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Ways of making your outdoor living spaces more useful all year

No matter if you live on a coast or in the Upper Midwest, you can use your outdoor spaces to the fullest in any season by adding a few enhancements. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, it's easy to add features like a seat wall and a fire ring for an outdoor gathering spot, or an outdoor kitchen to create the taste of summer all year. A few simple improvements can help you create a space that keeps you outside longer into the night, earlier in the spring and later into the cooler seasons.

February 07, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Upgrading your home’s bathroom

How much time do you spend in the bathroom each day? Whether it's where you prep the kids for bed or step away for some alone time, the bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in the home. It's also one of the best areas in which to invest; renovating or simply updating this space can lead to a 62 percent return on investment.

January 31, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Creative trends for your home’s hardwood flooring

The recovering U.S. housing market has led to increased demand for certain luxury items, including hardwood flooring. Exciting trends are influencing the marketplace and for today's consumers, there are more hardwood flooring options than ever before.

January 31, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Pending home sales slow down

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy previously occupied homes in December, suggesting a slowdown in real estate. Pending home sales fell to the lowest point since October 2011.

January 31, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan at 4.32%.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages slipped this week as new data showed a decline in home prices in November and a drop in new homes sales last month.

January 31, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Sales of new homes drop 7 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. sales of new homes fell in December for a second consecutive month but even with the pause at the end of the year, sales for all of 2013 climbed to the highest level in five years.

January 31, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Cold weather puts chill on home prices

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices fell slightly in November as colder weather slowed buying, ending nine straight months of price gains.

January 31, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Should resale value factor in when you’re remodeling?

To the Good Old Real Estate Boys: My wife and I are having a rather heated disagreement about adding a room onto our home. The man of the house, that's me, wants a man cave where I can go and watch the 49ers on Sunday afternoon with a few friends, male of course, or maybe on a special day like New Year's go and spend the entire day watching the college games. The Olympics are coming and I could go shut the door and just enjoy on my big screen. On the flip side my beautiful, kind wife ...

January 24, 2014 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


For sale: Historic small town drive-in theater up for grabs

GRANBURY, Texas (AP) - The sign in front of the historic Brazos Drive-In says "closed."

January 24, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Top 10 home decor trends for 2014: Color to natural

Renew. Rejuvenate. Reinvigorate. The same objectives people have when making their personal New Year's resolutions can be just as easily be applied to their homes. There's no better time to give a home a fresh look, whether it's incorporating a new color palette, adding accessories, repurposing furniture or putting something interesting up on the walls.

January 24, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Energy-efficiency growing part of remodeling trends

Remodeling trends come and go, which is a good thing if you're talking about shag carpet or avocado-colored Formica. But some trends have both staying power and universal appeal, such as the strengthening movement toward homes that are more energy efficient and eco-friendly.

January 24, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Pay down mortgage or make upgrades

Q: We purchased a home in northern Indiana and are trying to sell our other home in Indianapolis.

January 24, 2014 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan now at 4.39 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages changed little this week.

January 24, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Homebuilding dips, but year best since ‘07

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home construction slowed in December but ended 2013 with the best showing since the housing bubble burst.

January 24, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


What should we expect with new lending laws this year?

Hey Real Estate Boys; It's a pleasure to be able to ask for your guidance. I have heard there are a lot of changes coming in 2014 as to lending. Can you Boys help me understand what changes are here now that we're in January? Also, let's hope the 49ers beat the Seahawks and are heading to another Bowl appearance. GO '9ERS.

January 17, 2014 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


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Have the smartest bathroom in town

Smart technology has found a place in virtually every room in the home, even the one where we take care of our most low-tech needs ...

August 11, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


How affordable housing can chip away at residential segregation

Though the low-income housing tax credit could land on the chopping block, it's probably safe due to its history of bipartisan support. Along with ...

August 11, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


Tips for tackling DIY deck project

While planning a new outdoor living space can be overwhelming, chances are there's a home improvement retailer nearby that offers an abundance of resources ...

August 11, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


Complaining about home prices . . .

Good morning Saturday readers. Larry and Lloyd thought they'd have a little fun today by showing our readers how lucky we all are to ...

July 14, 2017 | The Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


TRANSFORM YOUR HOME

Summertime isn't just for vacations or weekends at the cabin. Summer weekends - with longer days - are ideal opportunities for quick and inexpensive DIY projects ...

July 14, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


Making wise decisions on big purchases

Are you planning an upcoming home improvement? If so, you are not alone.

July 14, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


Prop 13 & affordable housing

What goes down must come up.

July 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Higher prices squeezing both renters & would- be homeowners

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A diminished supply of available homes is swelling prices in large U.S. metro areas from New York to Miami to Los ...

June 23, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


WATER USE & THE HOME

Cooking dinner, washing dishes, showering and flushing toilets - these are daily activities for most Americans. If you did any of these in the last 24 ...

June 23, 2017 | | HOME SCENE


A VISION FOR AFFORDABLITY

Drive Highway 99 north through Stockton and you'll change any preconceived notions you may have about affordable housing.

June 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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