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As the owner of a large portfolio of residential investment properties – and head of her own realty firm –Karen Rittenhouse has guided her two sons on home-buying. She advised both to take the leap early, and they accepted her advice.

Q. This is a picture of a book that my family has owned for a long time. My great grandfather was a patron of this artist and purchased several of her books when he lived in London. This is the only one that is still left in our family. What is it worth? – Helen, Pfafftown, N.C.

After buying a stately 116-year-old home, Michele set about restoring every inch to its original condition. Queen Anne-style homes like Michele’s are known for their opulent elegance and are characterized by towers, asymmetrical facades, wraparound porches and intersecting gables. It was important to Michele that the renovation remained as true to the home’s history as possible, both inside and out. But after a year of back-breaking work, she ran out of steam, calling us in to complete the final project, her master bedroom.

Actress Anjelica Huston has parted with the five-story contemporary live/work home in Venice, Calif., that she shared with her late husband, sculptor Robert Graham, for $11.15 million.

People who transforming castoff stuff say ‘hipsters’ are among their best customers.

There are three primary techniques for stripping old varnish and paint from a home’s woodwork.

The last thing Armand Assante wanted was to become a poster boy for mortgage fraud. But when the FBI wouldn’t get involved, he had to take matters into his own hands.

A couple in their mid-40s have lived in a cramped city apartment their whole married life. Yet in their dreams, they own a cottage in the suburbs with blooming flowers and a fenced yard where their young daughter could romp.

By taking away half of the double door that led to the bathroom, we’ve gained not just a spacious bedroom, but an impressive bath as well.

If you go slowly and use proper tools and materials, you will do a passable job repairing drywall and save hundreds of dollars. If you rush or cut a corner or have bad luck, you’re in serious trouble.

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