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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 »

Lessons for Boston in New York City's Recovery From 9/11?

By Colin Croughan and Graham Wood Realtor Vickie Cox can't help but think about her native New York as Boston struggles to cope with the tragic bombings at Monday's Boston Marathon. She's an agent at the Rye, N.Y., office of Sotheby's International Realty -- a suburb just 20 minutes outside of New York City -- and she... Continue Reading »

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos list New York City Loft for $24.5 Million (House of the Day)

Kelly Ripa and her husband, Mark Consuelos, have impeccable taste when it comes to homes -- the kind that they're hoping will fetch $24.5 million. That's the price tag of their gigantic loft in Manhattan's upscale SoHo neighborhood, which they just threw on the market last week. And if they can get that price, it'll be... Continue Reading »

The Paul Rudolph House in NYC on the Market (House of the Day)

Anyone looking to become a landlord would be thrilled with today's House of the Day: The Paul Rudolph House, designed by the late famous architect and former dean of the Yale School of Architecture, is on the market for $27.5 million. The house in New York City consists of four apartments: one single-bedroom apartment,... Continue Reading »

Frank Sinatra's Former NYC Penthouse Hits the Market (House of the Day)

"I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps," crooned Frank Sinatra in his 1979 classic, "New York, New York." "And find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap." Well, turns out his "little town" boy ended up being king of the hill, alright. Ol' Blue Eyes' former penthouse in New York City's Upper East Side has just... Continue Reading »

Alan Ket, Graffiti Artist, Says His 'Murderers' Mural Was Censored by NYPD

The New York Police Department's decision to paint over a mural that cast the agency as "murderers" has some residents in the Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood and the New York Civil Liberties Union accusing authorities of violating an artist's right to free speech. "This wall is being censored by the NYPD," graffiti... Continue Reading »

Wells Fargo to Pay $175 Million to Settle Case of Race Discrimination in Mortgage Lending

WASHINGTON -- Wells Fargo & Co has agreed to pay $125 million to resolve allegations it discriminated against certain borrowers on the basis of race and national origin in its mortgage lending, the U.S. government said on Thursday. Wells Fargo also agreed to contribute $50 million to help those buyers making down... Continue Reading »

13 Historic Homes From the 13 Original Colonies

By Erika Riggs How well do you know your U.S. history? It might have been awhile since your eighth-grade civics class, so we're giving you a brush-up on Colonial events with a real estate twist this Independence Day. From homes of Declaration signers to estates near Revolutionary War battlefields, we're touring 13... Continue Reading »

California's Biggest Landlord Bans Smoking in Apartments

First you couldn't smoke in your office. Then you couldn't smoke in restaurants or bars. Now your own apartment? The Towbes Group Inc., which owns 2,000 units in 13 apartment complexes in Santa Barbara, Calif., became the largest apartment group in the state to ban residential smoking. In January, a new California law... Continue Reading »

Norwegian Submarine Base Surfaces on the Market

Looking for somewhere to store your submarine? Well you're in luck! The Norwegian government is selling its Olavsvern Naval Base, and it's listed for a cool $17.5 million. The base comes with 145,000 square feet of surface building space and a 27,000-square-foot quay. There is also a submarine dry dock, a tunnel system... Continue Reading »

Best Cities for Sports Fans

Not all cities are created equal, and some cities are certainly better than others when it comes to sports. The more major league sports teams a city has, the more a it has to offer to those who love the game. Additionally, the more successful a team, the happier its fans become. With this in mind, 24/7 Wall St. set out... Continue Reading »

Donald Trump Jr.'s Advice to Condo Buyers

While his dad is busy making headlines of a presidential proportion, Don Trump Jr. continues real estate business as usual in the Trump dynasty. The 33-year-old Trump, pictured at left, is often seen as a set of eyes and ears for his father on "The Apprentice." He took a few moments to tell AOL Real Estate his thoughts on... Continue Reading »

Joel Rifkin Serial Killer Home Finally Sells

Serial killer Joel Rifkin is said to have slaughtered some of his victims in the East Meadow, N.Y., home he shared with his parents, but that apparently doesn't bother the new owners who closed Feb. 24 on the sale of the notorious home, pictured left, and in the photo gallery below. Identified only as a school teacher... Continue Reading »

Sean Avery Takes a Puck on NYC Condo

New York Ranger Sean Avery isn't used to losing, but this wing-man just took a $60,000 hit on his condo in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood. Here's what happened: Avery first listed his two-bedroom condo in the Chelsea Club, on West 19th Street, for $1.795 million with Douglas Elliman about a year ago. Avery must... Continue Reading »

