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Close to Completion: Curbly House Progress Update

by Bruno Bornsztein

Close to Completion: Curbly House Progress Update

It's been twenty days since my last progress update, and although that might seem like a long time to you, for me it has absolutely flown by with non-stop action at the house. We're really hitting the home stretch (is that pun? a bad joke? just bad writing?) now, and the whole team has gone into overdrive trying to get everything done. We're hoping to list the house for sale within the next two weeks, and I'm pretty confident we can do it ... if everything goes right. Here's what we've been up to:

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Considering a Home Rehab? Ask These Seven Questions First

by Bruno Bornsztein

Considering a Home Rehab? Ask These Seven Questions First

This is a guest post from Curbly House partner and real estate investor, Jon Peterson.

If you’re following along with our Curbly House project, you know we’ve just embarked on a pretty ambitious home rehab project. We spent months searching for the right property, and now it’s time for the fun stuff to begin (demo, construction, staging). 

Have you ever considered taking on a similar project? It can be a very rewarding experience; you...

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Thinking of Buying an Old Home? Here are 13 Questions You Need to Ask Before Making an Offer

by Jennifer Farley

13 questions to ask yourself before making an offer on an old house.

The allure of an old home? Definitely the charm and character. Old homes were built to last, the materials are usually higher quality, and the handmade details just can't be found in new developer builds. My husband and I have more than ten years of professional and personal experience in renovating old homes. We are not experts, but we are professionals, and I would love to share a few things we have learned from renovating old homes.    

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For Sale: Lance Armstrong's Texas Ranch

by DIY Maven

celebrity home

We all know you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she chooses to decorate his or her house. What Lance Armstrong's house suggests is that he's the kind of person who likes order and doesn't tolerate b.s. It also suggests that he appreciates luxury of the masculine sort. I wonder if the furnishings are included in the price tag...which was just reduced to 10.5 million.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Homes for Sale

by DIY Maven

Frank Lloyd Wright Homes for Sale

If you'd like to live in a work of art of historical significance, you can with the help of the Frank Lloyd Write Building Conservancy. Besides being your one-stop-shopping experience for everything Wright, the website also features Wright homes currently for sale. Right now there's 19 to choose from. Three practically in Curbly's backyard: The Lovness Estate in Stillwater, the lovely Lindholm Residence in Cloquet, and my personal favorite the...

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Donald Does Dubai

by DIY Maven

created on: 03/03/08

Have you seen Palm Jumeirah? One of the three man-made palm-tree-shaped islands in Dubai with no less that 48.84 miles of shoreline? Wether we like the idea or hate it, we can bet Donald Trump is p.o.'d that he didn’t think of it first. The evidence: he’s putting up the Palm Trump International Hotel & Tower on the island’s trunk. Besides being a 368 room hotel, it will also house 388 apartments. Although I couldn’t find leasing and/or sales...

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Buying a New Home

by Chris Gardner

Home blog Shakhammer has a useful article to prepare yourself for your new home purchase. As the article states, "you just cannot walk down to the realtor and buy the first house that you see..."

Read the full article here, and then check out Shakhammer's source from the New Homemaker.

The US Dept. of Housing and Urban development also offers these tips.

Buying a New Home

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Your First Home Purchase.

by Chris Gardner
Your First Home Purchase.
When you bought (or as you plan to buy) your first house, what were the most important factors?

Did you buy for the next three years? Five years? Seven years? Ten? Forever?

If you didn’t already have children, and planned to, did you consider the school district, though having school-aged children was at least six years away? Likewise, did you look for extra bedrooms for potential family expansion?

Were you more concerned with the inside or the...

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Expert Advice: Stage Your House and Sell for More

by Bruno Bornsztein

If your toilet paper is laced with gold, you’re probably not the type who needs to worry about getting your home ready to sell. But if you’re like most Americans, you don’t have golden T-P, and you don’t have a ridiculous amount of money to spend on prepping your home for a sale.

Staging by Staged4More can help sell your home faster, and for a better price.


Cindy Lin, owner of Staged4More, believes staging can sell homes faster and at higher prices. And she doesn’t think it should cost you an arm a leg (or precious-metals).

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