The Most Realistic HGTV Shows, According to Real Estate Pros

September 21, 2018

If you’ve ever watched HGTV, you know how easy it is to get sucked into the shows. While there’s no shame in binging whatever reno-marathon is on TV, it’s important to remember that these programs are not always accurate. “Most of these shows do no favors to realtors because the process of buying a home or fixing one up is much more complicated than they portray it,” says Missy Cleary, a buyer’s agent with The Cleary Group in Sarasota, Florida. Additionally, timelines on reno-based shows can set unrealistic expectations for homeowners, and don’t always reflect the issues that can occur during the process, says Brenda Bradshaw, a buyer’s agent with The Cleary Group in Bradenton, Florida. At the end of the day, both Cleary and Bradshaw say that it’s perfectly fine to be a fan of these shows but to remember that they’re made to entertain—not reflect real life.

While none of the shows are totally accurate, some are more lifelike than others. Here, the two experts rank these eight shows on HGTV, from least realistic to most realistic, based on their professional experience.

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The Best Velvet Sofas at Every Price Point — The Best List

September 21, 2018

Can we take a moment to talk about how great velvet is? It’s soft, it’s cuddly, and even in low light it has a gorgeous glow. We’ve rounded up a collection of beautiful velvet sofas at every price point, so no matter what your budget, you’ll be able to find some soft seating that will make your home (and your wallet) happy.

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A Designer/Artist Duo’s Creative Hong Kong Home — House Tour

September 21, 2018

Name: Julie Progin and Jesse McLin
Location: Jardine’s Lookout, Hong Kong
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years Lived In: 8 years, owned

Julie and Jesse met in New York, when they were both studying at Parsons School of Design. Having spent a good five years there, the couple decided to relocate to Hong Kong eight years ago, back to the place where Julie was born.

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7 Things You Must Know Before Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

September 21, 2018

If you’re looking for a relatively painless, low-cost way to update your kitchen, and have ever been on the internet, you know that painting your cabinets is the way to go. Honestly, I can’t think of better dollar-to-dramatic improvement ratio on any other project. And the news gets better: It’s way easier now than it was the olden days, before the miracle of chalk paint. Of course there are other options, but here’s what I’ve found to be the secret to painting success.

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You Can Get A Free Tiny Home That Will Make You Money

September 21, 2018

Entering the real estate business with the purpose of earning passive income certainly isn’t a novel idea. However, the inventive folks over at Wisconsin’s ESCAPE have placed a creative twist on the popular investment tactic in the form of the company’s “Free ESCAPE Tiny House Program,” which allows participants to profit off tiny dwellings.

The way the program works is ESCAPE lends out free tiny homes to people who agree to share a portion of the rental proceeds. But obviously, this setup comes with a few caveats.

First off, would-be landlords must own property that’s located either within 100 miles of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas or near a high-traffic destination. The land must be in an urban or rural area, and seasonal locations are acceptable, depending on the amount of guest traffic. Additionally, selected tiny home owners are responsible for all maintenance requirements (utilities, liability insurance, etc.) and are strictly prohibited from utilizing the space for their personal needs.

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What Our Editors Would Buy from West Elm’s Friends & Family Sale

September 21, 2018

It’s good to have friends in high places. But you don’t technically need to have one to take advantage of West Elm’s annual friends and family sale. Instead, all you need is the right discount code. (In this case its “FRIENDS.”) That gets you 20 percent off your entire purchase, including existing markdowns. While the furniture retailer has lots of sales, it can be hard to hit the perfect piece you’re eyeing at a price cut. This sale, however, is one of the few times you can guarantee you’re getting a good price on everything.

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5 Instagrams That Will Help You Declutter Your Pantry ASAP

September 21, 2018

When our space is organized, our life feels more organized. And if you’re one to spend a good amount of time in the kitchen, there is one physical place that can make or break that serenity.

The pantry.

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Before and After: A Practically Zero-Dollar Dining Room Redo

September 21, 2018

This sweet, sunny dining room has been totally refreshed for just $0. How?!? Dive in to see how a clever DIYer literally turned her sister’s dining room into a totally new one.

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Why You Shouldn’t Move Into a Bigger Apartment If You Need More Space

September 21, 2018

If you live in a majorly cramped city, you know that space is definitely at a premium. Dreams of moving into a bigger, more airy space might pop into your head when all the crap you’ve shoved into your only closet falls out for the millionth time. But if more space is what you’re looking for, there is actually a stupidly simple way to solve this problem on the cheap: Rent a storage unit.

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Maker Faire Shenzhen 2018 Is Now Calling for Makers

September 21, 2018

In 2018, we’ll have an emphasis on maker’s capabilities and how their expertise matches with social and industrial needs.

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