Foreclosure Cases Give Homeowners Second Chance

The robo-signing foreclosure saga continues for homeowners in New York, who claim to have been wrongly foreclosed on due to shoddy paperwork. But this time around, judges are throwing out foreclosure cases where lenders won't swear up and down that their foreclosure procedures were accurate. Effectively, homeowners in... Continue Reading »

Monopoly Board Game Sells for $146K

The oldest known Monopoly board game has sold for $146,500. Now that's a real estate deal. The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y., acquired the antique version of the popular real estate board game as the highest bidders at a Sotheby's auction in late December. 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 »

Will Smith Rents $55,000 Per Month NYC Condo

While in town filming Men in Black III, Will Smith, with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and kids, is renting a 7,326-square-foot, fourth-floor condo in New York (pictured below) that had been listed for sale by Sotheby's International at $19.5 million for nearly two years, according to the New York Post. The five-bedroom,... Continue Reading »

Tiger Woods' Former Mistress Buys NYC Condo With Settlement Money

UPDATE: Tiger Woods' former mistress, Rachel Uchitel, just closed on the three-bedroom, three-bath condo in the Murray Hill section of New York City that she will use as an investment property, the listing agent told HousingWatch just minutes after she left the closing table on Sept. 8. "It will not be her primary... Continue Reading »

Most Expensive Home in the U.K. (and Possibly Anywhere) Sells for $220 Million

If real estate brokers in the U.S. are feeling upbeat about a recent run of good sales in the luxury end of the market, then their colleagues in London must be positively giddy over the recent sale of a $220 million penthouse in the city -- the highest-priced residential property ever sold in the U.K., or just about... Continue Reading »

Luxury Apartment Rentals Are Hot Again

With amenities that include outdoor spas, poolside cabanas, private wine lockers, 24-hour fitness centers with views of the city -- who wouldn't want to live in an apartment these days? In Chicago, the big bets developers made by building nearly 1,300 new downtown apartments in 2009 appear to be paying off, big... Continue Reading »

New York's Stuy Town Tenants Keep Cheap Rent

Thanks to a court ruling last October, about 4,400 renters at Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village (Stuy Town) got to pay lower rent and an agreement last week will keep that break in place at least through December. The court had ruled that the owners of Stuy Town - Tishman Speyer and Blackrock Realty - had illegally... Continue Reading »

World's Most New York-Centric Apartment for Rent

In Manhattan, there's one apartment whose decor will remind you over and over again exactly in which city you are nestled. Designer-owner Gail Maidman's two-bedroom apartment -- which she refurbished as an homage to the Big Apple -- has been put on sale with one major prerequisite. The future occupant must love New... Continue Reading »

Existing Home Sales Rise, but So Does Inventory

A rise in existing home sales could open the floodgates to sales of even more homes in some regions of the U.S. as the buying season heats up. But that doesn't necessarily mean home values are expected to increase in the near future. An uptick in hiring, still-low mortgage rates, and a pent-up demand are... Continue Reading »

New York's Googling Doormen: It's Getting Creepy

Knock, knock. Who's there? The doorman. The doorman who? The doorman who's tweeting about this terrible joke. The exchange above is no laughing matter, and some tenants in New York City are finding their relationships with their doormen just as unfunny. That's because some of those men and women who faithfully open doors,... Continue Reading »

Good Green Design at ICFF

We missed Milan this year (the city and the annual design world jamboree that convenes there) so as compensation we stopped by the more accessible Javits center in New York for the other big event of the year: the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), a kind of Milan after-party with bad food and a... Continue Reading »

'Selling New York' Episode 9: Make Up Your Mind

A piddly $2.5 million budget won't get you jack in New York City when you have a laundry list of requirements you won't budge on. Thursday night's episode of HGTV's "Selling New York" was less about selling property and more of a lesson on how hard it is to satisfy a New Yorker. Indecision can make for missed opportunities... Continue Reading »

Chase Sued by HAMP Rejects

Homeowners seeking help reducing their mortgage payments are fed up with banks, and they're not taking it anymore. Borrowers allege that some lenders have been giving temporary "trial" modifications under the Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP), only to later refuse permanent modifications -- leaving the borrowers... Continue Reading »

Sci-Fi Apartment: 24 Rooms, 330 Square Feet

Can you believe a Hong Kong man fits 24 rooms into a postage-stamp-size apartment? Sounds impossible, but it's true. Gary Chang calls it his "Domestic Transformer." He created a masterpiece using exceedingly thoughtful planning and design in a 330-square-foot space. (His architect-training, no doubt, coming in very... Continue Reading »

Katy Perry and Russell Brand House-Hunt in New York

"I Kissed a Girl" singer Katy Perry and her funnyman fiancée Russell Brand seem to be really into having various pieds-à-terre. Tuesday afternoon the couple was spotted looking at properties in the Chinatown/East Village area of New York City with a real estate agent. They reportedly viewed a two-bedroom... Continue Reading »

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