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

The U.S. Housing Market Looks Headed for Its Worst Slowdown in Years

They were fed up with Seattle’s home bidding wars. They were only in their late 20s but had already lost two battles and were ready to renew with …

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Here Are 6 Surprising Home Improvements That Will Get You the Most Bang for Your Buck When You Sell

Zillow, the website that values home properties according to local area sales, just released a report on how to add value before selling your home. …

Home Improvement

Including These Words In Your Real Estate Listing Could Boost Your Home’s Sale Price

If you’ve lived in a home for any significant period of time, chances are you’ve grown attached to many of its fabulous parts, from the kitchen you …

Estes Park Residence

Estes Park, Colorado<p>Nestled at the foot of Rocky Mountain National Park is a modern cabin that celebrates the outdoors. The home wraps up from the site, framing the Great Room with views of the meadows and mountain range beyond.<p>Keep it simple: rustic materials meet modern form to make a timeless …

Birdseye Design references local vernacular for secluded Vermont dwelling

American studio Birdseye Design has created a rural guest house in Vermont with hipped roofs and distinctive cladding, which evokes the traditional …

The Best Après Ski Towns in North America

There are big changes brewing in the ski world these days: major mergers, greener business models, tons of development. The industry’s push to draw new and younger snow bunnies means chicer resorts, more cool activities, and a bumper crop of restaurants, bars, and spas to enjoy beyond the slopes …

Tiny houses in 2017: More flexible, clever than ever

Very impressive<p>It’s the end of 2017, which means tiny houses are kind of old news. By that we mean, this has been another year of so many new micro homes on wheels (or not) in all shapes, sizes, styles, and settings—which also means that it now takes <i>a lot</i> to impress.<p>Still, the year was not without …

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 …

UltraViolet

18 outdoor cameras to secure your connected home

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, but it can make the buying process a bit more complex. Below you'll find a list of …

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

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

Santa Cruz

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, …

Investing

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Winter Fashion

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 …

The 10 most innovative homes of 2016

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 aesthetics, increased mobility, and the use of more renewable power sources.<p>Check out our favorites below.

San Francisco

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 …

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 …

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 …

Kitchens

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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, …

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 …

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 …

Solar Power

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 …

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, …

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10 Renovation Mistakes Everybody Makes—and How To Fix Them

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 …

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 …

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