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Chip and Jo’s Emmy Nomination, a ‘Selling Sunset’ Baby, and a ‘Battle on the Beach’ Winner

“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

We were pretty shocked to hear that Chip and Joanna Gaines had never won an Emmy for their juggernaut renovation show “Fixer Upper.” Because they were never producers on that show, they were never eligible.

But now, as owners of Magnolia Network and executive producers of “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home,” Chip and Jo have the opportunity to win gold. Last week, we learned that “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home” was nominated for Outstanding Structured Reality Program. The Emmys are scheduled for Sept. 12, and we’ll be waiting with bated breath to see if they come out on top.

Chip and Jo’s Emmy Nomination, a ‘Selling Sunset’ Baby, and a ‘Battle on the Beach’ Winner

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A Chat With the Host of ‘How To Build a Sex Room,’ Guest Room Renovations on ‘Battle on the Beach,’ and More

“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

How To Build a Sex Room,” Netflix’s racy new renovation series, is the first of its kind. Sure, we’ve heard of homeowners constructing sex rooms and BDSM basements inside their homes, but never before have we seen the process of designing and building dedicated spaces for intimacy on TV—until now.

That’s why we jumped at the chance to sit down with interior designer and series host Melanie Rose, aka the “Mary Poppins” of sex rooms, to learn more about her new show and the work she does. On this episode of “House Party,” you can hear our exclusive interview with Rose.

A Chat With the Host of ‘How To Build a Sex Room,’ Guest Room Renovations on ‘Battle on the Beach,’ and More

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8 Simple Ways to Care for Your New Home—and Your Peace of Mind!

You signed what seems like hundreds of papers. You’re holding the keys to your new home. The door is open—and now it gets real. Being a homeowner isn’t just a title—it’s also a responsibility, and there are a few new habits you’ll need to develop to keep your home in tip-top shape.

Don’t be intimidated, though. The benefit of creating and staying on top of a few key habits means that the work will never feel overwhelming. The effort is well worth it, too: The benefits of caring for your property go beyond the physical improvements. As your personal retreat, you can feel more peace of mind in your home when you know you’ve given it some TLC. Not to mention that taking the time to improve your home can truly pay off in the long run and can help you avoid claims or costly repairs. Plus, staying claim-free helps you qualify for ongoing homeowners’ insurance savings.

Now that you’re inspired, here are eight simple steps to take next:

1.    Focus on home decor that pulls double-duty

As you add furniture, art, and more personal touches to your house, the space will truly start to feel like your home. Prioritizing multi-functional products like a pull-out couch or ottoman with storage space can help you limit the clutter—and there’s a link between minimizing excess items and boosting your mental health.

Some decor choices can even improve your physical health: Many popular house plants also serve as air purifiers. For example, the incredibly low-maintenance Snake Plant filters indoor air by removing up to four toxins and converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. That makes this the perfect accent to add to your living room or bedroom. It doesn’t need much direct sunlight or water to thrive, either!

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What’s Your ‘Mover Persona’? Find Out—and Get Personalized Strategies for Peace of Mind

If you’re preparing for a move, you deserve advice and support that’s customized to your situation. Why? Because taking care of the “little” details can make a big difference when it comes to boosting your pre-move peace of mind.

The average American moves nearly one dozen times in their life—and it’s all-but-guaranteed that each of those times will feel like a unique experience. Whether you’re moving into a condo all on your own, settling into a family home with kids, upsizing, downsizing, or just-right-sizing, every move is a learning opportunity.

Start by scrolling through these six “mover personas” to find the one (or two or three!) that fits you. Next up: With your new strategy in place, feel calm, cool, and collected when you open the door to your home.

As a first-time homebuyer, you get a place to call your own, the freedom to design it as you wish, a nice investment that can pay off over time—and the responsibility of taking care of your new house. Talk about a milestone! It can feel like a steep learning curve, especially when you start talking about homeowners’ insurance, which is a must-have if you are financing the home. The good news is that this “to-do” is much easier to manage than you might think, especially when you get guidance you can trust. Allstate can help you design custom coverage at an affordable price, and there are even special discounts available for recent homebuyers and first-time buyers who choose newer construction.

Once the keys are in your hands and the moving truck arrives, focus on keeping the celebratory spirit alive. Prioritize settling into the spaces that mean the most to you, whether that’s the chef-approved kitchen, your bedroom retreat, or even just the extra closet space your city apartment was lacking. As you do this, you might want to put your own touch on the spaces with furniture or artwork. With Personal Property Coverage from Allstate, you can also protect your new heirlooms. Your Allstate agent can help you understand your Personal Property Coverage limits to make sure you have enough coverage for the things that are most important to you—think collectibles, antiques, musical instruments, sports equipment, or jewelry.

