And the Worst Celebrity Neighbor of 2016 Is…

By Susanne Dwyer

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It is too late now to say sorry.

Zillow has once again taken the glittering pulse of celebrity neighbor-dom in its annual Celebrity Neighbor Survey, ranking the high-profilers us “normies” wouldn’t mind occasionally borrowing a cup of sugar from. The most sought-after, according to the survey, is the exiting First Family, who will remain residents of D.C. (get a glimpse of their new digs here!) in the new year. The least, on the other hand, is real-life (and now two-time) worst neighbor Justin Bieber, who racked up the most votes in the history of the survey.

“There was a lot of excitement around the fact that the Obamas chose to stay in D.C. after living in the White House—a first for a former president since Woodrow Wilson,” says Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow chief marketing officer. “Maybe it’s the additional neighborhood security or the possibility of running into other influential and famous people, but it’s clear people are intrigued by the idea of living next to the First Family. On the other hand, Justin Bieber continues to stir up trouble everywhere he goes and would likely be an unpredictable neighbor.”

The complete rankings:

Do you agree? Which famous face would you want to share a fence with?

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The Hottest Colors of 2017: New Neutrals

By Susanne Dwyer

(BPT)—Make 2017 the year you update your home with “new” neutrals—hot, timeless colors that pair well with hues like cornflower, taupe, wine and sunny yellow. A departure from the monochromatic shades of prior years, the new neutrals transition from black and white to beige, khaki and taupe tones—taupe, in fact, an earthen brown-gray, was named the 2017 Color of the Year by Sherwin-Williams.

“Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of brown, taking a color to an entirely new level,” says Sue Wadden, director of Color Marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “Not cool or warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe brings a sense of coziness and harmony that people are seeking.”

Taupe is an ideal complement to blue-grays, especially when applied in a French countryside theme in a kitchen or living room. Taupe also works well with a natural palette, such as citrus green and weathered bronze, creating an organic aesthetic.

Rich wine, as well, combined with taupe, evokes baroque and romanticism, elevating bedrooms to sophisticated spaces. A vibrant yellow, in addition, alongside taupe, adds a graphic element, ideal for homes offices—where creativity is most needed—or in children’s bedrooms or playrooms.

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Fireplace Envy Rears Its Head as Seasons Shift

By Susanne Dwyer

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Curling up in front of the fireplace has long been a source of warmth and comfort as Old Man Winter tries to break us down with bitter cold temperatures, mind-numbingly harsh winds and inclement weather.

But like everything else in the home, the beloved fireplace of yesteryear (aka the simple brick cutout with a mesh screen positioned just so) has become just another area homeowners don’t dare leave untouched.

So throw on your comfiest clothes, stoke up the fire and check out some of these beauties.

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Simple and elegant, this fireplace blends right in with your current décor.

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Can’t decide which room to call home? No worries! This see-through fireplace solves that dilemma quickly and easily. Bonus points for built-in storage.

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If you’ve been sans fireplace due to lack of space, an electric fireplace—hung vertically—will take all your troubles away.

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View? What view? This fireplace will bring warmth to any room, never detracting from the view.

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For those of us who are artists at heart—and really, who isn’t?—a little creativity can go a long way when it comes to creating a masterpiece that will undoubtedly be the topic of conversation among friends and family alike.

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Make a statement and let your fireplace shine as the true center of attention.

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Indoor fire pit for the win!

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What can be better than soaking in front of the fire? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Just make sure you close the curtains. Your neighbors will thank you.

Paige Tepping is RISMedia’s managing editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at paige@rismedia.com.

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Home Inspections a Valuable Component in Competitive Market

By Susanne Dwyer

For more than 20 years, Mike Hanneman and HomeTeam Inspection Service of Anchorage have brought a winning formula to home inspections in the Anchorage, Alaska area, relying on a team concept to ensure the most accurate and complete home inspection.

Thanks to this team approach, different inspectors are called upon depending on their specific area of expertise. The final result? A comprehensive whole house inspection, usually done in half the time it takes competitors.

Brian Broderick, a 26-year veteran agent with Jack White Real Estate in Anchorage, has worked with HomeTeam Inspection Service for more than a decade. And in his opinion, they’re the only way to go.

