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Save More Than Just Space: 6 Reasons to Go Pro in Designing Storage

From new luxury high-rises where space is at a premium to large single-family homes, clients and residents expect to find smarter storage solutions to keep their home — and the possessions they keep in it — looking great. The small details like shelves and cabinets can become big burdens for …

Only Joanna Gaines Could Convert a Garage Into a Dream Kitchen

Few people can walk into an ugly garage and visualize a rustic open-concept kitchen that spills out into a chateau-inspired living room — but Joanna Gaines is one of those people. In <b>Fixer Upper</b>'s recently aired episode 14 of season four, featuring the Ignacio family, she does just that, making the …

Whip up Your Own Ranch Dressing

When you try this cheap and easy recipe for ranch dressing, you'll wonder why you ever bought the bottled kind in the first place. It requires basic …

Low Fat

Property Doctors: why should I have to pay my letting agent a renewal fee?

<b>Q I have a two-bedroom flat on Prince of Wales Drive in Battersea, London, which I let out for a moderate rent via a high street estate agency. Every year I have to pay the renewal fee. I am told this is normal. It is expensive, however, especially if the tenants are in residence for only two years.</b><p>…

Property predictions: what does 2017 have in store for the housing market?

It has been a challenging year, from the seemingly unprecedented number of celebrity deaths to the shock results of major political voting events – and it hasn’t been much smoother for the property market.<p>In April, the stamp duty threshold for buyers of second homes or buy-to-let properties was …

Housing

The rise of 'proptech': how the fall of the traditional estate agent has opened the door to upstarts

Traditional property companies are under attack from many fronts: transactions in November were 7.3pc lower than a year ago. Political headwinds and greater tax burdens mean the market is slowing; policies, such as the ban on tenants paying letting fees, threaten to eat away at revenues; and now, …

As Home Prices Rise, Flippers Make a Comeback

This is a great time to be in the house-flipping business.<p>The number of investors who flipped a house in the first nine months of 2016 reached the highest level since 2007. About one-third of the deals were financed with debt, a percentage not seen in eight years.<p>Now Wall Street, which was nearly …

Is 2017 the Year to Invest in a Rental Property? | Investopedia

Investing in a rental property offers an opportunity to diversify your portfolio while creating a passive income stream. According to a report from …

Five Best Cities for Investment Real Estate

You’ve heard that real estate is a great investment today, and it does make sense: You find an affordable home. You can buy it, renovate it and sell …

Garden Design Ideas: How to Create a Color Palette Photos

It’s easy to fall for flowers in every color of the rainbow when you’re at the nursery. The result, though, can be an incohesive palette for your garden. “As with all good design, landscaping choices are as much about what you’re not doing as what you are doing,” says Dustin Moore, who heads up …

Landscaping

Study Finds Harmful Compounds in Household Dust

A new study published in the journal <i>Environmental Science & Technology</i> found “shocking” levels of harmful chemicals in common household dust …

8 surprising factors that can affect your home's value

Surprise! You might know more about real estate than you think. For example, you know that square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, lot size, and location determine home value: A 4,000-square-foot, five-bed, five-bath beachfront home for sale in Miami, FL, will almost always be worth more …

Real Estate

Ham and Egg Breakfast Bake Recipe

"This is a great alternative to an omelet when feeding a number of people."<p>Ingredients<p>cooking spray<p>12 eggs<p>1/2 cup milk<p>1/2 cup sour cream<p>1/2 teaspoon …

Why You Shouldn't Neglect Your Credit Score As You Approach Retirement

With all the things you have to be concerned about in life, you’d think by the time you hit your 50s or 60s, you could stop worrying about having a good credit score.<p>You may have bought and sold homes, paid off credit cards, successfully negotiated lease agreements, and paid off brand new cars in …

How to Buy a Foreclosure That is Not For Sale

Over the last couple of years writing this blog and seeing many investor questions on discussion forums, I see a question pop up over and over. “How …

Real Estate

Avoid Foreclosure by Getting a Loan Modification

news Tips Saturday, May 16, 2015<p>Many homeowners these days are facing tough economic times and are finding it increasingly more and more difficult to …

Looking For A Tasty Recipe That Can Feed A Crowd? Try Out This Veggie Casserole!

Cheesy Chicken Zucchini Casserole<p>Save<p>So this dish isn’t exactly health food, since we’ve packed it full of cheese and other yummy deliciousness, but …

Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole

<i>This Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole is packed with flavor and super simple! The perfect recipe for a busy weeknight dinner and you’ll have leftovers</i> …

Cooking

Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Hot Pocket Recipe

Who doesn’t love a homemade hot pocket? I love to find ways to create fresh, home-cooked copies of my favorite processed meals. When I make them I …

Chicken Taco Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Summer is just about here and like most moms, I am both excited about it and dreading it at the same time. Schedules that are filled with pool …

Recipe: Spinach, White Bean, and Taleggio Pizza

Spinach, White Bean, and Taleggio Pizza<p>Serves 2 to 4<p>1 pound pizza dough, store-bought or homemade <br>2 to 4 teaspoons olive oil <br>1/4 cup white beans, …

Easy Spinach Ricotta Pasta

I <i>looove</i> ricotta cheese. It’s flavor is light and fresh flavor, making it great for warm weather dishes. I’ve tried making my own fresh ricotta in the …

Italian Food

Mass. real estate agencies using drones to show land

A small but growing group of Bay State real estate agents are turning to drones to showcase properties that are for sale, saying the technology gives …