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A big trend in the modern American lifestyle is changing the way we remodel our homes.Work features like an extra sink into your kitchen remodel now, and you’ll be in good shape should you find yourself living with your grown kids or parents later. Image: Tales From the SouthMultigenerational households are on the rise, led by an increasing number of college graduates who come home to live wh...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
When it comes to remodeling, exterior replacement projects have routinely rewarded home owners with more bang for their buck.This year is no different: REALTORS® rated many exterior improvements as among the most valuable home investment projects as part of the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report.Two additional siding replacement projects were in the top 10, including foam-backed vinyl sidi...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By John Askins]
Not sure if your upcoming DIY project requires a permit? Check with your local building authority and let them know what you're planning. Image: Leonard Nevarez ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By Marla Lewis]
Lighting's a vital part of homes and consumes 20 percent of the electricity used in the United States. But a new technology — LEDs that come in sheets — promises to give both agents and home owners unprecedented flexibility when showing and using homes."Organic LEDs" — technology already used in many smartphones and televisions — use half as much energy as equivalent fluorescent lightbul...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By John Askins]
Considering new carpet? View samples during different daylight conditions and switch on your lamps; it'll give you a better idea of how your natural and artificial light will affect the carpet's color. Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/14/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
The aging of the nation's Baby Boomer population could reshape the United States' residential real estate market and economy in the coming years. As members of this demographic get older, many will move out of the houses where they raised families and downsize into smaller, cozier apartments, condominiums, and townhouses.  This is a normal transition for people of such age, but it represents...
Read Post [Posted on 10/12/2014 By John Askins]
Got an uneven or blemished wall? 3-D wallpaper camouflages, while adding drama. Image: Graham & Brown ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/08/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
Finding a "move-in ready" home was important to 87 percent of 300 first-time buyers polled by Coldwell Banker Real Estate. Some agents say first-timers are being more selective; and some are turning away from well-priced homes because they do not have granite countertops, they need a new carpet, or they have wall colors not to their liking. Zillow says higher down payments and stricter underw...
Read Post [Posted on 10/06/2014 By John Askins]
Not all home improvements are created equal. Even in a seller’s market, it’s important that you make the right investments that will yield higher returns. Here are the top 10 home improvement myths so you can stop believing in them. 1. Any remodeling project will add value to your home. While many remodeling projects will add value to a home, some can be seen as a negative by future buyers....
Read Post [Posted on 10/04/2014 By John Askins]
More home owners and buyers are ranking energy-efficient and environmentally friendly home features high in surveys.  AOL Real Estate highlighted a few easy steps home owners can take to make their homes more “green”: Swap out the light bulbs: LED light bulbs are known as being 80 percent more energy efficient and lasting as much as 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.  Have a p...
Read Post [Posted on 10/04/2014 By John Askins]
Tips on Things to do Before Placing Your Home on the Market – •De-clutter – Pack up unnecessary items - you will have to pack them when you move, so why not do it now. Have a garage sale, but be sure to follow any HOA rules regarding garage sales. Donate old clothing and shoes - if you have not worn it for over one (1) year, you probably do not need it/cannot fit anymore. ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/02/2014 By Amy Bunyard]
This well-lit kitchen layers natural light from windows and skylights with ceiling and under-cabinet fixtures for a friendly, functional space. Image: Bob Manley ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/02/2014 By Marla Lewis]
When you stroll through your neighborhood this Halloween season, get ready for some front-yard tricks and some awesome lighting treats. Halloween displays are more sophisticated — and fun — than ever, headlined by energy-saving CFL and LED extravaganzas, and powered by creative home owners who pull out all the stops when it comes to making spooky delights. ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
When you are planning on moving, you will probably consider making investments in your home to up the market value. Some investments are good because they add value to your home, allowing you to gain the benefits in the sale price. However, other investments might be a waste of your money, as they will not increase the sale price of your home. Here are some of the worst home improvements that...
Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
Looking for some kitchen design ideas? Here are some from Houzz I'm sure you will enjoy: "Kitchen design tends to be centered around the presumption that you will be spending loads of time in your kitchen cooking. Not so earth shattering, right? But the fact is, not everyone loves to cook. Not everyone could really use a super size fridge, dual ovens and an enormous island. So what do you...
Read Post [Posted on 09/24/2014 By Alex Handley]
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