Real Estate News

By Dianne McKenzie | News & Tips for Buyers, Sellers & Investors in Santa Fe & Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

This Is Pantone's Color of the Year 2018

It's December, and the holiday season is officially here. But for color lovers, today is a holiday in and of itself: the day Pantone announces their …

Design

18 outdoor cameras to secure your connected home

Looking for an outdoor security camera? Here are a bunch of options for your smart home.<p>Outdoor home security cameras have changed a lot in recent years. A market that was once limited to a few manufacturers has since exploded into an industry full of options. That's great news for us as customers, …

Smart Homes

‘Smart Greenhouses’ Generate Electricity, Plants Fare Well Under Magenta Roof Panels

Smart greenhouses also referred to as the solar greenhouses are found to generate electricity as well as nurture the plants well with their magenta …

3 Top Stocks You Can Buy and Hold for the Next Decade

Play the clean energy, digitization, and electric vehicles trends with these three stocks.<p>To buy and hold a stock for a decade may sound daunting, …

Solar greenhouses generate electricity and grow crops at the same time

The first crops of tomatoes and cucumbers grown inside electricity-generating solar greenhouses were as healthy as those raised in conventional …

Clean Energy

12 Agrihoods Taking Farm-to-table Living Mainstream

Ever wish you could live at your CSA? Or move to a neighborhood where everyone is as excited about fresh, healthy food as you are?<p>All over the United …

Farming

Midwest greenhouse heated with geothermal energy produces citrus year-round for $1 per day

Those who live in the Midwest United States understand how difficult it can be to eat local during winter. But for Russ Finch and his community, the …

Farming

11 Most Genius Organizers on Amazon Right Now

Prepare yourself: You're going to want to buy all of them.<p>What if we told you there's a magical place where, at the touch of a button, your home would be the most organized it's ever been. Well, it exists and it's called Amazon. Sure, you have to <i>pay</i> for products to get it that way, but we've come …

Hacking

7 prefab homes that impressed us in 2016

Another prefabulous year behind us!<p>The idea that prefab homes can provide an efficient alternative to traditional construction is no longer news. Besides digging deep into all kinds of prefab dreams percolating throughout the last century, Curbed also been sharing plenty of prefab options currently …

Design

The 10 most innovative homes of 2016

From off-the-grid pods to tiny houses that can be taken apart move with their owners, innovative home design blossomed in 2016.<p>Although there was no shortage of out-there ideas, a few trends took shape. Architects emphasized designs that made for low-cost and fast construction, minimalist …

This apartment interior is filled with creative storage and decor ideas

COA Mimarlik have designed this 2 bedroom apartment for a newlywed couple that live in Istanbul, Turkey,<p>Upon entering the apartment, you’re presented …

Interior Design

New Groove: Vinyl Floors Are Back!

Forget everything you think you know about vinyl floors from the kitchens of decades past. Vinyl flooring is back and better than ever. It’s durable and easy to clean, and it comes in a vast array of colors and patterns. This often undervalued material deserves a second chance to become part of any …

Renovations

Kitchen Pocket Doors – A Must-Have For Small And Stylish Homes

Before you rush to get new doors for your home, stop for a moment to consider all the options. As common as swing doors may be, they’re not the most …

Renovations

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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 …

How Canada Became A Greenhouse Superpower

If you're a home gardener in most of the country, your tomato plants are probably just getting started. It's not even officially summer.<p>Yet if you go to the grocery store, you'll probably see tomatoes that come from even farther north: Canada!<p>Our cold-weather neighbor sends us more tomatoes, …

The most unaffordable place to live in America is…

The most unaffordable place to live in the U.S. is not San Francisco or Manhattan. It’s Brooklyn.<p>A person earning the average salary in Brooklyn …

Real Estate

The middle class is starting to go solar

The price of solar has plummeted since the late 1970s. Back then you’d pay $77.67 per watt for solar cells, and you still wouldn’t be able to produce electricity—not until you connected a bunch of cells together to form a solar panel.<p>Last year, the price for a <i>fully made solar panel</i>—including the …

This City Is Home to 820 Urban Farms and Quickly Becoming America's Urban Ag Capital

Who knew that the Windy City has become so green? As Co.Exist reported, Chicago is quietly becoming the country's urban agriculture capital with 821 …

Farming

Nobody wants your filthy house, and other tips for selling your home from the 'Property Brothers'

When it comes to getting the best price for your house, there might be no higher-profile experts than Drew and Jonathan Scott, the personable hosts of several HGTV series including the long-running “Property Brothers.”<p>The 38-year-old twins started their real-estate ways while still in college, …

Real Estate

10 Renovation Mistakes Everybody Makes—and How To Fix Them

Repair any home project slip-up with these expert tips

Home Improvement

These Radical Ideas Show How Nature Can Inform Sustainable Design

The latest Biomimicry Global Design Challenge winners take their inspiration from the original innovation master.<p>Before humans ever conceived of sustainable design, nature was doing a good job. Plants and animals have evolved to use energy efficiently, to be multi-functional yet balanced, and to …

Sustainability

How Real Estate Is A Smart Investment For Entrepreneurs

From the fictional Lex Luthor to the very real Donald Trump, real estate has often been considered a ripe investment opportunity for successful entrepreneurs. But what differentiates a smart real estate investment from one that's going to turn into a disaster? What tells the best real estate moguls …

Real Estate

Dog-Friendly Flooring Rules

Dog-friendly flooring needs to be durable, easy to clean, and attractive too. Here's what you need to know if you have four on the floor

A startup that wants to end world hunger is starting with a tiny indoor vertical farm

It’s not quite farm to table, but one Berlin supermarket is trying to make urban farming mainstream with a high-tech vertical garden in its produce aisle.<p>A pilot project between wholesale supermarket Metro and indoor farming startup Infarm, the Kräutergarten (‘herb garden’) uses hydroponic …

Farming

30 Smart Devices: Centralite Unveils New DIY Smart Home Solution

There are two ways to smarten your home: hire a professional to install the technology or do it yourself. In the past, manufacturers catered …

Home Automation

These on-trend features can sell your home faster — and for more money

The Austin real estate market is hot -- one of the hottest in the country. But even in the midst of this buyer/seller frenzy, there are keys to …

Real Estate

Funiture Giant IKEA Wants to Help Restaurants Build Their Own Indoor Farms

The furniture chain is getting into the sustainable farming industry, one restaurant kitchen at a time.<p>Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA is known …

Farming

Kelley's Market Trends: Residential Home Sales

Five months into 2016 and homes sales in Flathead County continue at a near record pace. After a 20 percent increase in this April over April of …

Real Estate

3 Surprising Ways to Measure Sustainability in Your Community

Sustainability is a popular word, and I think that’s mostly because it can mean so many different (but mostly positive) things: environmentally …

Sustainability