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The Ugly (and Filthy) Truth About Wearing Shoes in the House

Renee Dekroub reposted  By Stephanie Booth | Oct 22, 2018   shoes-insideSchulteProductions/iStock

"Shoes off, please." A reasonable request? Or are them fightin' words?

Arguably, no other three monosyllabic words have ever led to more irritated house guests, resentful homeowners and thriving sales of shoe racks, slippers, and sing-songy, passive-aggressive signs. ("Since little fingers touch our floor, please remove your shoes at our door!")

So which side of the wearing-shoes-in-the-house argument is right? Turns out, there’s no squeaky-clean answer. But we've got some scientific reasons that can help you decide which side you want to be on.

The disgusting

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5 Crucial Questions to Ask a Home Inspector—and When to Ask

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What are some questions to ask a home inspector? If you're buying a house, you know that your home inspector will check it out and make sure it's in decent shape. So if you want to get to know your home beyond its pretty facade, you should pepper your inspector with questions—a whole lot of them, in fact!

But when you ask those questions is as important as what you ask. Namely, you should attend your home inspection and ask him right then and there. The reason: Rather than trying to decipher your inspector's (very technical) report, it's much easier for this pro to actually show you what's going on with the house.

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This week, a Minnesota castle rules over the listings on realtor.com®. The stone property is simply amazing, with oodles of decorative details to take in. Plenty of curious commoners checked out the castle this week, making it our most popular home listing.

If you have time, we suggest scrolling through all 170 photos of the scenic fortress built in 1920.

Our runner-up is even older—a perfectly preserved Colonial dating all the way back to 1638. The historic home in Massachusetts may not require you to wear a tricorn hat, but you could pull off a seriously authentic Thanksgiving feast in this American gem.  

Other homes storming the gates this week include an abandoned

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New Homeowners Pay $40,000 on Average to Buy and Move into a New Home

The one-time costs of moving into a new home add up quickly and can come as a surprise to first-time buyers.

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Buying a home is one of the most expensive transactions someone will ever make, and home shoppers can expect to spend $40,000 on average in one-time fees on the typical U.S. home, according to a new analysis from RealEstate.com, a Zillow® Group brand, and Thumbtack.

For first-time buyers, understanding their home-buying budget can be a stressful process. It can be easy to focus on the listed price or monthly mortgage payments for a home, but there are several one-off costs that buyers also should be aware of. In addition to budgeting for the down payment, buyers

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The paint company Behr has named a rich, bluish hue its 2019 Color of the Year. Blueprint is a mid-tone blue that is described as warmer than denim but softer than navy.

Behr is predicting that embracing a full range of blue, teal,and gray will be a key style for home design in 2019. “Layer light and dark blues on walls, cabinets, furniture, and decor for impactful results,” Behr says.

The color matches with the jewel tone trend that has been taking off in 2018, which also has seen the popularity of dark greens and purples in decor.

Blueprint is a dark color but can also be a classic that can be mixed with many color combos and in different home styles too, the company notes. The color can work as an accent wall color,

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Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist: 7 Tasks to Tackle Before Temperatures Dip

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Once autumn's chill is in the air, we don't think twice about swapping our tank tops for sweaters and stocking our pantry with pumpkin-spice everything. So why wouldn't we prepare our houses for the chill, too?

Yes, that first freeze can often take us by surprise, leading to major headaches and thousands of dollars in repairs. So before you start stuffing your bookshelves with decorative gourds and planning the best Thanksgiving dinner your in-laws will ever eat, take a swing through these simple fall maintenance tasks. We promise a little prep work now will help keep your home running smoothly all season long. 

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While parents may have a handle on the household budgets, it’s the kids who influence one of the biggest purchase decisions you make as a family-a new home. In the U.S., there are 50 million children 11 years old and under who have a hefty $1.2 trillion in annual purchasing power and they mean business. We’re not just talking about their mini-opinions on everyday purchased like food, clothing and toys; their influence extends to larger life purchases including cars, vacations and yes, even homes.

According to a recent Harris Poll, 55 percent of homeowners with a child under 18 said the opinion of their child played a factor in their home buying decision. For millennial parents, the influence grows to nearly 75 percent-now that’s some ‘kidfluence.’

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By: HouseLogic

Published: April 12, 2018

There are a lot of home pricing resources out there, and some are far better than others.

 

When it’s time to sell your house, you may be feeling a little anxious. A chapter of your life is closing. There’s a lot of money on the table. You may be thinking “Is my house priced too high?" "Too low?" "Am I leaving too much money on the table?” These are big questions.

Luckily, you have a few resources at your disposal to figure out where your house stands among the crowd: a listing agent’s expertise and guidance, plus online property sites to get insight into the market.

So take a deep breath. Then do your homework. The more you know, the more confident you’ll be when it’s time to make

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Don't Fall Behind! Here Are 5 Essential Home-Selling Moves You Might Not Be Doing

By Daniel Bortz | Sep 4, 2018   photographer-houseKatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock

To get your home sold, you have to tackle a rather long to-do list. Some of these tasks are well-known, and some are just good ol' common sense—like finding a real estate agent and spreading the word that your house is up for grabs. But some other steps in the home-selling process aren't quite so obvious.

So to keep these less apparent home-selling tactics from falling through the cracks, here we've highlighted five things you may not even realize you have to do. Just in time to start prepping for the busy fall selling season!

 

 1. Reach millennial home buyers

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Whether you’re selling your own home or staging a home for your seller, paying attention to industry trends can go a long way toward ensuring a fast and successful sale.

Each year, Fixr—a company that creates remodeling cost guides–polls industry influencers to find out what the top trends are within the building industry. Following up on our 2018 Home Trends to Guide Your Staging post, we’re bringing you the highlights of the full report that includes the complete results from Fixr’s single-family home trends survey.

By incorporating any of the following trends into the home you are selling, you can help ensure that it will appeal to a wider audience and help increase the chances of a fast sale for maximum ROI.

Gen Xers Lead the Shift Toward the

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