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Don’t Be a Dummy: This Texas Mannequin Mansion is Waiting for Y’all

Calling all aspiring Andy Warhol types: A Houston-area artist is offloading a Texas residence and the listing is a must-see (especially for mannequin lovers). Our tour starts at the gates to this private place, where a camouflaged figure waits to say...

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Truepad – Showcasing the “Best Valued Homes”

I spent some time looking at TruePad, a real estate portal only available in Chicago (Inman coverage here). “Find the best valued homes”. I like it. Unlike the majority of approaches I see (aka search for home in city X), that actually seems li...

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What Does the Truth in Lending Act Do For You?

The Truth in Lending Act protects mortgage borrowers. It ensures these borrowers receive fair treatment. It oversees the disclosures, advertisements, and notifications consumers receive. In short, it regulates how lenders run their business. It also ...

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What We’re Reading: July 10-14

Affordable housing, heat, technology, property management, engineering, and architecture. New tech campus plans include housing, of which 15 percent will be affordable housing. This new geothermal system from Google’s Alphabet is a bargain compared...

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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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‘Frasier’ Star Kelsey Grammer Says Farewell to His Chelsea Home

Perhaps Frasier Crane is heading back to Seattle. Kelsey Grammer, the six-time Emmy Award winner who portrayed psychiatrist Frasier Crane on the hit TV shows “Frasier” and “Cheers,” has sold his posh Manhattan pad for just under $8 million. ...

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Interactive: Ranking the 20 Most Valuable Cryptocurrencies Over Time

The following interactive visualization sorts and ranks all cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.   Ranking the 20 Most Valuable Cryptocurrencies Over Time Many cryptocurrencies have followed Bitcoin, but none have been able to crack its do...

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House of the Week: This Magical Treehouse Happened By Accident

The most unique home in the land of peaches may just be a hideaway up in the treetops. Peter Bahouth never intended it to be that way. The environment, he says, had different plans. “You know if you’ve ever been on a project where things ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Here’s How Americans Spend Their Time, Sorted by Income

Today’s visualization comes from data scientist Henrik Lindberg, and it shows America’s favorite past-times based on the participation of people in different income brackets. It uses data from the American Time Use Survey that is produced by the ...

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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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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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Albemarle to Grow a Lot; Charlottesville a Little

Where should growth in the City of Charlottesville go? Besides, “over there”? Interesting juxtaposition of stories over the weekend from Charlottesville Tomorrow. (bolding mine) Demographers at the University of Virginia are forecasting a sharp...

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Steph Curry Shoots for $3.195M for His California Estate

While Steph Curry’s intent to stay with the Warriors is pretty clear to fans and sports spectators, his real estate ventures are less clear. All we know for certain is that he’s trying to walk away from the Walnut Creek estate that he picked up f...

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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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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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What We’re Reading: June 19-23

Architecture, psychology, amusements, affordable housing, design, high price listings, mindfulness, and use. We know there are a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright junkies out there, so this list of roadtrip-able FLW houses is for you! Wait, FLW didn’t have...

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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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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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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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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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[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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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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What We’re Reading: June 5-9

Technology, judgment, design, autonomy, solar power, seasonal drinks, ebay, newbies, and rules. Apple introduced its own voice-controlled personal assistant this week. How do you think it stacks up to the existing market? Replacing a cracked iPhone s...

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Westchester to Manhattan Commute Time by Housing Cost

Because I’m a little behind, the awesome infographic below by Michael Kolomatsky appeared in the New York Times real estate section a few weeks ago: How Much Is Your House Worth Per Minute?. My original version covering Fairfield County was so ...

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Doubling Down On Appraisers as ‘Lone Wolves’ – Valuation Review

Note: I have been a subscriber of Valuation Review and it’s predecessor for years. It provides a wide perspective on the appraisal industry and I’ve always got something out of it. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that the voic...

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[NeighborhoodX] With Data As A Commodity, Interpretation Becomes The Differentiator

My friend and colleague Constantine Valhouli, founder of NeighborhoodX pens an excellent piece on how the analytics that can be derived from raw data separates seemingly similar real estate resources. And he loves price per square foot. I serve as an...

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Our Manhattan Luxury Housing Price Indices on Bloomberg Terminals

Bloomberg maintains 6 quarterly charts on their terminals covering the Manhattan luxury sales and rental results we compile.  I periodically throw these charts on this Matrix Blog only because I find myself asking…how cool is that? Manhattan L...

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