So You Want to Buy a Craftsman Home …

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Craftsman homes are the jewel boxes of old neighborhoods. Most of them were built at the beginning of the 20th century, and offer loads of charm and character – inside and out.

Boasting double-hung windows, large front porches, wood siding, and vibrant exterior paint colors, these turn-of-the-century homes continue to charm home buyers today.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a craftsman…

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Craftsman homes are the jewel boxes of old neighborhoods. Most of them were built at the beginning of the 20th century, and offer loads of charm and character – inside and out.

Boasting double-hung windows, large front porches, wood siding, and vibrant exterior paint colors, these turn-of-the-century homes continue to charm home buyers today.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a craftsman…

The California Ballot Measure That Inspired a Tax Revolt

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Proposition 13, a populist crusade in 1978 to cut property taxes, set in motion a political process that still reverberates across the nation….

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Proposition 13, a populist crusade in 1978 to cut property taxes, set in motion a political process that still reverberates across the nation….

House of the Week: A Key West Church Turned Home Sanctuary

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It’s not often that you find a home with a storied American past that has a happy modern ending. This Key West church was erected in 1867 by formerly enslaved people as a place to worship after the Civil War ended; it was rebuilt in 1911.

Nestled in Bahama Village, FL and dedicated as a historic landmark, the 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home is on the market for $949,000<a hr…

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It’s not often that you find a home with a storied American past that has a happy modern ending. This Key West church was erected in 1867 by formerly enslaved people as a place to worship after the Civil War ended; it was rebuilt in 1911.

Nestled in Bahama Village, FL and dedicated as a historic landmark, the 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home is on the market for $949,000<a hr…

10 Expert-Approved Home Security Tips for First-Time Homeowners

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Buying your first home is an occasion worth celebrating. But before you get caught up in decorating and planning that housewarming party, it’s important to make certain your new home is secure.

New homeowners are especially vulnerable to security risks, as they are just beginning to learn about their new home and neighborhood. Get a head start with these 10 home security tips for first-time buyers from experts in the home security field.

1. Assess the security situation before …

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Buying your first home is an occasion worth celebrating. But before you get caught up in decorating and planning that housewarming party, it’s important to make certain your new home is secure.

New homeowners are especially vulnerable to security risks, as they are just beginning to learn about their new home and neighborhood. Get a head start with these 10 home security tips for first-time buyers from experts in the home security field.

1. Assess the security situation before …

America's Most Competitive Renters: Why Many Are Choosing to Rent

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For decades, satisfying the American Dream meant homeownership. Many expected to graduate from school, get hitched, have babies and purchase a house. Bam. Dream fulfilled.

But for some millennials who came of age right around the time of the Great Recession, their vision of success has changed.

Over the last several years, nearly all new household formations have been renters. In fact, nearly 40 percent of the population are renters – <a href="http://www.zillow.com/research/ho…

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For decades, satisfying the American Dream meant homeownership. Many expected to graduate from school, get hitched, have babies and purchase a house. Bam. Dream fulfilled.

But for some millennials who came of age right around the time of the Great Recession, their vision of success has changed.

Over the last several years, nearly all new household formations have been renters. In fact, nearly 40 percent of the population are renters – <a href="http://www.zillow.com/research/ho…

5 Tips for Haute Halloween Decor

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Halloween is almost here, and before you know it, trick-or-treaters will be ringing your doorbell. Decorating your house for the season should be easy, fun, and bring just the right amount of spookiness.

Follow these simple tips to bring hauntingly elegant Halloween flair to any area of your home.

1. Drape spooky fabric as a base

Whether you’re decorating a buffet, side table, or even front door, fabric is a great base layer. Stretch cheesecloth to mimic cobwebs, the…

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Halloween is almost here, and before you know it, trick-or-treaters will be ringing your doorbell. Decorating your house for the season should be easy, fun, and bring just the right amount of spookiness.

Follow these simple tips to bring hauntingly elegant Halloween flair to any area of your home.

1. Drape spooky fabric as a base

Whether you’re decorating a buffet, side table, or even front door, fabric is a great base layer. Stretch cheesecloth to mimic cobwebs, the…

The 4 Phases of the Landlord/Renter Relationship

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Creating and keeping a good working relationship between you and your landlord is crucial to having a good experience in the rental – and getting great referrals after you no longer live there.

Here are a few tips on how to establish a great partnership from all phases of renting, from before you move in to handing over the keys on your way out.

Viewing

In this first phase of the landlord/renter relationship, the goal is to make a good impression on the person who wil…

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Creating and keeping a good working relationship between you and your landlord is crucial to having a good experience in the rental – and getting great referrals after you no longer live there.

Here are a few tips on how to establish a great partnership from all phases of renting, from before you move in to handing over the keys on your way out.

Viewing

In this first phase of the landlord/renter relationship, the goal is to make a good impression on the person who wil…

5 Hot Homes for Snowbirds at Under $250,000

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With chilly fall weather descending on large swaths of the country, many snowbirds are already fleeing to warmer destinations. If you’re finding yourself jealous of these migrant homeowners, or contemplating becoming a snowbird yourself, a getaway home in a milder climate might be the solution.

While you may not be living large like a celebrity, these snowbird homes – all priced at $250,000 or less – won…

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With chilly fall weather descending on large swaths of the country, many snowbirds are already fleeing to warmer destinations. If you’re finding yourself jealous of these migrant homeowners, or contemplating becoming a snowbird yourself, a getaway home in a milder climate might be the solution.

While you may not be living large like a celebrity, these snowbird homes – all priced at $250,000 or less – won…

3 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Painting Projects

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Painting projects are a fantastic and easy way to update and refresh the look of your home.

If you’re hoping to economize on your upcoming painting projects, here are some easy and painless ways to do it.

Use mistints

Every store that sells paint has mistints – paints that the store mixed to a specific color for a customer, and then the customer either never picked them up, or returned them.

These paints are marked down significantly so that the store can…

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Painting projects are a fantastic and easy way to update and refresh the look of your home.

If you’re hoping to economize on your upcoming painting projects, here are some easy and painless ways to do it.

Use mistints

Every store that sells paint has mistints – paints that the store mixed to a specific color for a customer, and then the customer either never picked them up, or returned them.

These paints are marked down significantly so that the store can…

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Buy in Park Slope

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shutterstock_124605688Serial real estate listers John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have moved their family east to fashionable Park Slope in Brooklyn after putting three homes on the market in California earlier this year.

The couple shouldn’t have a problem adjusting their toddler and newborn to the Big Apple in their classic …

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shutterstock_124605688Serial real estate listers John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have moved their family east to fashionable Park Slope in Brooklyn after putting three homes on the market in California earlier this year.

The couple shouldn’t have a problem adjusting their toddler and newborn to the Big Apple in their classic …