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Home sales hit 6½-year high but could slow

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales rose last month to the highest level since February 2007 as buyers rushed to close deals before mortgage rates increased further.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Consumers making mortgage payments top priority again

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The steady rise in U.S. home values is increasingly motivating homeowners to make paying their mortgage on time a priority, according to a new study.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate dips to 4.50%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week amid signs the economic recovery is slowing.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


EXIT Realty Consultants expands

In another move of expansion, EXIT Realty Consultants has merged with EXIT Realty Touchstone of Modesto, to open its fifth California real estate office operated by broker/owner Kris Klair.

September 21, 2013 | 209 Home Scene staff | HOME SCENE


Making real estate play after owner dies

DEAR BENNY: I resided with a 71-year-old male who died in November with no will. I took care of him since 2002 and lived with him since 2005 because his health was diminishing. His family had basically abandoned him, never visiting or making any type of contact with him. I want to know if there is any way I can keep the house as my residence. We discussed his getting a will, but he died before he could get a lawyer. He was going to leave the house to me. --Carl

September 21, 2013 | By Benny L. Kass Inman News | HOME SCENE


Remodeling 101: Make space your own

There is a lot to think about when remodeling your kitchen. You want to design a kitchen that reflects your taste and style, which you'll love for years to come. Whether you're designing for yourself or for resale, the key to success is to embrace timelessness. That doesn't mean sacrificing personality for a neutral palette, though. Quite the opposite.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Single-family home construction up

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders started work in August on the most single-family homes in six months and requested permits to construct even more in future months. The figures suggest housing remains a driver of economic growth despite higher mortgage rates.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


What fine print is required when you go to sell a house?

Good day Real Estate Boys, kudos to the Journal for running your column for their readers. Today's question is an easy one for you Boys I'm sure. What exactly is required to sell a house? I don't mean the deed or signing papers or even the silly answer, duh, a buyer. I mean what are the state laws that every home owner must know to sell a house. I hope you guys can understand what I'm asking. I know what I'm asking but can't seem to make it understandable in writing. I'm so ...

September 21, 2013 | LARRY RUMBECK & LLOYD BLACKMAN The Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


Autumn edibles: Tips for fall gardening & second plantings

People choose to garden for many reasons: Food is fresher and tastes better. It's a healthy hobby that exercises the body. It saves money. Numerous reports show an increasing number of homeowners are growing their own fruits, vegetables and herbs.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Tips to help find the perfect home

For most Americans your home is the biggest ticket item you will ever purchase. It's no wonder that people can take months, and sometimes even years, to find the perfect home. When you walk into a house that's on the market, many times the homeowner or real estate agent has "staged" it to ensure that you focus on the home's greatest assets and overlook its flaws. Your job is to look past all that to see if this house is right for you.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Housing: Are we going back to the future?

Want a glimpse at the future in housing?

August 30, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Jump in mortgage rates hurts sale of new homes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans cut back sharply in July on their purchases of new homes, a sign that higher mortgage rates may slow the housing recovery.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year mortgage at 4.51 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages declined this week but stayed close to their highest levels in two years.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Infusing natural elements into the decor

Nature is bringing a breath of freshness into home decorating, but it's more than just incorporating flowering pots or opening windows. The latest home decorating trend features natural elements in the textures and finishes of furniture and accessories, giving homeowners an elegant - and often calming - result of blending nature and home living into a beautiful space.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices rise strong 12.1 percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose 12.1 percent in June from a year earlier, nearly matching a seven-year high. But month-over-month price gains slowed in most markets, a sign that higher mortgage rates may weigh on the housing recovery.

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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4 quick color tips to awaken your home

While many resolutions are based on eating healthier and exercising more, homes rarely receive the same promise of improvement. This year, resolve to give your home some attention by committing to a new coat of paint. Painting can be a quick and cost-effective way to refresh your home, so consider updating several spaces for a clean start.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Foreclosure rate almost back to normal

Good news.

February 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Storms put chill on new housing starts

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home construction fell in January for a second month but the weakness in both months reflected severe winter weather in many parts of the country. The expectation is that housing will deliver another year of solid gains, helped by an improving economy.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year loan rate up to 4.33 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week but remained near historically low levels.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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