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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


Bridging the communication gap a must in real estate

DEAR REAL ESTATE BOYS, I have heeded your advice and listed my home with a local Realtor and three weeks later I have questions but I can't seem to get my Realtor to answer my concerns. I'm hoping you Boys will/can help me.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Testing sensors as safety net for seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) - It could mean no more having to check up on Mom or Dad every morning: Motion sensors on the wall and a monitor under the mattress one day might automatically alert you to early signs of trouble well before an elderly loved one gets sick or suffers a fall.

July 12, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Housing costs soar 10.6% in the 209 market

The cost of buying a typical home in Manteca, Turlock, Ripon, Modesto and elsewhere has gone up 10.6 percent during the past month.

July 05, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Greener decorating for your outdoor living deck and patio

Outdoor living spaces cry out for an eco-friendly touch. Whether you're adding a patio, updating a deck or livening up your landscaping, the last thing you want to do is harm the environment. Greener decorating and building practices can help you protect and pay homage to Mother Nature while creating a space where you'll enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Home price gains bring sellers off the sidelines

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Robert and Emerald Oravec were itching to sell their condominium late last year to move closer to a favorite surfing spot, but they were stuck. They owed the bank $194,000 and figured the most they could get was $180,000.

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year loan falls to 4.29 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week after last week's surge. The declines could prompt homebuyers to act quickly before rates rise further.

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Prices rise 12.2% in May, biggest jump in 7 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices jumped 12.2 percent in May from a year ago, the most in seven years. The increase suggests the housing recovery is strengthening.

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Tiff over mortgage insurance refund

Q: My husband and I purchased a home in October of 2010 using an FHA mortgage through Bank of America. We had a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with a PMI 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. Looking at the FHA/HUD website it states that a refund of some of the premium money is available if the following three criteria are met:

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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30-year mortgage falls to 3.66%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, approaching historically low levels with the spring home-buying season underway.

April 10, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


LIVE IN A PORSCHE?

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) - The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view.

April 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


What you should never do remodeling kitchens

Whether you've heard it in the office, a classroom or a soccer field, that old saying about mistakes being valuable learning tools really rings true, doesn't it? If those mistakes occur during the course of a kitchen renovation, however, it may be difficult to be philosophical about them. Bungle a kitchen redesign, and you'll either have to live with the consequences for a long time or invest even more money to correct them.

April 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Create the perfect outdoor kitchen space for summer

Now that warmer weather is here, you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible - and that includes mealtime. But what if your outdoor kitchen space is lacking? Worry not! There are several easy, affordable projects that can help you transform the area into the perfect cooking and entertaining area. Give these projects a try to recreate your space.

April 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices rise modestly, weigh on buyer affordability

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in January, pushing prices up at a faster pace than wages and putting more homes financially out of reach for would-be buyers.

April 03, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


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