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These Neighborhood Amenities Can Kill Your Property Value

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 ...


Rethinking Your Landscape: Lush Lawns Offer More than Just a Pretty Face

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. ...


The Gender Pay Gap: 3 Reasons Women Earn Less than Men

(TNS)--Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, which was invented by an activist group two decades ago to draw attention to the wage divide between men and women. ...


For Sale: New Orleans’ Very Haunted Magnolia Mansion

In a city famous for its fabulous food, music and art, New Orleans also has some of the most colorful homes in the world—many with legends that are even more interesting than the homes themselves. Encompassing everything from French Quarter cast-iron balconies and ...


DIY Garden Beds the Whole Family Can Help With

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 ...


Britney Does It Again: Pop Icon’s Thousand Oaks Home Up for Sale

Don’t hold it against her. Britney Spears has placed her Thousand Oaks, Calif. home on the market —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 ...


3 Savings Mistakes Even Smart People Make

(TNS)—Do you always tell yourself that you’ll start saving more money, but you never actually get around to it? If that describes you, you’re probably making these three savings mistakes even smart people make. ...


First-Time Homebuyers: How to Save Money with an In-Law Apartment, Duplex or Guest House

Buying your first home is exciting, but the price tag can cause major trepidation for even the most prepared homebuyer. Investing in a multi-unit property with a mother-in-law apartment or other rental unit can bring in additional income to help cover your mortgage ...


Great Spaces: Oprah Makes Montecito Moves

Back in December, Oprah Winfrey snapped up a deluxe ski spot in Colorado, but it appears one new property isn’t enough for this media maven. The 62-year-old talk show host recently bought a Southern California property, a Montecito ...


Home Security Tips for Condo Owners

While living in a condo or apartment building may have certain security advantages over a traditional house, there are still several important home security tips that owners and renters should keep top of mind. ...


Keepin’ It Weird: 8 Bizarre Bathrooms from Around the World

From pop-up toilets in city streets to a bathroom surrounded entirely by an aquarium, these public and private bathrooms are beyond bizarre—and you need to see them! ...


Andy Warhol’s First New York Art Studio Listed for $10M

Heads up Art History lovers: Andy Warhol's very first studio, located in New York's Upper East Side, is now on the market. ...


Spring Re-Do: 5 Décor Trends to Try

Spring fever’s hit us here at Housecall, and we’re willing to bet it’s beset most of you at home. If yours is ripe for a re-do, deep-six stale, seasonal décor for these on-trend features and finishes—florals not included. ...


Step-by-Step Guide for First-Time Homebuyers

(TNS)—Here’s a secret for first-time homebuyers: No two homebuying experiences are the same. Even with a Zillow sneak peak, a shopper never really knows what homes will look like until they see them in person or what snags they’ll encounter once mortgage lenders and home inspectors get involved. ...


How Much Time Do Americans Spend on Yardwork?

Here’s a mind-blowing stat: In 2014, American adults collectively spent more than 2.3 billion minutes on lawn care and gardening. ...


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