How to Give Your Bathroom a Tropical Vibe

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Great Spaces: Historic Brownstone in Gramercy Park Real Estate Agents: 5 Ways to Create Shareable Content Great Spaces: House of the Rising Sun for Sale Looking to redo your bathroom? Adding a tropical twist is all the […]

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‘Soft’ Credit Checks: Do They Hurt Your Credit Score?

(TNS)—Lenders use your credit score to determine whether you are eligible for a loan and to decide what terms they are prepared to offer. Credit bureaus keep track of when companies check your score, regardless of the outcome, and checks designated as “hard inquiries” may lower your score. Understanding what constitutes a hard check versus […]

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How to Stay Cool and Save Money

Staying cool can be difficult during uncomfortable summer spikes and dreaded heatwaves. According to fan manufacturer Lasko, an average homeowner spends nearly $2,000 annually on energy bills, with 25 percent of that consumed by air conditioning. By simply turning the A/C thermostat up, and adding fans to any space, consumers can still stay comfortably cool […]

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How to Avoid Flying in the Dreaded Middle Seat

(TNS)—Flying in the middle seat is rarely a pleasant experience, but it’s considerably worse when you never saw it coming. While many airlines allow you to select a non-middle seat ahead of time, even that strategy isn’t fool-proof. After all, somebody has to sit in the middle, right? When a flight is overbooked, people are […]

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6 Flood Insurance Myths Debunked

(TNS)—If a flood swamps your home, will insurance cover the damage? That depends on the value of your home, the amount of water damage and whether you have a flood insurance policy. Regular home insurance doesn’t cover flooding. You’ll need a policy offered through the government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)—but note that those top […]

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5 Life Hacks Using Smart Home Devices

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: 5 Practical Water Conservation Tips to Keep Your Garden Lean and Green Are Shipping Containers the Future of Swimming Pools? How Agents Can Achieve Better Visibility With First-Time Homebuyers Clean floors and fresh java are hardly the […]

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5 Practical Water Conservation Tips to Keep Your Garden Lean and Green

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Are Shipping Containers the Future of Swimming Pools? How Agents Can Achieve Better Visibility With First-Time Homebuyers For Sale: Pacific Palisades Mansion Built for Former Tycoon You don’t need a degree in horticulture to know that water […]

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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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The Basics of Buying Investment Properties

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Great Living on the Great Barrier Reef Retirees Turning to Custom Homes to Get the Right Space Luxury Homes: How to Tell If You’re Getting a Fair Price Everyone wants a magic and immediate path to wealth. […]

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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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Don’t Let Clogged Gutters Wreak Havoc on Your Home

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Easy Tips to Stage Your Home With Toddlers Around 7 Gadgets From ‘The Jetsons’ That Have Become a Reality Historic Ridgefield, Conn. Estate Sells Before Auction As a homeowner, you undoubtedly understand just how important home maintenance […]

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Easy Tips to Stage Your Home With Toddlers Around

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: 7 Gadgets From ‘The Jetsons’ That Have Become a Reality Historic Ridgefield, Conn. Estate Sells Before Auction How to Make Your Home Design Pet-Friendly Selling your home can be an exhausting, overwhelming process, and it is even […]

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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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How to Make Your Home Design Pet-Friendly

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: SURVEY: Zillow Instant Offers Creates Industry Firestorm—Take the Survey and Tell Us Where You Stand Building Stronger Client Relationships: 5 Ways to Get Social With It 6 Easy DIY Projects That Will Boost Your Home’s Value Decorating […]

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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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6 Easy DIY Projects That Will Boost Your Home’s Value

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: 5 Cities Millennials Are Flocking To The Most Expensive Home in Hawaii Is for Sale How to Showcase Your Property With a Virtual Open House Your house is likely to be the biggest investment you make in […]

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4 Ways Every Homebuyer Can Save on Title Insurance

(TNS)—When you find the home of your dreams, make an offer and apply for a mortgage, you might not give much thought to the cost of title insurance—but that can be a mistake. A title policy defends buyers (and their lenders) from future property ownership claims, surprise liens and other potentially costly complications with property […]

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6 Tips to Spring Clean Your Bills

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Light in, Prying Eyes out: Benefits of Light-Filtering Window Shades Drool Over These Epic Indoor Slides Get Paid to Move to Italy (Seriously!) Ah, spring. A time of renewal. A time to put out the old and […]

