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Sofa Secrets: Find Out How Velvet Could Work for You (16 photos)

May 16, 2017 1:42 pm

Many people love the look and luxury of velvet but hesitate to cover furniture in it because they’ve heard it’s hard to maintain. That isn’t necessarily true. Read on to learn when velvet could be a good choice for your sofa and which kind to choose. Houzz Galleries

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Modern Mosaic: Anne Dérian’s Art Emerges Piece by Piece (16 photos)

May 16, 2017 1:42 pm

Anne Dérian worked in various architectural offices in Paris and felt deceived somehow: Creativity, which had been at the center of her studies at school, represented only a small fraction of her everyday professional life. Her dissatisfaction… Houzz Galleries

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What does the renewed CFPB RESPA investigation into Zillow mean for our industry?

May 16, 2017 1:42 pm

With a steady stream of enforcement actions and regulations coming out of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over the years, the industry doesn’t take the possible threat of getting a violation lightly. So with the possibility that Zillow could be violating RESPA, the industry is left to wonder what its next steps forward should be. […]

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Citizenship applications soar, and that means more potential homeowners

May 16, 2017 1:42 pm

The number of immigrants applying for citizenship jumped to the highest level in four years in 2016, creating new implications for the housing market. Here is what might have caused the sudden surge, and what it means for the housing industry. HousingWire.com Topics

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3 Steps to Buying a Vacation Home With Friends

May 13, 2017 1:39 pm

Given the current strength of the dollar abroad and the fast-moving real estate market at home, you may be thinking about buying a second home at your family’s tried-and-true vacation spot, on a sunny beach, or near your favorite ski destination. But what can your budget realistically get you? If what your vacation-home fund allows […]

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Chris Rock's Beautiful Brooklyn Carriage House Is For Sale

May 13, 2017 1:39 pm

Photo: ShutterStock Mic, consider yourself dropped. Chris Rock — the famed actor who has starred in everything from “Saturday Night Live” to “Shrek” — is putting his beloved Brooklyn home on the market. The historic carriage house — built in 1901 — features a striking wood-beam ceiling, exposed brick walls, and a spacious rooftop terrace. […]

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15 Favorites for Your Summer Edible Garden (15 photos)

May 13, 2017 1:39 pm

One of the toughest parts of growing vegetables and fruits is deciding just what to grow. A good place to start is with favorites from beans to zucchinis, all of which have stood the test of time in edible gardens. Novice gardeners can begin with tried-and-true favorites, while those with more experience… Houzz Galleries

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Project Rehab: Water-Damaged Wardrobe to Bright Blue Bookcase (7 photos)

May 13, 2017 1:39 pm

Upcycled furniture and decor add character, charm and style to many homes. Repurposed pieces can also save money and keep materials out of the landfill. As part of our ongoing Project Rehab series, which features reader… Houzz Galleries

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Amazon to use Seattle office space for new homeless shelter

May 13, 2017 1:39 pm

After being criticized for not donating to any sort of charities like some of its other competitors, Amazon is looking to change that with its new project for Seattle’s homeless population. The company is constructing a new office building, but will donate about half its space to a local homeless shelter. HousingWire.com Topics

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Kushner Companies skipping out on Chinese property investment event

May 13, 2017 1:39 pm

After coming under fire for its last event with Chinese investors, Kushner Companies, owned by the family of the president’s son-in-law and senior advisor, is sitting this weekend’s event out. The company announced it does not plan on making an appearance at the event in China this weekend that will offer U.S. immigration visas in […]

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