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Floor tile has versatility

If you are renovating any area of your home, it may be time to try something new-such as bringing tile into main living areas in addition to your bathrooms and kitchen. New designs, styles and technologies are making tile the most versatile and accessible flooring material.

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Adding ‘wow’ to outdoor space

Turning your backyard into an outdoor living oasis can be a tough project to start. Between product choices and design ideas, planning your ideal outdoor space can mean a lot of research and time at the local home improvement store.

July 24, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Improving home’s energy efficiency

Most people probably think of windows and skylights only when they're buying or selling a house, when they get dirty, when they leak, or when the kid next door lobs a baseball through one. Yet the glass in your home is arguably among its most important features, directly impacting the structure's overall energy efficiency and livability.

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

California home sales surge in June thanks to strong economy

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home sales surged in June on a strong economy and low interest rates as prices reached seven-year highs, a research firm reported Friday.

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Apartment projects homebuilding surge

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders broke ground on apartment complexes last month at the fastest pace in nearly 28 years, as developers anticipate that recent jobs gains will launch a wave of renters

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

The Turlock market is pretty healthy

Real Estate Boys: Hope you are having a great summer so far. Our question for the Boys is simple and easy. What is the shape of the local market? We often hear and read about the national real estate market and yeah, while we care we really don't. It's the local market that affects me. And you Boys should know, "It's all about me, you know."

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Everything is negotiable on a home transaction

Q: My wife and I are in our eighties and would like your comments regarding a very critical decision concerning our future.

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Homebuilder sentiment hits highest level since 2005

NEW YORK (AP) -U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the market for new homes is back up to levels not seen since the height of the housing boom a decade ago.

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

30-year mortgage rises to 4.09%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching highs for the year as investor anxiety over economic turbulence abroad moderated.

July 17, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


As much as 30 to 40 percent of all food in North America is wasted, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. That's about 20 pounds per person every month! In terms of money, that's an alarming $165 billion in wasted food annually, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Cool way to reduce home energy costs

It's the time of year when even a dip in the local lake won't cool you down for long. What you really need is effective, efficient air conditioning that provides constant and reliable comfort.

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Pending home sales climb to 9-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in May, as pending sales climbed to their highest level in more than nine years.

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Average rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 4.08%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching high levels for the year.

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Home prices climbing steadily

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit jumps in Denver and San Francisco.

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Design pet-friendly place

Even for households that count four-legged fur friends as part of their family, pet-friendly features can be easily overlooked when it's time to build or redesign. Architectural details, such as cabinetry, offer clever ways to provide pet-friendly function to any room.

July 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

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Articles by Section - HOME SCENE

EPA pushes for ‘smart themostats’ to limit pollution

CHICAGO (AP) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made an impassioned push Thursday for homeowners to adopt Wi-Fi-enabled "smart thermostats" as a ...

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Average rate on 30-year mortgages falls to 3.76%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell sharply this week amid concern over a labor market that has shown recent signs of weakness.

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Q: I have a mortgage balance of approx. $170,000, but the estimated market value of my home is $67,000 to $75,000. The ...

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Sparks braces for Tesla housing boom

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Not since the Southern Pacific railroad rolled into this sleepy high desert town in Nevada more than a century ago has there ...

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

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