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Is This the Worst-Designed Room in ‘Battle on the Beach’ History? Plus, Noteworthy Homes on TV

“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

This week, Natalie lets everyone in on the Netflix press junket she attended where she interviewed the reality TV stars of “Selling the OC,” “Dream Home Makeover,” and more.

Then, Rachel and Natalie realize they’re both currently watching TV shows with remarkable real estate.

Is This the Worst-Designed Room in ‘Battle on the Beach’ History? Plus, Noteworthy Homes on TV

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Food Delivery Fails, ‘Battle on the Beach’ Episode 3, ‘Yassified’ Songs on HGTV


“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

If you could design the living room in your ultimate beach house, what would it look like? That’s the question the teams on “Battle on the Beach” had to ponder this week. Of course, being a part of this design competition means they have to stick to a strict budget and a limited timeline, but that doesn’t mean they could slack off on putting unique, creative touches on their spaces. To impress the judges and take home the top prize this week, the teams had to add an architectural detail and antique nautical decor to their living rooms. Which team reigned supreme? We break it all down on this week’s episode of “House Party.”

And, after a brief hiatus, Winners and Losers is back! In this segment, we take a look at what celebrities have been up to in the world of real estate. We crown one winner who made some cash on a recent home sale and one loser who wasn’t so lucky.

Food Delivery Fails, ‘Battle on the Beach’ Episode 3, ‘Yassified’ Songs on HGTV

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Alison Victoria’s Questionable Design on ‘Battle on the Beach,’ and Boomer Decor Stereotypes

“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

We’re back and continuing with our recap of Season 2 of “Battle on the Beach,” the shoreside design competition where HGTV stars and novice house flippers team up to renovate old beach houses. The team that adds the most value back into the property wins the ultimate prize of $50,000.

This week, the teams are tasked with overhauling the main suite in their home. While everyone is concerned with making their spaces luxurious and stylish, one team takes its creativity a little too far and makes a questionable design decision.

Alison Victoria’s Questionable Design on ‘Battle on the Beach,’ and Boomer Decor Stereotypes

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Ty Pennington Cries Over This One Design Choice, Tom Cruise Also Busy With Real Estate, and More

“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

Summer is closer than ever, and on HGTV that means a return to the shore for another season of “Battle on the Beach.” We thoroughly enjoyed the first season of this home renovation competition show, and we weren’t alone. Last year, it was watched by more than 13 million viewers. So you can only imagine how excited we were to meet three new teams of competitors and see them flip three identical beach houses with the help of their HGTV mentors Ty Pennington, Taniya Nayak, and Alison Victoria.

This week, the teams tackled the kitchen and dining areas in their respective beach houses. One team’s design reigned supreme, but the episode featured plenty of twists and turns that we couldn’t wait to discuss. Want to hear our hot takes? Press play on this new episode of “House Party.”

Ty Pennington Cries Over This One Design Choice, Tom Cruise Also Busy With Real Estate, and More

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Is It Time To Put Modern Farmhouse Style Out to Pasture?


“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

Real Simple senior editor Katie Holdefehr joins us for a deep dive into one of the most pervasive home design trends ever, modern farmhouse. It’s a contentious topic—some people love it, others hate it—and we’re here to break it all down and ask the ultimate question: Is modern farmhouse past its prime?

We explore why modern farmhouse became so popular, the most egregious modern farmhouse furnishings (we’re looking at you, Mason jars), and how it’s evolved over the past decade.

Is It Time To Put Modern Farmhouse Style Out to Pasture?

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‘Christina in the Country’ Has a Lot To Prove. Plus, What Happened to the ‘Rock the Block’ Homes?

“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

We wrap up our “Rock the Block” talk with a discussion about the status of the houses designed on the show. Then, we get into Christina Hall‘s latest real estate coup and her new show, “Christina in the Country.” We also talk about “The Retro Plant Shop With Mikey and Jo,” John Wayne Gacy‘s house (which is back in the news thanks to the new Netflix series “Conversations With a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes”), and this week’s celebrity real estate winner and loser.

Be sure to subscribe to “House Party” on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or wherever you get your podcasts so you have access to new episodes right when they publish. Want to chime in? Email us at podcast@realtor.com, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or tweet us @housepartypod on Twitter.

