CNET: Don’t Just Tour That Home Online. By All Means Judge It

CNET: Don’t Just Tour That Home Online. By All Means Judge It. “Whatever you love in a house, there’s a huge world for you beyond endless episodes of House Hunters and housing sites like Zillow and Trulia. There’s also a dedicated online community passionate about real estate, architecture or both who spend hours finding the most bizarre, incredible and horrifying homes in America and delivering them to their thousands of followers.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A public database significantly undercounts former drug labs in Pa. Here’s why homebuyers and renters should care.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A public database significantly undercounts former drug labs in Pa. Here’s why homebuyers and renters should care.. “The only online federal database that allows people to see whether their home or property was contaminated with toxic chemicals used to make drugs like methamphetamine significantly undercounts the number of sites in Pennsylvania, according to data obtained by Spotlight PA. Similar reporting discrepancies exist in neighboring states, but Pennsylvania is one of several nationwide that do not have laws or guidelines outlining how contaminated properties should be cleaned or when they are safe to live in, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.”

Sun Current: Edina native founds real estate preservation platform

Sun Current: Edina native founds real estate preservation platform. “The startup, called HouseNovel, digitally preserves real estate history in communities across the U.S., including Edina. Founded by Edina native Amanda Zielike and her husband, David Decker, the company launched last month, inviting visitors to its site to search a specific address, browse their communities and input their own stories to be captured in history.” This site was a bit of a slow load for me; be a little patient when running a search, as there’s a lot of data to load.

Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg Dedicates Nation’s First-Ever 3D Printed Habitat Home to Williamsburg Family

Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg Dedicates Nation’s First-Ever 3D Printed Habitat Home to Williamsburg Family. “The three-bedroom home with two full baths is the first-ever completed 3D printed Habitat house in the nation, and the gallery in attendance on the first day of winter in a Williamsburg subdivision reflected the culmination of the community partnerships that made it happen.”

Country Living: Beloved “Cheap Old Houses” Instagram Account is Now an HGTV Show

Country Living: Beloved “Cheap Old Houses” Instagram Account is Now an HGTV Show. “With the real estate market hotter than ever, it may be hard for prospective buyers to imagine finding a house with good bones, history, and character—all for under $150,000. But these affordable, diamond-in-the-rough residences are just the sort featured on @CheapOldHouses, an Instagram account and subscription newsletter created by husband-and-wife Elizabeth and Ethan Finkelstein.”

Travel + Leisure: This Instagram Account Shows You the Most Insane Home Listings on Zillow

Travel + Leisure: This Instagram Account Shows You the Most Insane Home Listings on Zillow. “If you’ve spent any time on the internet during the pandemic, odds are you’ve found yourself scrolling through Zillow listings a time or two. And, if you check Zillow listings daily, don’t worry. You’re not alone. According to The New York Times, Zillow usage is up more than 50 percent year-over-year. But, while looking through the listings, you’ve likely also found yourself saying ‘what the…’ about some of the truly zany homes with million-dollar price tags.”

The Threefold Advocate: Instagram Opens Doors To Off-Campus Homes

The Threefold Advocate: Instagram Opens Doors To Off-Campus Homes. “Due to the effects of the coronavirus, which restrict gatherings of those who live outside one’s household, groups of off-campus students at John Brown University are seeking ways to connect with others. One way they discovered is through house Instagram accounts, where housemates share photos and videos together.”

Google Blog: Find helpful information on the mortgage process in Search

Google Blog: Find helpful information on the mortgage process in Search. “Buying a house is a big financial decision and having clear, trustworthy information is important. To help people better understand the mortgage process, we collaborated with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to create a new mobile experience in Search. When you search for ‘mortgage’ on your phone, you’ll find a feature that breaks down the complex mortgage process into easy-to-follow steps to help guide you, wherever you may be in the process. It also connects you to a set of useful resources, including news articles, industry definitions and terms, a calculator to assist with payment plans and average mortgage rates. And for those looking for relief and refinance information, we’ll show some of the options available to you.”

