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Snap paid $114.5M to acquire Vurb and gives acquisition details for Bitstrips and Looksery

February 3, 2017 7:00 am

Now that Snap is revealing its financial guts to the world in its filing for its initial public offering, we’re getting a small glimpse at how much the company is paying to acquire startups. As Snap becomes a larger company and is able to amass more of a cash pile, it’ll be able to start […]

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Basement of the Week: Listening Lounge for a Music Fan (6 photos)

February 3, 2017 7:00 am

The most important material in this basement renovation was vinyl. Interior designer Suzanne Manlove’s client — her husband, Mark — was a vinyl aficionado, and he was finally getting a listening room in their home where he could enjoy his favorite albums. “I interviewed him just as I would a client… Houzz Galleries

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My Houzz: Boston Condo Renovation Revolves Around the Views (21 photos)

February 3, 2017 7:00 am

When Keith and May Gordon bought their downtown Boston condominium, they embarked on renovating the kitchen and bath, and decorating in a new color scheme that would blend with the vast, ever-changing cityscape outside their floor-to-ceiling windows. Keith, a retired real estate developer and… Houzz Galleries

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First for 2017: Fannie Mae refines appraisal policies

February 3, 2017 7:00 am

Fannie Mae released its first selling guide updates for 2017. And it’s a real standout. The GSE clarified rules around property inspections by appraiser trainees. However, some say that more still needs to be done in order for appraisers to act on the clarification. HousingWire.com Topics

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8 years and counting: Economy could set record with no recession in sight

February 3, 2017 7:00 am

The economy is currently enjoying its third longest period without a recession, and is well on its way to setting a new record. CUNA Mutual Group’s chief economist explains what economists are forecasting over the next two years, and why the FOMC’s decisions in 2017 could change everything. HousingWire.com Topics

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What Your Houseplants Need to Make It Through Winter

February 3, 2017 7:00 am

It isn’t just you – your houseplants really do look worse in winter. Blame it on dry central-heated air, shorter days, changing light patterns, and cold drafts – and the fact that some plants go nearly dormant in winter anyway, even in their own habitat. These obstacles make houseplants more vulnerable to problems like overwatering, poor […]

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Big Game Hometowns Square Off on Housing

February 3, 2017 7:00 am

While we wait to see Sunday which football team wins the season, here’s a telling snapshot of how Atlanta and Boston match up when it comes to homes. Atlanta, sometimes known as “Hotlanta” for its lively nightlife and steamy summer temperatures, is wide open down the middle of the field with housing affordability. Its homeowners spend 11.7 percent of their […]

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Use Technology For Attracting Serious Home Buyers

February 2, 2017 9:03 pm

ERA Real Estate and HGTV reported 46 percent of consumers see smart-home technology as important for their current and future residences. But luxury homebuyers are willing to make the ultimate…

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Home Renovations On A Budget

February 2, 2017 9:03 pm

If you’re looking to get the best return on your investment or just improve your property to attract high quality tenants, a kitchen remodel is one of the highest value…

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Adding Storage and Removing Clutter Turns Your Rental Into A Home

February 1, 2017 9:00 pm

If you've ever wondered why your rental doesn't quite look like home, then you're on to something. Apartment life comes with stuff - it just might not come with storage.…

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