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Son getting dinged for more money after escrow

Q: About a month ago, our son sold his home he had owned for 9 years. Three years ago, he obtained a loan modification to lower his payments. The title attorney that handled the recent closing received a pay-off from the lender in the amount of XXXXX. Our son needed to sell, so he took a loss and had to pay over $5,000 at the closing.

November 22, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year fixed rate mortgage declines to 4.2 perecent.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week after two weeks of increases, keeping home-buying affordable.

November 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Existing home sales fall 3.2 percent during October as supply tightens

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans bought existing homes in October, as higher mortgage rates, the 16-day partial government shutdown and a limited supply of houses on the market reduced sales.

November 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


HEART & SOUL

"A kitchen provides physical and spiritual nourishment, and for many homes is now the heart and soul of family life." That's how Terence Conran opened his classic Kitchen Book 20 years ago, and it's probably even truer today. The kitchen's central importance in most households means that Americans are paying more attention than ever to the design and decoration of this vital space - a search for functionality, comfort and beauty that's reflected in current trends in hardwood kitchen cabinetry.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Festive tabletop ideas for holiday entertaining

Do you have the blues this holiday season? How about the pinks? Non-traditional holiday colors are a popular trend in home decor this yuletide, especially when it comes to decking the table for special gatherings with family and friends.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Fewer homes repossessed by lenders during October

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homes are completing the foreclosure process and ending up repossessed by banks because investors are increasingly buying up properties when they go on sale at public auction.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Late-payment mortgage rate down in 3rd Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homeowners are falling behind on their mortgage payments, aided by rising home values, low interest rates and stable job gains.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Rights when boyfriend dies without a will

DEAR BENNY: My mother and her boyfriend lived together for 18 years. He owned the house by himself. He has two surviving adult children. He always told me he wanted my mom to have everything. He did not have a close relationship to his children.

November 15, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


What exactly is a probate sale?

Boys: My husband and I have just made an offer to purchase a home and when we wrote the offer, we found out it must be approved by the court. The Realtor used the word "probate." Our Realtor could not give a clear picture of what's going on or what is going to happen. Can you Real Estate Boys come to the rescue and explain what in the world we've gotten ourselves into with this purchase?

November 15, 2013 | Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage at 4.35%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose for the second straight week amid some signs of economic strength. Still rates remain near historically low levels.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


California home sales fairly flat in October

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales and prices were fairly flat in October compared to September, but other figures indicate a market that is slowly regaining its health after a yearslong slump, a research firm reported Wednesday.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage at 4.16 %

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

November 08, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Fannie, Freddie post strong earnings as housing market recovery continues

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted strong earnings for the July-September period as the housing market continued to recover. The gains will enable the mortgage giants to finish repaying their taxpayer aid or come close to doing so five years after they were rescued by the government.

November 08, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Space-making ideas create room for holiday entertaining

Every holiday party is as individual as the hosts and interesting as the guests. Yet whether you plan a sophisticated dinner party or an afternoon buffet, all parties do have one thing in common: the need for entertaining space.

November 08, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


A prescription for comfort and cost savings for winter

Homeowners will pay 13 percent more this year to heat their homes with natural gas, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts.

November 08, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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Have the smartest bathroom in town

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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