Margaret Crane

Margaret Crane is a nationally known freelance writer, blogger and journalist who has co-authored with Barbara Ballinger several books and articles on real estate, design and family business. Her byline has appeared in Realtor® magazine. With more than a half-dozen titles to her credit, Margaret’s latest design book is The Kitchen Bible: Designing the perfect culinary space.


Margaret's Articles

What’s Selling, What’s Not: Coast to Coast

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Union Square New York City

The general buzz is that the nation’s real estate market is slowing and statistics across the country back that up. Yet, at the same time, not all segments of the market are declining. In many cases where properties are priced realistically and in move-in condition, they sell; in some instances they even elicit multiple bids.....

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Outdoor Living Trends Feature Indoor Comforts

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Outdoor Living Trends Feature Indoor Comforts

As outdoor living has become a priority for more home owners, many find that in addition to landscaping, they crave some of the creature comforts enjoyed indoors. Today, there are a variety of unique additions to ratchet up your enjoyment of outdoor areas at your home place. Following are eight product or concept options you.....

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Retire Affordably, 6 Destinations to Consider

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Hot Springs,Arkansas

Not everybody wants to downsize and stay in their city or town when they retire. This begs the question, where do retirees resettle that offers affordability and the preferred climate, as well as nearby shopping options, entertainment, restaurants, volunteer possibilities, public transportation, walkability, quality healthcare and the chance to make new friends. We understand the.....

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Home Garden, Plant Small and Reap Big

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Home Garden, Plant Small and Reap Big

Not everybody wants or has a large garden. Some view it as an expense to plant and maintain on their own or with professional help. But they know its numerous advantages. Almost any green space can help increase the value of a home according to a report from the National Association of Home Builders. In.....

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Cohousing, Shared-Living Offers Viable Alternative

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Cohousing, Shared-Living Offers Viable Alternative

Loneliness is said to have an enormous negative impact on our health. "We know clearly that sitting, smoking and obesity are linked to chronic disease," says Dr. Amy Sullivan, PsyD. "But I think of loneliness as another risk factor for chronic health conditions." Even for those without family—a spouse, partner or children, there are ways.....

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Winter Wisdom: 13 Steps to Heed

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Winter Wisdom - 13 Steps to Heed

We all know winter weather is unpredictable; we rarely know how mild or wild the winter season will be. Nature can unleash her fury when least expected. Preparing our homes for variations in weather is one of the prime challenges of home ownership. Browse the helpful information below, even if you thought you covered everything.....

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