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Noon Smart Lighting Starter Kit review

Smart light system that uses your regular bulbs<p><b>The Good</b> This easy to install smart switch system looks good, has a easy-to-use app and works with Amazon Alexa.<p><b>The Bad</b> This system is expensive and it doesn't work with lamps on outlets or with ceiling fan lights.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> If you're interested …

Home Automation

Best of 2017: Our top 5 articles on tips for the home

We have had a great year at homify, sharing some amazing home inspiration & expert guidance with you and receiving your invaluable feedback. The year …

Scientists Warn of Toxins in Texas Floodwaters from Superfund Sites

Houston has been a hub of the petroleum and chemical industries for decades, leaving behind a landscape pocked with Superfund sites and other highly …

Tropical Storm Harvey

How climate change makes hurricanes like Harvey worse

How anthropogenic climate change affects single storms like Hurricane Harvey is difficult to say. But from climate data, a couple of things about …

Climate Change

New Guide: Smart, Sustainable Materials at Home

The landscape architect mined elements from the cannery structure, including abandoned machinery, for repurposing in the new gardens. The recycled …

Sustainability

You can win an HTC U11 with a smart home kit — a $1,500 value

HTC USA has opened up a Smart Home Bundle Sweepstakes and will draw one winner for the next three weeks. And the best part is there’s no purchase …

HTC U11

New Playa Vista development is making the smart-home standard

Plenty of worries come with owning a home: doors left unlocked, packages stolen, lights left on, etc.<p>One homebuilder is ready to make those anxieties a thing of the past.<p>Canada-based Brookfield Residential has teamed up with Apple for its new 66-home project — named The Collection — to create a …

NO₂ – not as bad as we thought?

Air pollution has been found to cause hundreds of thousands of deaths every year around the world. As a result, there has been growing public concern …

Environment

Advice from Mike Holmes on buying a new home: ‘remove the guesswork’

Mike Holmes is out with a new HGTV Canada series called <i>Buy it Right</i> that aims to arm Canadians with the information they need before putting a down …

Real Estate

Mortgage Payments Could Be Hurt by Harvey's Impact on Houston

Fannie Mae (FNMA) , Freddie Mac (FMCC) and the Federal Housing Administration have announced that they will be offering a 90-day forbearance for …

Mortgages

Switchmate Bright review: The quick and easy path to smart lighting

The second-generation Switchmate—Switchmate Bright—is even better than the original. The new model is about one-third narrower, it has a built-in …

Home Automation

This new Berlin apartment building literally purifies the city's air

Daniel Libeskind‘s first residential project in Berlin is a spectacular faceted building that literally purifies the air. Sapphire is clad in …

Design

Harvey floods prompt alert on risk of mortgage bond defaults

Tropical storm Harvey has put up to $30bn of securitised commercial mortgages on the watch list of analysts and investors, as damage from the …

Fitch Ratings

Borrowers slash fees,rates and deposits to attract Springtime property buyers

by Duncan Hughes<p>Aggressive non-bank lender Pepper Money has slashed mortgage and legal fees worth more than $1800 as competition for market share …

Mortgages

Harvey’s flooding is triggering chemical spills, which could cause other environmental disasters

A chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, could see fires or explosions<p>Tropical Storm Harvey has caused unprecedented flooding in southeast Texas — but other dangerous environmental disasters could be on their way, including the leakage of chemicals that could explode or harm people.<p>Making landfall as a …

Environment

A Free and Easy Way to Save Money on Heat and AC

All the homes my husband and I saw while house shopping last spring were incredibly well-insulated, according to the realtors we spoke with. We were …

Home Improvement

U.S. house prices to keep rising on supply constraints: Reuters poll

BENGALURU (Reuters) - U.S. house prices are forecast to rise by a cumulative 10 percent over this year and next, driven by a scarcity of new homes, low interest rates and steadily-increasing demand, a Reuters poll of property market analysts showed.<p>Over three-quarters of the experts surveyed Aug. …

Economy

House hunters being pushed into more debt as prices surge

Surging prices are forcing house hunters to get approval for larger mortgages.

News (Ireland)

Bank Of Montreal: Time To Worry About The Canadian Real Estate Market?

Worries about the Canadian housing market seem overblown.<p>Bank of Montreal offers a high and secure payout.<p>Shares are trading at an inexpensive …

Mortgages

Top 10 Home Design & Decor Trends for Fall 2017 - RemodelingImage.com - Remodeling Ideas, Costs, Tips, and Advice

Fall is just around the corner, meaning that soon we will spending a whole lot more time in and around our homes rather than at the beach! 🙂 That …

Bosch's smart washing machine is supposedly 'whisper quiet' - CNET

A loud laundry cycle can be super annoying, especially if your washer and dryer are located in your kitchen or another open space.<p>Bosch wants to put an end to distracting appliances with its HomeProfessional WAY287W5 washing machine and companion HomeProfessional WTY887W6 dryer.<p>At just 44 decibels …

Home Automation

7 Summer Home Improvement Upgrades to Do Before the Season Ends

Summer home improvement ideas abound—after all, the weather is just right for fixing things outside—but now that our warmest season is soon coming to …

Home Improvement

Move Away From Real Estate Stocks

In last week's column, "Repeal of Mortgage Interest Deduction Is Way Past Due," I discussed the potential for the mortgage interest deduction (MID) …

Real Estate

Planes, trains or automobiles: What’s the most carbon-efficient way to travel?

Reduce your carbon footprint by using public or shared transport, and walking or biking for short trips.<p>Have you ever wondered how your personal carbon footprint changes depending on the kind of journey you make? Different modes of travel have different impacts on greenhouse gas emissions.<p>Carbon …

Sustainability
Environment

Why Now Is the Best Time to Start a DIY Home-Based Business

People are outsourcing less, and doing things themselves more. Learn how to get in on the action in the burgeoning DIY market.<p>Getting things professionally done may be going out of style. Instead of outsourcing to the "pros" and paying steep prices for "industry-leading expertise," people are …

Enjoy

Build your own BIG-designed LEGO House with LEGO Architecture’s newest kit

As if playing in a LEGO wonderland wasn’t enough, we just got wind of another reason to get excited over the BIG-designed LEGO House’s grand opening …

Lego

This best-selling accessory turns on your Philips Hue lights whenever you walk into a room

We’ve been covering a bunch of sales lately on Philips Hue bulbs, which is awesome because Philips makes the best smart bulbs on the planet. In fact, …

Home Automation

Is your plastic water bottle bad for your health?

We asked the experts<p>Could many modern ailments be traced to a surprising culprit: namely the chemicals in plastic containers? While the idea may …

Health

‘Nonprime has a nice ring to it’: the return of the high-risk mortgage

It was about a decade ago that Dan Perl chucked it all in to go surfing in Mexico. As a veteran underwriter of subprime mortgages, he’d seen enough …

Mortgages