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A concept drawing of the Minnesota Experimental City (MXC). Photo Credit: Graham Foundation/University of Minnesota Libraries From AI and virtual reality to self-driving cars and solar mapping, Google’s reach extends well beyond the search engine—now, even in housing. Alphabet hasn’t ruled out the possibility of developing a city “from the Internet up,”...

Looking to live in an ultra-lux area? Need your neighbors to own a 10 car garage and a pool full of pink flamingos? SmartAsset recently dropped a new report outlining the metro areas with the most mansions across the U.S. While most of you are probably jumping to visions of A-list pads in the Hollywood Hills, the real results are actually quite surprising. What state...

While trends typically come and go, one that’s been getting a lot of attention lately is the concept surrounding the zero-energy home, a space that relies on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable energy to meet heating, cooling and energy needs. As the movement continues to push itself into the limelight—hoping for full-fledged adoption—it’s...

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...