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Photo Tour: Michael Jordan’s House

Photo Tour: Michael Jordan’s House

Photos of Michael Jordan’s 56,000 square foot home in Highland Park, IL

Team Hipster: The Argument Against Gentrification

Team Hipster: The Argument Against Gentrification

Let’s discuss the arguments against gentrification

Yuppies In The Ghetto: What Exactly Is Gentrification?

Yuppies In The Ghetto: What Exactly Is Gentrification?

Gentrification. The word conjures everything from visuals of empty-nesters and yuppies sipping lattes from their million-dollar renovated brownstones to angry hipsters and working class people protesting the construction of new buildings where old ones once stood, fighting for the perceived rights of local businesses, lower class families, and urban history. […]

Restoring a Fabulous Mid-Century Ranch House in Las Vegas

Restoring a Fabulous Mid-Century Ranch House in Las Vegas

Everyone knows that the housing industry in Las Vegas was one of the most overinflated and hardest hit in the country. A result of this has been a massive stock of foreclosed and empty homes which have been ripe for opportunistic renters as well as squatters. Our friends recently took […]

The Disney UP House Gets a Real World Treatment

The Disney UP House Gets a Real World Treatment

One of our favorite animated movies of all-time is “UP”, and central to the movie is the house that the old man decided to move with him as he went exploring. You can now see a real life version of this home in Harriman, Utah, built by Blair Bangerter, a […]

Giving Up The Ghost: When Gentrification Fails

Giving Up The Ghost: When Gentrification Fails

By and large, one of the hardest parts of successfully gentrifying an area is actually picking the right location. Between existing neighborhood conditions, rehabilitation projects, attracting like-minded new residents and later profitable businesses, finding the proper balance in between both the controllable and uncontrollable forces is no simple task. So […]

To Gentrify Or Not To Gentrify: That Is The DIYer’s Question

To Gentrify Or Not To Gentrify: That Is The DIYer’s Question

Now that we’ve not only looked at the definition of gentrification, the socio-political-economic reasons why it happens, and the pros and cons of the phenomenon, it’s time to talk about what that means to you, the average DIY enthusiast. The tricky thing about gentrification is that you may not notice […]

Team Yuppie: The Argument For Gentrification

Team Yuppie: The Argument For Gentrification

Now that we know what gentrification is and the socio-economic factors that contribute to its occurrence, we’re going to delve into the main arguments surrounding it — the pros and the cons of the phenomenon as it relates to urban areas and the people who reside in them. Since this […]

Urban Chic, Baby Boomers And Desegregation — The Forces Behind Gentrification

Urban Chic, Baby Boomers And Desegregation — The Forces Behind Gentrification

To gain a true grasp on gentrification, you have to understand it past the modern impression of the word. So shake from your mind the images of angry hipsters, aging babyboomers, and sassy gays — we have to go back a bit in time (back to the Industrial Revolution in […]

Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal With A New Garage Door

Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal With A New Garage Door

Whether you’re considering selling your house or simply want to freshen up your home’s exterior, you can’t go wrong with installing a new garage door. In fact, this project consistently ranks high on Remodeling magazine’s Cost v. Value report. Data from the 2010-11 survey indicates that 83.9 percent of your […]

The Big Lebowski House is For Sale…Dude!

The Big Lebowski House is For Sale…Dude!

“The rug really pulled the room together…man”, and with that the adventure began. One of our favorite films of all time, The Big Lebowski, begins in the Dude’s house, his bathroom to be exact and ends with his rug getting ruined. Now you can recreate this memorable scene for a […]

Would You Move Into An Apartment During A Renovation?

Would You Move Into An Apartment During A Renovation?

If you’ve made it through a large-scale renovation, you know that it can be a life-altering experience. The result–a shiny new space that you designed (and probably even built)–usually outweighs the drama, high costs and stress associated with such a massive undertaking. For whole house renovations, it can be difficult […]

Tips for Buying For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Real Estate

Tips for Buying For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Real Estate

If you are a do-it-yourself type when it comes to home improvements, you may want to consider the same when dealing with real estate transactions. A licensed real estate agent is not required during a home transaction although if you are inexperienced or don’t have time to manage the deal […]

iPhone/iPad App for Real Estate Search

iPhone/iPad App for Real Estate Search

With the conditions of real estate today it remains very much a “buyer’s market,” yet that doesn’t mean it is easy to actually be a buyer. But Long & Foster Real Estate, the largest independently-held residential real estate firm in the country might just have a way of making it […]

How To Photograph A Home For Sale

How To Photograph A Home For Sale

Have you ever perused Craigslist or a realtor’s website and immediately got turned off by a poorly snapped photo? My boyfriend is very guilty of this. I tend to pay more attention to words that images (“But honey, it says cottage charm!”) whereas he’ll be more realistic (“Cottage charm is […]

A Note about Home Buying Vision: Buying a Ruin in Italy

A Note about Home Buying Vision: Buying a Ruin in Italy

I thought my sister Michelle was crazy when she forked over her hard-earned savings for a pile of rubble in southern Italy. No, she wasn’t purchasing the property for its potential value as an archaeological dig site. This was going to be her vacation home, the place she spends summers […]

Sherlockin’ the History of Homes

Sherlockin’ the History of Homes

When you buy a home you don’t just take ownership of an engaging exterior, the rooms inside it, or the land it all sits on. No. Unless you’ve built it yourself, you’ve just bought yourself a piece of history. There are plenty of bloggers out there going Sherlock Holmes and […]

What Home Builders Can Learn from 2009

What Home Builders Can Learn from 2009

Most home builders are more than ready to put 2009 behind them. The mortgage crisis had a domino effect across the economy but really put home builders behind the 8-ball this past year. There were some changes that we think are for the better such as the slow down of […]

Do Bathtubs Affect Home Resale Value?

Do Bathtubs Affect Home Resale Value?

We’ve got mixed feelings on renovating bathrooms before resale. On one hand a sharp looking countertop, tile and fixtures can certainly give a wow impression especially if the taste level and decor sensibilities are the same for the buyer but many buyers just want to know that there is a […]

Home Building & Buying is Still a Bear

Home Building & Buying is Still a Bear

According to some reports the housing market is beginning to rebound with some areas reporting an increase in prices. But with inventory still at record levels the recovery isn’t near. “House prices have risen in recent months after a long plunge, according to the National Association of Realtors and the […]

Making the Most of Living in a Closet

Making the Most of Living in a Closet

This small living space is not in NYC but Delray Beach, FL. It’s actually a 77 sqft closet. It does remind us of a friends place on the UWS so what’s most unique about this place is that it’s not in New York and the rent is cheaper than if […]