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By Jennifer Kelly Geddes | Feb 11, 2020

To some, the very phrase "man cave" conjures up unsavory images of mystery, exclusion, and macho entitlement. Like, what really happens in this dank, dark cave?

Yet with Valentine's Day approaching, women of the world might be wondering how to shower the men in their lives with something special—and if your home does happen to have a man cave, it could probably stand for a bit of sprucing up. And if he won't bother shopping for just the right armchair, why not you?

Marty Basher, a home design and organization expert at Modular Closets, says it makes great sense for a wife or significant other to assist furnishing a man cave.

"She probably knows his tastes—and where

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Is Your Partner's Decor Way Different From Yours? Here's How to Deal With It

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By Jennifer Kelly Geddes | Feb 12, 2020

Buying a home with someone you love is exciting, but you know what's not? Having your partner's pingpong table wedged in your otherwise Hollywood-glam home, or making room in your sparse, minimalist space for your partner's massive collection of kitschy figurines.

 

If you and your partner have different tastes in home decor, we feel your pain. But there's some good news: All isn't lost if you and your loved one find yourselves on different ends of the design spectrum. Decor schemes that seem dissonant can actually combine well—and the look is actually gaining in popularity."Couples with

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10 Ways to Add a Dash of Retro Design to Your Home

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes | Feb 12, 2020

Love the idea of some retro design in your home, but don't want to fully commit? We understand where you're coming from. Going all in with an avocado- or orange-splashed "Brady Bunch" look can just be a bit too groovy to live with in your home.

 

But the good news is you can try a touch of some of the more interesting looks from the '50s, '60s, '70s or some other bygone decade without going overboard. Instead, you can add a bit of retro decor with a few key pieces, colors, and accessories.And if your overall decor style seems to be the opposite of retro, don't despair. Many of today's home decor styles can dovetail

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By Clare Trapasso | Dec 4, 2019

Members of the military on active duty and veterans hoping to buy a home in expensive parts of the country have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Starting next year, they'll be able to take out Veterans Affairs–backed mortgages as large as their bank accounts will allow.

Thanks to the Blue Water Navy Veterans Act of 2019, veterans will be able to buy larger homes in pricier communities without having to put down a cent. However, they must still qualify for their mortgage and be able to afford the monthly payments.

“It gives the veterans the opportunity to buy homes in the areas they want to be in," says Austin, TX–based real estate agent Kyle Reed, of Pauly Presley

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By Terri Williams | Jan 31, 2019

A bathroom remodel can add value to a home, but it also has the potential to be a huge headache. Why? There are many opportunities for missteps.

“Bathrooms are often the hardest spaces to remodel effectively, because they require some expertise, and often play second fiddle to other key areas like living rooms and bedrooms,” says John Linden, a Los Angeles–based interior and furniture designer.

Are you on the precipice of a bathroom renovation? We assembled a team of experts to identify the big mistakes you need to avoid if you want the process to go as smoothly as possible.

1. Forgetting ventilation

While focusing on your sleek, new programmable shower, don’t forget

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By Terri Williams | Dec 6, 2019

The laundry room is perhaps the least visible room in your home, but it serves a vital purpose—and we spend a lot of time there. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey, women spend about 17 minutes a day (or 119 minutes a week) on laundry, while men spend, on average, 5 minutes a day (or 35 minutes a week).

And even though the actual process of doing laundry can be a drag, the design of your laundry room can make this weekly (or daily!) task a little more convenient, efficient, and safe. But to achieve this trifecta, you’ll need to avoid these laundry room design mistakes.

1. Putting the laundry room in the basement

The basement appears

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Originally published in Realtor Magazine

January 17, 2020

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.65% this week, continuing to entice home buyers to the market with cheaper financing opportunities. “By all accounts, mortgage rates remain low and, along with a strong market, are fueling the consumer-driven economy by boosting purchasing power, which will certainly support housing market activity in the coming months,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

Still, worsening affordability due to inventory shortages continue to present hurdles for the housing market, Khater notes. The National Association of REALTORS® released a study this week showing how high home prices are stymieing job growth in some metro areas.

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6 Design Mistakes You're Making With Your Kids' Playroom

By Terri Williams | Jan 16, 2020

Studies show that playtime is good for kids: They learn balance and coordination, develop skills, and exercise their imaginations as well as their bodies. That's why many homeowners and renters with young ones like to have a designated place in their home for playtime activities. Plus, it's nice to have a place to store all those toys so they don't end up taking over the rest of the house.

A well-planned playroom can provide hours of stimulation and entertainment for your kids. But ill-informed design choices could spell wasted time, money, and square footage on a room that the little ones won't be all

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Top 10 Cities for Rental Investments This Year

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January 17, 2020

Head to the Midwest or the East Coast for some of the biggest hotspots to cash in on a rental investment this year, according to a new analysis from TurboTenant, a property management tool. Overall, 31 cities from 20 states are featured in the report, which names the cities for the best rental investments in 2020. New York and Ohio tied for the most cities making the list, at three each.

“When identifying the top 31 cities, we looked for a positive ROI and high growth numbers across all data points,” says Sarnen

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