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You only get one chance to make a first impression and that first statement for your home begins with your front door. Fortunately, there are a few simple projects to help welcome your family and friends into your home with style.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 6:45 p.m. | | ENTRYWAY Comments 0 Comments

San Francisco rents rocket 14.8 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Almost no one is moving to San Francisco to save money.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 6:44 p.m. | | San Francisco rents rocket 14.8 percent Comments 0 Comments

California home prices hit 7-year high, sales up

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California home prices reached fresh seven-year-highs in March, a research firm said Friday, helping sales rebound from a two-month slide as some homeowners put their property on the market to reap gains.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 6:43 p.m. | | California home prices hit 7-year high, sales up Comments 0 Comments

Rate on 30-year slips to 3.65 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates are down slightly this week and remain near historic lows.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 6:43 p.m. | | Rate on 30-year slips to 3.65 percent Comments 0 Comments

To sell or not to sell. . .

Dearest Real Estate Boys; My spouse and I are considering listing our house and purchasing another one just because we can.  We do love our present home but just feel at our age we need a change.  It may sound silly but we’ve had the same walls and landscape for 20 plus years and we just want to look at something different.  The question we have is while we are just considering this move we feel it may be prudent to wait for 6 or 9 months before we forge ahead.  So, that’s the question. Do say “Happy ...

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Obligations are tied to house go along with inherited home

Q: I read your column and you seem to be really great at helping people with their issues, so I am taking a long shot and asking for your advice as well.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 6:43 p.m. | | Obligations are tied to house go along with inherited home Comments 0 Comments

Add quality & comfort to your favorite rooms

When considering a home renovation, think outside the box for design inspiration and setting the overall tone.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 6:42 p.m. | | Add quality & comfort  to your favorite rooms Comments 0 Comments

Home sales bounce back during March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales bloomed in March after a brutal winter, a sign of possible newfound momentum for housing.

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Justice Department sues Quicken over underwriting

NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department is suing Quicken Loans, saying the lender approved hundreds of mortgage loans that didn’t meet federal standards, leaving the government stuck with the bill when borrowers defaulted.

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What’s your storage style?

Storage has style? Really? Of course it does. And when it comes to tackling storage projects, don’t skimp on creating the style that best suits your personality.

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DIY kids’ room makeovers

Once school lets out, it’s a great time to make updates to kids’ rooms. Not only does it let children personalize their own space with decor that reflects their growing personality, it’s a great way to keep them busy with all that extra time to burn.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 6:40 p.m. | | DIY kids’ room makeovers Comments 0 Comments

THE BIG SQUEEZE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Living in an apartment? Expect your rent to go up again.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 7:14 p.m. | | THE BIG SQUEEZE Comments 0 Comments

5 upgrades for under $5,000 to lure buyers

It’s a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have to spend money to make money. Even if your home is relatively new, you still face costs associated with getting it ready to show, such as repainting interior rooms or hiring professional cleaners and stagers. If your home could use some TLC and updating, spending as little as $5,000 on key upgrades could improve its appeal for buyers - and ensure a speedier sale at a better price.

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Demystifying 2015 kitchen design trends

Every new year brings along new design trends, with homeowners often feeling the pressure to mix up their kitchen interiors to keep things current. But the truth is, when embarking on any renovation project, incorporating more timeless (and less trendy) assets will save both time and money in the long run. This ensures any kitchen styling stays current and “fits in” no matter which way the design pendulum swings.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 7:13 p.m. | | Demystifying 2015 kitchen design trends Comments 0 Comments

Tips for parents considering helping their child buy a home

Rising prices and a dearth of homes for sale in many markets have made it harder for many looking to buy their first home.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 7:13 p.m. | | Tips for parents considering helping their child buy a home Comments 0 Comments

House approves legislation to ease rules on home loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly adopted legislation to ease some mortgage lending requirements of the sweeping 2010 law reining in banks and Wall Street as the Republican majority continues its assault on the so-called Dodd-Frank law enacted after the financial crisis.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 7:12 p.m. | | House approves legislation to ease rules on home loans Comments 0 Comments

California home prices reach new 7-year high, sales rebound

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California home prices reached fresh seven-year-highs in March, a research firm said Friday, helping sales rebound from a two-month slide as some homeowners put their property on the market to reap gains.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 7:12 p.m. | | California home prices reach  new 7-year high, sales rebound Comments 0 Comments

