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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 16
Beware Unwanted Side Effects of Power Washing Your Home's ExteriorEarlier this year, I listed a home in the best condition I have encountered in a long time.   The sellers truly cared about their property and had made sure that it was in tip top shape to hit the market.  That included a good powe...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Comments 1
On July, 19, 2018, The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) gained one point to 58 points in the 2nd quarter of 2018, from 1st quarter of 2018.The Remodeling Market Index’s current market conditions index declined one point to 57 points in the 2nd quarter of...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 49
 Thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bath this year? Lots of interesting new "must-have" kitchen and bath trends in 2018 according to ProSource Wholesale here in Charlotte, North Carolina, which they call "Inspiration Meeting Innovation.'  5 "MUST-HAVE" 2018 KITCHEN TRENDS New metal finishe...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 10
If you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen please read this post. If you would like a free market analysis of your home please call me Git Bantwal at Re/Max Centre 215-343-8200 x124 or direct 2152758491   Thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bath this year? Lots of interesting new "must-...

By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
Comments 5
In my previous post I showed the incredible transformation of a mudroom. Check out "A Mudroom Makeover" if you missed it. Now I want to show the transformation of the laundry room right next door that was done at the same time.Laundry rooms do not need to be boring and just for function.  In fact...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 1
This is a interesting blog that Endre Barath, Jr. that taught me a lot. Having the correct tools makes life easier in any profession. This of course is very true in Real Estate. When we bought our home, we loved that there were three orange, one tangerine and one lemon tree in our back yard.  Not...

By Barbara Hobbs, Lic. FL, AL & MA.
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
Comments 1
By: Anne Arntson Personalize your kitchen with design ideas like painting your floor instead of using tile. A new year, a new opportunity to make your kitchen swoon-worthy. Whether your most-used room is in need of a total refresh or a few simple tweaks, make this year, the year that you fall in ...

By Jeffrey Masich- Arizona Associate Broker,MBA &GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Comments 3
You may have questions about real estate and about some of the best and easiest ways to update your home and not sure whom to ask? You could ask me as your personal Realtor or you could ask the usually reliable but sometimes erratic "Garden Gnomes". You prefer to start with the garden gnomes, you...

By Donald Payne
(Vision Realty)
Comments 4
If you are planning on remodeling, listen up! Unpermitted work is getting a crackdown, especially in our city and potentially yours as well. When you take on a remodeling project it may be more than simply changing out a bathroom fixture or a few lighting sconces. And you'll have to pay attention...

By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 1
This is a great post and I thank you Don for sharing with us This post comes on the heels of a recent contractor nightmare a friend of mine has been dealing with. It seems like everyone I talked to has some crazy contractor story. When we explain a bad situation, people say, "yes, that sounds lik...

By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
Comments 8
 New Video Alert: Amazing trick to match knockdown texture on a ceiling repair!In today's video I'm going to show you an amazing trick to match knockdown texture on a ceiling repair with the knockdown texture sponge. After I repaired the failing tape joint at the giant vaulted ceiling drywall sea...

By Ashley Carpenter, Home Renovation, DIY, and Decor Blog
(Joyfully Growing Blog, LLC)
Comments 1
AN AFFORDABLE KITCHEN RENOVATIONEveryone wants an amazing gourmet kitchen; that's why updating a kitchen can increase a home's value in a big way!  But let's face it: kitchen renovation projects can be intimidating! They are usually extremely expensive, and can take forever.The world of home reno...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 40
Having the correct tools makes life easier in any profession. This of course is very true in Real Estate.When we bought our home, we loved that there were three orange, one tangerine and one lemon tree in our back yard.  Not wanting to sound uneducated, but I had no idea what it would take to tak...

By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
Comments 2
 Over the past few months, we’ve seen how you can get a ton of inspiration from how other property owners have updated their homes. From complete rehabs of investment properties to refreshing your first home, there’s so much you can learn from browsing other properties. And as your source for eve...

By Karen Borden
(Keller Williams)
Comments 2
This is the second blog in the series - How to Keep Your House Cool (without Cranking the A/C). Part 1 of the series was published on July 4, 2018. House ExteriorPlant shade trees and other greenery. A well-placed tree can make a world of difference for the comfort of your home. Planting a tree l...

By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 1
This is a very good post Thanks Don! If you are planning on remodeling, listen up! Unpermitted work is getting a crackdown, especially in our city and potentially yours as well. When you take on a remodeling project it may be more than simply changing out a bathroom fixture or a few lighting scon...

By Andre Smith, Real estate agent in Glenn County
(Morrie Mages Property)
Comments 2
Home security is vital for homeowners in many ways. For one, security helps protect a home and the family within it. These systems also help boost property value, which will be helpful if you ever sell your home. Still, these systems are changing and it is going to affect homeowners and the home ...

By Dan Richman, I.T. guy with a broker license
(Savvy and Company)
Comments 1
This is great news for new buyers, clients getting ready to sell, or even those who are still settling in to a new abode! You don't need a full-blown home renovation to increase storage and make your home look more organized. Here are ten easy ways to make your home look more spacious and clutter...

By Allstate Construction Roofing, Roof Repair, Roof Replacement, Restoration
(Allstate Construction Roofing)
Comments 3
Unfortunately, most roofs have this green residue. If your neighbors have it, your home will have it too! This green aglae, known as Gloeocapsa Magma travels in the wind and thrives in moist environments. It will most likely appear on the north and west side of your home. Although there is no evi...

By Donald Payne
(Vision Realty)
Comments 1
This post comes on the heels of a recent contractor nightmare a friend of mine has been dealing with. It seems like everyone I talked to has some crazy contractor story. When we explain a bad situation, people say, "yes, that sounds like a contractor." But why does it have to be that way? Why do ...