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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

Problem with inherited property ownership

Q: I inherited 8 pieces of property that includes vacant lots and 2 houses. I co-own them with 9 other people who grew up with my deceased father. They created a housing development corporation with the original intent of building housing for the elderly, but that never happened. They use empty lots as special event parking a few times a year. While I was originally acknowledged as a co-owner after my father's death in 2000, the active members of the group do not keep me informed of any of the activities, and I do not share in the thousands ...

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

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Dear Real Estate Boys: My wife and I are having a running discussion over whether we should put a built-in pool in our backyard. My wife says it will just take up needed play space the kid(s) need and will do nothing but cost money to keep up. But the real reason is that she wants to go on a long vacation before the kid(s) get to school age. I, being the most pragmatic of the couple, say it will enhance the value of our home. We can design the pool to take only a small portion of ...

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Liberace’s one-time sells for $500K


August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Four ways to tech up your bathroom

We live in a constantly connected society - more than half of adults in the U.S. own smartphones (75 percent in a recent survey actually admit to taking them in the bathroom). It comes as no surprise that integrating technology into the bathing space is one of the hottest trends in products and interior design. Gone are the days of blasting the TV from an adjacent room to catch the weather forecast, or eating up precious counter space with a docking station for your mobile device. It's never been easier or more affordable to make your bathroom smarter - all ...

August 30, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Extending your living space outdoors into your backyard

The backyard is more than just a lawn to mow or a place for the pooch to run around. Many homeowners are turning their backyards into an extension of their homes, bringing the indoors outside for additional living space.

August 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Connect to color thru your passions

Whether you love to sit on the beach or collect antiques, drawing from your personal passions can help you find the perfect colors to enhance your space.

August 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

6 tips to weigh the best resale improvements

Homeowners are opening their wallets. A rebound in the housing market has made them more willing to invest in renovations that could boost the value of their homes even more in a rising market.

August 22, 2013 | ALEX VIEGA Associated Press | HOME SCENE

Average rate on 30-year mortgage at 4.58 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages rose this week to their highest levels in two years, driven by heightened speculation that the Federal Reserve will slow its bond purchases later this year.

August 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Four fast, easy kitchen projects for you to do

Minor kitchen updates can result in enhanced appearance, enjoyment and increased home value. With a free weekend and a modest budget, you can accomplish some do-it-yourself projects that will give your kitchen a whole new look.

August 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

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