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Mortgage rates make this best time to buy or refinance

He (or she) who hesitates is lost! It's an old saying, and right now it applies to the housing market. Yes, the economic headlines are still gloomy, many are unemployed and foreclosures are actually rising. But paradoxically, those obvious facts are creating one of the best home-buying opportunities in history.

September 27, 2012 | By TERRY SAVAGE Financial Advisor | HOME SCENE


California enacts new homeowner protection laws on foreclosures

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities will have more time and tools to investigate mortgage fraud under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Tuesday.

September 27, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Housing recovery gains momentum in August

WASHINGTON (AP) - A jump in sales of previously occupied homes and further gains in home construction suggest the U.S. housing recovery is gaining momentum.

September 27, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Boost your home’s curb appeal for a quicker sale

Selling a home in today's market requires a bit of marketing, some sweat and elbow grease, and a touch of luck. But even in a competitive selling market, it is possible to turn the sign in your front yard from "For Sale" to "Sold" so you can move on to your next residence.

September 27, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


When breaking ‘house rules’ is OK

DEAR BENNY: I manage a condominium property where a previous board of directors had put in the appendix that when changes are made to the rules they must be submitted to the members for input prior to being passed and going into effect.

September 27, 2012 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE


New US home sales edged down 0.3 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of new homes in the United States dipped slightly in August from July but the median price of homes sold during the month rose by a record amount.

September 27, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage falls to record 3.49 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage touched its record low this week and the rate on 15-year mortgage hit a new record.

September 27, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Tips and tricks for a bigger-looking bathroom

Do you wish you had a bigger bathroom? If so, you're not alone.

September 27, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


House flipping keeping some investors busy

Soon after the foreclosure sale was done, workers were on the property within two to three days giving the inside of the house some facelift – painting the walls and other mini-fixes, placing sod on the front yard. They didn't even need to replace the sprinklers which were in working order. In a matter of days, the "lipstick" job was done.

September 20, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage falls to record low 3.49%

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage touched its record low this week and the rate on 15-year mortgage hit a new record.

September 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Housing recovery gains momentum during August

WASHINGTON (AP) - A jump in sales of previously occupied homes and further gains in home construction suggest the U.S. housing recovery is gaining momentum.

September 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Making a change: Some - exterior renovations that boost curb appeal

If you were to take a look at a typical neighborhood today, you would see patterns of familiar home designs such as split-level, ranch or colonial. Most of these American styles were built between 1955 and 1985, when there was a need for mass-produced housing. Due to this suburban sprawl, many homes lost the originality and architectural appeal of classic styles built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

September 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Update your decor with hottest colors of the season

With the days getting shorter and the temperature dropping, fall is in full swing. That means it's time to put away the patio furniture and spruce up your home with new seasonal items, colors and textures.

September 20, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


We need to stop asking Uncle Sam to make us whole

Let's say someone has a home they either own free and clear or have very little left to pay off on their mortgage.

September 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Prevent a foreclosure from becoming eyesore

For many Americans, as they look out the window of their homes, they see what is becoming a nightmare for many people- a foreclosed house on the block. Its yard is overgrown and littered with branches and trash. It has become a lifeless shell, a magnet for trouble and a source of worry as neighbors wonder how the property will affect the value of their homes.

September 13, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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CEILINGS

Want to infuse your home with architectural interest? Start at the top.

February 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Signed contracts rise to 18-month high

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.

February 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.8%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates have edged up for a third straight week while remaining near their historically low levels reached in May 2013.

February 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


New home sales fall slightly during January

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of new U.S. homes were basically flat in January, evidence that recent job gains and relatively low mortgage rates have yet to spur the real estate market.

February 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Add a signature style to your home

To satisfy homeowners seeking to add a signature style to their indoor living spaces, more and more design professionals and builders are going back to basics and rediscovering the versatility, durability and good looks of cypress.

February 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Home sales plunge 4.9 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales struck a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months.

February 27, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Energy guzzlers greener

For the first time in six years, Energy Star certification, a standard seal of approval for energy efficiency, has been expanded to include another major household appliance.

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Tips for replacing water heaters

Some 37 million residential water heaters gave up the ghost and were replaced over the past five years, according to estimates by the U.S. Department of Energy. While some things get better with age, water heaters aren't among them. In fact, the average life expectancy for a new water heater is 10 to 15 years, with the occasional stoic dinosaur making it two decades or more.

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


A stunning backsplash without the whiplash

The kitchen is the heart of the home and a top-selling feature with homebuyers. Does yours convey style and functionality? Whether you've just completed a remodel or you're looking for ways to upgrade your existing kitchen, a tile backsplash will instantly transform the space into an eye-catching masterpiece.

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


6 steps to select best remodeling contractor

A remodeling project is one of the most invigorating lifestyle changes a homeowner can make. However, trusting a contractor with both your home and your money can feel overwhelming. Spare your time, money and sanity by following these steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor:

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Central Valley group names Realtors, Affiliate of the Year

Every year the Central Valley Association of Realtors recognizes members who have gone above and beyond in the real estate profession and community service. This year CVAR named two recipients as Realtor of the Year - Shelly Bell and Larry Rumbeck - and as Affiliate of the Year, the honor goes to Taylor Phillips.

February 20, 2015 | Staff reports | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year loans rises to 3.76%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates have risen for a second straight week yet remained near historically low levels.

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Rents rise overall but dip in Chicago & Minneapolis

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home rental prices rose at a steady rate in January, but prices barely budged or even dipped in parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Millennials seek tech-ready, smaller energy-efficient houses

LOS GATOS - As millennials enter the home-buying market in larger numbers, builders say homes will get a little smaller, energy-efficient appliances and laundry rooms will be essential, and home technology will become increasingly prevalent. These predictions are based on two surveys conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, one asking home builders what features they are most likely to include in a typical new home this year, and one asking millennials what features are most likely to affect their home-buying decisions. Of the top 10 features mentioned by home builders, four have to do with energy efficiency: low-E windows ...

February 20, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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