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Court upholds key tool for fighting bias

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday preserved a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination, handing a surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights activists.

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Manteca program conserves water, energy

The Manteca City Council has launched the HERO Property assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program.

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Fastest rising rents in US? Try Jackson, Mississippi

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home rental prices are climbing across much of the United States — with the biggest gains coming from not from New York or San Francisco but Jackson, Mississippi, and Portland, Maine.

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Open the door to fresh air

For homeowners who enjoy spending time outside, the doorway is an important architectural element that blends style and function to connect indoor and outdoor spaces. 

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Questions about using a reverse mortgage

Q: What is your opinion about a reverse mortgage? We are in our late 60s, have a small savings and an acceptable pension. Our home is free and clear and is worth approximately $400,000. We have seen some famous people raving about the concept on television, but we have some concerns whether this is right for us. Clara.

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Putting farm, water use in perspective

Hey Real Estate Boys; We read your article last week on the water situation here in the Valley. While I agree with you that it’s not a government conspiracy, there really is a drought and we all need to be aware of wasting water. I do take offense that farmers seem to feel they are entitled to just open gates and flood their fields and not cut back like the government is asking of us. If I read correctly, we’ve been asked to cut back 30% maybe more, maybe a little less. As I drive around I see ...

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Average 30-year rate edges up to 4.02%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates were mixed this week, marking slight increases or declines but remaining close to high levels for the year.

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Simple home safety improvement steps

Renovating a house can be a tough job. With so many details to consider, just knowing where to begin can be a challenge. But one consideration homeowners shouldn’t skip is safety. 

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Brisk sales at Atherton means model homes are now for sale

By DENNIS WYATT

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‘THE ADDRESS’

Here’s an interesting tidbit: Fifty percent of the home buyers at River Islands at Lathrop are coming from Mountain House and Tracy,

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Floor your house with design twists

Hardwood flooring brings enduring beauty, charm and value to a home. Not content to keep a good thing underfoot, inspired homeowners are now finding new and creative locations to use it for a dramatic effect.

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Is your money going out of the windows?

One of the largest contributors to a home’s energy efficiency is its windows. Energy-efficient windows can lower your energy costs and increase your home’s comfort while reducing your carbon footprint and increasing your home’s value.

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California home sales rise; median price tops $400,000

IRVINE (AP) — California home sales continued their year-over-year rise last month as the state recovers from its housing slump. The median price of homes hit $401,000 statewide and $650,000 in the San Francisco Bay Area, a real estate research firm reported Thursday.

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Kitchen designer tells all

When remodeling your kitchen, it can be tricky to know where to start. Certified Kitchen Designer MaryJo Camp has been there, in more ways than one. As a designer certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Camp has designed thousands of kitchens in her 35-year career – including her own. With a newfound personal understanding of remodeling challenges, Camp has pulled together her top tips for a successful kitchen revamp.

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Average rate on 30-year loan drops to 4%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates eased this week after hitting their highest levels this year in the previous week.

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Homebuilders’ confidence in sales surges in June

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) —  U.S. homebuilders are feeling more confident about their sales prospects than they have since last fall, while their outlook for sales over the next six months is at the highest level in 10 years.

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KB Home profit tops forecasts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shares of KB Home jumped Friday after the custom home builder reported better-than-expected results for the second-quarter, delivered more homes for a higher average selling price and said its backlog of orders spiked.

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Mother Nature knows best

When it comes to health and wellness, the design of your home may prove to be just as important as your diet, sleep habits or exercise routine. This is the premise behind biophilic design - the idea that incorporating natural elements into your home, such as wood or plants, can actually improve overall health.

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Regulators impose limits on six banks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have slapped restrictions on the mortgage businesses of six banks, saying they haven’t fully complied with requirements imposed on them to resolve allegations that they abused the foreclosure process after the collapse of the housing market.

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SAVVY STORAGE

Just because you don’t own your home or have a permanent abode, does not mean you can’t be neat and organized in the place you currently hang your hat.

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Broker gets FAA approval to use drone

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Across Southern Nevada, homes listed online usually have a slideshow of photos — some good-quality, some not — showing the yards, bedrooms, kitchen, garage and other areas of the house.

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Garden takes inspiration from quilts

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — It’s not uncommon to see floral patterns on quilts. But how about flowers planted in a quilt pattern?

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Tips, tech make for a tidy home

With spring in full swing and summer fast approaching, finding ways to save time on indoor chores can help get you out of the house faster and back to enjoying your favorite outdoor pastimes. Tame household dust, hair and dirt in a snap this summer with these efficient and effective cleaning tips:

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How to secure the home loan you need

Springtime represents new beginnings and is the prime time to get the house in order. Whether you’re looking to make a first-time purchase, refresh an existing home or simply leverage built-up equity for other reasons, it’s important to figure out which path is right for you and understand the lending options available.

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30-year mortgage jumps to high for year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates jumped this week to their highest levels this year, with the key 30-year rate topping 4 percent for the first time since late 2014.

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LET IT GROW

Whether it’s a just a vibrant pop of pretty petals you want added to the front of the home or a raised bed full of delicious fruits and vegetables, the return of warmer weather has many homeowners reaching for their gardening gloves.

