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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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9 Fire Pit Designs to Fuel Summer Fun (Plus One You Can Build Yourself!)

Summer evenings are made for spending time outdoors, and what better place to gather with friends and family than around your own personal fire pit? Whether your taste runs to s’mores and ghost stories or fine wine and romance, a fire pit provides ...

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The Fastest Growing Companies Use These Technologies

There are thousands of services and apps out there that can help to power business success, but which ones ares used by the best of the best? Today’s infographic from GetVoIP looks at the tech behind the 1,250 fastest growing companies in the U.S.,...

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Mid-2017 Market Report; Let Fear not Guide You

Lots of “ifs” Reading yesterday’s Daily Progress about the most recent Charlottesville area real estate market report, one significant piece of advice and context was missing from the “buy now, sell now” message. IF the time is right for y...

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Use Less, Save More: Energy-Efficient Tips for Lowering Your Utility Bills

We all enjoy being warm and cozy in the winter, and cool as a cucumber in the summer – but the energy bills that keep us there can get out of hand quickly. In fact, the average American household spends roughly $200 per month on energy bills, a...

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How to Avoid a Hot Water Heater Nightmare

A hot water heater isn’t typically something homeowners think much about – until, of course, it fails spectacularly. Hot water heaters warm our showers, help disinfect our dishes, and clean our clothes, but they can also cause very costly...

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Redfin’s IPO & Brokerages

Rob Hahn has some follow up thoughts on Redfin’s coming IPO as it relates to brokerages that I’d highly recommend reading (if you care about such things as the future of brokerages). A few of my own thoughts… 1. In Seattle, I’ve heard two p...

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s Former Hollywood Hills Home Is for Sale

Photo: Shutterstock The Southern California home that formerly belonged to the famous singer-and-model duo is on the market – but not for long (if we had to guess). In 2014, after seven years of ownership, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen unload...

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Vote for Your Favorite Homes of 2017 (So Far)

Each week we shine a spotlight on a home with unusual features, outstanding architecture or a spectacular locale. Take a look at the homes we’ve shared so far, and cast your vote for the best Houses of the Week. At the end of the year, we’ll crow...

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What is the World’s Most Powerful Passport?

The World’s Most Powerful Passports Which passports are travel assets, and which are liabilities? The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. Whether you seek to explore distant lands, or you just want to sit on a remote...

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Top Field Guides for June 2017

Field Guides are one-stop resource packages on dozens of subjects of interest to REALTORS®. On each page you’ll find links to articles, books, web sites, statistics, and other material on each subject. The list of the most-used field guides from ...

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Rehabbing a Home? Be Ready for These 5 Costs

So you want to calculate the price tag on a house rehab, but you have no construction background. How do you go about it? Understandably, this is a common scenario that holds many people back from flipping houses. It’s also one of the most comm...

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Alyson Hannigan Lists Her Atlanta Penthouse for $1.395M

Before Alyson Hannigan was Willow Rosenberg on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or Lily Aldrin on “How I Met Your Mother,” she was an Atlantan. The now-famous actress was raised in the Atlanta area following her parents divorce during her early chi...

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House of the Week: 12-Foot-Wide Slice of the Big Easy

The home at 3049 N Rampart Street in New Orleans might only be 12.8 feet wide, but its history is rich and long. Shotgun houses – so-named because a bullet fired through the front door would go right out the back door without hitting a wall ...

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“Questions about Real Estate” Reveals Members’ Research Needs from 80 Years Ago

Have you ever wondered what the most common reasons are for selling a home?  Or how smart home devices impact resale value? The librarians at NAR can help you find the answers through our research request service, a member benefit since the earliest...

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Designer Lookbook: Rowland + Broughton’s Aspen Barn Studio

Colorado design firm Rowland + Broughton embraced original architectural elements and added new contemporary finishes to update a beautiful three-story dwelling in Aspen. Located at the base of Red Mountain, the picturesque property consists of four...

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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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Bigger Homes and Gardens: Caring for Your New, Upsized Outdoor Space

When Lance Fort upsized from an apartment to a 2,350-square-foot home in Shoreline, WA, a bedroom community just north of Seattle, he ended up with quite a project on his hands. The rundown split-level needed significant work, and he spent the first ...

