The waiting game is about to become expensive
Twenty-one years ago they bought a house in the custom East Manteca neighborhood of Spring Meadows for $210,000.
Six years ago this summer a bidding war was underway to buy the models of the popular east Manteca custom neighborhood known as Meadowlands located to the north of Joshua Cowell School.
Bay Area housing prices may once again impact future trends in Manteca values.
The first-time homebuyer story of four years ago in Manteca now seems like ancient history.
Call it the Darwin Proposition 13 effect.
There is still no rhyme or reason to the Manteca housing market as it enters the third year of full-scale foreclosure frenzy.
The best way to keep California's housing construction pulse from straight-lining might just be Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal for reviving and expanding the $10,000 state home buyer's tax credit.
Are things leveling out in the Manteca housing market?
The typical transaction involving an existing home closing escrow in Manteca is flat – for now.
More and more owner occupied homes that are not under duress are making their way to market.
Finally there is some relief coming for those first-time buyers battling investors for foreclosures.
What a strange long year it's been.
A household with two full-time workers each making minimum wage - $8 an hour – could afford to buy a $115,000 home if they have no other debt load and have the means to come up with $6,000 or so for down payment and closing costs.
Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative and new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations.
Homes priced under $304,000 that are ready-to-move-in and don't require major work such as new roofs, kitchen upgrades or bathroom repairs are moving relatively briskly in Manteca.
Wood may be known for its timeless visual appeal, but there's nothing static about the way people showcase it in American homes. Designers, homeowners and DIYers are re-discovering the warmth and beauty of wood. From inventive new uses to re-interpretations of existing styles, they're finding creative ways to use wood throughout the home.
Let's face it - life is busy. And one of the byproducts of a busy life is a cluttered house. With piles of paper coming home from school and toys creating obstacle courses in the family room, parents may wonder how they'll ever take back control of the house. A few experts share their ideas for doing just that.
From genteel porches in the East to sleek, seaside balconies in the West, the popularity of outdoor living spaces is poised for significant growth from coast to coast with industry analysts predicting it will be a $5.7 billion market by 2016. Reinforcing these projections, 63 percent of architects cite an outdoor living space as the most popular "special function room" in housing construction, according to the American Institute of Architects. What's more, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association reports that homebuilders list decks among the top three features most requested with new home buys.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose in March, but the gains are decelerating as fewer Americans can afford to buy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of U.S. new homes recovered in April after slumping in the previous two months. But Americans are still buying new homes at a slower pace than they did a year ago.