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How-To Guide: Kitchen Appliance Care

Your kitchen appliances may just be the most used in the house—make sure you’re giving them the TLC they need in order to keep them running efficiently! Microwave Keep it clean.Whether you realize it or not, food and liquids spread across the inside of the unit and actually absorb heat later on, leading to burns […]

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Light in, Prying Eyes out: Benefits of Light-Filtering Window Shades

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Drool Over These Epic Indoor Slides Get Paid to Move to Italy (Seriously!) Are You Making These 5 Lawn Watering Mistakes? Want to let light in while keeping your nosy neighbors out? Special types of light-filtering window […]

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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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Relocating? Here’s How to Feel at Home Faster

Moving to a new city, whether it’s 30 or 3,000 miles away from your last one, can be stressful to say the least—perhaps even more so after you’ve dealt with the last of the packing boxes, because now it’s time to get to know your new community and begin to feel comfortable within it. Relocation […]

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Are You Making These 5 Lawn Watering Mistakes?

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Homeownership: More Than Just the Facts Explore America’s Neighborhoods: Clarksville, Austin, Texas Splash! 5 Wacky Aquatic Living Rooms Proper watering nourishes lawns, just as proper hydration nourishes our bodies. Yet too many of us are failing at […]

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Explore America’s Neighborhoods: Clarksville, Austin, Texas

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Splash! 5 Wacky Aquatic Living Rooms Wow Buyers Near and Far With 3D Tours 5 Types of Additions and How They Add Value How many blocks make up a neighborhood? In Clarksville’s case, nine—but don’t let the […]

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5 Types of Additions and How They Add Value

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: These 3D Floor Designs Are Perfect for Hours of Trippy Entertainment 10 Tips for Making Your New House Smart 6 DIY Backyard Projects From Lighting to Fire Pits A person’s home is their castle, but sometimes that […]

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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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Air Travel 101: How to Avoid Paying for a Checked Bag

(TNS)—Airfare is expensive enough as it is, but the added fees make things worse. Some of the discount airlines (think: Spirit, WOW Air and Allegiant) charge for everything from seat selection to printing your boarding pass. Some airlines even charge for carry-on luggage any bigger than a purse or small backpack. But if there’s one […]

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10 Tips for Making Your New House Smart

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: 6 DIY Backyard Projects From Lighting to Fire Pits Americans Find Moving More Stressful Than Weddings Have $25 Mill? Call This Bel Air Compound Home Whether you want automatic doors and windows or color-changing lights that can […]

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6 DIY Backyard Projects From Lighting to Fire Pits

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Americans Find Moving More Stressful Than Weddings Have $25 Mill? Call This Bel Air Compound Home Upgrade Your Cool With These Hidden Rooms Remember backyards? Those things we’ve been ignoring for the past four months? They’re back! […]

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Tips to Beautify Your Property—Sustainably!

I recently attended a workshop on water conservation. Depending on which part of the country you live in, water conservation and preservation are a hot subject. One of the presenters said that if every homeowner did just one thing, it could make an exponential difference toward ensuring we could pour fresh drinkable water every time […]

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Home Inspections: Items That Aren’t Deal-Breakers

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Dual Agency vs. Designated Agency: Understand the Difference How to Have a More Modern Office: Alternative Work Arrangements Angelina Jolie Enters Escrow in Los Feliz After making an offer on a home, you’ll enter into a contract. […]

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How to Get Rid of Private Mortgage Insurance

(TNS)—If you bought a house with a down payment of less than 20 percent, your lender required you to buy mortgage insurance. The same goes if you refinanced with less than 20 percent equity. Private mortgage insurance, called PMI for short, is expensive—but you can remove it after you have met some conditions. You should […]

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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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Square Footage: It’s Not the Size That Counts, but How You Use It

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: 6 Things Professional Burglars Don’t Want You to Know Looking to Leverage Your Social Media Presence? Shift Your Viewpoint 4 Fictional Towns That Would Be Bad for Real Estate One of the first focuses for most people […]

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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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How to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Take Pet Pampering to the Next Level With These Fabulous Dog Houses 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 When it […]

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4 Quick DIY Projects for a Healthier Home

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: How to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient Take Pet Pampering to the Next Level With These Fabulous Dog Houses Survey: Homebuyers Value Reliable Wireless Service Over Home Prices All the green smoothies and exercise in the world […]

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