Owning a green home isn’t just an aspiration for the rich and famous anymore. It’s unlikely that your average green buyer will want to go all Julia Roberts and take on a $20 million green renovation, but with more and more states setting energy standards for new construction, odds are you’ll be listing a green home sooner than you think. Keeping that in mind,...

With the market making a comeback, and more millennials leading the way in the house hunt, we are seeing a shift in personal values making an impact on the future of housing. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, first-time buyers accounted for 29 percent of purchases last year, and these first-time buyers are not honeymooners or the bleary-eyed new...

As our literal baggage seems to grow year after year, properly storing your belongings becomes crucial in order to guarantee that everything is taken care of. From vinyl records to herbs to ceramic dishes, every item has a right and wrong way to care for it. If you're moving soon or simply looking to tidy up your home, this infographic from Matt Zajechowski on behalf...

This week’s #TBT is Grandma Maxine’s wallpaper collection. Yes, my dear grandmother really collected wallpaper. And not just swatches or scraps here and there – I mean rolls and rolls of the stuff. Occasionally she’d scrapbook with it, but for the most part, it remained untouched. Until, that is, she gave them to me. I’m not a designer, nor a wallpaper installer....

To remodel, or not to remodel? That is the question for many homeowners who are unsure whether they will remain in their home long-term. Since the average American moves every five years, it’s wise to consider the possibility that you will be putting your home on the market in the near future. In the meantime, however, it is your home and you deserve to enjoy it. With...

With real estate markets back on the rise almost everywhere, there sure are a lot of new agents out there. If you’re just starting out in real estate, we’ve come up with four things you shouldn’t say when you are working with clients. None of these utterances has to be a deal breaker. We’ve put together a few scripts you can use instead, or perhaps immediately...

In my last post about mastering tablets, I focused on Apple’s iPad and discussed how real estate professionals can utilize it to simplify their day to day tasks. A few Housecall readers suggested I tackle a similar post but with Android tablets, so this blog will focus on the Almighty Google’s operating system. Droid users praise Google for its flexibility; the...

Now isn't that a mouthful? As if living in Sicily wasn't cool enough, you can now bop your way into the former living quarters of the lead singer of the 80’s English soul/pop band, Simply Red. And what's better than the home of a former rock star? The home of a former rock star that comes with its very own vineyard. Simply Red's frontman Mick Hucknall originally...

In not so surprising news, the concept of homeownership consumes much of my day. I read numerous tips for this and advice for that, scan lists of do’s and don’ts, and peruse real estate blogs on a daily basis. I’ll admit, I haven’t crammed everything into my brain, but I have made mental notes of things that I think may affect me. And, I’ve locked away enough...

Looking for a new home can be a pretty exciting task. With that much money on the line, it's worthwhile to read up on the process before you set out. Unnecessary mistakes can and should be avoided while trying to get the best deal for your money. As a first-time homebuyer, proper guidance from seasoned professionals can make all the difference. Here are a few tips...