Remodeling Adviser

Anslie Stokes finds a special thrill in showing aging row houses.
BY WENDY COLE

Worn linoleum floors, peeling floral wallpaper, and cramped master bathrooms commonly found in her Washington, D.C., market play to one of her strengths: helping buyers assess a home’s remodeling potential.

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Maintenance Must-Dos

BY JOHN N. FRANK

First-time buyers often don’t know much about home maintenance. You can help by giving them a maintenance schedule that’ll prevent small problems from turning into big headaches.

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Instant Architecture Expert

Your crib sheet to five timeless home styles.
BY MARIWYN EVANS

Don’t know a capital from a cupola? You’re in the right place. These classic architecture styles are often echoed in modern homes. With this crib sheet, you can bring new depth and authority to your listing descriptions. By the way, a capital is the decorative top of a column. A cupola is a tower.

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Why Architecture Matters

And how you can tell good from bad.
BY MARIWYN EVANS

If you’ve ever had buyers turn up their noses at a house before they even got out of the car, you understand that architecture matters. But the question remains: What is good architecture and how do you get your buyer clients to focus on the bones of the house, not just the exterior?

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Elements Of Design

Four Fundamentals
Give Any Room a Sense of Style

BY MARIWYN EVANS

Sometimes it seems as if what constitutes good design is purely subjective. One client rejects any home with French Provincial furniture. Another will look only at ultramodern interiors. And then there’s the guy with the Leg Lamp.

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House Sense

BY MARIWYN EVANS

Residential specialists face a wide range of house questions from customers, ranging from “How often do I need to replace a furnace?” to “Will my furniture fit in this room?” For these special House & Home features, we’ve sought expert advice on a broad range of topics — from decorating trends to maintenance musts.

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Green: Easy Does It

Think of a house as a consumer — and a greedy one at that. About 21 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are generated from household energy use, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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