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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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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 7:08 p.m. | | Maximizing your storage  space: Begin in the garage Comments 0 Comments

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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Posted: mar. 20, 2015 7:00 p.m. | | Lotusland Comments 0 Comments

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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Posted: mar. 20, 2015 6:59 p.m. | | Average US rate on  30-year mortgage falls  to 3.78 percent Comments 0 Comments

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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Posted: mar. 13, 2015 7:23 p.m. | | COUNTRY LIVING Comments 0 Comments

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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Posted: mar. 13, 2015 7:29 p.m. | | Sears homes showcase nostalgia Comments 0 Comments

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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Posted: mar. 13, 2015 7:22 p.m. | | Have it made in  the shade in your backyard this year Comments 0 Comments

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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Posted: mar. 06, 2015 6:56 p.m. | | AGING GRACEFULLY Comments 0 Comments

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

Millennials aren’t giving up American dream, experts say

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Millennials’ much-discussed preference for urban living may be ending.

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Quick ways to update kitchens & bathrooms

Busy has become a way of life. Between work, household chores, time with family and friends, people often don’t have time to complete that entire wish list of home updates. Luckily, there are several simple kitchen and bath projects that you can conquer in minimal time that deliver maximum style and functional impact. In fact, here are a few projects that can be completed in about an hour or less.

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Posted: mar. 06, 2015 7:02 p.m. | | Quick ways to update  kitchens & bathrooms Comments 0 Comments

30-year mortgage drops to 3.75%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term mortgage rates have fallen for the first time in four weeks and remain near historic lows reached in May 2013.

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Posted: mar. 06, 2015 7:01 p.m. | | 30-year mortgage drops to 3.75% Comments 0 Comments

MetLife pays $123.5M in settlement

NEW YORK (AP) — MetLife’s home lending unit will pay $123.5 million to end an investigation into allegations it gave government-backed mortgages to people who didn’t meet federal requirements.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 6:57 p.m. | | MetLife pays $123.5M in settlement Comments 0 Comments

Ideas to easily enhance, organize master closets

So, you’ve decided to make some updates to your home? Whether you plan on building a home from the ground up, purchasing new construction or adding value to your current residence, there are many opportunities for upgrades.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 6:58 p.m. | | Ideas to easily enhance, organize  master closets Comments 0 Comments

Get inspired by outdoor living ideas for your home

Inspired by neighbors, home improvement shows and social media channels like Pinterest and Houzz, today’s homeowners are entering the deck planning and building process more informed than ever before. But sorting through this wealth of information and inspiration can make it hard to decipher what’s really hot for today’s outdoor spaces – and to choose what’s right for your home.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 7:05 p.m. | | Get inspired by outdoor  living ideas for your home Comments 0 Comments

CEILINGS

Want to infuse your home with architectural interest? Start at the top.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 6:59 p.m. | | CEILINGS Comments 0 Comments

Signed contracts rise to 18-month high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 6:58 p.m. | | Signed contracts rise to 18-month high Comments 0 Comments

Rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.8%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates have edged up for a third straight week while remaining near their historically low levels reached in May 2013.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 7:06 p.m. | | Rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.8% Comments 0 Comments

New home sales fall slightly during January

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes were basically flat in January, evidence that recent job gains and relatively low mortgage rates have yet to spur the real estate market.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 7:04 p.m. | | New home sales fall slightly during January Comments 0 Comments

Add a signature style to your home

To satisfy homeowners seeking to add a signature style to their indoor living spaces, more and more design professionals and builders are going back to basics and rediscovering the versatility, durability and good looks of cypress.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 6:57 p.m. | | Add a signature  style to your home Comments 0 Comments

Home sales plunge 4.9 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales struck a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months.

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Energy guzzlers greener

For the first time in six years, Energy Star certification, a standard seal of approval for energy efficiency, has been expanded to include another major household appliance.

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Posted: feb. 20, 2015 6:43 p.m. | | Energy guzzlers greener Comments 0 Comments

Tips for replacing water heaters

Some 37 million residential water heaters gave up the ghost and were replaced over the past five years, according to estimates by the U.S. Department of Energy. While some things get better with age, water heaters aren’t among them. In fact, the average life expectancy for a new water heater is 10 to 15 years, with the occasional stoic dinosaur making it two decades or more.

