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Garden paths made of pavers set into gravel are one of the most popular walkway styles due to their natural look, permeability for rainwater and versatility in design. Given the wide range of materials available and opportunities for different combinations, walkways made of pavers and pebbles work with…

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The term “home office” is kind of misleading. It suggests that the room is all about being an extension of a day at the office. Though that can be a part of what happens in them, home offices also are a place to do so much more. This is where people manage finances, organize family paperwork, keep track…

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It’s a tough decision: to have upper cabinets or not? There are several advantages to going with uppers, but there’s also a lot to say about open shelves or nixing both entirely. To help you decide on what’s right for your kitchen, here’s a guide to the three most popular approaches and other options…

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Recent data from Ellie Mae showed that it takes about a month and a half on average to close a mortgage. Several speakers at Wednesday’s housing summit hosted by the Urban Institute and CoreLogic said that closing times could conceivably be much shorter than that, even as little as 10 days. So what’s keeping lenders from closing a loan in a week and a half instead of a month and a half? Appraisers.

Median home prices surpassed housing boom levels, reaching a new all-time high in the third quarter of 2016. Although home prices are up, borrowers are not having problems making their mortgage payments, with distressed sales down in the third quarter.

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Less than a year after “How I Met Your Mother” star Alyson Hannigan and her husband, “Grimm” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actor Alexis Denisof, bought this traditional New England-style charmer in Los Angeles, they have listed it for $8.795 million. The listing agent is David Offer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

The couple has revamped the Brentwood home, for which they paid $7.89 million last winter, with refinished floors, fresh paint and a remodeled kitchen featuring new appliances, marble countertops, and a farmhouse-style sink and lighting fixtures.

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Whether you’re a die-hard Trump fan, proudly tout #ImWithHer, or are taking the third-party approach, chances are you haven’t kept your presidential preference a secret.

While some folks limit the political discourse to the dinner table, others are a bit more outspoken. But what are the private homeowners’ rights when it comes to yard signs and political affiliation?

There’s a delicate balance between free speech and front yard aesthetics, and some recent, well-publicized clashes between homeowners and homeowners’ associations (HOAs) tasked with maintaining neighborhood uniformity have threatened to upset that balance.

First Amendment right

Political speech, of course, is protected as a fundamental right und...

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This series profiles bathroom remodels shared by homeowners on Houzz.

The price tag for bathroom renovations can

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At summer’s end, once school is back in session, many of us start looking forward to Halloween. It’s a holiday adults can enjoy as much as kids. But, homeowners do have one serious obligation on this fun night: If you expect trick-or-treaters, you must make sure the path to your door is a safe one.

Take no trips

Inevitably, some giddy ghosts and ghouls will race excitedly to your door. Be prepared.

In the full light of day, inspect your lawn, driveway and front path for trip hazards like exposed tree roots, cracks in concrete or missing pavers. Make repairs where possible or, at the very least, cut off access to unsafe areas.

Meanwhile, if you’ve decorated the front yard with decorations like light-up pumpkins and anima...

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After a seller has staged their home and listed it on the market, it’s likely their real estate agent will recommend holding an open house. Home buyers flock to these events for a chance to get a peek inside the closets and stroll through the rooms.

But not everyone who attends open houses is looking to buy. Here are four opportunities open houses present if you’re willing to devote your weekend afternoons to them.

Learn from listing agents

Would-be sellers and nearby homeowners represent a large portion of open house traffic. You can use the open house not only to see what’s for sale and the price of comparable homes, but also to learn about the market.

Pick the brain of the listing agent to get his or her take on what...

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