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December 21, 2017

The Best Pet-Friendly Lodging Across the US

Bow wow wow yippy yo yippy YAY! In light of all of your hectic Christmas and New Years travel plans, have you secured a place for you and your furry friend(s) to lodge this holiday season? If you haven’t, have no fear. Homes.com has compiled a list of some of the best pet-friendly lodging across the country.

Edgemere Cottages

Located in sunny Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, your pooch will go crazy for the amenities offered at Edgemere Cottages. This quaint bed & breakfast has a country, cottage style with lush gardens and is just a mere one mile from the beach – perfect for an evening walk! For humans, the cottages offer homemade breakfast, cottages available [...]

 
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November 24, 2017

National Cake Day Treats Across the US

We all know that the best part of Thanksgiving dinner is the dessert that follows. After stuffing your face on Turkey Day, National Cake Day rolls around on November 26th. Here at Homes.com, we’ve compiled a map of some popular cake specialties in the US. Who typically bakes the cakes in your family? Do you prefer coconut cake like the people of South Carolina, or Meyer Lemon like California residents?

Other popular cake varieties across the country include red velvet (Arkansas), Smith Island Cake (Maryland), and gooey butter cake (Missouri).

According to The Bulletin, a Central Oregon publication, there are only eight states with an official state [...]

 
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November 7, 2017

#FeelsLikeHome Scholarship Winner

At Homes.com, we know the importance of finding the perfect place to call “home.” One of the most difficult parts of going to college can be making your college home feel as comfortable as your home! To make that transition easier, we wanted to award a $1,000 scholarship to one highly-motivated student to help cover some of their college expenses.

The rules for the scholarship were simple: the participants had to snap a photo and write a description detailing how they’ve made — or plan to make — their college experience feel like their own personal home away from home.

With over 700 entries, our judges had a tough time picking a winner from the many [...]

 
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October 26, 2017

Love Thy Neighbor: Are You at War With Your Neighbor?

Check out our 2016 National Neighborhood Study to learn what a typical American neighborhood is for 2,000 Americans from around the country, as well as 1,000 New Yorkers.

As the Greek poet Hesiod once said, “A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing.” Unfortunately, we all aren’t blessed with perfect neighbors…

Neighbors, neighbors, neighbors. Do you cringe at the thought of that word? For some, sharing property lines can become an ongoing battle. 2 AM ruckus here, a Peeping Tom over there. Regardless, you may have to see them almost every day. While the saying goes, “love thy neighbor,” for many [...]

 
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October 23, 2017

The Exceptional, Everyday Architecture of Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington is a place like no other, nestled between the salt waters of Puget Sound and the fresh waters of Lake Washington, in the most northwestern state of our great nation. With a population of over 700,000, Seattle easily triples the next largest city in Washington state in terms of people, with an amazing array of different architectural home styles, many of which take their inspiration from Seattle’s iconic buildings, sweeping natural vistas, culture or history.

Here are some architectural styles you’ll see on more everyday houses around the city:

Seattle Box

Seattle has the distinction of being a city with its own special architectural [...]

 
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October 17, 2017

6 Steps to Safeguard Your Home Before a Disaster

Natural disasters are unpredictable and costly to recover from. Even if you have a few days to prepare, the “calm before the storm” looks a lot more like chaos. Keep your home ready at all times for the unexpected with these six steps.

Write an Emergency Plan

Preparation is key to protecting your family and your home in the event of a disaster, and an emergency plan is the first step. Know what types of emergencies you need to prepare for based on your location and delegate specific responsibilities to each family member. Know where you will meet if separated, how you will communicate if cell towers are down, and what each person should pack and bring if [...]

 
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September 21, 2017

5 Homes Featured With Bomb Shelters (Mind. Blown.)

“This spacious 6192 square foot single family home has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, oh and by the way, a bomb shelter too!”

No matter how innocuous a real estate agent might be, featuring a bomb shelter as a selling point can take some finesse and subtly, or ‘spin’ as we like to say in marketing.

With searches on Google currently trending for “bomb shelters near me” we thought we’d take a look at a few properties listed on Homes.com and compare descriptives, qualifiers, and superlatives, while offering some advice to agents and home sellers on the best way to market your home to both preppers and non-preppers alike!

 
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September 20, 2017

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs in Your Garden and Home

While there are over 4,000 different species of stink bugs, two that most commonly plague cities are the brown Halyomorpha halys and the green Chinavia halaris, both displaying a distinctive shield-shaped body and incredibly foul smell. Stink bugs are an invasive species native to countries in Asia and are one of the biggest threats to vegetables and fruits grown in the mid-Atlantic states. Stink bugs will puncture tasty fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants, sucking the nutrients out of them and decimating your local crops. Recently, scientists have had some success battling these invaders with another invasive species–tiny wasps, but before you consider starting [...]

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