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TOUGH TREE TIMES

The rush to save water is claiming legions of unintended casualties — California’s trees.

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5 simple design tricks to help revamp home

Whether you’ve just moved into a home or you’ve lived there for years, it might be time for a design tune-up. While many ...

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Average 30-year fixed mortgage at 3.93 %

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week, with the key 30-year loan rate remaining under 4 percent.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2015 6:58 p.m. | | Average 30-year fixed mortgage at 3.93 % Comments 0 Comments

DEATH, BANKS & LOANS

Q: I was searching the Internet and came across and article you wrote a couple of years ago. That posting is very similar to my ...

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Sales soar to fastest pace since 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their home-buying for a third straight month in July, as sales accelerated to the strongest pace in eight years.

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LUXURY AUCTIONS

EDWARDS, Colo. (AP) — Bob and Karin Weber built their dream home 14 years ago, creating an 11,000-square-foot mountaintop oasis. Now that the couple is ...

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Discarded objects reborn as light fixtures

NEW YORK (AP) — Household objects, industrial cast-offs and vintage farm tools — all these and more are being salvaged and upcycled into lighting fixtures that range ...

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Average rate on 30-year loan falls to 3.91 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a third straight week amid anxiety over developments in the U.S. economy that lifted ...

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Posted: aug. 07, 2015 7:23 p.m. | | Average rate on 30-year  loan falls to 3.91 percent Comments 0 Comments

Cut yuck for healthier home

Dirt. Grime. Bacteria. Airborne allergens. As hard as you try to keep your home clean, these types of yucky things are an everyday reality. Taking ...

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Bring style for small spaces

As college students prepare to move into dorm rooms and apartments, they trim their packing lists and often sacrifice style due to space restraints. Although ...

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Luxury summit peeks into lifestyles of ultra-high end home buyers

LOS GATOS (AP) — The summit on luxury homes and high-end buyers brought over 100 real estate professionals to the Rosewood Hotel in Menlo Park last ...

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Fannie Mae posts $4.6B profit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage giant Fannie Mae reported net income of $4.6 billion from April through June, up from $3.7 billion a year earlier ...

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Tips to get your rental security deposit back

Moving out of an apartment or rental home is hard work and often unveils inevitable wear-and-tear from living in the space. What can be even ...

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FAMILY LIVING

Nancy Lebon of Compass Real Estate has arguably one of the coolest deals in one of Manteca’s hottest neighborhoods.

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Décor with a California vibe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There’s no single definition of California style: The state’s design sensibilities are as varied and interesting as its geography and ...

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Mike Holmes: Buy home using intelligence, not simply illusion

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Holmes, famous for calling out bad plumbing, woodworking and electrical work on the HGTV show “Holmes on Homes,” says there are ...

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Posted: jul. 31, 2015 8:04 p.m. | | Mike Holmes:  Buy home using  intelligence, not simply illusion  Comments 0 Comments

30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.98%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a second straight week, with the key 30-year rate slipping below 4 percent.

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Strong sales, limited supply lift prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose steadily in May, pushed higher by a healthy increase in sales this year.

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‘Big mistake’ cuts my costs

Do not buy a house.

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PAINT LIKE A PRO

Sunny summer months are the perfect time for a colorful home refresh. With open windows, warm weather and the tips below, you can check painting ...

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Home sales surged in June to fastest pace in 8-plus years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought homes in June at the fastest rate in over eight years, pushing prices to record highs as buyer demand has eclipsed ...

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30-year mortgage falls to 4.04 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, retreating from highs for the year and amplifying the incentive for prospective home buyers.

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Is Greek crisis a worry for homebuyers?

To The Real Estate Boys; For the last few weeks my husband and I have been following the nightly news and of course the newspapers ...

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New-home sales hit slump during June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans bought new homes in June, a possible sign that the real estate market might not be as hot as it appeared ...

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Can USA housing industry’s comeback endure? Outlook dims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. housing market has sizzled this summer, lifting expectations that home sales will finally help drive an economic expansion now in ...

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Floor tile has versatility

If you are renovating any area of your home, it may be time to try something new-such as bringing tile into main living areas in ...

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Adding ‘wow’ to outdoor space

Turning your backyard into an outdoor living oasis can be a tough project to start. Between product choices and design ideas, planning your ideal outdoor ...

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Posted: jul. 24, 2015 7:27 p.m. | | Adding ‘wow’ to outdoor space Comments 0 Comments

Improving home’s energy efficiency

Most people probably think of windows and skylights only when they’re buying or selling a house, when they get dirty, when they leak, or ...

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California home sales surge in June thanks to strong economy

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California home sales surged in June on a strong economy and low interest rates as prices reached seven-year highs, a research firm ...

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Posted: jul. 17, 2015 7:33 p.m. | | California home  sales surge in  June thanks to strong economy Comments 0 Comments

Apartment projects homebuilding surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders broke ground on apartment complexes last month at the fastest pace in nearly 28 years, as developers anticipate that recent ...

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Posted: jul. 17, 2015 7:33 p.m. | | Apartment projects homebuilding surge Comments 0 Comments

The Turlock market is pretty healthy

Real Estate Boys: Hope you are having a great summer so far.  Our question for the Boys is simple and easy.  What is the shape ...

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Everything is negotiable on a home transaction

Q:   My wife and I are in our eighties and would like your comments regarding a very critical decision concerning our future.

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Homebuilder sentiment hits highest level since 2005

NEW YORK (AP) —U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the market for new homes is back up to levels not seen since the height of the ...

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Posted: jul. 17, 2015 7:32 p.m. | | Homebuilder sentiment  hits highest level since 2005 Comments 0 Comments

30-year mortgage rises to 4.09%

WASHINGTON (AP) —  Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching highs for the year as investor anxiety over economic turbulence abroad moderated.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2015 7:31 p.m. | | 30-year mortgage rises to 4.09% Comments 0 Comments

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