With more than 1 billion people participating in Earth Day activities each year, it’s hard to fathom what we all did on April 22 prior to 1970—the year Senator Gaylord Nelson put into motion a movement that continues to motivate people into action when it comes to caring for—and protecting—our environment. Whether you’re a preservationist, conservationist...

By Kara Masterson Investing in real estate is one of the most financially sound things you can do, but buying a new home might feel intimidating when it is your first time. It is understandable that you’d want to make the best decision possible. Here are six things to look for that can help with your decision. Efficient HVAC System Heating and cooling count for...

After making the decision to use vertical window blinds in their homes, many people are surprised to learn that the decisions don’t end there. There are plenty of different options to choose from and choosing the right ones for your home is imperative. Fortunately, asking yourself a few simple questions can help you determine what blinds will best meet your needs...

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...

In real estate, the phrase “cash is king” is oft overused. However, if you're struggling to sell a house in a bad 'hood, then you already know that in reality, location is king. Purchasing a home in a great area, or an area that is up-and-coming, can help maximize the value of your home investment. So what can tear your property value down faster than a...

With summer quickly approaching, homeowners and renters alike are doing everything they can to prepare their lawns for family-friendly soccer games, neighborhood cookouts, evenings gathered around the fire pit roasting marshmallows and nights spent sleeping under the stars. While a lush, healthy lawn will certainly go a long way toward making your neighbors jealous,...

in communities across the globe, marshaled by developments in urban centers and suburban outposts that accommodate “active” transportation. “Today, bike trails, bike lanes, bike-share systems, and other forms of active transportation infrastructure are helping spur a new generation of ‘trail-oriented development,’” states a recently released report by...

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...

By Erin Vaughan What’s a surefire way to get kids to eat their vegetables? Heap their plates with homegrown bounty plucked right from the backyard. Gardening as a family gives children an appreciation for the work behind the food on the table, an understanding of basic ecology, and a chance to help parents outside. Meanwhile, for us adults, backyard beautification...

Don’t hold it against her. —seven months after purchasing a nearby property—for $8,995,000. The Mediterranean-style, single-story home is located in the Lake Sherwood enclave, neighboring a who’s-who in music that includes Paul Anka and Tom Petty. She’s so lucky! Built in 2010 and purchased by Spears off-market in 2012, the five-bedroom, seven-bathroom...