“Not only do Mike and his team have the knowledge to do a great job, they have the communication skills to be able to put everything in layman’s terms,” says Broderick, who goes on to explain that his reputation and track record as an agent are two of the main reasons he’s been with the same company for 26 years. “It’s important that I use someone with the same mindset, who understands that it’s not about the property, but rather, it’s the client you have to take care of.”

In that regard, Broderick notes that HomeTeam doesn’t give the standard “everything’s fine” report.

Once the inspection is completed, HomeTeam sends a comprehensive narrative report containing all the vital information one will need upon living in the home.

“The turnaround time is typically 24 hours, even if you catch him on a Friday, which is wonderful,” says Broderick. “The report is always emailed, which makes it easy for me to forward along to clients, especially since I’m not always in the office on the weekend.”

The report comes with a slew of informative photos, which are extremely important for the client, because when they’re looking at line items such as safety or maintenance issues, the photos paint everything in a clear picture.

“It’s not just about being honest. They find the things that are significant to the homebuyer. They make me look good as a professional,” concludes Broderick.

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The 2017 Color of the Year Is Fresh…and Prehistoric

By Susanne Dwyer

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Prepare to see a lot more green in 2017—and not the kind you get from a scratch-off.

Pantone recently revealed next year’s Color of the Year, a “zesty” yellow-green named—what else?—Greenery. The hue, which immediately brings to mind The Land Before Time, will crop up in home decor and housewares, from accents and furniture to paint.

The “refreshing and revitalizing shade,” as Pantone’s color experts describe, “is symbolic of new beginnings,” as in capping off—let’s just say it—a crazy year. The experts also tout it as “life-affirming, emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.” And dinos.

“Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

The prehistoric choice is a departure from last year’s double-pick: Rose Quartz, a blush pink, and Serenity, a dusty blue, and actually marries well with the two, and a host of other palettes, including fellow greens (think moss) and randoms like mulberry pink. The color goes with anything, really—”nature’s neutral,” and all.

From a real estate perspective, green in any shade is generally a “good” color—it’s gender-neutral, and won’t detract from your home’s value. Though it’ll always make us hungry for tree stars, we can definitely see us getting our green on in 2017.

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Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia’s online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com.

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Prepping for a Move: Should You Hire a Pro or DIY?

By Susanne Dwyer

Let’s face it: We all know moving is a pain. And according to the American Moving & Storage Association, the average move in the U.S. costs a shocking $5,630.

Of course, costs will vary greatly upon family size, house size and location. However, it’s safe to say that moving is often more expensive than expected. This brings many to the question: should you hire a pro mover, or enlist the help of a few friends and DIY?

To help you come to a conclusion about your move, New York-based Roadway Moving pulled together a list of the top moving costs, and a comparison of what you’ll spend if you do it yourself or hire out. Now keep in mind a moving company curated this breakdown, so it may be a teeny bit biased. Do your own research to determine what will be most cost-effective for you.

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Zoe Eisenberg is RISMedia’s senior content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at zoe@rismedia.com.

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How to Keep Your Car Safe from Your Garage This Winter

By Susanne Dwyer

Your car will spend more time in the garage during the winter than it will in the spring and summer months. Before you park for the winter or pull in out of the snow, follow the helpful information below to keep your car safe from the garage itself.

Clear a Path
If you live in a cold-weather environment, you will need easy access to your snow blower and shovels. Effective snow removal is an important part of maintaining the health of your car—you never know when you will wake up to several inches of snow on the driveway.

Organization in your garage is important because it makes it easier to find the items you need for snow removal. One slip in an unorganized garage could result in scratches, dings and dents.

Insulate Your Garage Door
You can buy various types of insulation for the inside of your garage door. Added insulation may not make a difference for your everyday ride, but it will protect your vehicle from deep freezes. Garage insulation is available in foam panels and rolls of fiber insulation.

Seal Your Garage
Small animals are looking to get out of the cold in the winter months. Exhaust pipes and the interior spaces of your engine compartment can make an attractive hiding place. This can result in clogged pipes and chewed lines. Hire an energy auditor to look for gaps in your garage door and seal any windows.

