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October 2018

Found 5 blog entries for October 2018.

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.

To help you get this essential…
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    most-popular-oct-12realtor.com

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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Photo credit: Behr

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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