What Is the Best Flooring for Dogs and Other Rambunctious House Pets?

igorr1/iStock The best flooring for dogs and other four-legged friends is, among other things, durable. Popular varieties of beautiful hardwood and luxurious wool carpets don’t stand up well to daily wear and tear, so if you’ve fantasized about filling your home with high-maintenance flooring, you might want to think twice. “One of the biggest problems with pets is their […]

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Home Improvement Loans: How to Find Quick Cash to Renovate Your House

designer491/iStock Home improvement loans sound pretty sweet: Imagine, someone actually gives you money to fix up your house! And these loans are actually plentiful if you know where to look. Here are some options to explore, and how to tell whether they’re right for you. FHA 203(k) loan The FHA 203(k) loan is a loan from the Federal Housing Administration—so that […]

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‘Our Home Was Renovated on a Reality Show’: What It’s Really Like, Warts and All

TLC If you’ve ever watched “Fixer Upper,” “Flip or Flop,” or “Property Brothers,” you’ve probably wondered what it’s like to have your home renovated on a reality TV show. Alex Shaw, a casting producer in Los Angeles, had pondered that same question. So when she heard that TLC’s “Nate and Jeremiah by Design” was looking for applicants last November, […]

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Can the Property Brothers Get $1M for the ‘Ugliest House on the Block’?

Bravo Reality TV stars Jonathan and Drew Scott are pros at renovating homes, but in the latest “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling,” you have to wonder if they’re a bit off their rockers when they vow to take the “ugliest house on the block” and—through a few smart upgrades—turn it around and sell it for a million bucks. Come on, guys, […]

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The Property Brothers Reveal 5 Home Decor Nightmares Everyone Needs to Avoid

HGTV Reality TV stars Jonathan and Drew Scott have seen their share of homes in sorry states, yet the house they visit in the latest episode of “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling” has it all—that is, all of the very worst home features under one roof! In the episode “East vs. West,” the Scott brothers meet Chandra and Dan, who have made some “curious” design choices in […]

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‘Listed Sisters’: Renovating With the Crock-Pot and Other Cool Tricks

HGTV “Listed Sisters” just premiered its second season on HGTV—which means identical twins Alana and Lex LeBlanc must be doing renovations right! These gals’ schtick is a bit like a female version of “Property Brothers” stars Jonathan and Drew Scott—except that these siblings are easier to tell apart, since Alana (a real estate agent) has long hair and Lex (the designer) sports a bob. And although these Nashville, […]

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‘Property Brothers’: How to Whip Up a Bidding War (and Win One, Too)

HGTV “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling” stars Jonathan and Drew Scott know plenty about how to survive and thrive in a seller’s market—in which sellers have the upper hand because buyer demand is high and bidding wars are sparked. “Nobody likes bidding wars when they’re the buyer, but everybody likes them when they’re the seller,” says Jonathan. So true, […]

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Major Gaines! Another Home Featured on ‘Fixer Upper’ Is for Sale

realtor.com No shiplap?! Brace yourself, “Fixer Upper” fans. It turns out Chip and Joanna Gaines do have a range that extends beyond farmhouse chic. And this four-bedroom, three-bath, 2,768-square-foot home now on the market for $565,000 is proof their aesthetic acumen remains oh-so-keen. Located in China Spring, TX, this remodeled beauty has nary a sliding barn door—although there […]

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The Property Brothers’ Rivalry Is Reaching a Boiling Point

Jill Hunter/AP Images The competition is heating up between “Property Brothers” stars Jonathan and Drew Scott! In the latest episode of “Brother vs. Brother”—one of several shows the Scotts film for HGTV—they head to the sandy shores of Galveston, TX, to square off on who can renovate a beach house better, room by room. This week, the telegenic […]

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What Is a Bonus Room? A Real Estate Prize (and Property Tax Loophole)

KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock Unless you grew up in a cave (no judgments!), odds are you know what most rooms in a house are called. For instance, you know full well what a bedroom is, and a bathroom is also self-explanatory (but half-bath or quarter-bath, not so much). Yet homes do have a few rooms that could be head-scratchers, and one […]

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