Coronavirus: an architect on how the pandemic could change our homes forever (The Conversation)

The Conservation: Coronavirus: an architect on how the pandemic could change our homes forever. “As an architect and researcher in housing and sustainability, my research examines adaptations ranging from extensions and loft conversions, through to the installation of renewable technologies and retrofits. Many homeowners view their homes in desirable areas as a financial asset they plan later to cash in. For this reason, renewable and energy efficiency measures are often not included in adaptations, due to uncertainties about how these will be valued when they come to sell. But with fewer people now commuting and more people working from home, where people choose to live and how they want their houses to function may change after this prolonged period of lockdown.”

Montana Free Press: Realtors, renters and landlords adjust to an uncomfortable new normal

Montana Free Press: Realtors, renters and landlords adjust to an uncomfortable new normal. “A week after Gov. Steve Bullock issued a stay-at-home order designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Montana Association of Realtors got on a conference call with the organization’s leaders across the state. Realtors wanted to know how to help people move when movement is restricted. While similar orders in California and New York have designated real estate activity as nonessential, and thus subject to stay-at-home directives, Montana’s order defines real estate as ‘essential’ and, as such, unrestricted.”

Rochester Beacon: Preserving the history of cobblestone architecture

Rochester Beacon: Preserving the history of cobblestone architecture. “The concept for cobblestone masonry wasn’t new to the world of course, but the bounty of cobblestones in the region south of Lake Ontario offered a great opportunity. As a result of that architectural trend, our region now has the largest collection of cobblestone structures in the nation. It’s estimated that more than 1,000 cobblestone structures have been built in the United States, and approximately 700 of those exist within an hour’s drive of the city of Rochester.”

Historic New England: Historic New England is making the archive of a famous architectural firm accessible to the public for the first time.

Historic New England: Historic New England is making the archive of a famous architectural firm accessible to the public for the first time.. “This collection documents the history and work of the Boston-based architectural firm founded in 1925 by Royal Barry Wills, one of America’s most popular architects and master of the Cape Cod-style house. From the 1920s to the 1960s, Wills designed 2,500 single-family residences, authored eight books about architecture, hosted a radio program, lectured widely, received numerous awards, supplied ‘Home Building Plans’ for a number of newspapers, and was the subject of feature articles in Life, The Saturday Evening Post, and Good Housekeeping. In 2013 Wills’ son Richard donated the majority of the company archives to Historic New England.”

Here’s an Idea: Replace Your Social Media With Real Estate Apps (Vanity Fair)

And sometimes I post things to which I cannot relate at all (also see: all posts about beauty and fashion). Vanity Fair: Here’s an Idea: Replace Your Social Media With Real Estate Apps. “Not to brag, but I love my apartment. It’s an affordable rental and within walking distance from Brooklyn parks, gardens, museums, as many trains as my heart desires, and a serviceable grocery store. I have no need or desire to move, let alone buy a place elsewhere. I also spend more time on Zillow’s app than on Twitter and Instagram combined, browsing homes for sale across the country, because it’s reliably soothing, especially when those other sites are not.”

Artnet: Want to Visit Monet’s Giverny Gardens From Your Desk? Here Are 11 Historic Artists’ Homes You Can See on Google Street View

Artnet: Want to Visit Monet’s Giverny Gardens From Your Desk? Here Are 11 Historic Artists’ Homes You Can See on Google Street View. “Seeing artist studios is interesting for a host of reasons. Some, such as the gardens at Monet’s retreat Giverny, are very much a part of the legend of the artists themselves. Others, such as Eugene Delacroix’s final apartment, offer insight into the environment that informed their work. Still others, including the nondescript street where Magritte spend years working out his Surrealist delights, offer a sense of what their imagination had to define itself against. Here, we’ve tracked down 11 historic sites where artists lived and worked that you can see in handy 3D image form without even leaving your chair.”