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...

As we march swiftly toward fall in many parts of the country, homeowners should prepare for the eventual chills and precipitation that winter will bring. According to diynetwork.com, the most beneficial - and in most cases - easiest maintenance can go a long way toward ensuring your home is fully buttoned up, safe, dry and warm come fall. Here are just a few of the...

Contributed by Tori Toth The word “excellent” means to possess outstanding quality and isn’t that what we want to promote to buyers - that your home is the best there is on the market? Too often though, I find a seller’s perception of excellence becomes unknowingly compromised by certain circumstances and rationalizations that have seeped into the way they...

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there existed a unique fixer-upper opportunity for home buyers: the house that once belonged to legendary Jedi Master Yoda. Thanks to the gang over at Movoto, we now have the first evaluation of a property from the world George Lucas first brought to life on screens in 1977. If you could buy Yoda’s house (okay, so it’s...

Contributed by Kaitlin Krull, Modernize Keeping and maintaining a beautiful backyard is an important part of home ownership. However, at Modernize we know that landscaping and restyling your outdoor space can quickly get expensive. If you don’t have the money for luxury-grade backyard transformations, IKEA is the answer. Make your garden’s flat pack dreams come...

Ay, caramba! Talk about art imitating life, imitating art! Calgary couple and DIY pros Marcia Andreychuk and Joel Hamilton have put their love of "The Simpsons" on full display, recreating their very own replica of the cartoon family's colorful kitchen. “We had the same bones as 'The Simpsons' kitchen…all the elements seemed like it would work to convert it,”...

According to Cleve Gaddis, most real estate agents are doing it all wrong. To count yourself among the top producers of the industry, you must upend the traditional view of the annual calendar and approach your business with the same level of gusto each month of the year. In RISMedia’s latest webinar, “Goodbye Peaks and Valleys, Hello Year-Round Success,” real...

Contributed by James White, homeyimprovements.com If the idea of spending hours on end deep-cleaning the house doesn’t appeal to you, take the “spring” out of “spring cleaning” and try monthly deep-cleaning instead. When you tackle one room in your house each month throughout the year, the only thing you’ll have to think about come next spring is enjoying...

Contributed by Paul Kazlov, Global Home Improvement In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about metal roofs and their manifold benefits. And why not? As one of the most durable roofing materials available on the market, metal roofs have outshined the famous asphalt shingles, slates, and other composite roofing materials. Here are eight reasons why homeowners...