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By ROSE ALBANO RISSO

May 31, 2013 | Ryan Balbeuna | HOME SCENE


Today’s flippers aren’t the same as those who drove prices up

Flippers - the whipping boys for many who believed they played a big role in pumping up the housing bubble - are being criticized again.

May 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Signed contracts to purchase homes at highest level in 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes ticked up in April to the highest level in three years. The increase points to growth in home sales in the coming months.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


30-year fixed mortgage rate increases to 3.81%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages jumped this week to their highest levels in a year, signaling slightly higher costs for homebuyers. But rates still remain low by historical standards.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Sales of bank-owned homes hit 5-year low in 1st quarter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sales of bank-owned homes have plunged to a five-year low, the latest evidence that the nation's foreclosure woes are easing as the U.S. housing market recovery gains momentum.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Are we in a real estate market recovery?

Real Estate Boys: I keep reading that the real estate market is booming again. Time magazine, the newspaper from our north, TV and radio news are all reporting to get "in now, the market is heating up across the nation." Wasn't it just a short year ago you Boys, and it seemed everyone else, was reporting that maybe we haven't seen the bottom yet? Then in late in 2012, "Well, we've bottomed out, but the road ahead is a long uphill ride." Have we recovered that fast? What is the market doing?

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Rebounding home prices help regain some household wealth for families

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. household has a long way to go to recover the wealth it lost to the Great Recession, a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis concluded Thursday.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices rise 10.9 percent, largest jump in almost 7 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices jumped 10.9 percent in March compared with a year ago, the most since April 2006. A growing number of buyers are bidding on a tight supply of homes, driving prices higher and helping the housing market recover.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Smart, stylish renovations for any age

Most Americans over 50 want to stay in their home as they age, but few are making the renovations they need to ensure easy and comfortable living for years to come.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Eight easy ways to organize - and maximize - a small bath

The bath serves a variety of uses, from a functional room to a serene sanctuary, a storage facility to a salon. And, whether you enjoy it yourself or share with the family, every bathroom is in need of one major thing - organization. To help keep your bath feeling more serene and less insane, follow these eight ideas to help improve your organization, maximize space and even add a bit of style.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Go-big upgrades that can help a lingering home sell

Everyone knows spring and summer are the best months in which to sell a home. If your house has lingered on the market, you may be eager to find ways to freshen its appeal for potential buyers. Perhaps you're even ready to go big and invest in upgrades that will improve the home's value, curb appeal and interior allure so much that potential buyers just won't be able to walk away from it.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Sales of bank-owned homes fell in 1Q

FORECLOSURE SALES: Foreclosure tracker RealtyTrac Inc. says 190,121 U.S. bank-owned homes or properties in some stage of the foreclosure process were sold in the first quarter. That's down 18 percent from the previous three months and 22 percent from a year earlier.

May 31, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Ellen Paradiso’s 4-season garden is a quiet and peaceful hide-away

Ellen Paradiso's blueberries were bought during a clearance sale at Park Greenhouse nursery in Ripon.

May 16, 2013 | Ryan Balbeuna | HOME SCENE


Buying tips to keep in mind as housing market warms

Ready to buy your first home, or move up to a larger home for your expanding family?

May 16, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Reserve home mortgage can be good option for many seniors

Do you know that if you are 62 years or older you may be able to buy a house or a condominium using a reverse mortgage? A reverse mortgage allows you to get money from a lender, but you do not have to pay it back (or make any monthly payments) until you sell or die.

May 16, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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TRID could delay closing of escrow

LOS GATOS (AP) - Members of the real estate industry are getting ready for a new regulation scheduled to take effect this summer that requires changes to the traditional mortgage loan acquisition process. The upcoming TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule takes effect Aug. 1 and, if not understood by all parties involved, could delay the closing of escrow. Issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, TRID combines the mortgage disclosure established by the Truth-in-Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act into one single rule. However, according to a lender panel at a Silicon Valley Association of Realtors meeting, the move ...

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


SHARED HOUSING TREND GROWS

BOWIE, Md. (AP) - In 2008, Bonnie Moore was going through a divorce. And as she was adjusting to a one-income lifestyle, the recession hit and her five-bedroom, three-bathroom home lost half its value.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Ripon launches effort to conserve energy & water

Ripon has launched the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program, which enables homeowners and commercial property owners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay them off through their property tax bill.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Latest tool for selling real estate: FaceTime

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Real estate agent Julie Ray has come of age in the red-hot housing market. But this was a first: zooming through a $1.7 million house with her iPhone, she used its FaceTime video application to send images of the property -- including bathroom tile and a backyard lemon tree - to the prospective buyers in Switzerland.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage falls to 3.66%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, approaching historically low levels with the spring home-buying season underway.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


LIVE IN A PORSCHE?

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) - The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view.

April 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


What you should never do remodeling kitchens

Whether you've heard it in the office, a classroom or a soccer field, that old saying about mistakes being valuable learning tools really rings true, doesn't it? If those mistakes occur during the course of a kitchen renovation, however, it may be difficult to be philosophical about them. Bungle a kitchen redesign, and you'll either have to live with the consequences for a long time or invest even more money to correct them.

April 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Create the perfect outdoor kitchen space for summer

Now that warmer weather is here, you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible - and that includes mealtime. But what if your outdoor kitchen space is lacking? Worry not! There are several easy, affordable projects that can help you transform the area into the perfect cooking and entertaining area. Give these projects a try to recreate your space.

April 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices rise modestly, weigh on buyer affordability

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in January, pushing prices up at a faster pace than wages and putting more homes financially out of reach for would-be buyers.

April 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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