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The Housing Market Is a Giant Migraine Right Now

A quick and dirty summary of the massive headache that is the housing market right now.

Real Estate

When a Home Purchase Goes Awry: The Home Buying Problems We Don’t Talk About

The process of purchasing a home can be overwhelming, even when everything goes smoothly. But what about when things don’t go according to plan? Hear about the hidden traps that can thwart real estate transactions—and how to avoid them.

Inspiration

Coffee Table Inspiration

Coffee tables are meant for holding more than just coffee. Handpicked from our favorite house tours, here’s your dose of coffee table inspiration.

Real Estate

15- vs. 30-Year Mortgage: Which Is Best?

Real estate season is on its way. We weigh the pros and cons of mortgage types examine which option will save you the most money.

Inspiration

Home Office Inspiration
from All Angles

Get creative with the home office space you have and transform your mundane and ordinary work environment into a creative and productive sanctuary. Here are six of our favorite home offices.

Garden

Indoor Herb Garden Essentials

Add your own mint to your juleps in May and tarragon to your coq a vin in December. Run a tiny baby farm right from your windowsill.

Bedroom

Kids’ Room Inspiration
from All Angles

Here at HM, we believe that anything goes when it comes to kids rooms. We're not exactly fans of kids' rooms decked from floor to ceiling in primary colors, or those reserving space exploration for boys and flowers for girls.

Bathroom

Bathroom Inspiration From All Angles

Glimpse our favorite bathrooms and garner some inspiration for your own space. From geometric ceilings to wallpaper statement walls, there’s sure to be a bathroom that piques your interest.

Maintenance

How to Deal with Noisy Neighbors

What on God’s green earth are they doing up there anyway? Here are five things you can do about noisy neighbors.

Rooms

9 Socially Responsible Brands
for Your Home

We’re all about socially responsible brands that benefit the greater good and make you feel good in and around your home. Here are nine of our favorites.

Maintenance

Best Carpet Cleaners of 2018

What’s the best carpet cleaner? We’ve done the research on carpet cleaning products, chemicals, and DIY carpet cleaning solutions. View the 2018 cleaning guide.

Inspiration

Best Home Bars from All Angles

See our favorite home bars for every house method: mid-century modern, traditional eclectic, urban contemporary, farmhouse traditional, and more.

Real Estate

The Best New York City Neighborhoods for Real Estate Investment

In certain New York City neighborhoods, purchasing real estate can be a seriously smart investment. We talked to NYC real estate investment pro Seth Levin about the neighborhoods in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn that are ripe for real estate investment right now.

Rooms

How Much Does a Home Warranty Cost?

How much does a home warranty cost? Find out what a home warranty covers and how much different warranty plans cost.

Real Estate

Tips for First-Time Home Buyers in New York City

Few real estate markets in the US are as competitive and fast-moving as New York City. Navigating the buying landscape can be intimidating, so we spoke with a 15-year NYC real estate veteran who knows NYC home buying like the back of her hand.

Real Estate

Rent-to-Own Homes:
Everything You Need To Know

Rent-to-own homes allow tenants to build their credit and save up for a down payment, but it’s important to know the risks involved. Here’s everything you need to know.

Inspiration

Marble Countertops |
Everything You Need to Know

Marble countertops are one of the most popular home design options—they’re a luxurious statement piece accessible at a range of price points. Here’s everything you need to know about marble countertops, from heat resistance and durability to price and maintenance.

Inspiration

5 Kitchen Island Ideas

Kitchen islands can be both functional and beautiful. Here are 5 kitchen island ideas for your home.

Inspiration

10 Tips to
Make the Most of
Small Space Living

From design to storage and organization, small space living offers unique challenges and wonderful opportunities. Take your small space from claustrophobic to cozy with these 10 essential tips.

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Inspiration

Deconstructing Design Star Decor: How TV’s Elite Create a Home

We analyzed 10 HGTV and DIY Network shows to reveal the top styles, most-used colors, and must-have furniture accents used by TV's design stars. Learn how today's design elite approach home design.

Maintenance

HERS Testing: What Is It
and When Is It Necessary?

HERS testing examines a home’s energy efficiency and determines where there’s room to reduce energy consumption. Learn more about HERS testing and when it should be performed.

Rooms

Trends: What to Expect
in 2018 Real Estate

From mortgages to the tax bill to the housing supply, here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on buying or selling a home in 2018. Follow along as we fill you in on the real estate trends you can expect see in the year ahead.

Bathroom

5 Ideas for Small Bathrooms

Our top five ideas for small bathrooms: all the illusions, tricks, and ideas you’ll need to turn a cramped bathroom into one that that maximizes style and space.

