In today’s real estate market, curb appeal is about more than neighborhood drive-bys and official home showings. That’s because, if there’s one thing you can bet about today’s potential homebuyer, it’s that he or she is searching online. Thanks to a bevvy of easy-access real estate websites, it’s simpler than ever for anyone with a computer and an Internet...

Posted on Feb 11 2015 - 4:13pm by Nick Caruso
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To help you find love this Saturday, Zillow recently looked at cities with more than 250,000 residents and identified those with the highest percentage of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes who could afford a night on the town in its Valentine’s Day Index.  Specifically, Zillow ranked the top 10 cities according to: The percentage of singles The...

In our January Reader Rewards contest, we asked our readers which celebrity they’d like to cast in a Super Bowl ad for their real estate business. We had an overwhelming response and an abundance of great answers making the decision a very difficult one. We’re proud to announce that Mary Lawler from Realty Executives Advantage has won the Grand Prize for her submission...

RISMedia is goin’ Hollywood in this month’s Reader Rewards contest! Each year, the Academy Awards recognizes the who’s who in showbiz, and this year’s nominees are no exception. With the star-studded event just around the corner, we want to know: Which Oscar nominee would you want to help buy or sell a home? All participants will be entered into a drawing...

Just when you thought you’d gotten out of those awkward conversations with relatives over the holidays, Valentine’s Day rolls around. And like finding your perfect match, searching for the perfect home can stir up a mix of emotions. According to a recent survey, home buyers visit an average of 10 homes before purchasing “the one.” Sounds a lot like dating,...

When you own a home, it seems like there is almost always something you would like to do to make it more comfortable, attractive, or eco-friendly. But, home remodeling experts tell us, if you plan to sell your home at some point, put your time and effort into one of more of these renovations proven to pay you back because they increase the value of the property: ...

Contributed by James White, homeyimprovements.com                     Here’s a startling statistic: a burglary occurs every 15 seconds. Though not all of us have the time or ingenuity to pull off a Home Alone and set elaborate traps and hook up ziplines to our tree houses, here are seven ways to burglar proof your...

This blog was contributed by Vicki Clary, marketing director of Curtis Homes. It’s a new year and that means new opportunities,  particularly in the realm of home design trends. What will be the hot choices in 2015? What can we expect to see popping up in design magazines and blogs over the next 12 months? While only time will tell, here’s a look at some of the...

Furnaces are often uncomplicated and relatively easy to keep up. The purpose of systematic maintenance is effective operation. Whatever kind of furnace is heating the house, there are several steps to take to preserve its prime operating condition.

Three Components of Heating System
When a heating system does not work correctly, one of the three...

Let's face it: 'character' isn't usually the first word that comes to mind when shopping for new construction. Born out of the pre-recession economy, homes in the cookie cutter neighborhood often lack what's traditionally defined as character - a storied history, perhaps, or distinctive interior features. As builders steered their efforts toward mass production,...