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For-Sale Cabins, Like Those on 'American Dream Builders'

ZillowThis cabin on Tehama Drive in Big Bear Lake, Calif., is a short walk from the Big Bear Mountain Golf Course. By Catherine Sherman Ready to put on your hiking boots and head to the mountains? Leading designers and builders renovated historic cabins in the latest episode of NBC's reality show "American Dream... Continue Reading »

Homes for Sale in Sun-Kissed Climes

Zillow By Catherine Sherman Dreaming of Spring Break already? You're not alone. The unusually cold weather in many parts of the country makes a sun-laden home that much more enticing. From pools and putting greens to cabanas and sandy beaches, here are luxurious homes prepped for soaking in the sun. They range from a... Continue Reading »

Jersey Shore Vacation Homes: From Escapes to Financial Traps

The Associated Press By Katie Zezima STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- The Jersey shore's vacation bungalows and cottages have for decades staked out little plots of paradise where families who scrimped and saved could while away summer evenings, parents having drinks on the deck and kids working at an ice cream stand or... Continue Reading »

Romneys Reboot With a New Ski Chalet in Park City

Zillow The Romneys are buying another property in Utah, according to The Park Record newspaper. Ann Romney, as manager of Deer Valley SR LLC has signed papers to purchase a home that was listed for $8.9 million in Park City. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney previously sold a vacation home in Park City for $5.25... Continue Reading »

5 Reasons Housing Will Continue to Improve

By Brian O'Connell Wall Street was abuzz over Home Depot on Monday as the stock climbed to a 52-week high on a strong earnings report stemming from a burgeoning housing market. "In the first quarter, we saw less favorable weather compared to last year, but we continue to see benefit from a recovering housing market that... Continue Reading »

Vacation Home Sales Sizzle, Rentals Booking Fast

By Diana Olick In the kitschy community of St. Michaels on the Maryland shore, businesses are gearing up for the official start of the season, Memorial Day weekend. Trucks carrying dozens of bicycles are unloading into waterside racks and shopkeepers are moving their bright-colored wares out onto the sidewalks. For real... Continue Reading »

Vacation Homes: How to Market Them to Renters Without Going Crazy

By Jeff Brown The lure of a vacation home is strong this time of year, especially if you live in a chilly latitude. Imagine having a place at the beach. Swimming, tennis and golf in January! T-shirts instead of overcoats! But can you make it work financially? Face the facts: It would be awfully tough to turn a vacation... Continue Reading »

Can You Afford to Buy a Second Home?

By Jeff Brown With more and more signs that the housing market is inching off the bottom, homeowners with good credit and lots of resources are once again asking the question: Can I afford a second home? There's something irresistible about the dream of a vacation place at the beach, lake or in the mountains. Summer... Continue Reading »

Home Swap: Exchange More Than Affection on Valentine's Day

The most romantic day of the year is looming on the horizon, but not all of us have the bankroll to whisk our valentine off to a a five-star luxury resort in Tahiti (sadly). But before you book that sorrowful Sweetheart Package at a local motel, why not consider a classier, cheaper and trendier alternative? Imagine your... Continue Reading »

Ultimate Vacation Home Aboard World's Largest Private Yacht

Call it creative housing: It's a condominium at sea for the uber-wealthy. The World, which is a 644-foot ship with 165 apartment units, roams the seas visiting exotic ports 365 days a year. It has restaurants, nightclubs, shops and theaters on board -- even a putting green. For most of its residents, it's a second (or... Continue Reading »

Vacation Homes: Buy Here, Not There

The housing crisis has taken hold across the country in very different ways, and for those fortunate buyers with the resources to purchase vacation homes in this economy, discounts are bountiful. But with more affordably priced markets to choose from comes the daunting task of deciding where to plant roots. That's why ERA... 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 »

Real Estate Bargains Draw Canadian Buyers

For the first time in a couple of years the Canadian dollar has surpassed the U.S. dollar in value, causing an influx of interest by our northern neighbors to purchase vacation property in the States -- or even income property and retirement homes. "The interest in retirement homes isn't likely to wane any time soon,"... Continue Reading »

Your Very Own Skyway

Psst. Want to buy a bridge? A pedestrian bridge, that is. A Minneapolis architectural firm is selling a used skyway on Craigslist. The ad suggests some possible uses for the 1,380 square foot rectangular space, including a cabin, office, yoga studio or vendor booth at the State Fair. As a cabin, the glass-encased... Continue Reading »

President Ford's Ski House Hitting the Slopes

The real estate slopes, that is. Ford's former estate has been reduced by almost $2 million for quick sale. The LOADED, 11,629 square foot home at 65 Elk Track Court in Beaver Creek, Colorado is ski in/ski out and fresh from a presidential make-over, but current market conditions have forced the owner, Californian Kevin... Continue Reading »

Cher Sells Hawaiian Home for $8.7 Mil

She found someone... at least for one of the two multi-million-dollar homes Cher's been trying to unload. Actually, Concierge Auctions found a buyer from Arizona to pay $8.7 million at an auction on Jan. 18 for Cher's 6 bedroom Balinese-style spread in Kona Hawaii. Located at the Four Seasons' Hualalai, the palatial... Continue Reading »

Cher Bails On Her Just-Built Home

Does Cher "Believe" in life after bad real estate moves? Ask her after Jan. 18. That's when her seven-building Hawaii compound is going on the auction block. She never even lived in it - the property was only just finished this month. See, even celebrities are bailing out of their real estate mistakes. Cher's looking to... Continue Reading »

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