‘Christina in the Country’ Has a Lot To Prove. Plus, What Happened to the ‘Rock the Block’ Homes?

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Which NYC Apartment Should Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Rent? 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be expanding their property portfolio.

They are rumored to be on the hunt for a rental apartment near the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan. The two currently make their home in Santa Barbara, CA.

After stepping away from their duties with the royal family, the couple settled into the upscale enclave of Montecito, where they reportedly paid $14.65 million for a 7-acre compound in 2020.

The affluent seaside town, 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, boasts privacy and seclusion. Popular with celebrities, it is home to Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe, and Ellen DeGeneres, among others.

Ritzy rentals

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex might be adding an East Coast address.






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Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson Share Their Secrets for Dominating on ‘Rock the Block’

“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

We’re thrilled to welcome HGTV stars Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson to the pod! After following their progress on this season of “Rock the Block,” we couldn’t wait to chat about their most memorable renovations and how they delivered gorgeous designs week after week. Fun fact: Their infamous “trifecta power move” of expanding the entryway and connecting it to the garage was planned well before they arrived on the block.

Enjoy our talk with Sherrod and Jackson and, if you want more “Rock the Block” content, be sure to check out our previous recaps of Season 3.

Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson Share Their Secrets for Dominating on ‘Rock the Block’

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5 DIY Moving Questions With a Family of Future Homesteaders

The blueprint for a major move involves a few key elements: curiosity, agility, and a healthy dose of embracing the unknown. The Ruggieri family’s Colorado-to-Texas trek is a perfect example of all of those, along with a side of refreshing optimism. With a Penske truck and an appetite for adventure, the family of five took on a move that might seem daunting to some but delivered on their homesteading dream.

Their adventure began when plans to build a homestead in Colorado were derailed by rising construction costs due to the pandemic. On their way to find a Plan B, the family found a destination that was quite possibly even better than what they’d first imagined.

“In March 2021, we took our spring break vacation down to Texas to visit family and look for land,” says Heather Ruggieri, the mom of the family. “On the last day, we found it! Ten beautiful, rural acres in North Texas. For us, this means we can now pursue hobby farming, animals, gardening, and more.”

After discovering the perfect lot, the Ruggieris’ building plans came together quickly thanks to a designer who specializes in farmhouses. The home will have four bedrooms and bathrooms, an open concept family space, and spacious beamed front porch. To make the most of the property, they are building a guest space above the garage and a pool to enjoy on the hotter days. The new home should be ready next summer—just in time for Heather to start homeschooling daughters, Gabriela, 13, Julia, 10, and Emilia, 7. Meanwhile, dad Jason Ruggieri will be able to enjoy continuity with his job, which allows for remote work.

After a major pivot, the Ruggieri’s Plan B came together quickly thanks to the family’s flexibility and optimistic outlook.

Both Heather and Jason had experience with long-distance moves that taught them the importance of patience, planning and purging unnecessary items. Still, with three daughters (plus two Red Merle Australian Shepherd dogs) in tow, they knew this was going to be the biggest challenge yet. In the face of uncertainty, it was helpful for the family to have one thing they could depend on: By using a Penske truck for a DIY move, they were able to control the packing, timeline, and budget.


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Recapping ‘Rock the Block’: How Much Value Does a Hot Tub Add?

“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

A pink house, an edible garden, and an oyster oven: These are all outdoor features we saw on this week’s episode of “Rock the Block.” The four teams of HGTV stars focused their efforts on the house exteriors, which they renovated to enhance the curb appeal and outdoor amenities. Host Ty Pennington also challenged the teams to build a dog-friendly feature, and while some of the designers had a ruff time pulling it off, one team proved it was best in show.

Click the player above to hear our recap of Episode 5 of “Rock the Block.”

Recapping ‘Rock the Block’: How Much Value Does a Hot Tub Add?

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Recapping ‘Rock the Block’: Which Home Renovations Can Bring in Cold, Hard Cash?

“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

This week on “Rock the Block,” the teams renovate the finished room over the garage (aka the FROG) and the loft space. While most of the teams went the route of building an in-law unit, one team went in an entirely different direction and made a design choice that likely helped it secure the win.

On this episode of “House Party,” we discuss the impact of guest judges (and high-end designers) Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, whether good design adds value to a home, Keith Bynum‘s opportune dumpster diving skills, and more.

Recapping ‘Rock the Block’: Which Home Renovations Can Bring in Cold, Hard Cash?

