9 Effortless Ways to Reduce Your Electric Bill Right Now

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We all want to save energy and money, right? But it’s not always so easy – perhaps you don’t have the time for a home energy audit, or maybe there simply isn’t room in the budget for that energy-saving appliance you want. No worries! Here are some quick and easy ways to reduce your home energy usage right now. Reduce hot water … Read More

9 Pools That Will Make You Wish Every Week Were Shark Week

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We’re all bummed that Michael Phelps didn’t race a real shark . Instead of heading to the beach, we’ll console ourselves during the non-viewing hours of Shark Week by splashing around somewhere we know it’s safe to go in the water: a cool and refreshing backyard pool. Check out these nine gorgeous swimming pools – any of which would be perfect … Read More

#236: From Tragedy to Broke to $400,000 a Month with Lance Wakefield

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How does one scale a real estate investing business to hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit in under two years? That’s the topic on today’s episode of The BiggerPockets Podcast  where you’ll hear just how Lance Wakefield, a real estate wholesaler in the Dallas area, accomplished that amazing feat. You’ll hear Lance’s powerful story of hitting rock bottom through numerous tragedies … Read More

DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps

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Turn your backyard into a cozy camp spot by making your own fire pit . This outdoor DIY project is easy to complete, and you’ll be making s’mores and cuddling up by the fire in no time. Get ready Before you start building your backyard fire pit, you’ll need to gather some supplies: bricks for the fire pit wall, gravel, … Read More

How to Stage Your Outdoor Space to Sell Your Home Faster

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Everyone loves the idea of indoor-outdoor living, even in climates where it’s only possible a few months out of the year. And when you’re selling a home, staging your outdoor space can be an important way to show off one of your home’s best features while attracting prospective buyers. Whether your property has a sweeping lawn or a small city … Read More

Good to Grow: Creating a Custom Gardening Workspace

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A garden shed is more than a place to stash your shovel and lawnmower – it’s a gardening workstation where you can plant and repot to your heart’s content. Of course, if you don’t have a shed, you can always improvise. Turn a corner of the garage, balcony, or patio into the next best thing by including a potting bench … Read More

Redfin, Industry-Leading Venture Firms Pledge to Diversify Startup Boards

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Redfin is joining forces with venture capital firms in Seattle and Silicon Valley that are committing to diversify high-technology company boards. The venture firms will encourage new portfolio companies to recruit an independent, diverse board member within two years of institutional funding. We’ve already reported on a tripling in the rate of female board appointments to companies that have recently … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Deidre Oliver's Streamlined Master Bath

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Designer Deidre Oliver, with Niwot, CO firm Oliver Designs , transformed her neighbor’s ’90s master bath into a contemporary spa sanctuary with high-end plumbing and beautiful finishes. Oliver reconfigured the 432-square-foot bathroom’s layout to better utilize the center of the room, which had been empty, wasted space. The original layout consisted of an L-shaped vanity, above-mirror Hollywood lights, and quartz … Read More

Home Prices and Buyer Competition Hit New Highs in June as Inventory Drought Dragged into 21st Consecutive Month

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The median home sale price increased 7.3 percent from a year ago to $298,000 in June. This is the highest national median sale price recorded since we began keeping track in 2010. Despite record-high buyer demand during the busy spring market, sales only increased 1.9 percent compared to last year, constrained by a low supply of homes on the market. … Read More