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Tips to capture mood, season’s splendor

As decorations are hung this holiday season in preparation for entertaining family and friends, consider creating ambiance using lighting in the main social rooms of the home, including the kitchen, dining and living rooms. Beyond the trimmings, presents and other jolly adornments, it is essential to have the proper lighting to enhance the glow of the holidays and adjust the mood of a room.

November 01, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Is the 44.6% gain in value of Manteca homes for real?

The median price of existing homes closing escrow in year-to-year comparisons is up a whopping 44.6 percent in Manteca.

September 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

How to paint like a pro

The task of home painting projects may seem daunting, but by following a few helpful steps you can give your home a fresh, clean appearance and incorporate some of your favorite new home décor trends.

September 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


From runway fashion to home decor, blue is definitely in the spotlight right now. Give your home a fresh boost of an on-trend color and make it through the fall season in style.

September 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

The ebb and flow of interest rates

Gentlemen and Boys; My husband and I watch the news and stay abreast of current events for reasons we won't discuss here. Suffice it to say, we like to be aware of what's going on in our world. With knowledge comes a little fear that you may have missed a point or forgot. Forgetting is today's question for you Boys. We have forgotten what the interest rates have done over the last 40 or so years. I know I could go to the Internet and get the answer, but your answers honestly amuse us every Saturday morning.

September 27, 2013 | By LARRY RUMBECK & LLOYD BLACKMAN The Real Estate Boys | HOME SCENE

Home prices rise 12.4 pct., most in 7½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose 12.4 percent in July compared with a year ago, the most since February 2006. An increase in sales on a limited supply of available homes drove the gains.

September 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

New home sales jump 7.9 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans stepped up purchases of new homes in August after cutting back in July, suggesting that higher mortgage rates are not yet slowing the housing recovery.

September 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Wants to sell jointly owned property

Q: I read your last posting in the Tribune regards options for selling jointly owned property. I have a horrific situation not for the faint at heart. We are two brothers fighting worse than a Spanish bull ring.. Animosity exists between my older brother and my wife. He has no rush, and enjoys the comfort when he comes to Chicago to stay as long as he wishes in the basement and collects rent from the first floor of this 2 flat. Meantime I live with my wife on the 2nd floor. We want out of this situation. What once was ...

September 27, 2013 | By Benny L. Kass Inman News | HOME SCENE

Lawn games to enjoy in early autumn

As long as the sun is shining, early autumn is a great time to get outside and enjoy that beautiful you've been working so hard to maintain throughout the year. Barbecues and picnics are always a good excuse to get family and friends together but after you've finished eating you don't want the kids (or the adults) wandering back inside to waste a glorious day staring at a television or a computer screen. It's time for some good old-fashioned backyard fun: lawn games.

September 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Pending home sales fall for 3rd straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy U.S. homes in August, the third straight decline. The drop could mean that higher mortgage rates are starting to deter some buyers.

September 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Hot colors for kitchen and bath

So many of us love the rich colors featured in kitchen and bath magazines, but when it comes to selecting colors for our own homes, we tend to play it safe. It's time to be bold and get out of the color comfort zone. Whether it's a vibrant backsplash, playful shade on the wall, or a new sink color that pops with personality, today's hot color trends are anything but boring.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Flipping through the television channels, it's hard not to find a home improvement show about remodeling and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. From "Property Brothers" to "Design Star," these popular programs give homeowners ideas on how to modernize their spaces. If you're planning your own DIY projects, here are three areas of the home that will give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to a makeover.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Home sales hit 6½-year high but could slow

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales rose last month to the highest level since February 2007 as buyers rushed to close deals before mortgage rates increased further.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Consumers making mortgage payments top priority again

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The steady rise in U.S. home values is increasingly motivating homeowners to make paying their mortgage on time a priority, according to a new study.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

30-year mortgage rate dips to 4.50%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week amid signs the economic recovery is slowing.

September 21, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

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