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What's more terrifying than living in a haunted house? Living in a haunted house that strangers are constantly trying to break into. This is the case for Norma Sutcliffe and Gerald R. Helfrich , the owners of the “haunted” home that inspired the 2013 film "The Conjuring." The filmmakers behind the haunted flick positioned the story as based on truth, and published...

From learning thermostats to garage-opening apps, there’s no doubt smart home devices have brought convenience to our doorstep – but we’re willing to bet many aren’t nearly as practical as they seem. Below, we’ve rounded up some recent innovations that are more oddity than necessity. Could these be the smart home solutions we never knew we needed? You be...

Halloween is this week, everyone! We know you're busy listing, selling, meeting new clients and closing business, so time to scare up a costume idea is limited, to say the least. If you're scraping the bottom of the think-tank for ideas and want to dress up to take your kids trick or treating or hit that rager at your friends' house (weekend Halloween - bonus!) we...

With the holiday of haunt right around the corner, RealtyTrac took a look at a segment of properties where the haunting may hit too close to home for neighbors and potential buyers. More than 22,000 single family homes nationwide are vacant and have a homeowner who is now deceased, according to an analysis of public record data. That’s one in every 5,973 housing...

Photos: JBG companies/Washington Post One Washington, D.C.-based developer is hitting the road to find new potential renters in their brand new (foodless) food truck. The JBG Companies is the creator of Dwell Direct, an outfit they deem a “mobile real estate experience.” The new truck is now the company’s mobile leasing office, furnished with a 60-inch touch...

It’s RoboCop-meets-real estate. Whether local or abroad, homebuyers appreciate a visual. But a growing segment of buyers are benefitting from a new kind of visual marketing far from the mainstream grid: virtual reality. For the better part of the year, a Los Angeles-based real estate team has been toying with virtual reality as a means to market high-end properties...

Just Google it. A new tool we never knew we needed has just rolled out from deep within the goat-maintained Googleplex. Project Sunroof, engineered by East Coast Googler Carl Elkin, proves to solar-skeptical homeowners that solar power is attainable, affordable and practical. And who wouldn’t trust the all-knowing Google? The concept: plug in your address and the...

The real estate market can be a complicated and stressful proposition for grown-ups, but as far as kids are concerned, it's all child's play! Homes.com presents a different side of that equation with their hilarious Kids Say The Darndest Things-esque video series titled, "Kids Playhouse." In these video vignettes, kids give their innocent, precocious and absolutely...

The real estate implications of the legalization of marijuana are many, and members of the industry who service markets where the drug has been decriminalized have already begun familiarizing themselves with state legislation related to housing transactions. But as marijuana goes mainstream, a related development may have equal effect on the industry: cannabis construction. As...

If you’re a real estate agent wanting to target millennials, you need to be active on social media and you need to be tech savvy. Even if you aren’t specifically targeting millennials, an advanced knowledge of technology will help leaps and bounds as you set forth to dominate your local market. Applications like Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat are surefire tools...