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Ayon joins Medallion in Manteca as part of new home sales team

Lory Ayon has joined the sales team at Medallion in Manteca by K. Hovnanian Homes. In the new position, she will utilize her extensive experience in real estate sales and loan origination to assist prospective buyers with their new home purchases.

February 26, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Navigating a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure

DEAR BENNY: My friend and I would appreciate knowing how to go about initiating a "deed-in-lieu of foreclosure."

February 26, 2011 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


Bringing home a 3-D TV? What you should know before you buy

Everyone, it seems, is eager for 3-D. It's a fad that's had its heyday more than once in pop culture, but this time all signs point to 3-D finding staying power in American theaters and homes. If you have any doubt that 3-D is hot, consider the fact that more than 100 movies - from children's animated films to big-budget sci-fi offerings - were released in 3-D in theaters and on DVD in 2009 and 2010. And weigh the fact that nearly every major TV-maker has at least one 3-D set on the market.

February 26, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Expert tips for choosing the right fountain

Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon spent many years and covered many miles searching for the fabled "fountain of youth." Fortunately, you don't have to go to those lengths to find a special fountain that will transform your backyard into a private oasis. You only need to make a trip to the local garden store.

February 26, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Updating classic California flat-top

Home Depot for close to a month became my home away from home.

February 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Affordability drops slightly in Manteca housing market

Manteca is bucking the national trend ever so slightly when it comes to housing affordability.

February 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Manteca on pace to sell 1,026 homes during 2011

Manteca is on pace for a fourth straight year of 1,000-plus existing homes exchanging hands.

February 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Classy looks spur steady sales

Union Ranch is a unique neighborhood for many reasons.

January 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Free classes address credit issues, needs of first-time home buyers

Knowledge is the key to home ownership.

January 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Valley Blossom a big hit

Valley Blossom is showcasing the completion of its newest model homes this weekend.

January 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Manteca builder showcasing energy-efficiency

For several years, K. Hovnanian Homes has responded to its customers with higher levels of energy-efficiency and green technology in new homes. The builder has been a proactive force in the industry, pursuing new research, pushing initiatives and educating homeowners about living energy-efficient and earth-friendly lifestyles.

January 08, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Transfer ownership without tax bite?

DEAR BENNY: If I buy a house outright for my aunt for $459,900 (fair market value), what is the best way for me to transfer ownership to her without tax consequences? I know that the gift tax exclusion is now $13,000. I'm not married and neither is my aunt.

January 08, 2011 | by Benny L. Kass Inman News | HOME SCENE


Creating versatile living spaces for today’s families

With the active and bustling lifestyle families lead, it is no surprise that they frequently change the way they interact with, and in, their living spaces. Different stages of life call for different living spaces. Most homes are not equipped to offer this versatility. Outfitted with traditional swinging doors that squander space, standard-width doorways offer limited accessibility and restrictive living areas.

January 08, 2011 | | HOME SCENE


Three years & counting

Three years into the great foreclosure meltdown and people are still wondering whether it is worth the risk of buying a home as they have fears over the future being uncertain.

January 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Underwater? Not a big deal unless you are treading water

Home prices aren't going to go up again.

December 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | 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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