Petition: Want Marriage Equality? Paint Capitol Building Rainbow

Pictured above is what the dome of the U.S. Capitol might look like if painted in the rainbow colors of the gay pride flag. Would you love to see that in real life? So would one real estate firm, which has filed a White House petition to do just that. Online listings site Estately.com is lobbying for the home of the... Continue Reading »

Homeowner Susie Salazar Loses Insurance Policy Over Pit Bull

If you're shopping around for homeowners insurance, you'll probably want to make sure that it covers things like flooding, wintertime slip-and-fall injuries on your property, even sinkhole damage. You probably aren't thinking about whether it will cover the family dog. And you certainly wouldn't guess that the kind of... Continue Reading »

Done Cheering for Home Sales? Here's What's Really Going On

Existing home sales are up: Rah! Rah! Rah! You're probably hearing the resounding cheers as the National Association of Realtors reported Thursday that sales of existing homes rose to a three-year high in February. Even more exciting is that real estate inventory, which has been frustratingly low for quite a while,... Continue Reading »

Squatter Lamont Butler Puts Faith-Based Claim on Lavish Mansion

An interesting phenomenon has been popping up around the country: Squatters attempting to claim ownership of vacant or foreclosed homes because, they say, their religion gives them the right. That's what 28-year-old Lamont Butler argued as he attempted to take over a gaudy $6 million home (pictured above and in the... Continue Reading »

R. Kelly Mansion Bought by Bank in Foreclosure Auction

Singer R. Kelly will have to take everything out of the closet because his suburban Chicago mansion was bought back by the bank at a foreclosure auction, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. JPMorgan Chase, which held Kelly's mortgage, bought the 11,140-square-foot home for a measly $950,000 -- a far cry from the $5 million... Continue Reading »

If This California Open House Is Evidence, Housing Boom Is Back (VIDEO)

If you're doubting all the hoopla that the housing market is back, here's some evidence you can see with your own eyes. In a video of a recent open house in the San Diego neighborhood of Rancho Penasquitos posted to the blog Calculated Risk, a "frenzy" of homebuyers descend on a newly listed home in droves. "Jim the... Continue Reading »

Gun Owner Sean Blakley Says Landlord Is Evicting Him Over Firearms

A renter in St. Louis Park, Minn., claims that his landlord is giving him the boot over his lawful right to bear arms. Sean Blakley legally owns and stores several firearms in the room that he rents at a house with other tenants, but he keeps one of them loaded "for my protection," he told KMSP-TV in Minneapolis. That's... Continue Reading »

Sinkhole in Doris Jenkins' Driveway: A Case for More Insurance?

Another headline-grabbing sinkhole has hit the news, this time opening up in the front yard of a Pennsylvania home, though the house and its occupants luckily avoided damage. It should show you the threat that homes face in areas prone to sinkholes -- and give you yet another reason to be convinced that sinkhole... Continue Reading »

Visiting Austin for SXSW? You May Want to Move There

You're in Austin, Texas, rockin' out at the South by Southwest music festival. You're soaking up the sights and sounds, the people and the parties, of the "Live Music Capital of the World." You're falling in love with the city. And in a year's time, you'll be moving there. Well, that's what local Realtors are banking... Continue Reading »

Pilot John Hamilton Wants Backyard Helipad, Neighbors Cry Foul

Talk about neighborhood flight. Pilot John Hamilton's neighbors in Elk Grove, Calif., say he must have his head in the clouds -- because there's no way they'll approve of him landing his chopper in his backyard. Hamilton, who owns a helicopter charter business, wants to build a helipad in his backyard so he can operate... Continue Reading »

Photographer Thomas Jorion's 'Forgotten Palaces' Capture Ghosts of Once-Beautiful Structures

A majestic castle in northern Italy with ornate frescoes, winding staircases, expansive ballrooms with gilded ceilings, and wall murals seemingly painted with the painstaking detail of an artist with the vision of Michelangelo. This is a place where you would imagine the aristocrats of the Renaissance spent their days... Continue Reading »

Robert Schiavelli's Loud Laugh Lands Him in Trouble With Neighbor -- and Court

The sound of one man's cackles in his New York City home is no laughing matter to his neighbor. Robert Schiavelli of Long Island was issued two court summonses for disturbing the peace after his neighbor complained of hearing Schiavelli's loud laughter from across the driveway, CBS New York reported. Think that sounds... Continue Reading »

Taylor Swift Sells Hyannis Port House Near Ex Conor Kennedy, Reports Say

Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy must really never be getting back together -- because the country-pop songstress recently sold the Hyannis Port, Mass., house that she bought to be close to her former beau, according to reports. Swift is the cover girl for Vanity Fair's latest issue, and though she skirts the topic of... Continue Reading »

Tyler Leone, Disabled Teen, Gets Home Makeover That Will Change His Life

There's nothing we love more than a heartwarming story of neighbors helping neighbors, and this one is bound to bring you to tears. A mother taking care of her 18-year-old disabled son is getting an unexpected gift that will improve his life tenfold. Their El Cajon, Calif., home's configuration makes it tough for the... Continue Reading »

Sinkhole Insurance: You Probably Don't Know You Need It

The map above shows areas of the U.S. with bedrock types that are prone to sinkholes. It's not just Florida that needs to worry about them. Think sinkholes like the one that opened up under a Florida home -- and swallowed a man into the Earth -- and the one that ate half of a Pennsylvania woman's driveway in... Continue Reading »

'100 Abandoned Houses': Sad Signs of Detroit's Growing Financial Emergency

Detroit is edging dangerously close to bankruptcy, and the most obvious sign of its dramatic financial downfall lies in the ramshackle, abandoned homes that dot its neighborhoods. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared last week that Detroit is in a "financial emergency," and he said that he would appoint a fiscal manager... Continue Reading »

20 Most Expensive and Cheapest Markets for Foreclosures

There's a reason it's often the privileged who are flitting off to beach homes along the sandy coast of California: It's really expensive to own a home near the ocean. (Location, location, location comes with a high price, after all.) So you think you'd be able to afford the same lifestyle if you bought a beachside... Continue Reading »

White House Gutted: See What It Looked Like Ripped Up From Head to Toe (PHOTOS)

Now here's something hard to believe: The White House, one of the most historically significant buildings in the world -- and the most valuable home in America -- once came close to being a teardown. When Harry Truman took office in 1945, the grand home of the POTUS was falling apart. It was 150 years old at the time,... Continue Reading »

The Apostolic Palace: Inside Pope Benedict's Summer Home at Castel Gandolfo

Pope Benedict XVI's resignation became official Thursday, and he's already settling in at his temporary post-Vatican home, Reuters reported. He's getting cozy at the pope's summer home in Castel Gandolfo, a small town of 8,000 residents south of Rome. He'll stay at the Apostolic Palace, which has been the vacation home... Continue Reading »

10 Areas With Zero Foreclosures in the Last Year

Though the number of foreclosures nationwide is finally coming down, they still remain a stain on local housing markets and a reminder of the bust that ravaged the country. It's been such a widespread problem that you may wonder: Is there anywhere that doesn't have any foreclosures? We're glad you asked -- because, yes,... Continue Reading »

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