About Real Estate: LGBT community moves closer to federal fair-housing protection

A ruling by a U.S. district court judge may fuel efforts to expand the housing rights of those with “unconventional” lifestyles. Q. Is it true that Congress has finally added fair-housing protection for LGBT people? A. Congress hasn’t passed any formal legislation to specifically extend federal fair-housing protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual individuals … Read More »

House to House: Survey shows rising interest in green, sustainable properties

Growing consumer interest in and demand for greener, more sustainable properties are driving a dialogue between Realtors and home buyers and sellers. In April, the National Association of Realtors introduced the Realtors and Sustainability report. This report surveyed Realtors about sustainability issues facing consumers in the real estate market, and ways Realtors are setting their … Read More »

House to Home: Inspired interior decor should appeal to all five senses

Q. I am not very good at setting up a room. I don’t like shopping, I have no color sense, and I don’t much care for what is trendy. However, I just finished college, and I’m tired of my student digs. Please help me pull together a space that is comfy and relaxing, and looks … Read More »

House to House: Prep patio for outdoor living

Summer is right around the corner, and we are all itching to get outside and see some summer color and enjoy the fresh air. HouseLogic offers some small, creative — and budget-friendly — projects to upgrade your open-air spaces. You’ll want to stay outside all summer long! Even though many homeowners have a list of … Read More »

Sensible Home: Rolling exterior shutters provide safety, energy savings

Q. I want a strong window shutter for security and storms, but I don’t want it to block my outdoor view. Is a rolling shutter strong enough, and will it improve the efficiency of a large window? A. Installing rolling shutters can protect your windows and sliding glass doors from damage during severe weather. In … Read More »

About Real Estate: Buying retirement home early can be risky proposition

It’s OK to purchase a place to retire if your final paycheck is only a few months away, but it’s a different story if you don’t plan to move for several years. Q. We live in the Midwest, but we plan to sell our home and move to Florida or Hawaii when we retire about … Read More »

About Real Estate: First master-planned community established in 1500s

A small seaside town in Florida, founded in 1565, still influences the way nearly every American city is configured today. Q. My brother lives in St. Augustine, Florida. He boasts that it was the first master-planned community in America, but I looked it up online and can’t confirm it. Can you? A. Most historians agree … Read More »

House to Home: To mix or to match is the question during kitchen reno

Q. I need help! I am renovating my kitchen and installing new kitchen countertops and backsplashes. I don’t know what to match with what. My kitchen and dining room are open-concept (they are across from each other), and my dining room/living room is also open-concept. Here’s my question: When picking out my countertop color, do … Read More »

House to House: Fresh tips help make homes appeal to springtime buyers

Seventy-five percent of Americans believe that now is a good time to buy a house, according to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors. That’s great news for people hoping to sell their homes this spring. Seasonal patterns can differ somewhat depending on climate and where you are in the country, but generally … Read More »

House to Home: Skylights, sun tunnels bring natural light to any space

I wrote this column on the weekend that most residents of North America turned their clocks forward an hour. Every year it’s the same — until we adjust, it’s like losing an hour’s sleep, but we gain more daylight at the end of the day. The reverse happens in the fall. This man-made approach to … Read More »