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Calling in the troops for a move into a Brighton two-family

The Girl Scouts helped a woman and her husband set up their first home.

LUXURY IN THE CITY: ROOM TO LOVE

Family room tempers wrought iron with color

The starting point for this room’s design was a rug and artwork the clients already owned.

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Trump’s childhood home goes to auction

The butter-colored home with a beamed, Tudor-style roof sits on Wareham Place in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood of Queens. It is a comfortable five-bedroom house that seems to have little more than a pleasant sun room and a cozy fireplace to distinguish it.

LUXURY IN THE CITY: HOME OF THE WEEK

Double-size condo features river views, private entrance, and garage parking

This home comprises two of the five units in this condo building and boasts its own front entry.

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Wait, don’t toss those poinsettias to the curb

These popular holiday plants aren’t annuals and can last for years.

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What to do when bathroom fans and dormers drip

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles readers’ questions about a bathroom fan that drips water, attic fans, and more.

MY FIRST HOME

A fresh start outside Jerusalem

Street signs had only just been put up, the roads were newly paved, and I had heard that ambulances had gotten lost more than once.

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Open minds open doors for frustrated home buyers

With inventory scarce in many communities and the demand high, a different mindset just might be the answer.

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What does your money buy in Medfield?

A sampling of homes on the market in Medfield includes a ranch with a finished lower level and an updated contemporary on 8 acres.

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What is it like to live in Medfield?

Located southwest of Boston, Medfield has a classic feel to it, with its historical homes and long main street.

The Victorian house that is the official residence of the vice president is located on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory in Northwest Washington, D.C. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photoo by Katherine Frey

As the Bidens pack up, a look at their mark on the vice president’s residence

The 1893 home has been used by vice presidents since 1974.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the new owner of the former Textile Museum, which will be converted into Washington's largest home.

Jeff Bezos is the anonymous buyer of the biggest house in D.C.

Bezos’ neighbors will include President Barack Obama and his family, as well as Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.

This undated photo provided by HGTV, shows a portion of a kitchen in Ann Arbor, Mich. Black and white is a great choice for a kitchen color scheme because any accent color can blend in well. In this kitchen designed by Brian Patrick Flynn for the HGTV Urban Oasis 2016 giveaway, bright blue dishes and towels liven up the space. (HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. Via AP)

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Millennials channel HGTV when buying houses

For years before I even entertained the idea of owning a home, I hunkered down most nights and watched a slew of TV shows about doing just that. I’m not alone.

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This 20,000-square-foot Andover home has a whole entertainment wing

A basketball court, pool with water slide, hot tub, theater room, workout room, and bowling alley complete this eight-bedroom house.

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A homeowner primer on LED lighting

It used to be that all you needed to know was whether your lamp took 60, 75 , or 100 watts. Homeowners now are faced with learning a whole new lingo.

Rusted columns are common in basements.

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Tips on finishing, insulating basement floors

We plan to finish our family room in the basement. What is the best type of flooring to use there?

It was my dream home, and in it I saw dreams come true

When we returned from vacations jet-lagged and tired, I’d lie on the floor, admire the fanlike brush marks on the ceiling, and think home sweet home.

This kitchen combines two of 2017’s most interesting decor trends — moody hues and dramatic florals, including Ted Baker’s “Shadow Floral” glass-tile backsplash.

Home decor trends for 2017

This year, the home is all about ease and comfort.

Sunlight streams into the kitchen and dining room in the home of Arathi and Ashish Cowlagi in Shrewsbury. The home features an open floor plan with few cut corners and walls.

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What is vastu shastra? And how can it improve your home?

The idea is to integrate and align the home with nature to improve the life of its occupants.

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What does your money buy in the North End?

A sampling of homes on the market includes two penthouse condos.

Salem Street in Boston's North End is a great place to walk.

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What is it like to live in Boston’s North End?

Nancy Caruso said she never leaves her home without bumping into someone she knows.

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Young Greek Revival features en-suite baths for every bedroom

It looks as if this Dedham home has been here for centuries, but the layout reveals its true age.

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Yellow is hot in home decor. Tips on how to use it well.

While yellow is having its moment, many shades of it can be challenging to use successfully.

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What is it like to live in Taunton?

William Hanna’s family came to Taunton in the 1850s, and Hanna, 69, has lived here his entire life.

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What does your money buy in Taunton?

A sampling of homes on the market in Taunton includes a ranch with a two-garage and hardwood floors and a nearly 5,000-square-foot Colonial with garage parking for five.

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Repairing a carport and slate roofs

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions on replacing rotted beams and slate shingles.

Falla looks over a chandelier with Micah Viana, who works with her.

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Can a rookie house-flipper pocket $1 million?

This novice is betting the house that 10 flipped homes can make her a lot of money for retirement.

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You asked, we answer your questions on the Homestead Act

It will be the best $35 you ever spend.

MY FIRST HOME

A symbol of Judaism, a keeper of memories

My first home came with mezuzot in every doorway.

Peter Glass, owner of Meadowbrook Builders, at a construction site for a garage in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.

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The newest luxury for the rich? Tricked-out garages.

Major renovations can exceed $50,000, and a luxe garage, therefore, tends to be the province of the very rich.