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Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas Dish on Funniest Moments and Constantly Losing on ‘Rock the Block’

“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

For weeks, we’ve been watching Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas compete on the HGTV renovation show “Rock the Block.” But they’re no strangers to transforming houses—the couple started their home-flipping business in Colorado, and several years ago, they decided to head to Detroit to focus on renovating run-down properties. The Motor City is now their home and the location of their own HGTV show, “Bargain Block,” which chronicles their efforts to revitalize neighborhoods one house at a time.

We were thrilled to sit down with Bynum and Thomas to discuss their time on “Rock the Block,” their favorite moments, and how they survived having their house judged by some of the most famous and skilled designers in the game. Click the player above to hear our conversation, or find the episode on your favorite podcast app.

Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas Dish on Funniest Moments and Constantly Losing on ‘Rock the Block’

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HGTV’s Page Turner Divulges Why You’ll Never See Modern Farmhouse on Her New Show, ‘Fix My Flip’

“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

HGTV’s newest home renovation show, “Fix My Flip,” starts with a conceit we’re all familiar with: experienced real estate agent comes in to help home flippers who are in over their heads. But, as the show goes on, a “Shark Tank”-like element spices up the plotline before the remodel even starts: The host, Page Turner, offers the flippers an additional investment of cash for their renovation budget, in exchange for a percentage of the house’s final sale price. Do the flippers decide to take the deal, or do they renegotiate? It’s this type of out-of-the-box concept that drew us to “Fix My Flip” and why we were so excited to talk to Turner, who is also the show’s executive producer.

Click the player above to listen to this week’s episode of “House Party” and our conversation with Turner. We had a wonderful time hearing about how she got her HGTV start on “Flip or Flop: Nashville,” about the genesis of “Fix My Flip,” and why she’s had it up to here with the modern farmhouse look. (She’s not the only one!)

HGTV’s Page Turner Divulges Why You’ll Never See Modern Farmhouse on Her New Show, ‘Fix My Flip’

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One Team’s ‘Trifecta Power Move’ on ‘Rock the Block’ Boosts Its Home’s Value

“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

Our recap of Season 3 of “Rock the Block” continues, and this week, the HGTV stars renovate the entry and living room in the respective houses. While all the teams went big on this challenge, one team took it to another level, and actually added square footage to the house it was making over. Talk about overachievers!

Each week, the teams are evaluated by a guest judge, and we were delighted to see Jasmine Roth of “Help, I Wrecked My House” give her take on the room makeovers. After walking through each house to assess the teams’ remodels, she was faced with a tough decision, but ultimately, she had to give it to the team that delivered an undeniable “trifecta power move” of design.

One Team’s ‘Trifecta Power Move’ on ‘Rock the Block’ Boosts Its Home’s Value

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Secrets From the Set of ‘Rock the Block’ With HGTV Stars Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb

“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of home and pop culture, hosted by Rachel Stults and Natalie Way. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

Last week we jumped head-first into the new season of “Rock the Block” and, to be quite honest, we’re hooked! The home renovation competition gives four teams of HGTV stars mere weeks and a limited budget to design four identical homes in their signature style while also adding value to their property. The team that adds the most value wins.

At this point in the show, it’s anyone’s game and we have zero idea which team is going to take the crown. Perhaps it’ll be Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb, the twin sisters and stars of their own HGTV show, “Unsellable Houses.”

Secrets From the Set of ‘Rock the Block’ With HGTV Stars Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb

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‘Rock the Block’ Returns With New HGTV Stars and a Kitchen Showdown

“House Party” is the official Realtor.com® podcast about the overlapping worlds of real estate and pop culture, hosted by Natalie Way and Rachel Stults. Click the player above to hear an all-new episode.

We love a good home renovation show—especially when that home renovation show pits HGTV stars against one another—so you can imagine how excited we are that the new season of “Rock the Block” has begun. For the next six weeks we’ll watch some of our favorite design experts go head to head to maximize the value of four identical houses. Each team has $225,000 to customize its house in pursuit of the ultimate prize: bragging rights and a street named in its honor. Oh, and did we mention that Ty Pennington is hosting? Yeah, this is going to be fun.

This week’s episode introduces us to the four teams: Mike Jackson and Egypt Sherrod from “Married to Real Estate,” Jenny and Dave Marrs from “Fixer to Fabulous,” Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas from “Bargain Block,” and Lyndsay Lamb and Leslie Davis from “Unsellable Houses.”

‘Rock the Block’ Returns With New HGTV Stars and a Kitchen Showdown

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