Author Archives: Jill Weittenhiller

Man Caves of Famous Celebrities (and Dads) You Gotta See to Believe

 

Celebrity Man Caves

Everybody reading this sentence has his or her own version of what could be called a “man cave.” Urban dictionary defines man cave as “a room, space, corner or area of a dwelling that is specifically reserved for a male person to be in a solitary condition, away from the rest of the household in order to work, play, involve himself in certain hobbies or activities without interruption. This area is usually decorated by the male that uses it without interference from any female influence.”

In honor of Father’s Day, we’re taking a peek at the man caves of famous celebrities who are also fathers. Plus, we’ll give you some tips on how to transform any room into your very own man cave!

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Consumer Alert: Hidden Dangers Left Inside a Meth Lab

Anne-Marie and her partner spent the better part of a year looking for a dream home in Longmont, CO that fit their budget.

They had a property under contract when they discovered that a former occupant had been a methamphetamine smoker. It was then discovered (through independent testing) that the former occupant was not only smoking meth, but cooking it also. The property’s Housefax Report shows this activity (but to our surprise, the DEA website does not.)

Professional meth lab cleanup contractors estimate that about 90% of meth labs are never discovered, and their tenants will likely never know about their homes’ toxicity. Clean up costs can easily exceed $30,000 to make the home healthy again. But even a cleaned up meth lab can pose serious health risks.

So how can you protect you and your family from this growing epidemic? Always run a Housefax Report first on a property you’re interested in buying or renting. Here are a few other things you need to know….

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How to Win a Bidding War [FREE RESOURCE GUIDE]

The real estate industry has a popular saying: “All’s fair in love, war and real estate.” For buyers, getting into a bidding war can be brutal…except for one lucky winner. In today’s heated market, homes in sought-after neighborhoods can command multiple offers and the sold price often well exceeds the asking price.

So how do you come out on top? Here’s our favorite expert advice from the pros including TV’s most favorite real estate agent, Modern Family’s Phil Dunphy. Oh and don’t forget to download the “Ultimate Resource Guide to Winning a Bidding War.” Continue reading

7 Easy Ways to Make any Bathroom Feel Like a Luxury Spa

 

Ok moms, confession time! Everyone needs a trip to the spa now and then. But what if you could go to the spa every day —in your own bathroom? Every Mom’s dream, right? Check out these 7 simple (and affordable) tips for turning your bathroom into your own private spa retreat just in time for Mother’s Day!   Continue reading

You Can Now Stay Overnight at “A Christmas Story” House [PHOTOS & HOUSEFAX REPORT]

Calling all “A Christmas Story” fans! The house featured in the 1983 classic holiday film “A Christmas Story” is now accepting overnight guests. Sure, it’s only May, but who could resist spending the night in Ralphie or Randy’s bed? Before you sign-up, check out the Housefax Report to help you plan your stay:

  • Has the house been in a fire? (cause you know, that furnace is pretty old)
  • Where are the nearest schools? (so you can avoid neighborhood bully, Scut Farkus. And yes, our sources confirmed it’s Scut, not Scott…who knew?!)
  • How well will your cell phone work? (you’ll need it for when you order Chinese food takeout)

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Homebuyer Alert: 350,000+ Reported House Fires Annually [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

Only Housefax Reports Contain 16M Fire Incidents Occurring Before 1999 

A house fire, no matter how small or localized, has the ability to impact the whole house, with cascading effects that can linger for a long time. Potential homebuyers need to know if the house they are considering purchasing has had any damage related to a fire including electrical, smoke, water and even mold —not all of which is visible. (Check out the infograph below for more alarming house fire stats.)  Continue reading

Value of Landscaping to Homeowners & Sellers [INFOGRAPHIC]

First impressions are as important for houses as they are for people. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to increase your home value or a seller looking to increase market price, the many benefits of landscaping are astonishing. And with spring finally here, now’s the perfect time to consider landscaping and other DIY projects to boost your home’s curb appeal. Check out this infographic that quantifies the value of good landscaping.

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Housefax Celebrates Earth Week with a $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. In 1970, Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin first conceived the idea. The senator was worried about the rate of industrialization and the careless attitude of people towards our environment. Today, Earth Day events are coordinated globally in more than 193 countries to support environmental protection and awareness.

Housefax is celebrating Earth Day all week long by encouraging “green” pledges that will increase environmental awareness and decrease environmental waste throughout the home — today and every day.

For a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Cardclick here to participate in the Housefax Earth Week Campaign. No purchase necessary.

A healthier, green planet starts at home. #HousefaxCares

BREAKING NEWS: 2017 Real Estate Agent Survey Results

Housefax today announced survey results that show 8 out of 10 Real Estate Agents recommend providing a Housefax Property Report during an Open House. When agents were asked how else they leverage Housefax Reports to generate more business, the top three responses were: Listing Presentations, Home Inspections and Open Houses. (Click here for more tips on how to use Housefax Reports.)

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