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It’s a four-letter phenomenon that Americans can’t imagine life without. But when HGTV debuted nearly 25 years ago, the idea of turning on the TV and being entertained by a bathroom renovation was ludicrous. Today, however, TV execs see home and garden improvement shows like “Property Brothers,” “Fixer Upper,” and “Love It or List It” as lucrative….


Depending on where you live, a patio might not be the kind of thing you think about during the cold, and maybe snowy, winter months. But a patio is what many people enjoy on a sunny warm afternoon. It just feels good to sit outside and sip some iced tea or lemonade. That’s the picture…


Thinking of remodeling your home? Before you splurge on a finished basement or a new kitchen, make sure you choose a home improvement project that will add to your home’s lifetime value. Check out Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report for projects with the highest ROI. Three home improvement projects we like: Get a New…


Everyone likes to travel in style, and hotel designers know how to make getaway spaces feel luxurious. Seattle-based architecture firm Degen & Degen specializes in hospitality design, including hotels, resorts, and other other facilities designed for public accommodation. The company recently worked with AvalonBay Communities on the design of AVA NoMa, a 438-unit property in…


Maintenance emergencies are a nightmare for property managers and tenants so this week the maintenance checkup from Keepe will discuss how to handle 7 common maintenance emergencies. Most of the scenarios we will discuss present the possibility of causing serious damage to the property, and in some case even harm tenants. 7 common maintenance emergencies and how to…


The perception of maintenance is a much discussed topic in the industry today. Because maintenance personnel are frequently on the grounds, they have become the face of apartment communities. They are often more visible than the front office staff. According to Satisfacts, a multifamily industry provider of resident surveys focusing on retention and reputation management, maintenance teams can…


Homeowners whose properties feature farmhouse finishes may have HGTV to thank for the premium when it’s time to sell. Farmhouse- and craftsman-inspired features now garner as high as a 34% premium among buyers shopping for entry-level homes, according to a recent report from Zillow Group ZG, +4.40%   subsidiary RealEstate.com. Researchers nicknamed it the “Chip & Joanna Gaines Effect,” after…


Every year, thousands of people buy new homes in the spring. Homes listed in the spring—especially in May—can be snapped off the market more quickly and for more money at this time of year as people buy their first homes, upsize, downsize, or switch locations before summer arrives. To mark the season in which so many people…


They bought back in the mid-2000’s, when “Under the Tuscan Sun,” a romance about an American woman who buys a villa in rural Italy, inspired a wave of rustic but luxurious home decor featuring warm, earth-toned colors. Now with prices hitting new records, many homeowners who bought a decade ago want to cash in and…


Does walking into your kitchen make you want to walk right back out? A kitchen that’s outdated or just plain drab can be depressing, but so can the realization of how much it will cost to renovate it. The good news is that you don’t need to do a complete overhaul to get happy in…

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