Are Shipping Containers the Future of Swimming Pools?

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: How Agents Can Achieve Better Visibility With First-Time Homebuyers For Sale: Pacific Palisades Mansion Built for Former Tycoon The Basics of Buying Investment Properties One Canadian couple is making a splash transforming shipping containers into backyard swimming […]

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Retirees Turning to Custom Homes to Get the Right Space

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Luxury Homes: How to Tell If You’re Getting a Fair Price $1 Million a Week: Starting With Quality Leads Don’t Let Clogged Gutters Wreak Havoc on Your Home As people reach retirement, their current house may simply […]

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5 Cities Millennials Are Flocking To

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: The Most Expensive Home in Hawaii Is Now for Sale How to Showcase Your Property With a Virtual Open House How to Prepare Your Home Before Going on Vacation There are several places in the U.S. where […]

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Report: Proximity to Family Drives Housing Decisions for Households With Children

Many upper-middle class households with young children are caught between an inability to afford childcare and an inability to sustain on one less income with a stay-at-home parent—a predicament that has a driving force on their housing decisions. According to the Zillow Housing Aspirations Report (ZHAR), many upper-middle class households choose to put down roots […]

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7 Gadgets From ‘The Jetsons’ That Have Become a Reality

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Historic Ridgefield, Conn. Estate Sells Before Auction How to Make Your Home Design Pet-Friendly SURVEY: Zillow Instant Offers Creates Industry Firestorm—Take the Survey and Tell Us Where You Stand If you were around during either run of […]

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Small Is the New Big: Home Size Preference Shrinks

First-time homebuyers are shifting housing industry standards when it comes to home design preferences—and, according to the latest Home Design Trends Survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), one of the most significant changes is the end of the era of expansive property and square footage. Small, simply, is the new big. “With younger […]

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No Magic Formula for ‘Best Time to Book Airfare’

(TNS)—Search on the web for “best time to book airfare” and you’ll find many conflicting answers, all of them completely wrong—and not only are they wrong, but they do a disservice to consumers who fall for this “voodoo” airfare economics. One site gives a “guide” of 47 days before travel, although it admits that there […]

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Florida Friendly to First-Time Buyers, According to Zillow

First-time homebuyers up against high prices this spring could have a better chance of staying in-budget in the Sunshine State, where homes are still relatively affordable, according to a recent Zillow analysis. Orlando and Tampa took the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, in order, in its ranking of the best housing markets for first-timers, […]

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Drool Over These Epic Indoor Slides

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Get Paid to Move to Italy (Seriously!) Are You Making These 5 Lawn Watering Mistakes? Homeownership: More Than Just the Facts We’ve covered many-a-fun house features here on Housecall, from 3D floors to wacky kitchens, aquatic living rooms and bedazzled bathrooms. But when it […]

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First-Time Homebuyers Shell Out More for Upgrades

While first-time homebuyers are facing certain challenges entering the housing market, that doesn’t mean they aren’t spending on upgrades to the homes they end up owning. According to a recent report by Houzz, first-time homebuyers in 2016 dropped more than ever on renovations, spending an average $33,800. Homeowners overall spent an average $60,400. First-time homebuyers […]

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These 3D Floor Designs Are Perfect for Hours of Trippy Entertainment

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: 10 Tips for Making Your New House Smart 6 DIY Backyard Projects From Lighting to Fire Pits Americans Find Moving More Stressful Than Weddings It looks like 3D is not just for blockbuster films and street art anymore. Now, […]

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The Best Way to Build a Real Estate Business

By Ryan Fitzgerald There are many great ways to build a real estate business. One way, is to start small and focus your efforts on hyperlocal neighborhoods or smaller cities. Here’s what I mean: Whether you’re just starting out in real estate or you’ve been an agent for a long time, a focus on smaller, […]

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Americans Find Moving More Stressful Than Weddings

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Have $25 Mill? Call This Bel Air Compound Home Upgrade Your Cool With These Hidden Rooms How Real Estate Agents Can Boost Their Presence With Instagram Shopping for a new home can be one of the most […]

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Homeowners Making Improvements Despite Political Uncertainties

Homeowners are springing more for upgrades to their homes, despite unknowns that have the potential to impact their spending—a full 60 percent more than what they spent in 2016, according to a new report by HomeAdvisor. “Home improvement activity is showing resilience in the face of political shifts,” says Brad Hunter, chief economist at HomeAdvisor. […]

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There’s No ‘One Size Fits All’ Lead Gen Technique

By Lee Davenport Excerpt from “Profit with Your Personality“ I detest seeing tags in t-shirts that say, “one size fits all” because that one size never does. Whether the shirt hugs you like a baby’s onesie or drapes over you like a potato sack or Snuggie® Blanket, it is just not a fit for everyone. […]

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How to Have a More Modern Office: Alternative Work Arrangements

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Angelina Jolie Enters Escrow in Los Feliz Square Footage: It’s Not the Size That Counts, but How You Use It 6 Things Professional Burglars Don’t Want You to Know In modern office settings, the 9-to-5, Monday-through-Friday work […]

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Realtor.com: The Top 10 College Towns With Investment Potential for Parents

Buying real estate in your student’s college town can be a short-term vehicle for savings and a long-term vehicle for investment. Realtor.com® recently ranked the cities best for both, factoring in monthly mortgage payments (based on a 20 percent down payment) and other housing costs such as insurance and property taxes, and monthly rental costs. […]

