The Manteca housing gods must be crazy.
Don't look now but the clock is ticking on the most affordable housing era in post World War II Manteca history.
Out-of-state investors who have savvy are treating Manteca foreclosures as the deals of the century.
The Cherry Lane condos are on the verge of making Manteca history.
Rents for Manteca homes have dropped 15 to 20 percent across-the-board since the start of the year.
The countdown has started.
Four years ago this month only one home sold for less than $300,000 in Manteca.
Fifteen years ago, the average home on the resale market in Manteca closed escrow at $125,000. It was $390,000 in 2005. The market peaked at $413,000 in 2006. Today the average closing price in the Manteca resale market is $178,044.
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.
Tired of looking at homes in less-than-move-in condition?
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.
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?
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.
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.
Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative and new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations.
Homes priced under $304,000 that are ready-to-move-in and don't require major work such as new roofs, kitchen upgrades or bathroom repairs are moving relatively briskly in Manteca.
Wood may be known for its timeless visual appeal, but there's nothing static about the way people showcase it in American homes. Designers, homeowners and DIYers are re-discovering the warmth and beauty of wood. From inventive new uses to re-interpretations of existing styles, they're finding creative ways to use wood throughout the home.
Let's face it - life is busy. And one of the byproducts of a busy life is a cluttered house. With piles of paper coming home from school and toys creating obstacle courses in the family room, parents may wonder how they'll ever take back control of the house. A few experts share their ideas for doing just that.
From genteel porches in the East to sleek, seaside balconies in the West, the popularity of outdoor living spaces is poised for significant growth from coast to coast with industry analysts predicting it will be a $5.7 billion market by 2016. Reinforcing these projections, 63 percent of architects cite an outdoor living space as the most popular "special function room" in housing construction, according to the American Institute of Architects. What's more, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association reports that homebuilders list decks among the top three features most requested with new home buys.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose in March, but the gains are decelerating as fewer Americans can afford to buy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of U.S. new homes recovered in April after slumping in the previous two months. But Americans are still buying new homes at a slower pace than they did a year ago.