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9 Things That Will Trash Your Home's Value

By Mamta Badkar With the real estate market as shaky as it is, homeowners can't afford to deal with more problems. And yet there's always something that pops up –– whether its noisy neighbors or an unfortunately placed sinkhole. We've rounded up some of the biggest threats to the value of a... Continue Reading »

Cat Hoarder in New York: Perfect Example of Syndrome's Effect on Home Values

The case of an upstate New York cat hoarder once again puts the complex problem of hoarding in the spotlight. But there's a serious consequence of hoarding -- aside from health and safety issues -- that can be learned here: how hoarding hurts home values. Irene Vandyke, 50, of Wright, N.Y., could face charges after... Continue Reading »

1 Dead, 1 Badly Burned in Fire at Cluttered 'Hoarders' Home in Greenwich, Conn.

An intervention on a family of hoarders in Greenwich, Conn., turned tragic when a fire ripped through their cluttered house, authorities say, badly burning the woman who owned the home and killing her 42-year-old son. It's believed the fire was intentionally set Tuesday, possibly by the son, Dean Verboven, because he... Continue Reading »

Recluse Walter Samaszko Jr. Left $7 Million in Gold Hidden In Carson City Home

A Carson City, Nev., man who was found dead in his home (pictured below) in June left only $200 in the bank -- but a fortune worth millions more hidden inside his house. Walter Samaszko Jr., who's been described as a recluse, had been dead for more than a month when authorities discovered his body. And as officials... Continue Reading »

Hoarders Don't Get Homes Sold (Listing Fails)

As #houseporn fiends and real estate junkies, there's nothing we love more than poring through fabulous home listings -- except maybe sorting through the tragically un-fabulous ones. They'll definitely make you laugh, and some of them could make you cry. Every Friday, AOL Real Estate brings you the sorriest listings we... Continue Reading »

Staging a Home? Declutter It First

Back in her days as a pack rat, writer Betsy Talbot gave in to clutter. She let piles of magazines gather dust, printed out too many paper copies of digital photos, and kept hundreds of obsolete CDs from her music collection even though she had upgraded to an iPod. Talbot was reluctant to declutter and get rid of the... Continue Reading »

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