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For Sale: 6 Princely Settings for 'Game of Thrones' Viewing

ZillowThis Texas castle's grand banquet hall could accommodate an army. By Catherine Sherman Where are you watching "Game of Thrones"? With the hit HBO show back for a fourth season, now is the perfect time to dream about a Red Keep of your own. Maybe a medieval-style fortress with turrets galore? Or, perhaps a... Continue Reading »

Cities With the Most Foreclosures

ZillowFlorida is still the state with the highest rate of foreclosures, such as this one for sale in Port St. Lucie. Bank repossessions of homes are at their lowest level since July 2007. But foreclosures rose 4 percent from February to March as 117,485 U.S. properties were foreclosed last month, according to a new... Continue Reading »

For Sale: Waterfront Homes for Less Than $250,000

ZillowA view from the house at Tenmile Lake in Lakeside, Ore., a home that's nestled high in the trees. By Catherine Sherman Owning a waterfront home costs millions, right? Or at least hundreds of thousands of dollars to have a property just steps away from a body of water. Not so. We set out to find waterfront homes... Continue Reading »

A Dreamy $4.75 Million South Beach Condo (House of the Day)

Real estate is depressing in a number of ways. One, homes can be depressingly bad, ugly or cramped. (Please refer to our post on the worst listings in America). Two, they can be depressingly, heartbreakingly, unattainably, "I-could-never-afford-this-home" luxurious. And by that, we mean this home in particular. Priced... Continue Reading »

Jeffrey Mitchell of Miramar Beach, Fla., Displays 'Sex Offender' Sign in His Front Yard

Jeffrey Mitchell of Miramar Beach, Fla., is letting his neighbors know that he is a registered sex offender in a unique way: with a large sign in his yard. Mitchell was convicted last month of promoting the sexual performance of a child, a class 2 felony, after investigators caught him watching child pornography on his... Continue Reading »

Homeless Man Allegedly Rents Out Vacant Home to Tenants

Is being a thief better than being a squatter? A homeless man allegedly stole $1,375 in cash by renting out a vacant home in Ormond Beach, Fla., so that he could afford a place to live, MyFoxOrlando.com reported. Eric Sisson, 27, (pictured at left) listed the foreclosed home on Craigslist, claiming that he recently... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: Florida Island Paradise

Here's another floating piece of paradise we can add to our list of private islands we'd like to buy when we win the lottery. Located in the glistening azure waters between Sarasota and Naples in Florida, Little Bokeelia Island is the idyllic island resort you dream of escaping to when you're sitting at your 9-to-5 desk... Continue Reading »

Sinkhole Swallows Half of Florida Woman's Home

It's bad when you uncover mounds of trash buried in your backyard. It's worse when you discover that the home you just bought is infested with snakes. But it's utterly horrible when the earth swallows half of your house. Susan Minutillo, of Hudson, Fla., returned home from running an errand to find that the entire back... Continue Reading »

Elin Nordegren's Florida Manse: Plans Reveal New Details

New plans about former model Elin Nordegren's future Palm Beach, Fla., pad have been revealed. Nordegren, Tiger Woods' ex-wife, purchased a $12 million mansion in Florida in March of 2011 after her $100 million divorce settlement from the superstar golfer, but promptly had it demolished. The home, built in the 1920s,... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: Bali-Style Modern on Miami Beach

This 5,500-square-foot beach beauty in picture-perfect Miami Beach, Fla., boasts over a hundred feet of staggering water views. The property features massive, floor-to-ceiling windows that illuminate the entire home with light, soaring ceilings and an open floor plan -- which collectively create a relaxed and sun-filled... Continue Reading »

Spring Sellers Try House Swap Instead

Wendy Bauwens is no stranger to swapping. As a horse trainer, she has traded a harness for a new website and a riding lesson for a haircut. Today, however, she's lining up her biggest swap yet: her horse farm, Sunnyside Farms (pictured at left), located near Bozeman, Mont., for something closer to the ocean. A new place... Continue Reading »

Condo Owner in Dog Fight to Keep 'Prescription Pet'

Condo owners are legally entitled to the same pet allowances as other residents in need: There are guide dogs for the blind and alert dogs for the hard-of-hearing. Their owners are protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act when it comes to keeping the animals at home in a building that might otherwise have a no... Continue Reading »

Florida Real Estate Hijacking Victim Wins Back Home

Finders keepers, losers weepers: That may as well be the name of a Florida law on "adverse possession" that says anyone can move into an abandoned Florida home without the owner's permission and eventually obtain the title. That is, provided seven years has passed since the squatters barged their way in, and that they paid... Continue Reading »

Foreclosure King Falls from Grace

They called him the foreclosure king. One man and his "foreclosure mill" were responsible for hundreds of thousands of Florida's residential foreclosures during a four-year period as lenders such as Citigroup, Bank of America, and GMAC, sent its mortgage default cases to the law offices of David J. Stern. Freddie Mac and... Continue Reading »

Serena and Venus Williams' Home Addition Revealed

Serena and Venus Williams have recently completed a two-story addition to replace a one-story wing on their massive Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., estate that they share. The 4,000-square-foot structure, which sits to the left of their circular drive by the gated entry, houses their training facility, says area real estate... Continue Reading »

The rise and fall of Florida foreclosure lawyer David Stern -- widely known as the "foreclosure king" for his role bringing thousands of cases against homeowners -- is more than just a story of greed and a system gone awry. As Abigail Field of our sister site Daily Finance explains, Stern's demise could throw the whole... Continue Reading »

Why Florida Foreclosure Is Ugly

It's all over the news: banks rushing to foreclose and consumers turning to the courts as a last resort before their homes are snatched away without due process. As Daily Finance's Abigail Field points out in this well-researched piece, some states are working hard to protect consumers: Not Florida. Florida still seems to... Continue Reading »

New Homes: Comeback for McMansions?

