Residential Real Estate Archive

What’s Old Is New in Small Home Living

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and when you’re trying to live in small confines, some new thinking might indeed be necessary. However, there are also historic examples that may prove to provide solutions that make downsizing...
September 20, 2016

What Are You Really Selling?

Mark Roesler hopped in his car on a Saturday morning in the 1980s and drove to the quaint Indiana town where family members of the late film icon James Dean lived. An intellectual property rights attorney, Roesler sat down...
August 12, 2016

The Power of Beer and Cheap Houses

In the dark days that lead up to a presidential election—wherein candidates inevitably benefit from pointing out all the ways in which our country is failing—it can be tough to see the path to better times. That’s not the...
February 25, 2016

The Biophysics of Home Ownership

After spending years on the sidelines of conversations between real estate professionals, I know you guys like to talk shop just as much as I enjoy nerding out about grammar and publishing platforms with fellow writers and editors. People...
February 5, 2016

Reimagining Home

I graduated from college in May of this year.  After moving back home, the thing I immediately missed the most was living with a few close friends and within walking distance of the rest.  While many friends have stayed...
October 8, 2015

Smart Design Advice From Real People

A soon-to-be-released home design guide from the Young House Love couple shows how friendly advice need not be stuffy, messy, or boilerplate. ...
August 20, 2015

The Search for the Perfect Kitchen

I’ve seen a lot of ugly kitchens the past few weeks. My husband and I recently started searching for a new home, and let me tell you, folks: It ain’t pretty. Now, let me preface this with a few...
April 20, 2015

The Fictional Value of Street Names

Back in January, I found nearly endless fun playing around with an online “tool” created by The New York Times to analyze what effect a street name might have on the value of a single-family home. Basically, you key...
April 7, 2015

A Spoonful of Sugar

When I first heard about Chip Bell’s new book, Sprinkles: Creating Awesome Experiences Through Innovative Service (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2015), I was expecting the usual 200-300 page business paperback. So when a colorful, square-shaped hardback clocking in at...
April 1, 2015

Top Real Estate Stories of 2014

Here at the Book Scan, my job is to not only review books and keep you in the loop with pertinent book news, but to learn what real estate professionals want to read about. In that spirit, I wanted...
December 30, 2014

6 Books to Consider for Your 2014 Holiday Shopping List

There’s something special about buying a book for someone. Reading is generally a solitary profession, but gifting the written word is an intimate way to connect with someone without having to burst the bubble a reader gets to occupy...
December 3, 2014

What to Pack for NOLA

I just got my travel plans in order for next month’s REALTORS® Conference & Expo in beautiful New Orleans, La., and I’m already thinking about what to read on the plane. See, each year before we get together at...
October 1, 2014

Home: A Deep-Seated Need

Sometimes one can find intrinsic truths about the human condition in the most mundane of places. Like the introductory chapter of an architecture textbook. That’s what happened to me this week when I was skimming through Invitation to Architecture:...
September 10, 2014

What’s New in the New-Home Market?

Boyce Thompson’s The New New Home aims to “demystify” the factors in play when it comes to building a new home in the current market, with special attention paid to environmental and economic factors that many buyers might want...
August 25, 2014

Suburban Death Knell is Premature

Leigh Gallagher’s book The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving (Portfolio Hardcover, 2013) has gotten a lot of attention lately. It’s one of those ideas that’s appeared in book form at the perfect time. We’re...