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Designing your home office for maximum comfort & productivity

There's no doubt that we're a connected society - and connected like never before through email, social networks, video conference technology, instant messaging, smart phones, the list goes on. While this influx in connectivity has made it easier to do business, it has also blurred the lines between work and home life, resulting with many of us working in our homes at least a few hours each week. If your kitchen countertop has become your go-to place for paying bills, responding to emails and conducting business, it may be time to consider adding a dedicated office space in your ...

March 22, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Five easy spring cleaning tips

Spring is here, which means one thing: it's time to get your home in tip-top shape. By completing a few easy tasks, you can spend more time soaking up the sun and less time on interior projects. Here are five ways to spruce up your home this spring to prepare for a relaxing summer - and give your home that "spring cleaning" feel without spending the entire spring, well, cleaning.

March 15, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Some states saw spike in foreclosures

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Foreclosure activity surged last month across about half of the nation's states, as banks tackled a backlog of homes with mortgages that had gone unpaid yet remained in limbo due to delays stemming from foreclosure-abuse claims.

March 15, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Program helps people become homeowners

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Single mother Melissa Davis used to live in public housing but dreamed of owning her own home.

March 15, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year loan rises to 3.92%

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average rate in the U.S. on the 30-year fixed mortgage hovered near historic lows this week, making home-buying and refinancing more attractive to those who can qualify.

March 15, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Changes in the housing Changes in the housing market

Last week I talked about how I am seeing more "for sale" signs coming out on properties in my area. Reports around the country are similar to mine and it appears that homeowners who have been waiting to sell, are beginning to believe that the market is turning and that now is time to test the waters.

March 15, 2012 | By DEBORAH ROMERO Special to the Bulletin | HOME SCENE


Must-knows before selling home to daughter

DEAR BENNY: I own two properties and would like to sell my current residence to my daughter and her husband, and move into the other. Its assessed tax value is about $150,000, but I'd like to sell it to them for about $200,000 interest-free. Both my houses are paid off so I don't need any down payment from them.

March 15, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Bank of America to reduce loans for 200K homeowners

NEW YORK (AP) - Bank of America is providing mortgage relief to about 200,000 homeowners.

March 15, 2012 | The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


Home improvements that pay off big

It's beautiful outside and the last thing you want to do is spend all of your spare time working on your home when you could be playing or spending time with loved ones.

March 15, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year mortgage still a bargain dipping to 3.88 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fixed-rate mortgages remain a bargain at the start of the spring-buying season: The average rate on the 30-year mortgage dipped this week, while the 15-year loan fell to a new record low.

March 08, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Woodside Homes begins spring fling bonus event

Woodside Homes celebrated the start of its Spring Fling Bonus sales event last weekend, giving buyers their choice of five valuable move-in bonuses with the purchase of a new home.

March 08, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Home-readiness tips for sports fans

As the weather gets warmer, fans anxiously wait for their favorite sport to take center stage. College basketball fans fill out their brackets, golfers dust off their clubs and dream about green jackets, baseball diamonds are prepped for opening day and the professional basketball playoff run starts heating up.

March 08, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Obama unveils another housing plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is aiming mortgage relief at members of the military as well as homeowners with government-insured loans, the administration's latest efforts to address a persistent housing crisis.

March 08, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Q&A on administration's latest mortgage-aid plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is offering some relief to homeowners who have government-backed mortgages. Under a program President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday, the government would cut the fees it charges to insure those borrowers.

March 08, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


The bottom line: It is a good time to jump into market

The European Debt crisis has been noticeably absent from the news this week. No the crisis is not solved…however it does seem like the imminent reports of a Greek debt default have gone away. The stock market investors don't know what to do with themselves. The market continues to trade within a very narrow range. Gas prices are hurting at the pump but not enough to really have consumers changing their spending habits.

March 08, 2012 | By DEBORAH ROMERO Special to the Bulletin | HOME SCENE


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Give your home a checkup

There's no better time than now to give your home the attention it deserves. Give it an annual checkup before cold weather arrives to help add comfort, save energy and cut home maintenance in the long-run.

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Year-over-year: Price gains slowing

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose in June by the smallest year-over-year amount in 20 months, slowed by modest sales and more properties coming on the market.

August 08, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


HOME PRICE TSUNAMI

Median home prices in San Jose are at $720,600.

August 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Fresh ideas for summer alfresco entertaining

Warm days are calling, as summer traditionally kicks off the outdoor entertaining season. But this year, tradition takes a new direction. More hosts are breaking the boundaries of indoor versus outdoor entertaining. Gone are the paper plates and plastic cups. Instead, people are daring to take their dinnerware outside.

August 01, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Handcrafted items speak to soul with unique appeal

The quilt handed down through generations, the turn-of-the-century wooden rocking chair made by a long-gone relative, hand-stitched samplers that have graced every home your family has lived in - handcrafted items simply speak to the soul. In today's society, when we're surrounded by technology and homogenous machine-made items from clothes to curtains, handcrafting imparts a human, customized quality to home decor.

August 01, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Fresh ideas for summer alfresco entertaining

Warm days are calling, as summer traditionally kicks off the outdoor entertaining season. But this year, tradition takes a new direction. More hosts are breaking the boundaries of indoor versus outdoor entertaining. Gone are the paper plates and plastic cups. Instead, people are daring to take their dinnerware outside.

August 01, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Reasons to love your lawn & why you should take care of it

As summer approaches and your thoughts turn to home improvement and the outdoors, you're probably considering a variety of ways to make your home more comfortable, more attractive and more environmentally sustainable - while hopefully increasing its value as well. One feature that can achieve all these goals is a healthy lawn.

August 01, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Senior citizens share homes for cost saving plus companionship

NEW YORK (AP) - It's not exactly "The Golden Girls," but for Marcia Rosenfeld, it'll do.

August 01, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage at 4.12%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. mortgage rates declined slightly this week, hovering near their lows for the year.

August 01, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


LOOK IN LATHROP

Homes that qualify for FHA mortgages are in high demand.

July 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Revive the charm of mid- century modern design

Mid-century modern inspiration draws from the 1940s through the 1960s, a twenty-year span when design was sleek, elegant and functional. Although the style originated more than 70 years ago, this trend has resurfaced with a fresh revival.

July 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Lawn mower accessories help you get landscaping jobs done

Efficiency is the name of the game these days. At the office it comes into play in processing work quickly and at a lower cost. At home, efficiency means being able to get the household and landscaping chores done so you can spend time with the family.

July 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


To stack TVs & fireplaces? That is the great debate

When choosing a focal point for a room, designers and homeowners alike often plan for a single feature - windows, TVs, artwork, or fireplaces - to take center stage. However, the explosion of flat screen TVs for every room in the home has created a debate - can you really have more than one focal point?

July 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Laying a good foundation for improvement success

You've probably heard the saying: "Your home is your castle." But if your current home - or the home you're thinking of buying -feels more like the servant's quarters than the royal palace, you may need to plan a renovation. At times like these it's easy to give in to your excitement and get the project moving forward, but take a moment to plan your overall strategy. You'll find that, much like your future castle, your renovation project will benefit from a solid foundation.

July 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate at 4.13%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates were stable to slightly higher this week, remaining near their lows for the year.

July 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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