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Good to Grow: Creating a Custom Gardening Workspace

A garden shed is more than a place to stash your shovel and lawnmower – it’s a gardening workstation where you can plant and repot to your heart’s content. Of course, if you don’t have a shed, you can always improvise. Turn a corn...

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Zillow Invests in Virtual Staging App Hutch

Zillow made their first financial “investment”. $10 million in Hutch. It’s clear Zillow is a just a tad interested in the home improvement space. It seems they feel the need to make another bet other than Zillow Digs (which I’ve long been a f...

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How to Buy a Shipping Container (for Your Next Home)

You’ve decided to join the shipping container revolution. Your plans are drawn up, your site is prepared and your welding torch is ready to transform a discarded steel box into the durable, stylish and sustainable home of your dreams. Now what? To ...

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The Dark Side of the Internet

The term Dark Web is evocative. It conjures up images of hitmen, illegal drugs, and pedophilia. One imagines a place where the dark side of human nature flourishes away from the eyes – and laws – of society at large. Today’s infographic, from C...

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What We’re Reading: July 3-7

Demand, video, libraries, architecture, coffee, mobility, and the future. Who else has jumped on the cold brew bandwagon? This gorilla is all of us when it comes to baby videos. We’ve got nothing on this special library! U.S. Department of Energy/f...

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NeighborhoodX: In praise of secondary cities

Every so often I include a guest post that I wish I had written on my own. This is one of them. It was written by my friend and colleague at NeighborhoodX. I hope you enjoy it. In praise of secondary cities Why the next great Brooklyn neighborhood mi...

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Floating Homes & Houseboats

While a huge part of “Sleepless in Seattle’s” appeal could be chalked up to the ’90s rom-com duo of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, another significant part of the movie’s charm is its setting in a floating home. The key distinction here is that...

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House of the Week: Tropical Island Retreat With Private Art Studio

Somewhere beyond the linen-draped canopy bed and hum of a ceiling fan, there’s a sculptor hard at work.  Her desk looks like only an artist’s would. It’s a mix of industrial chic and creative inspiration, with a vintage card-catalo...

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2017 Home Design Trends With Staying Power

At the end of last year, our Zillow Digs design experts identified a handful of home decor trends we could expect to see in 2017, from jewel tones to built-in home bars. Now that we’re halfway through the year, we’ve asked top designers to share ...

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Easy Realtors, Pushing Through, Nest County Fair | Note from Jim, October 2016

Archives of my subscription-only monthly notes. The blog is more searchable. Interested in not waiting a few months to read it? Learn more here.   For these posts, I don’t do much formatting/changing as I’m more concerned about simply having...

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Designer Lookbook: Board & Vellum’s Second Story Add-on

Bigger isn’t always better. In the case of this West Seattle remodel, the owners were set against a large, looming addition that they feared would overwhelm surrounding homes. They turned to Seattle design firm Board & Vellum, where they fo...

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Improving Visitor Experiences with a Raspberry Pi

Ever heard of Raspberry Pi? No, I’m not referring to a baked good or an obscure geometric theorem; I’m talking about a small, inexpensive computer perfect for learning to code, and for DIY experimentation. I first heard of Raspberry Pi when I cam...

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Buying Art Like a Grownup (for Investment or Inspiration)

Bare, white walls are usually the reality when you first move into a new home. But if you want to show off your personality, there’s no better way to do it than with original art. A one-of-a-kind piece transforms a space, makes you feel more at...

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‘House of Cards’ Power Mansion Hits the Market at $500K

Dream of living the lavish life of a Washington, D.C. political power broker? That dream is now within arm’s reach: The Washington, D.C. house best known as Frank and Claire Underwood’s home in the hit Netflix series “House of Cards” ...

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What We’re Reading: June 12-16

History, dirt, duality, home improvement, architecture, 2020 Olympics, fidget spinners, housing, and rankings. This is an interesting long read about the heavily cloaked development of the iPhone. Who could use this when showing their listings? With ...

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[Forbes] Penthouse Juxtaposition – What Developer Wants v. What Market Supports

No one will argue that a $70 million penthouse can be special. But when a penthouse has many open houses and sits on the market for more than a year, it seems reasonable to wonder about pricing. Samantha Sharf at Forbes presented a great video that j...

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[Housingwire] Hey 50-percenters, there is no "appraiser shortage” so knock it off

As a longtime reader of Housingwire, I always saw them as a great resource on the goings on in the mortgage industry. But lately, I grew concerned about the one-sided coverage as it related to my industry – residential appraisal. HousingWire re...

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Designer Lookbook: Rebecca Van’t Hull’s Colorful Weekend Retreat

A room with a view is always inviting, but you can’t overlook its interior. That’s what one family learned after rebuilding a weekend getaway on the West Arm Bay of Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka. They felt the new property lacked characte...

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House of the Week: The World’s Tallest Single-Family Home

Sukumar Pal knew he was pushing the envelope. The Phoenix architect set out to build the tallest single-family home in the world. After visiting more than 200 potential sites, he chose the Arizona desert as his canvas. In the process, he created what...

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NYT Calculator Chart: The Resale Pendulum Swings Toward Middle

I love the way the NYT Real Estate section handled the data from our Elliman Report series to present the Manhattan resale market. I added my chart on bidding wars below – falling as supply enters the market, causing resale prices to soften. So...

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John Burns Has It Wrong, Luxury Home Sales Are Not Increasing

Last week a newsletter from John Burns Consulting got big SEO points by exclaiming that Wall Street Has It Wrong: Luxury Home Sales Increasing. Normally his firm is a good source of housing research, but this time they missed the mark on New York Cit...

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