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Diane Slawych

Diane Slawych is a contributing writer for REM.

Virtual home staging thrives during pandemic

Every industry has been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another. And while the fallout has mostly been negative, one niche business that has experienced a positive impact is that of virtual staging.
The undulating façade is made of sand-coloured limestone.

La Pedrera: Gaudi’s “masterpiece of nature” still draws crowds

When the residential building La Pedrera was constructed on a prominent corner of Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona, it was immediately ridiculed by critics. Today it attracts thousands of people a year.
Homewise COO and head of data Carlos Medeiros, left, and founder and CEO Jesse Abrams. (Photo: Brad Silverberg)

Homewise: Mortgage platform offers Realtor referral program

Homewise says consumers will be offered the best three mortgage options from more than 30 banks and other lenders, including credit unions, monoline lenders and private lenders.
The red room in Victor Hugo’s house

Victor Hugo’s house in the Channel Islands

If he hadn’t found work as a successful author, Victor Hugo might have carved out a career for himself as an interior designer.
An exterior view of the Neolithic longhouse.

Neolithic houses: Welcome to the Stone Age

The typical Neolithic homes were made from organic materials, so they didn’t survive over the centuries – and as a result no one knows for certain what they looked like.
Officially the home is called Mezhyhirya, but locals sometimes refer to it as the “house of corruption”.

Touring the home of Ukraine’s deposed president Viktor Yanukovych

The newest tourist attraction in Ukraine’s capitol Kyiv is the secret home of the country’s former president, Viktor Yanukovych.
The interior of one of the homes in Zalissya.

Touring abandoned homes in Chornobyl

Zalissya is located just south of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant and within the 30-km exclusion zone. I am curious to see where people once lived and what has become of their homes.
Palafitos in Castro, the capital of the island of Chiloe in Chile.

Standing tall: Chile’s palafitos

Chile's palafitos – houses built on stilts along the waterfront – are an eye-catching sight, whether at high tide when the colourful wooden houses are reflected in the water, or at low tide.
Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló: An unusual home in Barcelona

Casa Batlló was designed by Antoni Gaudí, of La Sagrada Familia fame, and is considered one of his masterpieces. UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site.

Documentary “Push” explores worldwide affordable housing crisis

Canadian cities such as Vancouver and Toronto are not alone in experiencing a crisis in affordable housing. It’s an issue that is explored in a new documentary, PUSH, by award-winning Swedish director Fredrik Gertten.