As 2015 rolls forward, there are several indicators that the housing market may have a break-out year. Let's review the top three. The job market is stronger
With the recession behind us, more and more companies are adding new employees to the payroll. The unemployment rate has dropped 5.8 percent and 321,000 jobs were opened up in November. All of this work...

Famous actor, producer, scientologist and lord of eccentricity Tom Cruise recently listed his 298-acre Colorado compound for $59 million dollars. Located in Telluride, Colorado, the 10,000 square foot home—which Cruise helped to design in 1994—has four bedrooms, a gym, a recreation room and a library which may or may not be full of scientology paraphernalia. Outside...

The swankiest of swanky pads hit the market recently, setting a new record high for the most expensive U.S. listing, according to the listing company. At an astounding $195 million, this palatial private gated compound—set in Beverly Hills, of course—features 25 acres with views of the iconic Los Angeles canyons and dazzling city lights. What's a fancy estate...

Do you dream of a light, airy living space? Do you want to feel like you're living inside of a cloud? Below are 5 tips for a lighter living space, now. Paint it white. Well this is an obvious one. From walls to wood paneling and hardwood floors, two coats of white paint will turn your living space into a year-round winter wonderland. Done and done! Minimize. Do...

Every time a prospective homebuyer walks onto your property, there are a few things that they will absolutely not put up with. These deal breakers can be anywhere in the home, but there is one area that we often forget about: the backyard. The backyard is very important to family life. After all, this is the place where children will enjoy their childhood and play...

This blog was contributed by HomeAdvisor. Buying and installing a new floor can be overwhelming. There are a number of options to choose from, all of which appear on the show floor to look amazing in any home. There are also a number of variations in price and -- even if you research flooring installation costs -- it’s difficult to determine what will fit into...

                    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the gang here at RISMedia and Housecall! We hope you enjoy some much deserved time off and relaxation while spending time with all of your loved ones. We wish you all continued success in 2015 and beyond! May your days be merry, bright and filled with deliciousness! ...

Each December, HGTV takes audiences at home on a jolly jaunt through the White House. The hour-long special, which aired on Dec. 14, showcases a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the home’s holiday décor. And it’s just as merrily mind-blowing as you’d expect. Tasked with decorating 132 rooms spanning six floors, over 100 volunteer decorators and...

As many Power Brokers know, closing the fourth quarter strong is vital in order to prepare for a strong start to the New Year. In a recent webinar entitled “Finish the Year Strong, Start the New Year Even Stronger,” hosted by RISMedia and sponsored by Bank of America Home Loans, some of the industry’s leading brokers weighed in on how they’re keeping their...

The New Year compels all of us to relinquish the past and change our circumstances for the better. Hoping to literally wipe the slate clean? Look no further than your household. How many times have you vowed to keep things organized, only to discover that by mid-January, the clutter culprits are back in full force? To quote Obi-Wan: Nothing kills New Year’s motivation...