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Using AI to Enhance Listing Photos can be Legally Risky

You can’t misrepresent a property, but there are ethical ways to use images generated by artificial intelligence to improve your clients’ experiences and better serve their needs.Artificial intelligence now makes it possible for you to send a listing photo, along with commands for whatever image enhancements you want, to an algorithm—and receive the enhanced photo in seconds. This new frontier for real estate technology may open endless pos

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10 of the Most Stylish and Unexpected Ways Designers Utilize Mirrors

Decorating with mirrors can not only make your home feel bigger and brighter, but also create a statement feature for your homeDecorating with mirrors, in the right hands, makes the most of a room’s natural light, enhances views and opens up a small space, but mirror can also add something more interesting to your space, too. The key, of course, lies in placing the right mirror, in the right location to maximize its decor-uplifting potential.&n

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5 Warning Signs your Listing has a Mold Problem

Though not as obvious as fire or flood damage, mold can spread quickly and cause significant property issues if not caught early.Many homeowners may think the worst thing that can happen to their property is a fire or flash flood. But there's another kind of threat that's less obvious yet potentially just as harmful: mold.Though not as pronounced as fire or flood damage, mold can be equally pervasive, scaling walls, floors and ceilings to inflict

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Top 5 Questions Real Estate Investors Want Answers to

Whether a you're looking to purchase a vacation home, multifamily apartment building, or primary residence with the purpose of renting out space, you will surely have questions about the process. 1. What are the rules for doing a 1031 exchange?A 1031 exchange is a way to sell an investment property and defer the capital gains tax by purchasing another property of “like-kind.” Here are the main rules all real estate professionals sho

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Buyer Turns $123K Wire Fraud Loss into Teachable Moment

Falling prey to a wire fraud scheme, he lost the down payment that took his family years to save. Now he’s helping real estate pros protect their clients against cyber scams.Aaron Cole and his wife and two children stand in front of the home they nearly lost in Canby, Ore., after Cole was swindled out of the family's $123,000 down payment in a wire fraud scheme.After a yearlong search, Aaron Cole and his family finally found their dream home in

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10 Ways to Create Inspiring Interiors for Less

Create stylish and functional spaces on a budget with these Ikea room ideasThese Ikea room ideas provide the perfect inspiration for those looking to create a stylish and functional home on a budget.Offering everything from modular, self-assembly kitchen cabinets and storage systems to beds, sofas, lighting and soft furnishings, Ikea is a one-stop-shop for affordable and flexible decorating ideas for every room. Renowned for its si

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Major Causes of House Fires and How to Prevent Them

Homeowners have only three to four minutes to evacuate in the event of a fire, research shows. Share the dangers with your clients to help them prepare and stay safe.Deadly house fires are growing in frequency—and many homeowners have less time to get to safety. Newer homes and furnishings are burning faster(link is external), research shows, giving owners just three to four minutes to evacuate when a fire breaks out. Thirty years ago, whe

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What Homeowners should Know About Rain Barrels

Sustainability is trending, especially among young buyers, and an aesthetically pleasing rain barrel offers cost savings and curb appeal.Outfitting a house with a rain barrel does more than collect and conserve rainwater: It saves money, too. Well-placed rain barrels help cut utility costs by collecting free water for gardening, lawn watering or even washing the car. And homeowners are taking note.“There has absolutely been an increas

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Lighting Design can Make or Break the Living Room

Interior designers and lighting experts aim to include at least this many light sources when designing a living roomHow many lights is enough for a living room to feel relaxing and cozy? You're not the only one wondering. It's a fine line to walk - while you don't want your space to be overly bright, neither do you want a space that is poorly lit. Building a richly layered lighting scheme gives you the options to get it right, whatever you'r

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Low-Income Housing and Affordable Housing, What’s the Difference?

Lack of firm definitions creates confusion, VHA’s CEO saysThe terms low-income housing and affordable housing are often used interchangeably, causing confusion for many.So, what is the distinction? The answer is complicated.As defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, affordable housing is any housing that costs an owner or renter no more than 30 percent of gross household income, including utilities.Low-income, on t

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