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New California Law Eases The Way For Second Units

January 2, 2017 2:36 pm

Effective January 1, this year many Californians will find it easier to obtain local permission to construct a second unit, mother-in-law quarter, granny flat, or whatever you choose to call…

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Home Buyers, Sellers & Borrowers: Do You Do Too Much Work?

January 2, 2017 2:36 pm

Buyers and sellers can overwhelm themselves by doing work - and yes, searching out online listings and viewing houses or condos is work - that should be done by trained…

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How To Freshen Up Your Living Room In 5 Easy Steps

January 1, 2017 2:33 pm

Your living room got you feeling meh? That's a shame. As one of your most-used rooms, it should also be one of your most loved. But the idea of updating…

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7 Important Steps To Help You Buy Your First Home In 2017

January 1, 2017 2:33 pm

Thinking about buying your first home? What an exciting time this is bound to be. And, also, what a (potentially) overwhelming, confusing, and stress-filled time. It can easily veer into…

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Precedent Management boosts HOA, tax business with acquisitions from Prescient

January 1, 2017 6:36 am

Precedent Management, a nationwide provider of real estate solutions, is expanding its business with the acquisition of the HOA and tax lines of business from Prescient, Inc., a government-focused real estate provider. HousingWire.com Topics

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Echo app gives buyers a new way to search for houses

January 1, 2017 6:36 am

Michael DeMasi, a reporter for the Albany Business Review, profiled Miguel Berger, president of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Tech Valley in Colonie, New York. Berger and his son developed software for Amazon’s virtual assistants — Echo, Echo Dot and Tap — that gives buyers a hands-free way to search for homes, DeMasi explains. HousingWire.com Topics

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Reverse-engineering the universal translator

January 1, 2017 6:36 am

Cinema critics keep raving about Arrival, a sci-fi drama focusing on one linguist’s attempts to decipher an alien language. Star Trek recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. As a language geek and a sci-fi fan, I felt it only logical to look into the feasibility of the universal translator, the device used by the crew of […]

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Toymakers are the early adopters pushing AR into the mainstream

January 1, 2017 6:36 am

One indicator of how the market is apparently more comfortable with AR than it is with its immersive sibling, VR, is that one of its earliest adopters are toymakers. Read More Tech Crunch – Gadgets

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Readers Get Creative With Their Basements (20 photos)

January 1, 2017 6:36 am

Winter is the season for hunkering down and staying home, at least for those of us who live in places where the weather turns chilly. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a warm and cozy cave to hibernate in during the season? If you have a basement, that could be just the place.We asked… Houzz […]

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The 10 Most Popular Houzz Stories of 2016 (10 photos)

January 1, 2017 6:36 am

The end of the year is all about taking the time to look back before looking forward. This collection of the most popular articles featured on Houzz in 2016 — as measured by the number of views — offers a little bit of both. Not only can you see what really resonated with people, but […]

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