Snap a photo of a house to learn everything about it

When we were searching for a house, Zillow was a GODSEND. It makes so much relevant housing data available at your fingertips. But I've found something even better: HomeSnap — an iPhone app which uses GPS data, combined with the nifty hardware inside your smart phone like readings from the gyroscope and accelerometer, to give home shoppers instant access to data on a neighborhood, a home's value, its trending value…all based on a photo you snap of the house.

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What would YOU do with this historic brick building?

A friend of mine who's a grad student in Idaho recently shared this amazing property in downtown Boville, Idaho:

GREAT HISTORIC BRICK BUILDING. STARTED OUT AS A BANK WITH A MASONIC LODGE LOCATED ON THE 2ND FLOOR. MAIN FLOOR IS SET UP AND HAS BEEN RUN AS THE ELK TAVERN FOR MANY YEARS. THERE IS AN APARTMENT IN THE BACK ON MAIN FLOOR. SECOND FLOOR HAS NOT BEEN USED FOR YEARS, MOSTLY ONE BIG ROOM WITH HIGH CEILING, FIR FLOORING, LOTS OF WINDOWS AND 2 FIREPLACES.

What would YOU do with it?

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Use staging to make your offbeat home seem COMPLETELY NORMAL AND PURCHASABLE

While I know to take down the scary clown bank, deranged elf cookie jar, and other creepy kitsch, my tastes in general aren't really in keeping with the small-town sensibilities in our area, and I just can't seem to make myself see things from that viewpoint. I've refrained from fun paint and other permanent oddities; now how do I expand my house appeal to the general public?

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My dream house: Snow White's Los Angeles tiki-style bungalow

Can we take a minute to talk about our dream homes? I believe we all have (at least) one, right? You know, that one house that you always drive by on your way to work/the grocery store/your favorite vacation spot. That one house that you day dream about owning. You know… if you suddenly came into a million (or more) dollars. That house?

Well, torture upon tortures, my dream house is on the market right now. This is MY "that house":