OAKWOOD SHORES

Oakwood Shores is not just among a handful of neighborhoods surrounding private lakes in the Northern San Joaquin Valley but it has another feature that few of those have — a gated community with 24-hour security patrols.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 7:20 p.m. | | OAKWOOD SHORES Comments 0 Comments

Your perfect State of home Organization

Life gets busy and clutter has a way of sneaking up on everyone. It may be all those shoes, the lack of space or the fact that you have absolutely no time - there are many reasons for the mess. But, whether you’re a single person living in an apartment or have a large family in a sprawling house, everyone can benefit from more organization. By simply thinking about storage differently and coming up with a smart organizational system that works for you, you’ll be on the way to creating a well-balanced, happier home.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 7:19 p.m. | | Your perfect State  of home Organization Comments 0 Comments

Five projects to help redo your basement

Have you ever wished you had more space in your home? Maybe you’d use the space to pursue a hobby, host out-of-town guests or just spread out and get some quiet time to yourself. The space you desire could already be in your home in your basement. If your cellar is nothing but a series of unfinished areas used for storage, you’re not getting all the benefits you could be from the space.

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TRID could delay closing of escrow

LOS GATOS (AP) — Members of the real estate industry are getting ready for a new regulation scheduled to take effect this summer that requires changes to the traditional mortgage loan acquisition process. The upcoming TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule takes effect Aug. 1 and, if not understood by all parties involved, could delay the closing of escrow. Issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, TRID combines the mortgage disclosure established by the Truth-in-Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act into one single rule. However, according to a lender panel at a Silicon Valley Association of Realtors meeting, the move ...

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 7:18 p.m. | | TRID could delay closing of escrow Comments 0 Comments

SHARED HOUSING TREND GROWS

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — In 2008, Bonnie Moore was going through a divorce. And as she was adjusting to a one-income lifestyle, the recession hit and her five-bedroom, three-bathroom home lost half its value.

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Ripon launches effort to conserve energy & water

Ripon has launched the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program, which enables homeowners and commercial property owners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay them off through their property tax bill.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 7:18 p.m. | | Ripon launches effort to conserve energy & water Comments 0 Comments

Latest tool for selling real estate: FaceTime

REDWOOD CITY (AP) —  Real estate agent Julie Ray has come of age in the red-hot housing market. But this was a first: zooming through a $1.7 million house with her iPhone, she used its FaceTime video application to send images of the property -- including bathroom tile and a backyard lemon tree — to the prospective buyers in Switzerland.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 7:17 p.m. | | Latest tool for selling real estate: FaceTime Comments 0 Comments

30-year mortgage falls to 3.66%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, approaching historically low levels with the spring home-buying season underway.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 7:17 p.m. | | 30-year mortgage falls to 3.66%  Comments 0 Comments

LIVE IN A PORSCHE?

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) — The wow factor for Miami’s skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view.

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Posted: apr. 03, 2015 6:44 p.m. | | LIVE IN A PORSCHE?  Comments 0 Comments

What you should never do remodeling kitchens

Whether you’ve heard it in the office, a classroom or a soccer field, that old saying about mistakes being valuable learning tools really rings true, doesn’t it? If those mistakes occur during the course of a kitchen renovation, however, it may be difficult to be philosophical about them. Bungle a kitchen redesign, and you’ll either have to live with the consequences for a long time or invest even more money to correct them.

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Create the perfect outdoor kitchen space for summer

Now that warmer weather is here, you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible - and that includes mealtime. But what if your outdoor kitchen space is lacking? Worry not! There are several easy, affordable projects that can help you transform the area into the perfect cooking and entertaining area. Give these projects a try to recreate your space.

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Posted: apr. 03, 2015 6:43 p.m. | | Create the perfect outdoor kitchen space for summer Comments 0 Comments

Home prices rise modestly, weigh on buyer affordability

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in January, pushing prices up at a faster pace than wages and putting more homes financially out of reach for would-be buyers.

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Posted: apr. 03, 2015 6:42 p.m. | | Home prices rise modestly,  weigh on buyer affordability Comments 0 Comments

Google

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Of Google gets to build a new office complex north of Highway 101, no one will feel the “Googly” aura of the canopied tech wonderland quite like the people living along Space Park Way.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 7:10 p.m. | | Google Comments 0 Comments

FHA LOANS: Don’t bite at email, or snail mail loan refinancing offers without exploring options

If you have a FHA backed mortgage there are a lot of people out there convinced you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars  a year if you just call them.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 7:09 p.m. | |  FHA LOANS: Don’t bite at email, or snail mail loan refinancing offers without exploring options Comments 0 Comments

5 ways to increase curb appeal, value

Whether you’re planning to list your home for sale soon or you’re simply working to maintain features that attracted you to the charming abode in the first place, careful attention to curb appeal is a must.

