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California home prices rise in as sales slow down

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices rose in December while tight inventories kept a lid on sales, a research firm reported Wednesday.

January 17, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan declines to 4.41%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages declined this week, edging closer to historically low levels.

January 17, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home loan is now just $4 a month more than renting cost

It is costing me just $52 more a month to buy my own home in Manteca when all is said and done than if I was still renting a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment at Laurel Glen.

January 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


INSPIRING IDEAS

With new home trends emerging, it's an ideal time to collect ideas to inspire your next home improvement plans.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Homeowners split on privacy for the throne

PALO ALTO - Master baths top most homeowners' lists and four in ten will be skipping the tub (43 percent), according to the Winter Houzz Bathroom Remodeling Survey of more than 7,500 Houzz users who are in the midst of, or are planning, a bathroom remodel. Houzz ( www.houzz.com ), the world's leading platform for home remodeling and design.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Architects struggle to giveaway Sears house

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Another buyer might not have flinched at the idea of demolishing the tiny 1920s house in Lyon Park, with its two bedrooms, single bathroom and basement built for dwarves.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year fixed mortgage at 4.51 %

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages barely changed this week, hovering near historically low levels.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices tick up 0.1% in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices barely rose in November from the previous month and year-over-year gains slowed, reflecting declines in sales in the fall.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


The value of home inspections

(BPT) - While giving a new $900,000 home a thorough going-over, Salt Lake City home inspector Kurt Salomon found a problem under the deck. The builder had cut corners, using the wrong kind of fasteners to secure the deck to the house. Yet, the municipal building official had approved the work.

January 10, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Simple steps to paint like a pro

The difference between a professional paint job and a do-it-yourself job that looks like a pro painted it is surprisingly simple. As the old adage goes, the devil's in the details. If you want that professional look while maintaining your DIY pride - and checkbook - take the time and effort to pay attention to often overlooked details.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Four simple tips for designing an on-trend home for 2014

The new year will usher in a new era of home decor by welcoming an "anything goes" attitude as designers mix old with new; DIY and high-end; as well as rustic and sleek to create eclectic, one-of-a-kind looks that are just as personal to the homeowner as they are unique.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Making your home a bit more personal

With so many TV shows, publications, websites and social networks focusing on home design, gathering expert tips and real-world inspirations to make over your home is easier than ever. Use these sources of inspiration and ideas as a starting point, and inject personality by adding layers to the space with individual touches that will truly make it your own.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Seeks escrow snafu advice

Q: I am at my wit's end. This is a long story so please bear with me. (Note:For brevity sake, I am summarizing.) Peter appealed his real estate tax assessment but first the County got it wrong and then his lender compounded the problem with yet another error. His lender has calculated last year's monthly escrow payment and Peter believes it is wrong. As Peter wrote me: "Knowing there would be a shortage if I paid the lower payment, every month since March , I have over paid my mortgage by at least $100 and specifically requested it ...

December 27, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


What can I do about noisy, rude neighbors?

Ho, Ho, Ho to the Real Estate Boys; We are sort of hoping we might be the Christmas letter of the year, just like Time's person of the year. In fact, we sent Time your names for people of the year, keep your fingers crossed, Guys. OK, enough small talk. Our question is about neighbors who allow dogs to bark all day, rev their motor cycles early in the morning, 6:30 a.m., and sometimes late in the evening; neighbors who have tree branches that drop leaves and sap into my pool - basically, rude neighbors in general. Is ...

December 27, 2013 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


Mortgage applications tumble to a 13-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans applying for mortgages has fallen 63 percent since a May peak, reflecting a cooling housing market and higher borrowing rates.

December 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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