Parents create secret passageways, a karaoke lounge, 'offices' for homework and other custom spaces to make their homes into the ideal hangout place.
New York begins buying up homes in areas subject to frequent flooding. Staten Island community is the first to be offered buyouts.
3 months after superstorm Sandy slammed through the Northeast, many residents are enduring the winter in damaged homes without heat.
Jeremy Renner and another actor have bought, renovated and sold about 20 homes in the past decade, making money on every one.
FEMA rolls out a pilot program to pay for emergency repairs rather than lodging in New Jersey and New York.
Even if you have few home-repair skills, you can take on simple projects with the help of tutorials and videos online.
Michael Graves tells about balancing the need for space and the need for privacy and security in modern design and in his designs for veterans.
The declaration that Sandy was a tropical storm means many residents of the Northeast will pay lower deductibles on insurance claims.
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.