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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


Homebuilder confidence rises in May from April

NEW YORK (AP) - Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rebounded this month, reflecting improved sales trends during the spring home-selling season and the strongest outlook for sales over the next six months in more than six years.

May 16, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage fixed loans rises to 3.51 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week but stayed near their historic lows. Cheaper mortgages have helped the economy by spurring more home-buying and refinancing.

May 16, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Housing starts fell during April

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in April, one month after topping the 1 million mark for the first time since 2008. But most of the decline was in apartment construction, which tends to vary sharply from month to month.

May 16, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


What are pros & cons of buying rental property?

Hello Real Estate Boys: My wife Bambie, and yes she is a dear, recently lost her parents to an accident and we are in the middle of closing out the estate with one of Turlock's wonderful attorneys. I suppose at this point I should say Bambie was an only child and will inherit her parents' entire estate. While the estate is not huge it will give us a very nice sum of cash soon. The home her mom and dad lived in is paid for and they had no real outstanding bills. The estate was set up years ago ...

May 16, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Four new-home trends that can work for your remodel

Builders are back in business, and new-home construction is up in areas across the country. So is remodeling, as plenty of Americans choose to stay put and upgrade their current homes rather than tackle the challenge of buying and moving into something new.

May 16, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Give your home a fresh look with color

A fresh coat of paint can give any room an instant lift, making it a great solution for converting a space from drab to fab.

May 16, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Manteca Garden Tour features 6 gardens

Six residential gardens in Manteca will be showcased in the 2013 Manteca Garden Tour which will be held on Saturday, May 11, the day before Mother's Day.

April 25, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | HOME SCENE


Sell your home faster with cost-effective staging tips

Appearances count, especially when you're trying to sell a home. Even though the housing industry experts predict this spring will be a seller's market, it's important to grab every advantage when you're trying to sell your home. Staging - decorating a house to appeal to the broadest possible range of buyers - can make the difference between a quick sale or a long, painful linger on the market.

April 25, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Fewer California homes heading for foreclosure

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The number of California homes entering the foreclosure process plunged to a more-than-seven-year low this year thanks to rising home prices, an improving economy and new laws designed to protect homeowners, a research firm reported Tuesday.

April 25, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Manteca condo prices increase slightly, still 75% off market peak

It was the hottest buy in town.

April 25, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


New-homes sales rise 1.5 percent in March to 417K

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. sales of new homes rose in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 417,000. The increase added to evidence of a sustained housing recovery at the start of the spring buying season.

April 25, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Add low-cost living space with outdoor room

Adding living space to your home can be an expensive prospect. However, creating an outdoor room is a budget-friendly option that gives you more square footage, as well as additional opportunities to enjoy the season. As an extension of the home, outdoor rooms with decks or pergolas can be personalized to truly bring indoor comforts outside for relaxation and entertaining.

April 25, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Condo boards eyeing ‘mortgage termination’

DEAR BENNY: I am the president of a large condominium in the Midwest and have just heard about a program called "mortgage termination." It sounds fascinating and very useful for our condo, since we have a number of delinquencies with properties that are underwater. Are you familiar with this and if so, how does it work? --Phyllis

April 25, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Fast, fabulous fixes to banish a boring bath

The best bathrooms are more than just functional areas - they're sanctuaries where you can escape, reset and recharge. And as one of the smallest and most-used rooms in the home, that's likely why they've become the most popular remodeling project (78 percent), according to the National Association of Home Builders.

April 25, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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A lush lawn can be yours in 4 easy steps

Want to get the best out of your lawn this year? Implement these simple hacks to keep your lawn green and growing, your equipment up and running, and your yard looking great:

February 13, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


POCKET DOORS

Did you know that the smallest room in your home can be the most dangerous?

February 13, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.59%.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, resuming their downward trend of this year after rising slightly last week. Rates are near historically low levels.

February 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Challenge to real estate law fails

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a California real estate broker's lawsuit over a Nebraska law requiring licensing to market Nebraska homes online.

February 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


RIVER ISLANDS

With Phase I 90% sold out, Van Daele Homes has released Phase II at their Waterpointe community at River Island in Lathrop.

February 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Give your landscaping a no-maintenance makeover

Low- and no-maintenance features top the list when making over outdoor living spaces because less time maintaining means more time enjoying.

February 07, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Style and function blend for ideal bathroom visibility

Bathroom remodels are one of the most popular home improvement projects and they provide impressive return on investment. While plenty of focus goes into selecting the perfect tile or ideal shower surround, there's one critical area that too often is overlooked: the lighting.

January 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Keeping the heat inside your home during winter

The heat is definitely on this winter. With winter storms hitting many parts of the country early in the season, furnaces are plugging away, causing rising heating bills. Space heating is the largest energy expense in the average U.S. home, accounting for 45 percent of energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Consumers are looking to keep their homes cozy as the temperature continues to drop, while also having manageable utility bills.

January 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Getting rid of property ‘miners’ cuts crime

Fred Sheil fights crime.

January 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


AIM FOR THE SKY

The average American spends an hour a day in the kitchen preparing food and cleaning up afterward, according to the American Time Use Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Add in the time it takes to put groceries away, load and unload dishwashers, organize cabinets and pantries or just hang out, and you spend a whole lot of time in your kitchen.

January 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


America’s doing it all wrong when it comes to dishwashing

Nearly everyone (96 percent) wastes up to an hour each week pre-washing their dishes, according to a recent survey. But the reality is that the outdated ritual of pre-washing can actually result in dirtier dishes and waste a valuable resource - water!

January 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


What’s your kitchen style?

Everyone has a preferred style of kitchen, no matter if you're a chef at heart or just prefer to heat something frozen using the microwave. You may be surprised to discover your personality influences the style of kitchen you prefer. So, do you know what style matches your personality?

January 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Home price gains increase modestly

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose at a modest pace in November, held back by weaker sales and a limited number of houses for sale.

January 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


30-year mortgage rises to 3.66 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week after four straight weeks of declines, while remaining near historically low levels.

January 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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