Home Sales Should Be Higher—But They’re Not

Buyer demand is high, and the broader economic environment remains favorable for selling. But here’s why sales just can’t seem to…

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Inventory Plummets in Lower Price Points

Bargain hunters and first-time home buyers are facing sticker shock, as finding a property for less than $250,000 gets tougher and tougher.

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Masses of Tumbleweed Bury Homes Out West

Strong winds in Southern California and Utah have blown the spiky, dead desert plants onto properties, piling up to 5 feet high and blocking…

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More Agents Find Value in Promoting Green

As public interest in sustainability grows, real estate professionals are focusing their marketing on eco-friendly home features and business…

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Zen Design Takes Over Luxury Listings

Wellness amenities and architecture are finding popularity in high-end real estate.

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6 Rules for Effective Blog Posts

If you or your firm maintain a real estate blog, make sure to follow these building blocks for a successful post.

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EU Rule Could Impact Your Business

Does the European Union have any regulatory authority over your real estate business? It’s a tricky question, but the answer is “maybe…

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Hot Home Trend: Vertical Gardens

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By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Want to add some greenery or a garden to a backyard but tight on space? Try a vertical garden. By going up with your plants instead of spreading them out, you’ll be able to squeeze a garden in even the smallest of spots.

Vertical gardens are considered a hot landscaping trend. Use trellises, planting walls, and other structures to attach plants too. The vertical gardens can also double as a way to add privacy to a small deck or patio.

Create a vertical wall of planters, such as by using mason jars of ornamental grasses. Or, plant a variety of vegetables or flowers. Attach multiple containers to a frame or wall and then fill them up with plants.

But a vertical garden still requires a lot of upkeep. Be sure to prune plants appropriately. Also, you’ll want to make sure the upper levels of the plants don’t overshadow the lower areas and the garden stays vibrant and green.

Read tips on getting started with a vertical garden from the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

Photo Credit: Photos by Linda Oyama Bryan for Mariani Landscape, Lake Bluff, Ill., a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals

Photo courtesy: Dennis Hammett, Ebby Halliday REALTORS(R)

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Bidding Wars Heat Up in Unassuming Towns

The usual suspects—San Francisco, Boston, and New York—are not the cities seeing the most dramatic spikes in multiple-offer scenarios…

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Home Sales Overcome Inventory, Price Woes

Despite soaring prices for fewer properties on the market, sales of existing homes achieved “robust gains” in March, according to the…

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