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Affordable upgrades can give your home a stylish new look

Sure, kitchen and bath renovations get all the glamour and credit for offering high returns on your investment when it's time to sell your home. But a host of other, often-overlooked improvements can also offer great ROI - while completely changing the look of your home at a fraction of the cost of bigger projects.

January 10, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Are safety upgrades repairs or improvements?

DEAR BENNY: Is the definition of "capital improvement" something that increases the actual value of the house, even if it may not trigger a change in taxes, or must it be taxable?

January 10, 2013 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE

Manteca rebound in home prices is stronger than in SF

Here's a shocker.

January 03, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Rate on 30-year mortgage slips down to 3.34 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages moved closer to their record lows this week, a trend that has made home buying more affordable and helped sustain a housing recovery.

January 03, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Pending home sales rise to highest level in 2½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) - A measure of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes increased last month to its highest level in two and a half years, the latest sign of improvement in the once-battered housing market.

January 03, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Cypress siding provides a natural choice to enhance today's homes

Across the country, cypress siding is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners who are looking to add value, durability, and a lifetime of good looks to their homes.

January 03, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Name on the sales contract, but not the deed

DEAR BENNY: Some time ago I entered into a sales contract with my then-fiancee to buy a house. Both our names (hers was in her maiden name) were on the sales contract, which we both signed. I turned over my half of the down payment, we went to closing and we owned the house (or so I thought). Some time after that I learned that the deed was in her name only. I went to the closing attorney who told me I didn't own anything (the house).

January 03, 2013 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE

The days of rock-bottom affordability are gone

It's a mad, mad, mad, mad housing market.

December 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Tips for choosing the right water heater

If all is working well, most homeowners put little thought into their water heater. But when this critical appliance fails, it can be a nightmare that halts a home's productivity completely. With no hot water for washing dishes and clothes - let alone for bathing - homeowners are left scrambling to find a new water heater as fast as possible.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Protecting condo funds from embezzlement

DEAR BENNY: I have just been elected president of my 200-unit condominium association and have heard that some property managers throughout the country have embezzled association funds. How can we protect ourselves and our money? --Fred

December 20, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE

Housing starts slowed to 861,000 in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in November after starting work in October at the fastest pace in four years. Superstorm Sandy likely slowed starts in the Northeast.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

Mortgage rates rise; still near record lows

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average rates on U.S. fixed mortgages rose this week but remained near record lows, a trend that is leading more Americans to buy homes or refinance their loans.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

American hardwood millwork transforms an aging room into a dazzling showcase

Looking for a simple, inexpensive way to turn an aging family room into a dazzling showcase? Inspired design professionals will tell you one of the most popular and cost-effective ways to transform a plain space into a room with sizzle is to adorn it with millwork crafted from American hardwoods.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

How to truly make your patio an extension of your home

If you're like many homeowners, you consider the patio an extension of your home. So it's fair to ask: Would you be just as comfortable nestled in with your favorite book or preparing a meal in your outdoor space as you would in your living room or your kitchen? As you contemplate ways to improve your outdoor area, think about projects that can both extend the hours you spend outside and make the time you spend there more relaxing.

December 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE

It may be worth your time to see if you can lower your tax bill

There are three ways you can possibly lower your property tax bill, two of which can be accomplished without investing even an hour of your time.

December 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | 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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