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Halloween is the best holiday ever! (This is a fact right?) (#SorryNotSorry, Christmas.) And who doesn't love a little fall-inspired fun? Now, buyers and sellers can create the home of their dreams nightmares with the Build Your Own Haunted House site by realtor.com®! In just a few clicks, users can customize their own spooky spectacle complete with zombies, bats,...

Real estate is once again on the big screen - brokers, agents and "Glengarry Glen Ross" fans, rejoice! Now in select cities and opening tomorrow nationwide, "99 Homes," starring Michael Shannon, Laura Dern and Andrew Garfield, puts a spotlight on some of the more nerve-wracking aspects of the biz, In this thriller, directed by Ramin Bahrani, Garfield plays Dennis...

Contributed by Anita Alvarez Shorter days, cooler temperatures, Halloween – these are all signs that winter’s right around the corner. While the weather is still suitable for working outside, put on your work boots and gloves, head outside and give your property a once-over. Then, work your way inside the home to check its winter-readiness. Here are 21 signs that...

Does your home look like a storage locker or a pack rat’s dream? If so, it’s time to purge, declutter and refresh. It may sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some quick, effective ways to declutter your home without feeling overwhelmed: 1. Set time aside. If you don’t plan for decluttering, you’ll probably keep putting it off. So, make yourself...

There is an insurance that can help keep appliances working like new. With this kind of insurance, if an appliance breaks down, there is a certain amount of coverage given. Even with the insurance, however, keeping appliances up to date will make any neighbor jealous. Waiting until the insurance can cover those upgrades helps with a small budget and allows even the...

Contributed by William Giakoumatos Buying your first home can be very exciting. Among all the decisions you'll have to make when you seek that home is whether you want to buy one that's ready to move into and live in as is, or one that needs a little work. Many people buy fixer-uppers because of the lower cost, but sometimes those kinds of homes can end up costing...

As we close out a summer marked by rising home prices and limited supply, we’re conditioned to expect the inevitable end-of-season slowdown. But the change of season doesn’t mean activity drops off completely – in fact, fall’s arrival presents opportunities for homebuyers, in part due to a “back-to-school mentality,” according to a survey by ERA Real Estate. If...

Selling your home can seem a daunting task. When you close that deal, you want to make sure that your home goes to the best buyer for the best price. It may seem cheaper to sell your home yourself, and many do; however, there are a lot of details to work through. “Selling your home through a REALTOR® can help you make sure you get the best value overall,” says...

Contributed by Kyle Foley In our over 39 years as custom home design builders, we’ve seen it happen more often than we like, and more frequently than it needs to. The somber truth is that over 50 percent of custom builds never get off the ground, including those where the client has already purchased their lot, and may even had plans drawn. The number one reason...

Is it parks, schools, city services or affordability that you should look for when searching for a home with higher than average resale value? All of these factors matter, in fact, and homeowners lucky enough to be near one popular grocery chain enjoyed a boost in their home's value. Jennifer Von Pohlmann recently headed into the aisles at RealtyTrac.com to get the...