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Posted: feb. 20, 2015 6:39 p.m. | | Tips for replacing water heaters Comments 0 Comments

A stunning backsplash without the whiplash

The kitchen is the heart of the home and a top-selling feature with homebuyers. Does yours convey style and functionality? Whether you’ve just completed a remodel or you’re looking for ways to upgrade your existing kitchen, a tile backsplash will instantly transform the space into an eye-catching masterpiece.

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Posted: feb. 20, 2015 6:43 p.m. | | A stunning backsplash  without the whiplash Comments 0 Comments

6 steps to select best remodeling contractor

A remodeling project is one of the most invigorating lifestyle changes a homeowner can make. However, trusting a contractor with both your home and your money can feel overwhelming. Spare your time, money and sanity by following these steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor:

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Posted: feb. 20, 2015 6:47 p.m. | | 6 steps to select best remodeling contractor Comments 0 Comments

Central Valley group names Realtors, Affiliate of the Year

Every year the Central Valley Association of Realtors recognizes members who have gone above and beyond in the real estate profession and community service. This year CVAR named two recipients as Realtor of the Year — Shelly Bell and Larry Rumbeck  — and as Affiliate of the Year, the honor goes to Taylor Phillips.

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Posted: feb. 20, 2015 6:42 p.m. | | Central Valley group names Realtors, Affiliate of the Year Comments 0 Comments

Rate on 30-year loans rises to 3.76%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates have risen for a second straight week yet remained near historically low levels.

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Posted: feb. 20, 2015 6:42 p.m. | | Rate on 30-year loans rises to 3.76% Comments 0 Comments

Rents rise overall but dip in Chicago & Minneapolis

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home rental prices rose at a steady rate in January, but prices barely budged or even dipped in parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.

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Posted: feb. 20, 2015 6:39 p.m. | | Rents rise overall but dip in Chicago & Minneapolis Comments 0 Comments

Millennials seek tech-ready, smaller energy-efficient houses

LOS GATOS — As millennials enter the home-buying market in larger numbers, builders say homes will get a little smaller, energy-efficient appliances and laundry rooms will be essential, and home technology will become increasingly prevalent. These predictions are based on two surveys conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, one asking home builders what features they are most likely to include in a typical new home this year, and one asking millennials what features are most likely to affect their home-buying decisions. Of the top 10 features mentioned by home builders, four have to do with energy efficiency: low-E windows ...

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Posted: feb. 20, 2015 6:39 p.m. | | Millennials seek tech-ready,  smaller energy-efficient houses Comments 0 Comments

Freshen up your home with five sharp colors

While you’re making resolutions and setting goals, consider adding updating the look of your home to your list. If your walls are looking a little dated, follow these five color suggestions to give your space a renewed look.

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 7:18 p.m. | | Freshen up your home  with five sharp colors Comments 0 Comments

30-year mortgage rises to 3.69%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week yet remained near historically low levels.

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 7:12 p.m. | | 30-year mortgage rises to 3.69% Comments 0 Comments

CONTAINERS

HONOLULU (AP) — Shipping containers: They’re strong, durable and portable, stack easily and link together like Legos. 

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Take the sweat out of your DIY projects this year

You’ve been dreaming about digging in your garden, changing your landscaping or improving your house all winter long. Finally the weather is nice, your yard is clear and dry, and it’s time for you to get your hands dirty.  With the right tools and equipment, you can get all your DIY tasks done while saving time, money and elbow grease.

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 7:12 p.m. | | Take the sweat out of  your DIY projects this year Comments 0 Comments

A lush lawn can be yours in 4 easy steps

Want to get the best out of your lawn this year? Implement these simple hacks to keep your lawn green and growing, your equipment up and running, and your yard looking great:

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 7:19 p.m. | | A lush lawn can be  yours in 4 easy steps Comments 0 Comments

POCKET DOORS

Did you know that the smallest room in your home can be the most dangerous?

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 7:11 p.m. | | POCKET DOORS Comments 0 Comments

30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.59%.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, resuming their downward trend of this year after rising slightly last week. Rates are near historically low levels.

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Posted: feb. 07, 2015 12:43 a.m. | | 30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.59%.  Comments 0 Comments

Challenge to real estate law fails

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a California real estate broker’s lawsuit over a Nebraska law requiring licensing to market Nebraska homes online.

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Posted: feb. 07, 2015 12:44 a.m. | | Challenge to real estate law fails Comments 0 Comments

RIVER ISLANDS

With Phase I 90% sold out, Van Daele Homes has released Phase II at their Waterpointe community at River Island in Lathrop.

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Posted: feb. 07, 2015 12:50 a.m. | | RIVER ISLANDS Comments 0 Comments

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