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The Huge Risk Home Buyers Take When They Waive Inspections

If you’re buying a home in a competitive market and your offers keep getting beat out, you may be tempted to resort to desperate measures. In addition to offering more than the asking price or a quick closing, some buyers agree to waive inspect...

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21 Things to Know Before Moving to Northern Virginia

There are a few things you should know if you’re thinking about moving to Northern Virginia — or “NoVA”, as its better known to locals — in the near or distant future. From the love of local culture and beautiful mountain views to the pleth...

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A Newcomer’s Guide to Coffee in Seattle

It wasn’t long after I stepped off the plane, unpacked my bags and settled into what would become my new home for the summer that I confidently declared, “I need a cup of coffee.” Fortunately for me, I was settling into what some had referenced...

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What We’re Reading: June 26-30

Building materials, punctuation, architecture, technology, hiring, pollution, and Julia Child. You might avoid polystyrene packaging, but it is proving to have benefits as a construction material. Is the Oxford comma necessary? Only if you value clar...

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8 Easy Fourth of July Crafts to Add Patriotic Flair to Your Party

Break out the sparklers and the barbecue aprons — it’s that time of the year again. Celebrating the country we live in, and our freedom as Americans, is such a special gift. Here are eight DIY projects to showcase your patriotism this July. Deck ...

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The First Names Who Own the Most Valuable Homes, in Every State

What’s in a name? When it comes to home values: A lot. A Zillow Research analysis of more than 70 million property records showed that homeowners named Alison and Stuart own the most valuable homes across the country. Homeowners named Anne appe...

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One in Three Recent Homebuyers Made an Offer Sight-Unseen—Up from Nearly One in Five a Year Ago

In May 2017, Redfin commissioned a survey of 3,350 U.S. residents in 11 metropolitan areas who in the past year bought or sold a home, attempted to do so or plan to do so soon. The purpose of the survey was to better understand the perspectives and e...

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Red, White and Blue Homes Just in Time for July 4th

Independence Day brings out the patriot in all of us. Some wear their pride on their shirts; others dwell in it – quite literally. These festive homes show their July Fourth spirit in red, white and blue exteriors, as well as historical signif...

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Yabba Dabba Doo! Famous Hillsborough ‘Flintstones House’ Sells for $2.8M

When it hit the market for the first time in 20 years, Redfin agent Julie Zubiate vowed to find a buyer for the quirky ‘Flintstones House’ that’s been turning heads on Interstate 280 since 1976. Last month, she found the perfect buyer, who tod...

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Good Clean Fun: How to Build an Outdoor Shower

Outdoor showers may seem like a luxury – something that only those with beach houses would need or be lucky enough to have. But if you have kids and pets that love to play in the yard, or if you’re an avid gardener, runner, or someone that en...

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Market, Trump, Great Customer Service | Monthly Note, November 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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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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September 2016 Note – Slacking, Innovating, Coaching

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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Rapper Lil Wayne Sails Away From Miami Mansion for $10M

Lil Wayne may have had enough Miami vice. The musician (real name: Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.) is offloading his Miami Beach mansion to a new owner for a cool $10 million dollars. The waterfront home sits on a tiny, exclusive island just minutes away...

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House of the Week: Island Cabin With Northwest Charm

Sometimes bigger isn’t better. One woman in Washington state learned that the hard way. She spent years living large, trying to fill sizable homes – up to 6,000 square feet – with stuff. Living by herself, she says she found it wast...

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Your Lease Is Up? Here Are 3 Good Reasons to Renew

If you’re approaching the end of your lease, it’s easy to think of reasons to move – new neighborhood, change of scenery, different amenities. But there are many compelling reasons why staying put might be a better choice. Take thes...

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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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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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Homes with Blue Bathrooms Sell for More?

[Geithner Bathroom, Westchester MLS] Remember former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s blue bathroom that didn’t help him get his price back in 2009? Today I received a press release from Zillow that shared the results of their research w...

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"Kleptocracy Initiative" to Stop Money Laundering in Real Estate up for Renewal

Almost two years ago the real estate new development world was rocked by the New York Times epic page one story by Louise Story and Stephanie Saul about foreign investment in U.S. real estate. The vehicle for “Towers of Secrecy” purchases...

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