Survey Names Most, Least Desirable Celebrity Neighbors

Zillow By Susanna Kim PopEater Who are the most and least desired celebrity neighbors of 2013? They are television host Jimmy Fallon (right) and celebrity couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, respectively, according to a survey from online housing marketplace Zillow. The adults surveyed said Fallon, the host of "Late... Continue Reading »

Do Fewer Foreclosures Mean Housing Crisis Has Ended?

AP By Richard Davies The housing crisis, which led to huge drop in personal wealth for many Americans, may be over at long last. "I think that it's really in the rear-view mirror," says Daren Blomquist of the real estate and foreclosure listings firm RealtyTrac. The foreclosure crisis, perhaps the biggest scar on the... Continue Reading »

City Where It's Now Illegal to Smoke in Your Own Home

The Doctors/AOL On By Alan Farnham The town of San Rafael, Calif., has passed a ban on smoking that city officials have called the most stringent in the nation. The new ordinance makes it illegal for residents to smoke in their own homes if they share a wall with another dwelling. The ban applies to owners and renters... Continue Reading »

New Real Estate Website Unshrouds Homes' Dark Pasts

DiedInHouse By Alan Farnham via Good Morning America Shopping for a new home or apartment? Worried it might once have been the scene of murder, suicide or murder-suicide? Then there's a new real estate tool for you: DiedInHouse.com, which answers the question, "Has anybody ever died in this house?" DiedInHouse is... Continue Reading »

Graffiti Artists Sue to Stop Housing That Will Level Their 'Louvre'

Courtesy of Allegra Acevedo via ABC News By Susanna Kim Long before British graffiti artist Banksy and his air of mystery arrived in New York City this month, local street artists converged on a graffiti mecca in Queens to showcase their creations. But that mecca, known as 5Pointz, was slated to be razed to make way... 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 »

Figuring Out the Best Mortgage for Your Home Purchase

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images By Susanna Kim A large majority of homebuyers choose a 30-year fixed rate mortgage when taking out a loan to buy a home. But it may not be the best choice of mortgages for all households. There are three reasons why homebuyers continually flock to the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, says... Continue Reading »

Former Wayne Newton Home Listed at $70 Million

realtor.com Casa de Shenandoah, a 36-acre ranch outside Las Vegas once owned by performer Wayne Newton, recently hit the market for $70 million. Newton and his family lived at the ranch since the 1960s but the property was purchased in 2010 by CSD LLC to develop a Wayne Newton museum. While the project failed, the... Continue Reading »

92-Year-Old's Offer to Buy Back Home Denied, Eviction Looms

By Susanna Kim After raising money from Internet donors, a 92-year-old man's attempts to buy back from his daughter the house that he built have been rejected as he awaits his eviction hearing next week. John Potter of Zaleski, Ohio, received an eviction notice from his daughter, Janice Cotrill, and son-in-law... Continue Reading »

Lawsuit Forces NY State to Give Mentally Disabled Couple a Home

By Kevin Dolak A newly married, mentally disabled couple's dream of living together -- up until now beset by legal troubles and care facilities that refused their wishes -- is about to come true. New York state is providing them with a home of their own. Paul Forziano, 30, and Hava Samuels, 36, (both pictured above)... Continue Reading »

Bomb Shelter Boom Has Luxurious Living Covered

Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. US News | Weird News | More ABC News Videos By Colleen Curry The latest real estate boom to sweep America comes with all the trappings of luxurious living: custom-built swimming pools, gyms, full-length basketball courts, and even airplane hangars. The only... Continue Reading »

Sequestration Will Hit Washington, D.C., the Hardest

By Sarah Parnass Sure, the men and women who voted for sequestration won't take a hit in their paychecks, but nowhere will the federal government's $85 billion budget cuts be felt more acutely than inside the beltway. Visitors to Washington, D.C., and locals alike are already beginning to feel the burn. Want to go on... Continue Reading »

Only a Third of Renters Have Insurance, Survey Shows

By Elisabeth Leamy Most responsible people wouldn't think of driving a car without car insurance, but many of those same people rent a home without renters insurance. A new survey commissioned by InsuranceQuotes.com found that only 34 percent of American renters have renters insurance. Granted, the survey was conducted... Continue Reading »

Stanley Colorite of Florida Shares Home With 2,000 Barbies (VIDEO)

By Gillian Mohney For one man, Barbie isn't just a childhood staple, but a way of life. Since 1997, Stanley "The Barbie Man" has collected anything and everything related to the iconic doll and has amassed a staggering collection of more than 2,000 Barbies. The pink and plastic collection is worth, in his estimation,... Continue Reading »

Princeton University Giving Away Homes for Free -- With Just One Big Catch

By Alexa Valiente Princeton University, in Princeton, N.J., is giving away free houses. What's the catch? If you become a homeowner, it's up to you to haul the house away. The houses are on Alexander Street, south of the campus, and are available to the public for free in "as-is condition," Martin Mbugua, a university... Continue Reading »

Andre Barbosa's Music Video Pokes Fun at Squatting Stint in Boca Raton Mansion

Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Watch More News Videos at ABC | Technology News | Celebrity News By Susanna Kim The Florida man who gained notoriety from claiming he had a legal right to squat in a $2.5 million home in Boca Raton has published a music video, shot against a backdrop of the... Continue Reading »

Full Disclosure Laws: Janet Milliken Sues Seller, Realtor Over Home's Notorious Past

By Susanna Kim Stigmatized homes are tricky. It can be hard to sell a home where a murder has taken place (as the owner of Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home can attest). These homes often sell at deep discounts because of their grim histories, but sometimes that works out for investors. In any case, some states have... Continue Reading »

Reverse Mortgages Pose Big Risks for Seniors, Warn Attorneys and U.S. Officials

By Jim Avila and Serena Marshall Linda and Jim McMahan said that they could not believe their luck in 1993 when they found their dream house. "We loved it," she said. "It wasn't a huge house, but it was a nice size. ... It had the big trees in the yard. And we have deer in the yard every day, and wild turkeys.... Continue Reading »

Humidifiers Get a Breath of Fresh Style

Inventions thrive over time because they make our lives easier or better. But they aren't always designed well or look good. Take for instance, the humidifier. This household appliance emits moisture in the air indoors to help people breathe easier and live more comfortably. It's especially helpful for people who suffer... Continue Reading »

Kravitz Penthouse Sale Finally Goes His Way

Call it a case of the seven year ditch -- that's how long it's taken Lenny Kravitz to unload his 6,000-square foot penthouse loft in Soho. According to Curbed.com, the rocker first listed the condo in 2002 for $17 million. By 2004, it still hadn't sold, and he cut the price to $12.95 million. 2005? No sale yet. You'd... Continue Reading »

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