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The high cost of fence sitting

The waiting game is about to become expensive

March 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Home buying: Back to the future

Twenty-one years ago they bought a house in the custom East Manteca neighborhood of Spring Meadows for $210,000.

March 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Fence sitters can learn from history

Six years ago this summer a bidding war was underway to buy the models of the popular east Manteca custom neighborhood known as Meadowlands located to the north of Joshua Cowell School.

March 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Bay Area investors may ultimately help push up Manteca housing prices

Bay Area housing prices may once again impact future trends in Manteca values.

February 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Typical payment drops $2,500 a month

The first-time homebuyer story of four years ago in Manteca now seems like ancient history.

February 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Buyers of homes with deep value cuts will reap tax advantages for years to come

Call it the Darwin Proposition 13 effect.

February 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Tale of two Manteca houses

There is still no rhyme or reason to the Manteca housing market as it enters the third year of full-scale foreclosure frenzy.

February 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The case for a $10,000 California tax credit for homebuyers

The best way to keep California's housing construction pulse from straight-lining might just be Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal for reviving and expanding the $10,000 state home buyer's tax credit.

February 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


So is this the bottom?

Are things leveling out in the Manteca housing market?

February 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


What goes down must come up

The typical transaction involving an existing home closing escrow in Manteca is flat – for now.

January 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Move-up buyers now selling

More and more owner occupied homes that are not under duress are making their way to market.

January 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


FHA suspending 90-day rule for mortgages

Finally there is some relief coming for those first-time buyers battling investors for foreclosures.

January 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Real Estate Believe it or Not

What a strange long year it's been.

January 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


When renting makes more sense

A household with two full-time workers each making minimum wage - $8 an hour – could afford to buy a $115,000 home if they have no other debt load and have the means to come up with $6,000 or so for down payment and closing costs.

December 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


It’s a mad, mad, mad market

The Manteca housing gods must be crazy.

December 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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Contracts to buy homes rise in July

WASHINGTON (AP) - More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, a sign that buying has improved as mortgage rates have slipped, the number of listings has risen and the rate of price increases has slowed.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


4 steps for garage organization

Organizing the garage may be one of the most feared tasks in household history. According to a recent Gladiator GarageWorks survey, nearly three out of four households can only park one car in their two-car garage, illustrating the need for a serious garage intervention.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate at 4.1 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average 30-year U.S. mortgage rate remained at a 52-week low of 4.10 this week.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average home price gains slows in June

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices increased at a slower pace in June - a cooldown that could continue for several more months.

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Room-to-room home additions

Add quality and comfort to your favorite rooms

August 29, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


UNDER $230,000

The under $230,000 market when it comes to nicer resale homes is almost history once again in Manteca.

August 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Overcome challenges with raised beds and planters

Small yards, city dwelling or soil that's sandy, rocky or full of clay - it seems no obstacles can keep Americans from the joys of gardening. More than 78 million U.S. households grow gardens, according to the Garden Writers Association Foundation, and many of them don't have optimal conditions to plant their gardens in the ground. When space constraints or soil conditions make traditional gardens impossible or inconvenient, gardeners turn to raised beds and planter boxes to grow the vegetables, herbs and flowers they crave.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Decor through the decades: Kitchen, bath design evolves

Remember when brass fixtures and mauve countertops were all the rage in kitchen design? How about the days of shag carpet (yes, in the bathroom) and avocado tile? Fortunately, those particular trends have come and gone. And, whether you embraced them or not, they did have an influence on the space you live in right now. Take a look through the decades to see how decor styles have evolved into the modern kitchens and bathrooms of today.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Improvements boost safety, comfort and value of home

Home improvement season is in full swing, and homeowners across the country are deciding which projects to tackle this year. By taking a strategic approach to selecting home improvements, you can go beyond adding value to your property - you can also boost your comfort and safety as well.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Housing recovery picking up steam

WASHINGTON (AP) - A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home renovation starts with good planning, good insurance

The United States is a country of renovators and remodelers, judging from the steady growth of home improvement projects across the nation in recent years.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year rate on fixed rate mortgage at 4.10 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, with the 30-year loan rate hitting its 52-week low.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Late-payment rate on mortgages declines in 2Q, lowest in 6 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homeowners are falling behind on their mortgage payments, a trend that has reduced the late-payment rate on home loans to the lowest level in six years, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Ways to discover the design potential of the ‘Fifth wall’

With autumn just a few short weeks away, many people will soon spend less time on the patio and more time within four walls. Actually, five walls if you include the ceiling.

August 22, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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