Inspiration

5 Principles of
Minimalist Decorating

“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” Learn the five basic principles of minimalist decorating for great, transparent style.

Rooms

Everything You Need to Know About Cellular Shades

Besides offering privacy, cellular shades help you save energy and stay comfortable all year long. Here’s your guide to buying cellular shades for your home.

Inspiration

5 Questions for Finding the Perfect Kitchen Backsplash

The right backsplash can complete the look of your kitchen. Here are five questions to help you determine which style is right for your home.

Rooms

Preservation Matters:
An Interview with
Rob Emerson
of Preservation Durham

Hear from Rob Emerson of Preservation Durham about the importance of historic residential preservation—what historic designation means for community preservation and homeownership.

Inspiration

Greek Life Property Value: Fraternities and Sororities with the Largest and Most Valuable Properties

See our study of the most valuable Panhellenic properties in the United States. See which fraternities and sororities rank for the oldest, biggest, and most expensive in the country.

Rooms

Simple Changes to Make Your Home Safe for Aging in Place

Preparing your home to age in place doesn’t require extensive renovation. There are a number of small changes you can make to ensure you home is safe for yourself or family members who choose to age at home.

Real Estate

Everything You Never Knew About Renting in New York City

We talk with NYC real estate broker Frances Katzen about what often goes undiscussed in the New York City rental market, from how to find a broker to how to avoid a rat infestation to how to negotiate rent.

Maintenance

Everything You Need to Know About Homeowners Insurance

A simple guide to shopping for homeowners insurance—what is covered, what is not, and how to find a great policy.

Maintenance

Everything You Need to Know About Renters Insurance

Learn what renters insurance is, who needs it, what it covers, and how to find a plan that suits your needs.

Inspiration

Guide to Kitchen Layouts

A kitchen remodel can add 82.7% of the project’s cost to the value of your home. Whether you're designing a new construction or upgrading an existing space, get inspired with this guide to kitchen layouts.

Bedroom

Guest Bedroom Ideas: How to Create the Perfect Retreat

Here’s how to create the perfect guest bedroom. Get ideas for lighting, décor, bedding, and those little touches that make an overnight stay especially relaxing.

Real Estate

How to Score a Great New York City Apartment

Shii Ann Huang, a New York City real estate broker with the Corcoran Group, weighs in on the ins and outs of getting a great apartment in the city.

Garden

6 Pet-Safe Houseplants

Because cats and dogs chew on leafy plants to satisfy nutritional needs, pet owners should take care with indoor plants. Here are six pet-safe houseplants to feel good about.

Dining

Your Essential Guide to Storing Wine at Home

You don't need a wine cellar in your home to effectively store wine. Here's a quick guide on how you can safely store and age your wine without compromising quality or flavor.

Dining

How to Host a Dinner Party

The simplest dos and do nots of how to host a dinner party, from the menu to decorations to when you should take a step back.

Maintenance

Soundproofing for Apartments

We explore eight easy and inexpensive strategies for soundproofing your apartment. Keep noise inside or out with these methods you can tackle in a single weekend.

Dining

Minimalist Dining Spaces
in Six Styles

Think again if you believe minimalist dining spaces are reserved only for trendy cafés. Minimalism isn’t limited to industrial meets monochrome. Create a minimalist dining space out of any design style—even romantic.

Inspiration

Inspiration for Tiny Kitchens

Even if you’re working with modest space in the kitchen, you’re not limited to minimal style or drab dressings. Here are 10 inspiring kitchens that make a tiny space completely workable.

Maintenance

How to Choose a
Home Cleaning Service

Here are the most important questions to ask and factors to consider when hiring a home cleaning service or individual.

Garden

The 9 Easiest House Plants to Care For

These 9 easy-to-care-for house plants will brighten your interior palette—no green thumb required.

Maintenance

How to Fix Low Water Pressure in Your Home

Learn how to determine the cause of low water pressure in your home, what you can do about it, and when to call in the pros.

Maintenance

6 Ways to Improve
Indoor Air Quality

Improve the indoor air quality of your home. Learn how to keep moisture in check, test for harmful substances, and better ventilate your home.

Rooms

Babyproofing Your Home,
Room by Room

Babyproofing your home is an important part of preparing to welcome a new child into your life. We have the steps to take that will make your spaces safe and set your mind at ease.

Garden

5 Plants That Make an Indoor Vegetable Garden

All you need is a sunny window to create an indoor vegetable garden. Harvest year-round with these five edible plants that make a perfect indoor patch.

Maintenance

Guide to Winterizing Your Home

Keep your home warm and safe as the temperatures drop. Here are nine steps you can take to winterize your home.

Garden

6 Fruits You Can Grow Indoors

Grow your own fresh produce—no lawn or garden required. Here are six fruits you can grow inside your home.