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Posted by: | Posted on: November 24, 2020

How To Stay Warm While Working From Home This Winter-Without Spending a Fortune on Heating

As the cooler weather sets in and people continue to work from home, keeping your home warm throughout the day has never been more necessary. But continuously running the heater can rack up a big heating bill.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration projected that most U.S. consumers will spend more to heat their homes this winter than last year, as more people remain home to work and attend school due to the coronavirus.

Keeping the heating bill down without sacrificing warmth is possible, though.

“Energy-efficient home upgrades can really add up and have a big impact on your family budget,” says New Jersey–based celebrity home improvement expert Anthony Carrino.

Bundling up in a blanket works for those days when you don’t have meetings, but when it comes time to look professional on a Zoom call, you’ll want to make sure your house doesn’t feel like an icebox. Here are

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Posted by: | Posted on: November 23, 2020

10 Shocking Facts About Jasmine Roth That’ll Rock Your World

Jasmine Roth is reality TV’s latest home renovation darling, and for good reason: While she got her start turning boring, cookie-cutter houses into custom masterpieces on HGTV’s “Hidden Potential,” she’s also pitched in on the “Brady Bunch” house, won “Rock the Block” in 2019, and helped numerous homeowners fix their failed home improvement projects on “Help! I Wrecked My House.”

Clearly, Roth is a rising star, and though she’s quite open about her life and her family, there’s still a lot more to this home design-construction-renovation whiz than meets the eye.

Curious about what you might have missed? Brush up on these surprising facts about this Jill-of-all-trades.

1. She started building things as a kid


As a child growing up in rural Virginia, Roth spent much of her free time with her dad, a DIY carpenter. Working together in the family garage, they built treehouses, playhouses,

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Posted by: | Posted on: November 21, 2020

These 5 Trending Looks Will Make Your Dining Room So Instagrammable This Thanksgiving

OK, we know Thanksgiving seems like a real bummer this year. With many state and national authorities discouraging travel and gatherings due to COVID-19, it’s yet another holiday in a long sequence of holidays we’ve been forced to “celebrate” in quarantine.

But even though you aren’t doing a 20-person spread (right??), that doesn’t mean you should give up on Thanksgiving altogether. In fact, isn’t half the fun of this holiday taking photos of the beautiful presentation of food on your dining table and posting them for all to admire?

That’s why this week—in our regular series of trending decor on Instagram—we decided to focus on the dining room for some design inspiration.

So don’t let the size of your celebration get you down this year. These popular looks are sure to make your dining room Instagram-worthy, no matter who’s sitting around the table.

1. Organic-inspired chandeliers

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Posted by: | Posted on: November 21, 2020

Seth Rogen Selling His Spanish-Style Hollywood Bungalow for $2,125,000

The actor Seth Rogen has listed his longtime Hollywood home for $2,125,000. The home landed on the market early last month, and is currently in pending sale status.

Rogen purchased the charming Spanish-style bungalow back in 2006, for $1.65 million.

Behind a gate, this hidden oasis is described as a “magical Zen retreat” in the listing details, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms on 2,853 square feet.

It’s a classic Southern California living space that features a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living, with ponds and seating areas perfectly situated for entertaining family and guests.

Built nearly a century ago, in 1923, the charming residence has dark hardwood floors throughout. The open living and dining area includes a cozy fireplace and French doors that lead to the quaint outdoor space.

On the second level, the spacious master suite spans the entire floor. It features vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, walk-in

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Posted by: | Posted on: November 20, 2020

Easy Changes Make This 1908 Midwestern Home a Hot Buy

It doesn’t matter how perfect your home is—if your listing photos don’t stand out, potential buyers won’t come by to take a look. In our series “Lessons From Listing Photos,” we dissect the smart updates sellers have made to their homes, and how their listing pictures highlight the home’s best assets.

If you can get over the cold weather, Minneapolis can be a pretty great place to live. The cost of living is low, the job market is strong, it’s a surprisingly great foodie destination, and there’s lots of gorgeous nature to take in when you want to get away from the city.

It’s not a huge surprise, then, that this adorable three-bedroom, three-bathroom home just outside the city was sold this month for over its asking price. What might be a surprise, though, is that it was for nearly $50,000 over what the sellers paid for it

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Posted by: | Posted on: November 20, 2020

Existing-Home Sales Soar Despite Record-Low Inventory

The numbers: Existing-home sales rose for the fifth consecutive month in October, as the housing market finally made up for the pandemic-related downturn in sales this spring.

Total existing-home sales increased 4.3% from September to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 6.85 million, the National Association of Realtors reported Thursday. Compared with a year ago, home sales were up roughly 27%. It was the highest level of home sales in 15 years.

“Considering that we remain in a period of stubbornly high unemployment relative to pre-pandemic levels, the housing sector has performed remarkably well this year,” Lawrence Yun, the trade group’s chief economist, said in the report. “The surge in sales in recent months has now offset the spring market losses.”

Economists polled by MarketWatch had projected existing-home sales to rise to a median rate of 6.5 million.

What happened: Home sales grew in every region across the country, led

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