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Dollar-for-dollar non-foreclosures look good

Countryside Lane is a place you'd expect to see Steve Douglas and his three sons if the widely popular CBS sitcom was based in the 1980s and not the 1960s.

February 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Non-distressed sellers pricing competitively

The best bargains may not be foreclosed homes.

February 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

The golden deals are starting

Buying activity is to the point in the Manteca housing market that the available number of resale homes has finally dipped to less than a three month supply for the first time in nearly three years.

January 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

McMansions sell for just over $80 per square foot

What does the median priced home in Manteca cost and look like this week?

January 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Your mortgage & taxes: Financial peace of mind

It's that dreaded time of the year again, time to start preparing your tax returns. And since 2008 was one of the toughest years in the history of our financial markets, this also may be a time that many of us learn exactly how much of a hit our investments and retirement accounts actually took this year.

January 30, 2009 | By Deborah Romero Mortgage Consultant Ability Mortgage | HOME SCENE

Best prices in 20 years on 2-1

The homes along the narrow streets in the 600 blocks of Fir and Pine have served as barometers for housing affordability in Manteca since they were first built in the 1950s.

January 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Why renting for much longer may not be wise idea

If you are renting an apartment you may want to give serious thought to buying a home.

January 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Good-bye boxes, hello style & character

Big for the sake of being big isn't better.

January 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Sub-$100K market is changing in Manteca

Twenty-six existing homes have closed escrow in the first 12 days of 2009 in Manteca.

January 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

1,370 buyers bought with confidence

How did the 2008 resale housing market shape up in Manteca?

January 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

2008 saw strong faith in Manteca home sales

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

January 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Camellia Gardens: Manteca’s best kept secret

If you like privacy, a house with ample space that allows you to enjoy the outdoors with minimal upkeep and you're 55 or older you may find the home that meets that criteria in what is arguably Manteca's best kept secret when it comes to neighborhoods - Camellia Gardens.

December 31, 2008 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Buying puts money in your pocket in long run even without equity gain

What is the better value: Three bedrooms, one bathroom with 800 square feet of living space for $855 a month or three bedrooms, two bathrooms with 1,012 with 1,296 square feet of living space for $790 a month?

December 31, 2008 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rebound in U.S. home values over the past couple of years has placed many homeowners in a better position to sell their home for a profit.

July 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Home sales increase 2.6 percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of previously owned homes rose for a third straight month in June, pushing activity to the highest level in eight months and providing evidence that housing is regaining lost momentum.

July 25, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

How bad would it be without Prop. 13?

Ah, the good old days before Proposition 13.

July 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


LOS ANGELES (AP) - These homes are set apart by their amenities - for dogs.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Mowers, chain saws & high- ethanol gas: safety tips

Whether you're beautifying your landscape with a lawn mower and hedge trimmer or using a chain saw to clear space for that deck you've always dreamed of, it's important to take proper care when using outdoor power equipment. Safety measures help protect both the equipment and the people using it.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Energy-efficient home upgrades that can also save you money

It's the perfect time to think green.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Chic chalet: Give your kitchen a stunning mountain makeover

Your kitchen doesn't need a Matterhorn vista to stay on top of the latest "chalet chic" design trend. It's easier than you think to get this style by mixing rustic pieces with modern touches.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Tricks to instantly refresh your home design for entertaining

Summer is the ideal time to host events at home with family and friends. But is your home ready for summer soirees? The kitchen is the heart of the home and where people naturally congregate, so it's important it showcases your signature style and reflects the relaxed feeling of the summer season.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Downside of low rates? Owners reluctant to sell

WASHINGTON (AP) - Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

Ripon Garden Club plans tour of Wild Blooms Flower & Produce

The Ripon Garden Club is planning a field trip on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 9 a.m. at Wild Blooms Flower & Produce Farm, 22828 North Ripon Road, Ripon.

July 18, 2014 | | HOME SCENE

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