Just when you thought you'd never see an ugly McMansion again -- thanks to the recession and subsequent downsizing by frugal new-home buyers -- some brave souls are predicting that these oversize homes might soon make a comeback. A recent story in the Orlando Sentinel suggests that McMansions are reappearing in parts of... Continue Reading »

Gulf Coast Real Estate Still Mired in BP Spill

The BP oil spill may be receding from national headlines, but Realtors in and around the Gulf region are still in the thick of it. A survey released Tuesday by analytics firm Clear Capital reveals that nearly one-in-four respondents is reporting continued negative impact on the local real estate market. Of those impacted... Continue Reading »

Gulf Spill Update: Florida Real Estate Developer Sues Halliburton

The largest landholder in the Florida Panhandle is suffering huge losses due to the BP oil spill. And it's looking for someone to pay. The St. Joe Company, a real estate developer in Florida that owns 577,000 acres of land near the Gulf Coast, filed a suit against Halliburton Co. on Aug. 4, asking for more than $1 billion... Continue Reading »

Foreclosure Tours, Big Discounts Sell Homes in the Midwest

In vacation home meccas such as California, Florida and Las Vegas -- where foreclosure numbers soared during the housing meltdown -- real estate agents have been employing a new sales tactic: foreclosure bus tours. Next stop? Cincinnati. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, the trend -- in which Realtors organize... Continue Reading »

Rapper Fat Joe Selling Florida House for $1.9M

Rapper Fat Joe is selling his Plantation, Fla., home for $1,999,000, which could be considered a deal when compared to neighboring houses for sale, and by how much he dropped the price about eight months ago. His house at 1203 NW 121st Ave. was priced at $2,399,000 in October 2009, but in December 2009 the price dropped... Continue Reading »

Key West Bargains Abound After Home Prices Drop

Key West may conjure up images of many things, but affordable housing isn't one of them. Now, for the first time in decades, middle-class homebuyers can consider living in the community that erstwhile resident Ernest Hemingway once called "the best place I've ever been anytime, anywhere." Five years ago, the island was... Continue Reading »

Coral Gables, Florida Homes for Sale Under $1M

Living in Coral Gables, Fla. can be expensive, with homes near the water running $20 million or more. But this prime area with its thriving downtown away from the beach shouldn't be reserved for the mega-rich. Just head inland a bit to find a great Coral Gables home for less than $1 million. It's a great city to live in,... Continue Reading »

Flipper Victims Sue Developer: Should Others Be Worried?

Many remorseful Americans are finding their property values have plummeted, their neighborhoods have gone to the dogs, and their neighbors have defaulted right out of their houses. So whose fault is it anyway? Jonathon and Brandy Miller, of Boynton Beach, Fla., think they have an answer. The couple sued the builder of... Continue Reading »

Miami House for Sale: West Kendall Oasis in the Trees, $950K

I don't necessarily want to live in a treehouse, but I'd like to get close to the feeling of it. The house for sale at 9737 SW 98th St. in Miami, Fla. does just that on an acre of property with soaring oaks throughout. The 3,396-square-foot home has enough trees around it to support a few more hammocks beside the one... Continue Reading »

Serial Bankruptcy Staves Off Foreclosure

A Tampa, Florida man hasn't made a mortgage payment since 2003, and although the foreclosure police are standing at his door, he hasn't budged. How has Jeffrey DeMauro staved off the auction block? He declared bankruptcy a whopping eleven times in seven years, reported the St. Petersburg Times. De Mauro is not alone.... Continue Reading »

Tampa Homes Get Doggy Treatment

When the housing market finally improves in this country, is a lot more poo in the streets all we really have to look forward to? That particular reward came along with a booming housing market in downtown Tampa, Florida. Buyers have snatched up condos and rental units in recent months, after prices were pummeled by the... Continue Reading »

Behind on Your HOA Fees? Forget the Pool and Pizza Delivery.

Many struggling homeowners have to make tough choices about which bills to pay. If you live in a community with a homeowners association or own an apartment in a building with a condo association in Florida, you'd better pay those monthly fees -- or you could lose your house. Florida law puts a homeowners association on... Continue Reading »

I Want This Miami House: Like Living in a Resort for $18M

One of the great things about vacationing at a luxury resort is all of the amenities: the pool, rec room, beach, fine dining, and personal service. Moving into this $18 million house at 3575 Stewart Ave. in Miami, Fla., would be like living permanently at a luxury resort, minus the personal service. That is unless you hire... Continue Reading »

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