Store Items Safely
It’s a common sight in many garages to see bicycles hanging upside down for the winter or other lawn tools stored in the rafters. All it takes is an old hook or busted nail and those items could come crashing down on your car, cracking windshields, chipping paint, or denting your car’s hood, roof, and side panels.

When you’re hanging bicycles from the rafters, make sure you buy sturdy hooks that you can screw into the rafter beams. For items stored in the rafters, make sure the plywood you lay across the rafter beams is in good shape and don’t put too much weight on any given piece of plywood.

Cover Your Car
If all else fails, you can use a cover to help keep your car safe. Not only will a cover keep dust and other particulates from accumulating on surfaces, but also good can absorb some of the blows should you accidentally bump your car with another car door, ding it with a shovel handle, or have something fall from the rafters.

There are a lot of steps you can take to protect your car in the garage, but these are some of the easiest steps you can take this winter.

This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Visit the blog daily for housing and real estate tips and trends. Like Housecall on Facebook and follow @HousecallBlog on Twitter.

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Bah Humbug: 5 Bizarre Holiday Light Fails

By Paige

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Deck the halls with lots of lights, fa-la-la-la, oh whatever. To celebrate the holiday season, we’re gifting you with a selection of five holiday light fails, so you can feel better about the light choices your neighbors make.

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A little too much milk there, Santa. Funny or crass? We will let you decide!

Meh!

For those feeling underwhelmed this holiday season, this light job is ideal.

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Greetings from your friendly neighborhood Scrooge!

RIP Rudolph
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Now this is just messed up. Way to make all the neighborhood children weep, buddy.

Ditto
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We kind of like this example of “What they said.”

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Zoe Eisenberg is RISMedia’s senior content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at zoe@rismedia.com.

This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Visit the blog daily for housing and real estate tips and trends. Like Housecall on Facebook and follow @HousecallBlog on Twitter.

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Ask the Expert: How Should Homeowners Prepare Their Home for Winter?

By Susanne Dwyer

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Buddy Stark, director of Operations for HomeTeam Inspection Service.

Q: What can homeowners do to ensure their home is well prepared and more energy-efficient throughout the coming months?

A: While winter is fast approaching, HomeTeam Inspection Service—the only national home inspection company to utilize a team of inspectors onsite—offers the following tips for homeowners as they prepare for the colder months ahead.

  • Inspect around windows and doors for cracks, and seal any openings with caulk or weatherstripping to prevent air and water from getting in your home.
  • Have a professional evaluate the amount of insulation in your home to ensure it’s properly insulated and will keep your energy costs down.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working properly.
  • Visibly check the fireplace opening for loose or missing bricks and have screens in place to protect from any embers that may escape.
  • Look for raised, loose or missing shingles, which can allow water to get in, and replace if needed.
  • Remove hoses from outside spigots and store for the winter months.
  • Clean debris from gutters to prevent water from collecting and freezing.
  • Make sure all downspouts are pointed away from the foundation.
  • Have the HVAC units inspected and change furnace filters monthly for maximum energy efficiency and cleaner air.
  • Program thermostats to lower temperatures while at work or sleeping.

These simple steps can help homeowners maintain the health of their home over the winter months.

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How Much House Can You Buy for $300,000?

By Susanne Dwyer

Have $300k to drop on a house? You won’t be surprised to know that how much house you can get for that price tag varies wildly across the country. From a 165-square-foot studio in Manhattan to a 4,478-square-foot mansion in Memphis, your new home’s location will tell what bang you’re getting for your buck.

Check out the deets from a new Point2Homes study that compares what you can get for $300,000 in America’s top 50 cities.

  • You could buy 1,700-square-foot homes in all of New York City’s outer boroughs (plus one in Los Angeles) for the price of one home of equal size in Manhattan.
  • You could buy 1,700-square-foot homes in five major cities in neighboring states for the price of one home of equal size in San Francisco (and still have cash for a sports car left over).
  • You can buy four median-sized houses in Detroit for $300,000. Or just one really huge, 7,000-square-foot mansion.
  • You can buy two median-sized homes and a 1,000-square-foot condo in Memphis for $300,000.

Source: Point2Homes

Zoe Eisenberg is RISMedia’s senior content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at zoe@rismedia.com.

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