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Homeowner seeks FHA rebate advice

QUESTION: My husband and I purchased a home in October 2010 using a Federal Housing Administration mortgage through Bank of America. We had a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with a private mortgage insurance requiring "up-front" money of $4,635.61 and a monthly premium. Luckily we were able to sell our previous home which was mortgage free and, together with savings, paid off this mortgage in February 2013 - about 28 months into the 30-year commitment. The FHA/HUD website states that a refund of some of the premium money is available if the following three criteria are met:

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Builders start work on fewer homes

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders started work on fewer homes in June, mostly because apartment construction fell sharply. But applications for permits to build single-family houses rose to the highest level in five years, suggesting the housing recovery will continue.

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Cool your home & save cold cash

Home cooling costs rise with the temperature, making many homeowners dread the arrival of their monthly electric bill during the good ol' summertime. Fortunately, with a few simple strategies, it's easy to cut down on cooling costs so you can enjoy summer, even through record-high temperatures.

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Just how much cash do I need to buy a house?

Hey Real Estate Boys: My husband and I are thinking of jumping into the housing market and have a question about the costs of the purchase. My husband says the down payment is just that, the down payment. OK, then what other associated costs are there for us to consider? We have yet to meet with a lender and have not even thought of looking at homes, but we sure would love to own rather than rent. We both work and have saved up what we consider a tidy sum of money. Our hope is to buy something at about ...

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Flood insurance changes hit resistance, face delay in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing higher federal flood insurance premiums under reforms passed last year would win a temporary one-year reprieve under a measure that began its advance through the Senate on Tuesday.

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

RealtyTrac: Home repossessions declined in June to lowest level in nearly 8 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homes entered the foreclosure process or were repossessed by banks in June, the latest sign that the nation is shaking off its housing bust hangover.

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Homebuilder confidence, sales outlook soar to seven-year high

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about their home sales prospects than they have in more than seven years, a trend that suggests home construction will accelerate in coming months.

July 19, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Autumn is on the way, so don't fall behind on your seasonal home repairs checklist. It pays to know which renovations to tackle now, which repairs can wait until next season, and what preventative measures can help you avoid large-scale, costly repairs.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Green ways to make sun work for you

When summer sun has you slathering on sunscreen and retreating indoors to air-conditioned rooms, it's easy to forget the winter doldrums that made you eagerly anticipate sunshine and warm temperatures. Winter snow and dreary days seem far away, and you find yourself craving a respite from too much sun.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Easier mortgage processes inspires renters to buy

Owning a home has been an integral element of the American Dream for generations. But is ownership right for you? And if it is, how do you know if it's the right time in your life to purchase a home?

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

RealtyTrac: Home repos down in June

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homes entered the foreclosure process or were repossessed by banks in June, the latest sign that the nation is shaking off its housing bust hangover.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Bathroom becomes at-home spa

Today's bathrooms are evolving into relaxing rooms with many benefits of a spa. Whether remodeling an existing bathroom or building a new one, nature-themed trends add comfort and style.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Pay PMI provider $1K to fast-track approval?

DEAR BENNY: In a recent column you mentioned that the government in some cases is offering $1,500 to homeowners who turn over their keys and accept a deed-in-lieu instead of going through foreclosure. I can see where this is advantageous to all parties involved. How does one find out about this program?

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Green renovations that don’t skimp on style, luxury

Elegant, planet-friendly bathrooms continue to be a hot trend in home building and renovation. Bath products that respect and celebrate water have become trendier and more satisfying, proving that homeowners don't need to sacrifice comfort, beauty and luxury in order to do something good for the environment.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Viking becoming own distributor

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - A Viking Range Corp. official says the high-end kitchen appliance manufacturer has become its own distributor to create closer ties to its dealers.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

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Imagine, if you well, if one of the first California ranch-style houses built in Manteca's Shasta Park neighborhood had been built on a third ...

February 16, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Resolve, not magic, leads to home ownership

Being able to buy a home is as insurmountable a goal as you want to make it.

February 02, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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