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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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Dream outdoor kitchens

It often starts as a blank spot on the patio, usually somewhere just outside the back door. Then come the “things” to fill the spot. There’s so much to consider that it gets difficult to make a decision.

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Average 30-year mortgage rises to 3.8 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates are up this week to the highest level since mid-March.

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Seeking advice on buying first home

Hey you Real Estate Boys: There’s a lot going on my/our lives in the coming months.  First and most importantly we will be getting married right after we both graduate in May, from Stanislaus with our respective degrees.  We both have good jobs in this area and are looking forward to becoming old and boring and raising a family.  “She is so brilliant.”   So, being the conservative future couple we’d like to make sure we start our lives on the correct foot/feet.  And that, sirs, is our question.  How does a young couple start a life ...

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Fannie Mae posts $1.9B profit for quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage giant Fannie Mae says it had net income of $1.9 billion for the first quarter. That’s sharply down from the same period a year ago due to lower fee income and larger losses on investments used to hedge against swings in interest rates.

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Building tiny houses into big help for Los Angeles’ homeless

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shortly after Elvis Summers befriended Irene McGhee, he learned she was sleeping on the streets of South Los Angeles.

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UP, UP & AWAY

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities.

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$100M FOR A HOME?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The poshest of luxury homes are acquiring the cachet of a masterwork by Picasso or Matisse.

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Tips for perfect home laundry, every time

Keeping your wardrobe and entertaining linens fresh and clean is no easy task – from fitting your laundry routine into your lifestyle to removing the toughest stains from your bright whites.

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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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ENTRYWAY

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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THE BIG SQUEEZE

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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