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Homeowner seeks FHA rebate advice

QUESTION: My husband and I purchased a home in October 2010 using a Federal Housing Administration mortgage through Bank of America. We had a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with a private mortgage insurance 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. The FHA/HUD website states that a refund of some of the premium money is available if the following three criteria are met:

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Builders start work on fewer homes

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders started work on fewer homes in June, mostly because apartment construction fell sharply. But applications for permits to build single-family houses rose to the highest level in five years, suggesting the housing recovery will continue.

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Cool your home & save cold cash

Home cooling costs rise with the temperature, making many homeowners dread the arrival of their monthly electric bill during the good ol' summertime. Fortunately, with a few simple strategies, it's easy to cut down on cooling costs so you can enjoy summer, even through record-high temperatures.

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Just how much cash do I need to buy a house?

Hey Real Estate Boys: My husband and I are thinking of jumping into the housing market and have a question about the costs of the purchase. My husband says the down payment is just that, the down payment. OK, then what other associated costs are there for us to consider? We have yet to meet with a lender and have not even thought of looking at homes, but we sure would love to own rather than rent. We both work and have saved up what we consider a tidy sum of money. Our hope is to buy something at about ...

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Flood insurance changes hit resistance, face delay in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing higher federal flood insurance premiums under reforms passed last year would win a temporary one-year reprieve under a measure that began its advance through the Senate on Tuesday.

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


RealtyTrac: Home repossessions declined in June to lowest level in nearly 8 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homes entered the foreclosure process or were repossessed by banks in June, the latest sign that the nation is shaking off its housing bust hangover.

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Homebuilder confidence, sales outlook soar to seven-year high

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about their home sales prospects than they have in more than seven years, a trend that suggests home construction will accelerate in coming months.

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


FIX IT FOR FALL

Autumn is on the way, so don't fall behind on your seasonal home repairs checklist. It pays to know which renovations to tackle now, which repairs can wait until next season, and what preventative measures can help you avoid large-scale, costly repairs.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Green ways to make sun work for you

When summer sun has you slathering on sunscreen and retreating indoors to air-conditioned rooms, it's easy to forget the winter doldrums that made you eagerly anticipate sunshine and warm temperatures. Winter snow and dreary days seem far away, and you find yourself craving a respite from too much sun.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Easier mortgage processes inspires renters to buy

Owning a home has been an integral element of the American Dream for generations. But is ownership right for you? And if it is, how do you know if it's the right time in your life to purchase a home?

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


RealtyTrac: Home repos down in June

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homes entered the foreclosure process or were repossessed by banks in June, the latest sign that the nation is shaking off its housing bust hangover.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Bathroom becomes at-home spa

Today's bathrooms are evolving into relaxing rooms with many benefits of a spa. Whether remodeling an existing bathroom or building a new one, nature-themed trends add comfort and style.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Pay PMI provider $1K to fast-track approval?

DEAR BENNY: In a recent column you mentioned that the government in some cases is offering $1,500 to homeowners who turn over their keys and accept a deed-in-lieu instead of going through foreclosure. I can see where this is advantageous to all parties involved. How does one find out about this program?

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Green renovations that don’t skimp on style, luxury

Elegant, planet-friendly bathrooms continue to be a hot trend in home building and renovation. Bath products that respect and celebrate water have become trendier and more satisfying, proving that homeowners don't need to sacrifice comfort, beauty and luxury in order to do something good for the environment.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Viking becoming own distributor

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - A Viking Range Corp. official says the high-end kitchen appliance manufacturer has become its own distributor to create closer ties to its dealers.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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Articles by Section - HOME SCENE


Have the smartest bathroom in town

Smart technology has found a place in virtually every room in the home, even the one where we take care of our most low-tech needs ...

August 11, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


How affordable housing can chip away at residential segregation

Though the low-income housing tax credit could land on the chopping block, it's probably safe due to its history of bipartisan support. Along with ...

August 11, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


Tips for tackling DIY deck project

While planning a new outdoor living space can be overwhelming, chances are there's a home improvement retailer nearby that offers an abundance of resources ...

August 11, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


Complaining about home prices . . .

Good morning Saturday readers. Larry and Lloyd thought they'd have a little fun today by showing our readers how lucky we all are to ...

July 14, 2017 | The Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


TRANSFORM YOUR HOME

Summertime isn't just for vacations or weekends at the cabin. Summer weekends - with longer days - are ideal opportunities for quick and inexpensive DIY projects ...

July 14, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


Making wise decisions on big purchases

Are you planning an upcoming home improvement? If so, you are not alone.

July 14, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


Prop 13 & affordable housing

What goes down must come up.

July 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Higher prices squeezing both renters & would- be homeowners

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A diminished supply of available homes is swelling prices in large U.S. metro areas from New York to Miami to Los ...

June 23, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


WATER USE & THE HOME

Cooking dinner, washing dishes, showering and flushing toilets - these are daily activities for most Americans. If you did any of these in the last 24 ...

June 23, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


A VISION FOR AFFORDABLITY

Drive Highway 99 north through Stockton and you'll change any preconceived notions you may have about affordable housing.

June 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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