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10 Best States for First-Time Home Buyers

Buying a home is a financial goal that has been delayed for many Americans thanks to the recent recession. With the economy continuing to strengthen in 2015, however, many wannabe homeowners have decided it's time to buy their first homes. ...


Hot Property: Tennis Champ Sells Home Court

(TNS)--Former top-ranked women’s tennis player Venus Williams has sold her Bel-Air home in an off-market transaction for $6.85 million. ...


How to Clean Your House Quickly and Efficiently before a Walkthrough

Preparing your home for a walkthrough can be tough, especially when you’re still living in the house. One of the hardest things is keeping your home clean while you’re taking the other necessary steps to sell your house -- like ...


Great Spaces: Mountain View Colorado Retreat

This stunning 2.7-acre retreat in Centennial, Co., completely renovated in 2012, stretches over 10,500 feet with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and 180-degree mountain views. Top-of-the-line amenities include custom alder doors, hickory hardwood floors, custom exposed beams, floor-to-ceiling stone tile in the baths, two ...


7 Easy Ways to Dress up an Entryway

The entryway or foyer of your home conveys an important first impression to your guests. For homeowners bent on making it a great first impression, designers at ElleDecor.com suggest seven easy ways to make an entryway look larger, brighter, and more welcoming: ...


Great Spaces: A Harborside Penthouse in Baltimore

Located on Harborview Drive in Baltimore, Md., this harborside penthouse is luxury living at its finest, featuring the best city skyline and water views the city has to offer. With two exterior balconies and walls of windows showcasing the bountiful panoramic views, the ...


Your House May Harbor More Dangers than You Think

(TNS)--Soap may seem to be keeping germs at bay, but in many homes, it’s doing harm. Surprisingly, there are items lurking in most homes that are unhealthy because they’re old or contain harmful ingredients. The good news? For the most part, these things ...


This California Home Changes Color with the Position of the Sun

Picking the perfect paint color can be frustrating. Who really has the time to pore over paint chips? Or experiment with a slew of samples? Not these two California homeowners, who refreshed the outside of their home with a coat of prismatic paint ...


Up for Grabs: The Nevada Lakeside Retreat from ‘The Bodyguard’

Everyone remembers “The Bodyguard” as the Whitney Houston movie where she sang a cover version of that Dolly Parton song. It’s also the ’90s movie in which Kevin Costner danced with Houston instead of a pack of wolves. Thanks to all of this ...


7 Exterior Home Improvements That Increase Resale Value

Yesterday on Housecall, we discussed ways to increase your home value with indoor décor. Today, we're focusing on what you can do outside the home to give it an added monetary boost. ...


10 Steps to Prepare for a Remodel

Although National Home Improvement Month is behind us, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) advises homeowners of the 10 most important steps to take before the remodeling project starts. ...


Mortgage Rates Remain Mellow amidst Strengthening Market

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey(R) (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates little changed from the previous week amid reports of the U.S. housing market strengthening. ...


Should I Install a Driveway Alarm?

(TNS)—Just like a security light attached to a motion sensor, a driveway alarm uses a wired or wireless sensor to inform you when someone’s walked or driven onto your driveway. ...


A Hitch on the Way to Your Smart Home

(TNS)—Thanks to increasingly accessible and affordable home automation systems, your house will soon be able to do a lot of neat tricks. ...


Top 7 Eco-Friendly Amenities for Your Home

All you have to do is count the number of driveways with a hybrid vehicle, and you can see at a glance that Americans are embracing the eco-friendly lifestyle. However, a Prius in front of the house is just the beginning. More and ...


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