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Condos drop from $220K down to $60K

Thirty months ago the Cherry Lane Apartments condo conversion was being billed as the most affordable housing option for buyers in Manteca.

March 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


For $229K you get a home, not a house

Are you just looking for a house or are you in the market for a home?

March 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Two scams homeowners need to avoid

There are two scams you need to look out for if you're a homeowner looking to reduce property taxes or someone trying to stay above water. One is trying to get you to fork over $179 to have your property taxes lowered and the others are popping up since President Obama's administration unveiled Wednesday how they are going to help homeowners who are current but are struggling to make mortgage payments.

March 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Del Webb living for $217,000

It's not a misprint.

February 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Workshop Saturday aims to stop foreclosures

Christine Papworth – The Real Estate Doctor – is demonstrating her passion to help homeowners facing foreclosure to remain in their homes and eventually regain their ownership.

February 27, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | HOME SCENE


Short sales: Next big thing?

Short sales were avoided like the plague just a year ago.

February 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


When it costs less to buy than rent you’ve found the market’s bottom

Has the Manteca housing market hit bottom at least under the $180,000 threshold?

February 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Custom homes going for a song

A $3,200 monthly housing payment on a home bought three years ago in Manteca or Ripon typically would buy a 3,100-square-foot newer tract home with a $560,000 selling price and a 10 percent down loan.

February 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Did I pay too much for my home? Absolutely not

I paid $185,000 for a two bedroom, one bathroom home with 996 square feet some 11 months ago.

February 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Dollar-for-dollar non-foreclosures look good

Countryside Lane is a place you'd expect to see Steve Douglas and his three sons if the widely popular CBS sitcom was based in the 1980s and not the 1960s.

February 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Non-distressed sellers pricing competitively

The best bargains may not be foreclosed homes.

February 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


The golden deals are starting

Buying activity is to the point in the Manteca housing market that the available number of resale homes has finally dipped to less than a three month supply for the first time in nearly three years.

January 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


McMansions sell for just over $80 per square foot

What does the median priced home in Manteca cost and look like this week?

January 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Your mortgage & taxes: Financial peace of mind

It's that dreaded time of the year again, time to start preparing your tax returns. And since 2008 was one of the toughest years in the history of our financial markets, this also may be a time that many of us learn exactly how much of a hit our investments and retirement accounts actually took this year.

January 30, 2009 | By Deborah Romero Mortgage Consultant Ability Mortgage | HOME SCENE


Best prices in 20 years on 2-1

The homes along the narrow streets in the 600 blocks of Fir and Pine have served as barometers for housing affordability in Manteca since they were first built in the 1950s.

January 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


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Opening the door to space & privacy is easy

Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative and new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations.

June 06, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


A GEM ON EMERALD

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.

May 30, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


5 new ways to update your home with wood

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.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Finding balance: creating functional family spaces

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.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Coast to coast: 2014’s top outdoor home living trends

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.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Home prices rise at slower rate

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose in March, but the gains are decelerating as fewer Americans can afford to buy.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


New home sales rose 6.4 percent

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.

May 30, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


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