Sealing and Insulating Your Ductwork

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Insulation isn’t free, but as the old saying goes, sometimes you have to spend some to make some. When it comes to adding duct insulation, your monthly savings in utility bills will soon cover the costs, especially if you install the insulation yourself. The problem with uninsulated ducts You need insulation – even around your ducts – no matter where … Read More

How to Modernize a Split-Level Home

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What’s not to love about a split-level home? The interior spaces flow. And while the change in floor level creates a partial separation of spaces, they are visually connected from one level to the next. Split-levels are cool – on the inside. The outside is often another story. Split-level exteriors tend to be a bit bland. If you’ve seen one, … Read More

Crawl Space Care: Insulation, Ventilation, Encapsulation, Oh My!

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Crawl spaces are often out of sight and, consequently, out of mind, making them easy to neglect. But don’t “space out” on your crawl space! Without proper care, your crawl space is susceptible to moisture, heat loss, pests, and a host of other complications. These common problems can damage your home’s foundation, cause sky-high energy bills, and introduce toxins to … Read More

How to Bleach Hardwood Floors

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Bleaching hardwood floors is a chemical process to lighten the color of the wood. Sometimes your hardwood floors become discolored with age or accidental stains. Occasionally, homeowners choose to lighten their floors in preparation for special finishes, such as antiquing or pickling. Learn how to bleach your hardwood floors, including what type of bleach to use, to get the job … Read More

Supply of Homes for Sale Down 0.3 Percent in June, First Annual Decline in 10 Months

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Some expensive markets like San Jose, Seattle, and Boston are still seeing big gains in for-sale home inventory, while affordable markets like Oklahoma City, Buffalo, and Memphis are already experiencing big declines. The number of homes for sale nationally fell 0.3 percent year over year in late June—the first annual decline since inventory started climbing in September. This marks the … Read More

Your Zestimate is now smarter – and more accurate

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The Zestimate is now more accurate than ever, thanks to new technology that identifies and values home improvements you’ve made based on photos. Plus, we now incorporate even more data into Zestimates for homes on the market, and we update those Zestimates in real time. That’s in addition to the millions of data points that the Zestimate’s complex machine learning … Read More

Here’s How Many Affordable Homes Could Be Purchased For $238 Million–The Price of Most Expensive U.S. Home Ever Sold

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Hint: it’s every single affordable house on the market in Deltona, Fl, or half of all homes for sale in Akron, OH.   For the $238 million spent on the most expensive American home ever sold , approximately 1,100 affordable homes could have been purchased. The record-breaking sale was made by the founder of a global investment firm in January … Read More

It’s Not All About Demand: Home Prices are Sky-High Where It’s Most Difficult and Most Expensive to Acquire and Develop Land

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In San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and Boston, the value of land accounts for more than half of a typical home’s value. Land’s share of home value is roughly 20 percent in Buffalo, Omaha, Indianapolis and Cincinnati. Potential homebuyers are priced out because of high land costs making homes very expensive. In recent years, housing demand has outpaced housing … Read More

Creative Ways to Add Color to Your Rental

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Living in a rental can dampen your design options. With unchangeable fixtures and cabinets, bland paint colors, and the threat of losing your security deposit if you make changes, a lot of renters suppress their personal style and settle for builder-grade basic. But it doesn’t have to be this way. By getting creative with your furniture and accessories, you can have … Read More

Boho and Minimalism Top Our List of 2019 Outdoor Living Trends

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It’s easier than ever to create an outdoor oasis that’s an extension of your home, and this summer’s biggest trend is creating a backyard space that is as comfortable as your indoor one. Design styles like bright and bold boho and Scandinavian minimalism are heading outside, according to our 2019 Outdoor Living Trends Report. “The lines have been blurred between … Read More