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How to bring the indoors out

Gone are the days of basic backyards outfitted with plastic furniture and folding lawn chairs. Today’s outdoor spaces have evolved to become true extensions of the home offering all the style, comfort and function of an interior living area. From furniture and accessories to fully-appointed outdoor kitchens, the lines between indoors and out have blurred beyond distinction.

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Drought spurs home water recycling

BERKELEY  (AP) — Showering during California’s drought is a guilt-free experience for homeowners Catarina Negrin and Noah Friedman.

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Out-of-the-ordinary upgrades

Perhaps your home is in pretty good shape - newish roof, well-maintained furnace and air-conditioning, and fresh paint throughout. Or maybe you’ve bought a brand-new house that’s move-in ready. Even though you don’t really need to do a thing to the home, you may still have the urge to update. But what can you do when everything is already just about perfect?

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Posted: jun. 05, 2015 7:19 p.m. | | Out-of-the-ordinary upgrades Comments 0 Comments

Average rate on 30-year mortgage stays at 3.87 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates were flat to slightly lower this week, remaining near their highest levels so far this year.

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HOUSING DEBT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Al and Saundra Karp have found an unconventional way to raise money and help save their Miami-area home from foreclosure: They’re lining up gigs for their family jazz band.

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US regulators warn: Ads for reverse mortgages can mislead

WASHINGTON (AP) — We’ve seen the TV ad pitches from celebrities like “The Fonz” Henry Winkler and actor and ex-senator Fred Thompson, touting the benefits of reverse mortgages for older homeowners.

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Pot or plot? ‘Right-size’ plant picks

Have you ever walked into a room that was so full of over-sized furniture it made an already small space feel miniscule and unusable? Or tricked your tummy into being satisfied with less food by using a small plate to make a modest portion look huge? Scale makes a decided difference in many aspects of life, and gardening is no different.

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SF files suit against landlord for evictions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco has filed a lawsuit against a property owner, claiming she has been harassing and intimidating her rent-controlled tenants to force them from their apartments.

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BEST POSITIONING

Equations are for more than just math class; did you know there’s a proper order of operations for your home, too? Whether it’s arranging your couch and television for optimal viewing or making sure towel bars are right within reach, knowing a few key numbers can help you determine the ideal place for each item in your home - creating spaces that look great and are easy-to-use.

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Creating an island paradise in kitchen

Custom cabinetry, granite countertops, reclaimed wood flooring and accents, and top-of-the-line, high-tech appliances - what more do you need to make your kitchen renovation perfect? How about adding an island? Designers and builders across the country are pointing to the addition of an island as the must-have upgrade for kitchen renovations this year.

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Wood or composite deck?

Outdoor living is a home improvement trend that can’t be ignored. If you plan to add a deck to your house, remember the design is only one aspect of the planning process. The materials you decide to use can affect the project in numerous ways, from the initial investment to maintenance years from now.

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Remodeling kitchen? Draw inspiration from cultures

Traditional, rustic, contemporary, modern - which style will you choose for your kitchen remodel? While each design style has its own appealing characteristics, what if you want a look that is worldly and inspired? You can add flare to any kitchen - and any kitchen design style - by incorporating cultural influences from around the world.

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Opportunity in fast growing SE Manteca

It is arguably the hottest small parcel zoned neighborhood commercial as well as for other uses that’s available in Manteca — five acres at the corner of Pillsbury Road and Woodward Avenue.

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MODERN LOVE AFFAIR

PORTOLA VALLEY -- If the architecture of Silicon Valley calls to mind the tilt-up office parks that surround its freeway exits, you might have missed Beverly Thorne’s jagged, steel-framed house nestled in a cliff overlooking the South Bay.

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Renters satisfied in pricey cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — High rents are worth it.

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Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.84 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly lower this week after rising for three straight weeks.

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California home prices, sales increase in April

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California home prices climbed to a new 7 1/2-year high in April as low interest rates and job growth lured buyers, a research firm said Thursday. Sales were brisk.

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WATERPOINTE

Home shoppers are finding the home of their dreams in a resort like setting at Van Daele’s Waterpointe at River Islands in Lathrop.

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What you need to know about the kitchen sink

If the kitchen is the heart of your home, it would be easy to make the case that the sink is the heart of your kitchen. It’s where you prepare foods, clean dirty hands and scrub dishes before the next culinary project. It’s also one of the best features to update when planning a kitchen remodel, thanks to new technology and designs aimed at improving how well kitchen sinks perform.

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Keep man cave top of mind when choosing a new home

It used to be that the man’s room —or man cave— was relegated to the basement or the garage. Now homes are being designed with the man cave already in mind to give men a place to call their own.

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New condos in Patterson in low $200,000s

PATTERSON — Ivy Terrace is Patterson’s first gated “for sale” condominium community.

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Why buyers face a tough spring

LOS ANGLES (AP) — Eager to buy your first home this spring? Already own, but want to trade up? Be warned: there’ll be plenty of competition

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Spring project breakdown

As a kickoff to home improvement season, there are many home updates homeowners are undertaking. But before you grab your toolkit or enlist the help of a professional, do your wallet a favor, and conduct a little research.

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Four steps to find your home’s perfect patio door

Do you feel like your house could use more natural light to brighten and warm your favorite spaces? Patio doors offer unobstructed views that flood your home with natural light and provide convenient access to the outside.

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