By Jim Burch The home of the future doesn't just live in science fiction anymore. You can own it today. Better yet, it doesn't require thousands of dollars or long construction times. Home automation is available and affordable thanks to wireless Internet and smartphones. If you want to make your home smarter and work for you, look at these easy fixes to some of...

Posted on Jan 28 2016 - 11:06am by John Egan
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Curb appeal is in the eyes of the buyer. But as Texas Tech University researchers Emmett Elam and Andrea Stigarall point out, the precise factors that influence a homebuyer’s perceptions of curb appeal are debatable. What is not debatable is the lift that curb appeal gives to the value of a home. Improving the curb appeal of your home can boost its value by as...

Adele is still so hot right now...even in real estate! Meet Megan Hill Mitchum, a REALTOR® from CENTURY 21 Signature Real Estate Iowa who just released one killer parody of Adele's worldwide smash hit "Hello." It's a parody so spot on that every agent who's ever been in the field will be able to relate. Judging by its 150k+ view count in mere days, we'd say the video's...

Posted on Jan 26 2016 - 1:54pm by Housecall
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By James White Did you know that Hilary Swank raises her own chickens from eggs? She’s not the only celebrity getting into modern homesteading: Julia Roberts composts her kitchen scraps and chicken poop while Oprah has a 12-acre organic garden in Maui. Even the White House has a vegetable garden thanks to Michelle Obama! Anyone willing to give modern homesteading...

Ahhh, conference season. For brokers and agents, the New Year usually starts with travel plans as brands and networks pepper Q1 with their respective annual conferences. A conference offers a lot more than a getaway to a highly desirable destination—it’s also a once-a-year opportunity to hear from leadership about big-picture plans and new tech roll-outs, get...

The living room is the room where most families spend the majority of their time. The TV is usually there, the comfy couches are there, and oftentimes the living room has the best view of the backyard. Sometimes, though, the living room needs some sprucing up. Here are three things you can do to instantly revolutionize the favorite room in the house: New Curtains

By Sara Rodell, founder of Loop and Tie Successful real estate agents know the importance of gift giving better than almost anyone else. In the United States, the average house price is $188,900 and with so much money changing hands, it’s important to show respect and appreciation for your clients and colleagues. Gifts are the perfect way to do this. Relationships...

Favorable economic conditions have long triggered investment in home improvements—more money, more upgrades—and progress on the housing front is set to spur the next wave of homeowner spending on both necessary and discretionary projects. Homeowners can expect to reap the highest returns on projects that cost relatively less, according to REMODELING magazine. On...

New year, new you, right? Sure! If you’re like most people, the new year is chock-full of health- and wellness-related resolutions--but why stop there? Your home could use some improvements in the new year too. If a major home improvement is on your list of resolutions, it pays to have your plans established before you get started. So, to avoid your renovations...

By Roy Rasmussen Home audio is enjoying a renaissance, according to the Consumer Electronics Association's latest Digital America report. Total factory home audio sales rose 4.5 percent to $3.61 billion in 2015, driven by surround-sound technology such as one-piece amplified soundbars and wireless multi-room audio systems. New 3D surround-sound formats for Blu-ray...