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The new Manteca numbers game

Now that it is clear the tsunami known as the mortgage meltdown has swept through the Manteca housing market it is safe to start thinking about long-term recovery.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Ready to move in home for $147,000

Tired of looking at homes in less-than-move-in condition?

October 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The bottom of the Manteca market

You can own your own home in Manteca for less than $550 a month and not have to sink a lot of money into the foreclosure you're buying.

September 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


A home’s value versus its worth

Why, the reader asked in an e-mail, are you still in your home if you paid $189,900 for it in March 2008 and the assessor says it is worth only $102,000 as of Jan. 1, 2009?

September 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Has bottom arrived in Manteca?

Two years ago this month there was a record 625 resale homes available in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon. Of those, more than 250 were foreclosures including almost 180 in Manteca.

September 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Mobile homes offer another housing option

Four years ago it wasn't unusual for a mobile home in a park like Manteca's El Rancho Estates to sell for $180,000.

September 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


No one said it would be easy

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

August 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The $101,000 home vs. $176,250 home

The median resale price of a home today in Manteca is $176,250.

August 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Buying a home on $9.60 an hour

Are you making at least $9.60 an hour at a 40-hour-a-week job to generate a gross annual income of $20,000?

August 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


It’s weird time for resale market

Buyers are coming over the Altamont Pass again.

August 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The new reality

There are those who are still in denial that their homes are no longer the equivalent of a Bureau of Engraving printing press.

July 31, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Montage solar expo & grand opening

Some of the most energy efficient homes in the Central Valley are now being built in Manteca.

July 24, 2009 | Staff reports of the Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin | HOME SCENE


2009 wages & 1997 prices

The South County real estate market is beginning to look more and more like a bad sequel to the 1963 treasure hunt farce entitled "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World."

July 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Keys for cash: Play poker at your own risk

"Keys for cash" may sound like a game or a big money giveaway but it isn't.

July 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Two homes, 14 acres for $1.999 million

If you're looking for a country spread that is out of the future path of urban development yet within 10 minutes of amenities by a quick, smooth drive you may find it some seven miles south of Manteca.

July 10, 2009 | 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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