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Colors and accessories bring emotion to your living spaces

Home decor can convey many different emotions - from warmth and comfort on cold and dreary winter days to elegance and festiveness during the holiday season. The colors and materials you use set the stage; everything from the textures that appear in the accessories, the arrangement of the furniture and even how sound reverberates in a room.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Wonders why mandatory info not part of timeshares

RESPONSE FROM A READER: I have given some thought to the timeshare thing – and yes we had one and paid money to get rid of it.

November 29, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 4.29 %

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. mortgage rates rose modestly this week, a move that makes home-buying a bit less affordable. Still, rates remain near historically low levels.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices rose at slower pace in September

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose more slowly in September than in August, a sign that weaker sales are preventing the kinds of sharp price gains that occurred earlier this year.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Winter renovations to boost home energy efficiency, add value

It's that time of year again, when the cold wind blows outdoors and your home works as hard as it can to keep you warm and comfortable indoors. Yet your home may be working harder than necessary, while inflating your energy bills in the process. By making a few home renovations this winter, you can boost energy efficiency, save money and add value to your home in the long run.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Shape up your home in time for the holidays

Excited about hosting a holiday party; but dreading the decorating? You don't have to spend a great deal of money or invest a lot of time to get your home holiday ready. There are a number of quick, easy and inexpensive projects you can complete to update your decor before the first guest rings the doorbell.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


How to maintain your deck for year-round entertainment

Expanding livable space using decks and patios is a top home improvement trend, but today's homeowners aren't satisfied with limiting entertaining outdoors to the warmer months. With a few smart updates, they're creating spaces that make outdoor entertaining possible all year long. Breathe new life into your existing deck and create a space that can be used for entertaining year-round with a few expert tips.

November 29, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Few supporting delaying changes in flood insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Efforts to delay implementation of changes in the federal flood insurance program have run into roadblocks on both sides of Capitol Hill.

November 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Tips to make your home sparkle for your holiday guests

The holiday season's here - time for enjoying your favorite foods, cider simmering on the stove and gatherings of friends and family. If you're hosting a holiday celebration, prepping your home now will help reduce last-minute chores and make the season more enjoyable.

November 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Son getting dinged for more money after escrow

Q: About a month ago, our son sold his home he had owned for 9 years. Three years ago, he obtained a loan modification to lower his payments. The title attorney that handled the recent closing received a pay-off from the lender in the amount of XXXXX. Our son needed to sell, so he took a loss and had to pay over $5,000 at the closing.

November 22, 2013 | Benny L. Kass | HOME SCENE


Average rate on 30-year fixed rate mortgage declines to 4.2 perecent.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week after two weeks of increases, keeping home-buying affordable.

November 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Existing home sales fall 3.2 percent during October as supply tightens

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans bought existing homes in October, as higher mortgage rates, the 16-day partial government shutdown and a limited supply of houses on the market reduced sales.

November 22, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


HEART & SOUL

"A kitchen provides physical and spiritual nourishment, and for many homes is now the heart and soul of family life." That's how Terence Conran opened his classic Kitchen Book 20 years ago, and it's probably even truer today. The kitchen's central importance in most households means that Americans are paying more attention than ever to the design and decoration of this vital space - a search for functionality, comfort and beauty that's reflected in current trends in hardwood kitchen cabinetry.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Festive tabletop ideas for holiday entertaining

Do you have the blues this holiday season? How about the pinks? Non-traditional holiday colors are a popular trend in home decor this yuletide, especially when it comes to decking the table for special gatherings with family and friends.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


Fewer homes repossessed by lenders during October

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer U.S. homes are completing the foreclosure process and ending up repossessed by banks because investors are increasingly buying up properties when they go on sale at public auction.

November 15, 2013 | | HOME SCENE


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Solid new-home sales lift hopes for housing market

WASHINGTON (AP) - A surprisingly strong pace of new-home sales last month has boosted hopes that the spring buying season will be solid enough to lift the overall economy.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate reaches 4.37 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose for a third straight week as new data showed a surprisingly strong pace of new-home sales last month. Rates still remain near historically low levels.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Freddie Mac posts $8.6B profit in 4Q

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage giant Freddie Mac posted net income of $8.6 billion for the October through December period, its ninth straight profitable quarter. Earnings were boosted by the continued rise in home prices, which reduced the amounts the company had to set aside to cover losses on mortgages.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Oscar horse race to be a photo finish

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many of the winners who will take home an Oscar on Sunday have long been forecast, their triumph made seemingly self-evident after months of anticipation. That is, except for one little category: best picture.

February 28, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


ND home prices soar with oil boom

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's oil boom isn't just driving up housing prices at the epicenter. Getting a roof overhead is getting more expensive throughout the state, with the average value of a home sold last year topping $200,000 - up more than 20 percent from 2011, a real estate trade group says.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Builder confidence sinks in February

NMEW YORK (AP) - U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market declined sharply this month as the severe weather battering much of the nation keeps many would-be buyers at home.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Put your decorating fears to bed by employing the latest color trends

The bedroom is an oasis. It's the place where you wake up, energized and ready to start the day, as well as where you slip away and unwind from the day's activities. This is the one room that is truly yours, so make sure it's a reflection of your personality.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Put your decorating fears to bed by employing the latest color trends

The bedroom is an oasis. It's the place where you wake up, energized and ready to start the day, as well as where you slip away and unwind from the day's activities. This is the one room that is truly yours, so make sure it's a reflection of your personality.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


4 quick color tips to awaken your home

While many resolutions are based on eating healthier and exercising more, homes rarely receive the same promise of improvement. This year, resolve to give your home some attention by committing to a new coat of paint. Painting can be a quick and cost-effective way to refresh your home, so consider updating several spaces for a clean start.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Foreclosure rate almost back to normal

Good news.

February 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Storms put chill on new housing starts

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home construction fell in January for a second month but the weakness in both months reflected severe winter weather in many parts of the country. The expectation is that housing will deliver another year of solid gains, helped by an improving economy.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year loan rate up to 4.33 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week but remained near historically low levels.

February 21, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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