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Five easy ways to make your home smarter

More and more of the devices in our homes come with an internet connection, hooked up to your wifi to do various “smart” things. And while the smart-home dream where everything just magically does your bidding without you having to lift a finger is still a long way away, even the most mundane …

Smart Homes

10 Tips to Help Your Houseplants Survive Fall & Winter

With end of Daylight Savings near, you're not the only one anticipating (or rather dreading) the harshest months of the year. Pretty soon, your …

Plants

6 cities where you can own a home for under $1,000 a month

You don’t have to make a ton of money to afford a decent home in some cities.<p>Pittsburgh is the most affordable metro area in America for those hoping …

Top 15 Amazing DIY Home Improvements that will Pay you back – Mostly, Plus ROI Details

Did you buy a lottery ticket back in January of last year, when the Powerball lottery got to $1.5 billion? If you did, then you decided on one of the …

Home Improvement

Six Expensive Home Repairs You Can Avoid With a Little Maintenance

The cost of owning a home goes well beyond the price you paid for the house itself. When something breaks, you have to fix it, and those repairs can …

Looking to unplug in your own house? Here’s some inspiration

<b>In today’s frenetic society</b>, the rooms of our houses multitask as well. People are answering email in the kitchen, watching TV while in the bathtub, turning dining rooms into homework stations and family rooms into home theaters. Sometimes, even at home, you want to get away.<p>If you’re seeking …

Living Rooms

How to Renovate Your Home From Someone Who Made All the Mistakes

Everyone has a renovation horror story. And after finally finishing my own apartment overhaul earlier this year, I totally understand how common it …

New home sales reach 8-year high

New home sales are up once again, according to estimates released jointly today by the <b>U.S. Census Bureau</b> and the <b>Department of Housing and Urban</b> …

New Home Sales

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This couple had a concrete plan for the full-gut reno on existing 1960 bungalow<p>Built in 2001 at the base of the Alpine Ski Club, this custom-crafted …

What good is affordable housing if the people who build aren't paid decently?

<b>To the editor:</b> Like climate change, construction prevailing wage standards have been studied and an academic consensus exists, but myths persist. ("Affordable housing at an impasse," editorial, July 22)<p>Peer-reviewed economists have found that prevailing wages produce more local, middle-class job …

Housing

Keeping Up Appliances

<b>Keeping Up Appliances</b><b>Giving Yourself More Time with the Appliances you Love</b><i>This post is sponsored by American Home Shield, but all opinions and tips</i> …

Home Improvement

3 Ways That The Blockchain Will Change The Real Estate Market

Don Oparah Contributor<p>Don Oparah is the CEO of Venture Aviator.<p>Experts have suggested a number of niche industries that will be made more secure by the untamperable data record provided by blockchain technology — including international art dealing, pharmaceuticals and international trade of …

Home improvement's booming: Here's how to cash in

How booming is the home improvement market? It's so popular that homeowners are expected to spend nearly $325 billion dollars on remodeling and …

Home Improvement

What to Know Before You Finish Your Basement

Going underground—and staying under budget.<p>Sometimes the cure for an undersized house is right underneath you. If you’re lucky enough to have a …

World Environment Day: Easy fixes to make your house eco-friendly

Conserving natural, non-renewable resources is no longer a subject for scholarly debates or armchair activism; it is a reality that 1.25 billion …

10 Ways to Style Your Very Own Vegetable Garden

I’m convinced that growing things is good for the soul. So when you’re considering what you plant and pour your love and effort into, you have to …

Gardening

Home And Garden Giant Ditches Class Of Pesticides That May Harm Bees

A leading brand of home and garden pest-control products says it will stop using a class of pesticides linked to the decline of bees.<p>Ortho, part of the Miracle-Gro family, says the decision to drop the use of the chemicals — called neonicotinoids, or neonics for short — comes after considering the …

Agriculture

Under $1K Kitchen Makeovers (That Look Like A Million Bucks)

There are budget makeovers, and then there are BUDGET MAKEOVERS. These fall in the latter camp and manage to knock our socks off, despite the …

Storage Ideas

7 Things You Need To Create a Backyard Oasis On The Cheap

Outdoor living has never been hotter, but decking out your yard can cost as much as a new car—and that's without adding a big-ticket item like a …

30 Days of Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home

It's time to pull on your gloves and get to work.<p>It's time to pull on your gloves and get to work.

How to Find the Right Ground Cover Perennials for Your Yard

Accent your garden with a lush carpet of blooms or greenery.<p>These low-growing perennials include good choices for both sunny and shady locations, as well as options for light, moderate, and heavy traffic.

Renovations that add most value to your home - and how to pay for them

Making improvements to your home can add value and give you more space to enjoy your life.<p>Whether you plan to stay put and reap the rewards, want to …

Personal Finance

Here's how much your rent is going up this year

After several years of record increases, rental prices will level off in 2016, according to a new Zillow forecast.<p>The real estate website projects that median rents will tick up slightly this year to $1,396 from $1,381 in 2015.<p>The projected slowdown in rent hikes for 2016 reflects increased supply, …

U.S. existing home sales surge a record 14.7 percent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales rebounded strongly in December from a 19-month low and prices surged, indicating the housing market recovery remained intact despite signs of a sharp deceleration in economic growth in recent months. The National Association of Realtors said on Friday …

Stock Markets

A Bold Experiment In Building Homes The Middle Class Can Afford

Homeownership has become the great American (pipe) dream but Jonathan Tate thinks there’s a more inclusive way to build.<p>Sandwiched between a nondescript duplex and industrial warehouse in the Irish Channel neighborhood of New Orleans, a modern, two-story home stands out from its neighbors thanks to …

First-time buyers slowly returning to housing market, data show

First-time home-buying levels, in the doldrums since the 1980s, are slowly starting to improve.<p>Sales of existing homes climbed 14.7% in December, the …

You have to live in New York City more than 18 years to make buying a home worth your money

If you're a New York City resident, where the median sales price for homes is $1.2 million, the answer may may be simpler than you thought.<p>"Perhaps the most important factor to consider when making this buy or rent decision is how long you plan to stay in your home," writes personal finance site …