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Calling All Hobbits! This Playhouse Is Fit for Middle-Earth Adventure (8 photos)

October 17, 2016 5:30 am

After a couple expressed disappointment that their city wouldn’t permit a backyard treehouse for their four grandkids, their designer and builder chimed in with an idea. “I mentioned that I had been toying with the idea of building a hobbit-like playhouse,” designer-builder Bryan Grossman says. The clients… Houzz Galleries

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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: What's the real impact of landmark CFPB-PHH ruling?

October 17, 2016 5:30 am

The mortgage business is still reeling in the wake of the landmark ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which last week declared the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s leadership structure unconstitutional and vacated a $103 million fine against PHH. So what’s the real impact of the decision? Plus, […]

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The Ethan Allen Disney Collection: Six Reasons to Spend All Your Christmas Gift Money On Yourself This Year

October 16, 2016 12:24 pm

Forget about Christmas gifts. This year, it's all about you. And the Ethan Allen Disney Collection. Your friends and family with understand, right. After all, this first-of-its-kind collection is far…

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WristWhirl lets you control your smartwatch with hand gestures (and look mad while you do it)

October 15, 2016 5:30 am

It’s a funny thing: Smartwatches are supposed to be the more accessible alternative to your smartphone, but you can operate a phone with one hand, while the watch takes two. Luckily, Dartmouth researchers are on the case, and have engineered a way to use your wrist as a sort of joystick, allowing you to use […]

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U.S. Department of Transportation bans Galaxy Note 7 from all flights

October 15, 2016 5:30 am

In the latest instalment of Samsung’s ongoing Note 7 saga, the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an official, blanket ban against bringing the Galaxy Note 7 on airplanes. The ban applies to all Note 7 devices, and covers both carry-on and checked baggage, as well as prohibiting anyone from carrying the phone onto a […]

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Houzz Tour: A New Take on a Shingle-Style Classic (13 photos)

October 15, 2016 5:30 am

On a secluded corner lot in a busy suburb of Minneapolis, architect Andrea Swan helped a newly blended family create a Shingle-style home they could call their own. The homeowner came to the project from a house in Connecticut, where she decided on much of the decor in collaboration with famed interior… Houzz Galleries

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A Brooklyn Mantel Dresses Up for Halloween (16 photos)

October 15, 2016 5:30 am

Orange pumpkins, witch hats and scarecrows dressed in burlap are the decorations usually synonymous with Halloween decor. Interior designer Annie Mistak of Brontosaurus Inc. took a different approach when decorating her 500-square-foot… Houzz Galleries

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Forecast: Strongest and weakest housing markets for next year

October 15, 2016 5:30 am

Veros Real Estate Solutions forecasted the strongest and weakest housing markets for the next year. While hot markets like California don’t even make the list, states in the Northwest dominate the list of hottest markets. HousingWire.com Topics

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Consumers less confident than any time since last year

October 15, 2016 5:30 am

Consumers feel less confident about the economy than at any point since last year. The impact is felt most by households that make less than $75,000, as consumer confidence in those households dropped to the lowest level of confidence since 2014. HousingWire.com Topics

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10 Expert-Approved Home Security Tips for First-Time Homeowners

October 15, 2016 5:30 am

Buying your first home is an occasion worth celebrating. But before you get caught up in decorating and planning that housewarming party, it’s important to make certain your new home is secure. New homeowners are especially vulnerable to security risks, as they are just beginning to learn about their new home and neighborhood. Get a […]

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