Paints are going green, and it's not about the color. From low-to-zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to avoidance of toxic pigments, it's a fact that greener paints are better for the environment and your health. Learn about greener primers, paints and sealers and where to get them.

Get your scare on in October, while viewing some historic properties. Visit "Witch City" this Halloween Season and see some of the oddest and spookiest spots in the country.

Whether purchasing a single-family home, duplex or other multi-family complex, you have to make it pay off. In other words, you have to treat the purchase just like a business. Here are four ways to make certain your investment property will bring a positive return on your hard-earned money.

For non-seasoned real estate agents who want to represent the seller and get listings, just how do you get to the point of contract signing? How do you get to represent the seller? You must earn the seller's trust by showing your expertise, honesty and competency. Use these 12 steps to nail the listing from appointment to contract signing.

Wind is blowing, leaves are falling and snow is on its way. Don't fight with the energy bill this year. There are other more cost-effective solutions than a standard furnace to heat your home. Invest in these energy-efficient options and heat your home in style without breaking the bank.

The American mortgage downturn led to the national banking crisis of 2007, which led to the global economic recession. The subprime mortgage crisis was the main cause of this recession. Follow along and learn what burst the mortgage bubble.

Many homeowners hire contractors for just about any kind of home renovation or improvement. While there are benefits to hiring a contractor for home renovations, there are some things that contractors won’t tell you. Guest blogger Neil Adams gives you the inside scoop on contractors, providing valuable time- and money-saving tips for your next home improvement project. 

Could women's lib be back, if a bit undercover? Studies show that single women are flexing their buying power and purchasing homes solo. Confident women are taking a big step forward and altering the real estate market. Take a look at why working women make a difference in real estate today.

You want to buy a piece of land to build a custom home. That's great, but do you know what you are doing? Think it's easier than home buying? Not necessarily, as many different factors arise. Use these land-buying strategies to ensure you purchase the right parcel for your home.

Architecture in New Mexico is a unique blend of native and European styles. Subdued and earthy and built with plenty of natural materials, buildings blended in with their environment. Just take a walking tour of Old Santa Fe in northern New Mexico to see several early, classic building styles (Pueblo, Spanish) that define the state. Inside we'll learn more about why these styles make New Mexico so enchanting.



Pueblo Style

 

This is a traditional and defining style of the state as built by early Pueblo tribes who developed their structures based on need and resources rather than as a specific design. Original Pueblo structures were built from puddled (or layered) adobe forming thick walls, earthen floors and "Latilla" roofs formed from wood cross pieces and topped with earth or clay. Defining features are its stacked cube shape, flat roof, round corners, natural subdued desert colors and large rough-hewn round horizontal roof "vigas" (or beams) that jut out of the exterior of the buildings. The 1900s, notably the 1920s and 1930s, brought the Pueblo Rival style that modernized the Pueblo style and is widely used even today in a variety of sub styles. Still using flat roofs, vigas (although not always structural) and round corners, these modern stylizations are often built of concrete with a stucco exterior.



Tuscan Style

 

Italian Tuscan style is not as widely used as other state architectural types and is a more recent addition to New Mexico designs. It does, however, blend in well with older structures of the area. Known for its use of interior courtyards, stucco walls, large timber trusses, stone and sometimes wrought iron, these structures kept the same warm, earthy feel as Pueblo designs and blended in well with the environment. 



Spanish Style

 

When the Spanish came to New Mexico in the mid 1500s, they took the Pueblo style and altered it. Instead of the traditional puddled adobe, they used sun-dried mud-brick adobe and often built their single-file rooms around a central interior courtyard adding arches and heavy wood doors. Ox blood was added to the earthen floors that made them hard and gave a shiny polished look (replicated today with polished concrete floors). Spanish Colonial style was more ornate than earlier Spanish styles blending Baroque stylizations of the 1700s with simple lines of Pueblo architecture.

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