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Fannie Mae posts $10.1B net income for 2Q

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage giant Fannie Mae earned $10.1 billion in the second quarter, aided by the recovery in the housing market. The government-controlled company has turned a profit in each of the past six quarters.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Remodeling: Making your space work for you

(BPT) - As more people choose to stay in their current homes longer, Americans are diving into large remodel projects. Forty percent of homeowners plan to remodel or build an addition to their existing home within the next two years, with kitchen and bathroom projects remaining the most popular remodeling jobs, according to the 2013 Houzz and Home Survey.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Wall-mounted sliding door ‘reflects’ solid design solution

Like many couples who share a bathroom, one Arizona couple was frustrated by the space that was compromised by a swinging bathroom door. The open door swung into the bathroom vanity and took up too much space in a very traditional bathroom.

August 09, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Inventory, not interest, is key

Good afternoon Real Estate Boys; it is well over 100 degrees outside as I write to you gentlemen. Boy the heat is on and it's only July 2. While the heat is my question it has nothing to do with the weather outside. More to the point, my question is about the heat of the market. You Boys let your readers know about the interest rate hike a few weeks before it happened and you've been somewhat accurate about the market itself. So, with interest rates going up about a whole point last week, now here's the ...

August 09, 2013 | The Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE


Make your own masterpieces: painted focal points for rooms

Still love the overall design scheme of a space, but feeling a little bored? The best way to breathe new life into it - without revamping the entire area - is by creating a new focal wall. Instead of a decal, stencil or pricey artwork, make a statement that's one-of-a-kind with a little creativity and painter's tape.

July 26, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Former Long-time renter is $18,000 ahead after buying home 5 years ago

She's a single woman in Manteca in her 50s.

July 26, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Building homes that make more power than they take

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) - Homes being built in this Hudson Valley cul-de-sac offer prospective buyers wooded lots, pretty views and - oh yes - the promise of thumbing your nose at the power utility.

July 26, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year loan falls to 4.31 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average rates on U.S. fixed mortgages fell for the second straight week, a welcome sign for homebuyers hoping to lock in lower rates that had spiked earlier this month.

July 26, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Best backyard bets for enhancing outdoor living

From entertainment systems and fully functional kitchens to luxurious furnishings and decor, it's easy to drop a bundle on improving your outdoor living spaces. The choices seem to be unlimited. But no matter how much you love your deck or patio - and most Americans do - you probably don't have an unlimited budget for equipping your outdoor space.

July 26, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Advice on protecting rental property

Q: What is needed in landlord insurance? My husband and I have become accidental landlords due to me not wanting to sell my family home after my father's passing.

July 26, 2013 | BENNY L. KASS | HOME SCENE


6 in 10 Vegas home sales involve cash

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Cash is king buying a house in southern Nevada.

July 26, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Building homes that make more power than they take

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) - Homes being built in this Hudson Valley cul-de-sac offer prospective buyers wooded lots, pretty views and - oh yes - the promise of thumbing your nose at the power utility.

July 26, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Home sales dip, remain near 3½-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. sales of previously occupied homes slipped in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.08 million but remain near a 3½-year high.

July 26, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Four tips to take your home from ‘for sale’ to ‘sold’ quicker

If you've been thinking about selling your home, there's no time like the present. House hunters come out of the woodwork in warm weather months and "for sale" signs pop up everywhere. Your job is to set your home apart from all the others. In most areas around the country, it's a buyers' market. So how do you get a leg-up on the competition?

July 26, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


What’s the 4-1-1 on current housing market conditions?

DEAR REAL ESTATE BOYS: I read your articles in the paper weekly, but I'm not really sure why, because you Boys seem to make fun of your profession. Your answers are normally done with a joke and you both just think you are funny. All that said, I am writing you because you usually write quarterly about the market and where the market might be heading. Could you please give your readers an update on the market?

July 26, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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Keep man cave top of mind when choosing a new home

It used to be that the man's room -or man cave- was relegated to the basement or the garage. Now homes are being designed with the man cave already in mind to give men a place to call their own.

May 15, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


New condos in Patterson in low $200,000s

PATTERSON - Ivy Terrace is Patterson's first gated "for sale" condominium community.

May 15, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Why buyers face a tough spring

LOS ANGLES (AP) - Eager to buy your first home this spring? Already own, but want to trade up? Be warned: there'll be plenty of competition

May 15, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Spring project breakdown

As a kickoff to home improvement season, there are many home updates homeowners are undertaking. But before you grab your toolkit or enlist the help of a professional, do your wallet a favor, and conduct a little research.

May 15, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Four steps to find your home’s perfect patio door

Do you feel like your house could use more natural light to brighten and warm your favorite spaces? Patio doors offer unobstructed views that flood your home with natural light and provide convenient access to the outside.

May 15, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Dream outdoor kitchens

It often starts as a blank spot on the patio, usually somewhere just outside the back door. Then come the "things" to fill the spot. There's so much to consider that it gets difficult to make a decision.

May 08, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rises to 3.8 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates are up this week to the highest level since mid-March.

May 08, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Seeking advice on buying first home

Hey you Real Estate Boys: There's a lot going on my/our lives in the coming months. First and most importantly we will be getting married right after we both graduate in May, from Stanislaus with our respective degrees. We both have good jobs in this area and are looking forward to becoming old and boring and raising a family. "She is so brilliant." So, being the conservative future couple we'd like to make sure we start our lives on the correct foot/feet. And that, sirs, is our question. How does a young couple start a life ...

May 08, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Fannie Mae posts $1.9B profit for quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage giant Fannie Mae says it had net income of $1.9 billion for the first quarter. That's sharply down from the same period a year ago due to lower fee income and larger losses on investments used to hedge against swings in interest rates.

May 08, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Building tiny houses into big help for Los Angeles’ homeless

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shortly after Elvis Summers befriended Irene McGhee, he learned she was sleeping on the streets of South Los Angeles.

May 08, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


UP, UP & AWAY

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities.

May 01, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


$100M FOR A HOME?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The poshest of luxury homes are acquiring the cachet of a masterwork by Picasso or Matisse.

May 01, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Tips for perfect home laundry, every time

Keeping your wardrobe and entertaining linens fresh and clean is no easy task – from fitting your laundry routine into your lifestyle to removing the toughest stains from your bright whites.

May 01, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Add quality & comfort to your favorite rooms

When considering a home renovation, think outside the box for design inspiration and setting the overall tone.

May 01, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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