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Maximizing your storage space: Begin in the garage

A recent study found that 50 percent of homeowners claim their garage is the most disorganized place in the home. In addition, The Department of Energy cites 25 percent of people with two-car garages have too much clutter to leave room for cars, while 32 percent only have room for one vehicle. Isn’t it time to do something about the mess? This year, focus your efforts on maximizing storage space in the garage.  

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Realtors oppose ridgeline development

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Two leading Realtor boards have come out against future ridgeline development in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 7:07 p.m. | | Realtors oppose ridgeline development Comments 0 Comments

Existing home sales rebound slightly in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more Americans bought homes in February, but tight inventories, affordability problems and nasty winter weather point to sluggish sales in the coming few months.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 7:07 p.m. | | Existing  home  sales rebound  slightly in February Comments 0 Comments

New home sales surge in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes in February climbed to their fastest pace in seven years, as an otherwise dormant housing market showed fresh signs of life.

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Add quality & comfort to your favorite rooms

When considering a home renovation, think outside the box for design inspiration and setting the overall tone.

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Rate on 30-year loan falls to 3.69%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, edging closer to historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season.

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Lotusland

MONTECITO . (AP) — Ganna Walska, a wealthy Polish opera singer, created the Lotusland garden in her own likeness — beautiful, eccentric, intelligent, quixotic, romantic, spiritual — on a private estate here about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.

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ENERGY-EFFICIENT

Did you know it takes just one afternoon to save money on your utility bills? Take on a few easy DIY projects this weekend to see immediate savings while making your home more comfortable and environmentally friendly for the long term. As hot months quickly approach, now is the perfect time to improve your home’s energy efficiency and set the stage for a cool, comfortable home this summer.

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Posted: mar. 20, 2015 7:00 p.m. | | ENERGY-EFFICIENT Comments 0 Comments

Projects: Spruce up your home

Warmer weather and sunnier days are on their way and many homeowners are itching to begin home improvement projects. If you are one of them, consider these areas of your home when prepping for spring.

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California home sales are sluggish in February, prices rise

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California home sales fell slightly in February as buyers struggled with higher prices and a thin supply of properties for sale, a research firm reported Wednesday.

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Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.78 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, remaining near historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season.

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COUNTRY LIVING

It is country living with all the benefits of solitude but without the extra work of caring for land.

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Creating interiors with character using hardwood moulding

Just as tasteful, well-chosen jewelry can turn an unexciting outfit into a stylish, eye-catching ensemble, carefully applied hardwood mouldings and trimwork can transform a plain-Jane interior into an interesting - even beautiful - space.

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Posted: mar. 13, 2015 7:21 p.m. | | Creating interiors with character using hardwood moulding Comments 0 Comments

Average rate on 30-year loan rises to 3.8%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week yet remained near historic lows reached in May 2013.

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Posted: mar. 13, 2015 7:23 p.m. | | Average rate   on 30-year loan  rises to 3.8% Comments 0 Comments

Sears homes showcase nostalgia

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — They were offered in a catalogue — and shipped in a kit — via railroad a century ago.

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Have it made in the shade in your backyard this year

In the midst of the winter we love to think of the summer as this idyllic time when we live barefoot under the sky and everything is perfect and beautiful. Then when the summertime comes, we find ourselves complaining about too much sun, being too hot or bugs - and stay inside in the cool AC to avoid them. The good news is you can create a cool, shady and even bug-free spot for yourself, no matter the size of your outdoor space or your wallet.

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AGING GRACEFULLY

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) — In the years after World War II, when suburban towns were still “the country,” this unassuming village an hour north of Manhattan became an epicenter of modernist architecture, and a birthplace of then-radical concepts like family rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows and open-plan living.

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Ikea launches furniture with inbuilt wireless chargers

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Lost that charger again for your cellphone or tablet? Hate sorting heaps of wires to charge various devices?

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Posted: mar. 06, 2015 6:56 p.m. | | Ikea launches furniture with  inbuilt wireless chargers Comments 0 Comments

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