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By Ryan McNeil A solar home: for most people, this idea conjures images of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels steadily yielding electricity to power their computer, their TV or maybe even an electric car. Though were you aware that there is another type of solar that can help save money, even in the shower? A solar water heater is a system that uses the sun’s energy...

Virtual reality isn’t just for video games. Rapid advancements in virtual reality and augmented reality technology are poised to alter our daily life over the next several years. Everything from education, the workforce, healthcare and real estate are likely to be transformed in some way by the current revolution in hardware and computing that is making the rise...

Big changes are coming for Instagram users and the news alone has sent ripples throughout the world of social media. Acquired by Facebook in April of 2012, it's not totally surprising that Instagram's feed will soon begin to work like Mark Zuckerberg's original tour de force. On Instagram's official blog, the company says they will now arrange users' feeds "to show...

Those immersed in housing trends likely know what makes today's buyers tick: updated kitchens and bathrooms, ample closet space, low-maintenance features, in-home technology. But what excited potential homebuyers a decade ago is vastly different from what interests today's generation of homeowners. This interactive infographic from Fielding Homes dishes out top design...

By Terri Engels The smart home revolution has led to some mind-boggling advances to our daily routine. From brewing a world-class cup of coffee from your smart phone to streaming your favorite Spotify playlist through a lightbulb in the kitchen, it seems there’s no end to the daily life hacks now available to us. However, it’s not just humans that are benefiting...

Spring fever’s hit us here at Housecall, and we’re willing to bet it’s beset most of you at home. If yours is ripe for a re-do, deep-six stale, seasonal décor for these on-trend features and finishes—florals not included. Monochrome Offset a stark black-and-white theme—evocative of last year’s Far North country-style—with plush textiles and timber accents. Credit:...

The fact that the Top 1,000 firms in RISMedia’s 2016 Power Broker Report collectively amassed more than $1.1 trillion in sales volume in 2015 unquestionably signifies important growth in the residential real estate sector—to the tune of $150 billion more in sales volume over our 2014 report. But the real story about the market lies in what’s behind those numbers. Despite...

By Scott Ledterman Smart home technology has been the talk of the town for the past several years, but are consumers truly adapting? The fact is consumers are not only interested in what smart home tech has to offer them—it also influences their home buying journey. A 2015 Coldwell Banker Real Estate survey affirmed that 81 percent of Americans would be more likely...

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if a supervillain set up shop in your city? Would a superhero be happy to patrol your city’s skyline? And just how on earth would your neighborhood bounce back after an epic clash of superhuman strength and dastardly deeds? Wonder no more. Using neighborhood amenities data from Yelp, Trulia considered important factors...

This St. Patrick’s Day, Zillow took a look at the luckiest time to buy across the country. What they found: the home buyers who bought right at the bottom of the housing bust, allowing them to gain the most equity in their homes as the market bounced back, are the ones rolling in the green. For example, a buyer who purchased a home in the Las Vegas metro in January...