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Top 10 DIY Green Home Improvements and their Costs in 2016!

Are you one of the many homeowners who is paying too much for their heating and cooling costs? If you are, you most certainly are not alone. In fact, …

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Most Popular Flooring Ideas for Home Interior

Home » Decoration » Most Popular Flooring Ideas for Home Interior<p>If we talk about <b>flooring plans for home interior</b>, there are many types of flooring …

Interior Design

DIY Roof Repair: Should You Repair or Replace a Leaky Roof?

This is one of the most common questions/issues being asked or faced by many homeowners dealing with a leaky roof or a roof that is starting to show …

8 Insanely Cool and Exciting Ideas To Make Your Home Less Boring

If you enjoy living life on the wilder side, here are some ideas that will definitely help to spice things up at home, interior design wise. Your …

5 Cheap and Effective Staging Ideas

Appearance is crucial when selling your home. Making your home look sensational will go a long way in being able to get what you want out of the …

Rent Revenue: A Growing Income Source for U.S. Households | Investopedia

Economic data recently released proves that America is indeed becoming a renter nation.<p>The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that in the first …

What is a Site Plan? 12 Elements of a Smart Plot Plan, Plus a Floor Plan vs. a Site Plan -- What's the Difference?

Home and property improvements can result in significant changes to your residence and outdoor space including landscaping and backyard. Whether you …

Here are the Most Impressive New Green Buildings in the U.S.

<i>Today, April 22, 2015, is Earth Day and throughout the day Curbed is going to be bringing you news from the worlds of sustainable design, architecture and general innovation awesomeness.</i><p>The E+ Highland Street townhouses in Boston, MA—All photos courtesy of the AIA<p><b>Earth Day</b> comes once a year, but …

How to Decorate a Room with Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

If you are a lucky renter or homeowner whose interior features <b>floor-to-ceiling windows</b>, revel in the view and make those glass panes count! Today …

Stop pretending America’s housing boom had nothing to do with lending standards

2016-07-20T07:30:24.000Z<p>By: Matthew C Klein<p>Why did Americans (and Spaniards and Irish) borrow so much against housing in the 2000s, only to find …

6 Reasons to Take Out a Smaller Mortgage Than You Qualify For

<i>By Michael Burge</i><p>Whether you're buying your first home or your fifth, being approved for a larger-than-expected mortgage can be intoxicating. But qualifying for a big loan isn't the same as being able to afford it -- and you don't want your biggest asset to ruin your finances.<p>Look at what happened …

7 Painting Hacks to Get the Look of a Pro — Without the Pro Price

A DIY painting job doesn’t have to equal crooked lines, besmirched floors, and ceramic sinks speckled with robin’s egg blue.<p>Use these simple painting …

They ripped out their 3,500-square-foot lawn and created a magical 'Rancho Relaxo'

In our latest lawn-to-drought-garden makeover submission from readers, two gardening novices in Santa Ana share how they transformed 3,500 square feet of grass into what they now call "Rancho Relaxo":<p>Chela Bañuelos acknowledges that if not for the SoCal WaterSmart Turf Removal Program rebate …

Catching up with Houston's favorite spooky home renovation project

Image 1 of / 209<p>Caption<p>Close<p>For the past couple years, we've been watching the changes at 2309 Wichita, a unique home in Riverside Terrace. The …

9 Paint Color Rules Worth Breaking

Rules are made to be broken—this is as true for interior design as it is for anything else. Read on for 9 common rules about paint colors that merit …

Home Decorating

Screened porches: The return of a summer classic

Before air conditioning became widely available, screened porches were the sought-after place to escape summer heat. Ceiling fans circulated cooler air, wicker and wrought-iron furniture with plump cushions offered a welcome, and the rooms sometimes became a sleeping porch when indoor heat was at …

What I Learned Buying a House

My wife and I bought a house last week. It's our first.<p>Buying a house is a big deal for everyone. It's especially big for us because I've spent years writing about the downside of home ownership.I've never been against home ownership, but I've always believed its financial rewards are overstated. …

U.S. mortgage rates hit lowest in over three years

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Interest rates on U.S. 30-year mortgages fell to their lowest in more than three years as benchmark U.S. Treasury yields sagged to their lowest in over four years due to intense demand for low-risk government debt, mortgage finance agency Freddie Mac (FMCC.PK) said on …

Unique home listing includes person in a panda suit in every picture

Following three weeks of few showings and little activity, a real estate agent in the Houston area opted for a unique approach to selling a Spring home.<p>Jessica Arnett, who co-owns Villa Real Estate with her husband, Ryan, says her clients were concerned that their home would become a stale listing, …

Here's what cities will look like in 30 years

Ian Pearson, a futurologist with an 85% accuracy track record, helped put together a report on what we can expect in the year 2045.<p>Pearson compiled the report with Hewden, a construction-equipment rental company, that shows "what can we expect to see over the next 30 years in the construction …

Before & After: Green Tiled Bathroom Conversion

The only thing Chase and Lauren Daniel knew they wanted in their master bath was color.<p>The couple was almost finished with a total overhaul of their …

Houston Housing Collapse Continues, Sales Up 10%

HOUSTON <b>—</b> (June 15, 2016) <b>—</b> Steady growth in the supply of homes provided the fuel needed to help boost to the Houston real estate market in May, with …

You'll soon be able to buy a HomeKit-powered ‘Apple House'

New homebuyers today have many things to choose from: wood floors or tile, granite or stainless steel countertops, central air or window units. But …

10 Ways To Make Your Home A Stress-Free Sanctuary

You would be surprised at how one small change in your home can lift your mood and get you more motivated to take on other projects.<p>Do you ever find that your home stresses you out?<p>A long time ago, I went through a phase where I constantly worked late and got anxiety when it was time to go home. At …

Infographics

Homeowners can finance energy improvements through new mortgage programs

By Kenneth R. Harney<p>Kenneth R. Harney<p>Email Bio<p>Want to put solar panels on your roof — owning them outright rather than leasing from some third-party company? A new program that has just hit the market could help make that happen. And because it uses long-term mortgage money, the interest rates are …

Real Estate

6 Common Buyer Questions for Sellers

Home buyers want to know specifics about the homes that pique their interest. So be proactive and address their questions upfront by finding the …

Real Estate

Buying A House: A Checklist For Making An Offer On A House

<i>By Hal M. Bundrick, CFP</i><p>It might be called a purchase agreement, a formal offer or a sales agreement, but no matter the name, it's the official paperwork that begins the process of buying a house. Although it might feel like it's taken forever to get to this point, some of the most important work is …

Real Estate