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6 Things Professional Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Looking to Leverage Your Social Media Presence? Shift Your Viewpoint 4 Fictional Towns That Would Be Bad for Real Estate How to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient Even though a burglary occurs every 20 seconds in the U.S., you […]

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Earth Day: Top 10 ‘Greenest’ States

Earth Day calls to mind the importance of protecting the environment—but some states, according to a new analysis by WalletHub, are doing a better job at it than others. The analysis took into account three factors: environmental quality, which encompasses aspects such as energy efficiency; eco-friendly behaviors, such as water consumption and solar panels; and […]

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Take Pet Pampering to the Next Level With These Fabulous Dog Houses

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Survey: Homebuyers Value Reliable Wireless Service Over Home Prices If You’re Ready Come and Get It: Selena Gomez’s Texan Mansion Is for Sale Change Your Mindset, Change Your Business Dog owners are infamous for providing their furry […]

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Outdoor Kitchens: Still on the Way Out?

Outdoor kitchens became a must-have amenity for homeowners ostensibly overnight—and fell out of favor almost as quickly. A recent survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), however, proves outdoor kitchens are still in. In fact, the architects cited in the AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey report an uptick in demand for outdoor kitchens in […]

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Zillow: The No. 1 Obstacle for Would-Be Homeowners

For all the hurdles to homeownership, one obstacle is stubbornly more insurmountable than the rest: the down payment. Renters are having trouble stacking up the savings to place a down payment on a home, according to the recently released Zillow® Housing Aspirations Report (ZHAR). Seventy percent of renters surveyed in the report say the down […]

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Giving Prospects Information They Can Use

By Anita Clark People visit your website for one of two reasons: 1. They might be looking for an agent. If that is the case, they are already half sold. As long as your website looks professional, shows you as credible, and makes it easy to contact you, you have a new client. 2. They […]

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REALTORS® Answer Call for Greener, Sustainable Homes

More homebuyers and sellers are in the market for greener, sustainable homes—and REALTORS® are answering the call. Over half of REALTORS® recently surveyed in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) REALTORS® and Sustainability report say consumers have an interest in sustainability as it pertains to real estate—homes that have features intended to conserve natural resources, […]

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What Are the Best States for Millennials? The Answer May Surprise You

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: A Comprehensive List of Fictional Real Estate Agents Exploring America’s Neighborhoods: Northeast, Minneapolis, Minn. Infographic: How Can You Use Home Equity? When you think about the ideal state for millennials to live in, you likely imagine them […]

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Incomes Need to Rise at This Pace to Stay on Track With Rents

Rent raised? You’ll need a raise. According to a new analysis by Zillow, the average renter would need his or her income to grow by $168 to keep up with an expected 1 percent rise in rents over the next year. Many renters, however, would need more—in some cases, much more—to keep costs manageable. Renters […]

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How to Compete With Top Agents, Even When You’re New

By Alexis Craig My family hates playing board games with me. I’m really competitive. They like to say, “It’s just for fun,” but I’m not buying any of it. I play to win. That mindset is present in every aspect of my life, especially real estate. I have this obsession with becoming the best — […]

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Location, Location: Trading Up Costs $450 More a Month, With Exceptions

There are many benefits to trading up to a home with more square footage, especially for growing families—but with more house comes more cost, and, as a recent analysis by Zillow reveals, it can vary by location. Trade-up homeowners can expect to spend an average $447 more each month if they move from a home […]

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Finally, a True Picture of Asian American Homeownership

2016 was a momentous year for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The Census Bureau—which had, up until July, grouped Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) into a “Other” category—agreed to include a separate category for AAPI in its research. The importance of that change is highlighted in the Asian Real Estate Association of […]

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Prepare for a Real Estate Rush This Spring

Homebuyers this spring will meet out-of-this-world prices and unsparing competition—a real estate rush. According to Clear Capital’s recently released Home Data Index (HDI) Market Report, the national median days on market is 43 days, down from an 85-day stretch seen in January 2012. Days on market in Denver, Colo., Lincoln, Neb., and Raleigh, N.C., are […]

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Bookworms: Here’s Where to Move If You Like to Read

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Live Like Country King and Queen Johnny Cash and June Carter How to Decide If Your Dream Home Is a Good Deal Now You Can Own Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s Santa Barbara Villa It’s a […]

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Positive Trends to Emerge for Buyers in 2017

In 2016, home prices experienced increases, despite the predictions of many that prices would fall for the first time since the recovery began. Home price gains were buoyed mostly by limited inventory, with entry-level homes being particularly short in supply. Many areas across the country saw sales prices touch their pre-2007 values, while mortgage rates […]

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How to Prepare Yourself for Becoming a Landlord

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: 10 Easy Home Improvements to Make on your Fixer Upper Brighten Up Your Kid’s Bedroom with ‘Beauty and the Beast’-Inspired Decor Mortgage Credit’s More Crunched Than in 2001—Here’s Why If you own some property that you are […]

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10 Tips for Homebuyers and Sellers This Spring

Spring is here, and so is spring home-buying and -selling. Buyers and sellers preparing to take action this season should put those plans into play now—according to Zillow Group’s Report on Consumer Housing Trends, the No. 1 regret for both buyers and sellers is “not starting their home search or prepping their home to sell […]

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