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Builder Uses VR to Show Kitchen Design Options

Toll Brothers Inc., a luxury-home builder, is piloting a new tool in a few select markets that allows buyers to use virtual reality to better envision design selections in their new home’s kitchen. They can then easily swap out countertops or cabinet colors and then view the changes in virtual reality.Kitchen 360 offers a 3-D view and floor plan visualizer so that buyers can take a realistic tour through their new kitchen.“When I used the new

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REALTORS: How to Win Over More Instagram Followers

Instagram boasts more than 200 million active monthly users. It has quickly emerged as one of the most popular social media platforms. How can you use it to grow your own network? Forbes.com columnist Tom Ward recently offered a few tips, including:Create a theme for your page. Figure out what you are trying to promote on Instagram and stick to it, Ward writes. Have a separate account for your personal posts, if necessary. “You can’t expect

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8 Cities for Outdoor Enthusiasts

You don’t have to live in Boulder, Colo., or Kauai, Hawaii, to enjoy the outdoors to the fullest. Realtor.com® scoured the country to help home shoppers find the nation’s outdoor meccas.For its rankings, realtor.com® researchers limited the results to metros with median home prices under $300,000. (That’s why many locations out West did not make the list.) They also took into account the number of national parks within a four-hour drive;

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Horse Art Craze Is Sweeping Home Listings

Don’t be surprised to see horse artwork displayed in the latest real estate listings. The noble horse is the current reigning champ of staging art, Curbed.com reports.Why the sudden fascination with horses? “The only explanation I can give is that stagers generally don’t own ‘real’ artwork, and buy it from big box stores like Home Goods and TJ Maxx, and much of that art tries to appeal to the largest possible audience with animals and

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2017’s Top Summer Vacation-Home Markets

It’s officially the season for buyers hunting down the perfect summer vacation home spot. ATTOM Data Solutions analyzed the cities where at least one in every 12 buyers is looking for a second home and ranked them based on air quality, comfortable summer temperatures, low crime, appreciating home values, and reasonable home prices.The top bargain markets for summer vacation homes were found in four states: Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida,

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‘Invasion of Privacy’ is a listing video unlike any you’ve ever seen

Featuring Allen Stone breaking into Ryan Lewis' house, it's, well, an invasion of privacyKey Takeaways Allen Stone spends 20 minutes "breaking and entering" Ryan Lewis' home for sale.What is Allen Stone’s Invasion of Privacy? Well, the first (and so far only) episode involves the soul singer from the Pacific Northwest breaking into DJ and producer Ryan Lewis’ Seattle house, then running amok inside.Lewis (of Macklemore fame) is listing his

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Agent Turns Open House Into a Circus

To garner more attention for a recent listing, a real estate agent in Australia threw a Cirque du Soleil-themed open house at the home. The gimmick worked, drawing 120 people and interest from several serious buyers, says Nick Slater, who listed the property with brokerage McGrath Gunghalin in Canberra, Australia. Slater now expects to sell the home before a scheduled auction on July 22.Guests were greeted at the party by performances from cont

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MUSIC: Listen to this Song "H.O.L.Y." by Florida Georgia Line

"H.O.L.Y." (an acronym for "High on Loving You") is a song recorded by American country music duo Florida Georgia Line. It is the lead single from the duo's third studio album, Dig Your Roots, which was released on August 26, 2016. The song was written by busbee, Nate Cyphert, and William Wiik Larsen. "H.O.L.Y." was first released on April 29, 2016 by Republic Nashville.In its second week, "H.O.L.Y." jumped from number 39 to number one on

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MUSIC: Listen to the National Anthem for the U.S.A. Performed by Whitney Houston

"The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from "Defence of Fort M'Henry", a poem written on September 14, 1814, by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Keyafter witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large American flag, the S

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Top Cities for Hosting a Backyard Party

As the weather heats up, homeowners may be looking to make the most of their outdoor space. But some cities may have a distinct advantage when it comes to hosting backyard parties. Realtor.com®’s research team analyzed 350 metro areas based on lot sizes, cool outdoor home features (e.g. hot tubs, outdoor kitchens, decks, etc.), and the number of sunny days the area sees annually.“We are seeing more people than ever really investing in the ba

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