE

Bank goes after borrower after foreclosed house sold

Q: My home was recently foreclosed upon. The bank claimed I owed $375,000 on the day of the foreclosure, but the bank was the ...

August 25, 2016 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE

Buying after a bankruptcy or a foreclosure

Hey Real Estate Boys! How goes it on this bright and cheeriest of days? There is no such thing as a bad Saturday in my ...

August 25, 2016 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


When tiny houses first became popular, they seemed to be geared towards people who were looking to shed some of the glitz and glamour of ...

August 25, 2016 | CAMILLE MOORE | HOME SCENE


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