Help Agents Sell Your Home As If They Owned It

Real estate agents tend to make more money when selling their own home than when they sell a home for someone else. That was the claim Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner made in their best-selling book Freakonomics. In the book they referred to a study that says real estate agents wait longer to sell their own... Continue Reading »

Should Muammar Qaddafi Move to New Jersey?

Among his far-flung real estate holdings, murderous dictator Muammar Qaddafi of Libya counts a mansion (see photo below) in the wealthy New York City suburb of Englewood, N.J., as part of his housing portfolio. Wonder why he hasn't moved here already? After all shopping at the Paramus Mall has to beat taking the heat back... Continue Reading »

Financial Expert on Why Buying a Home Is a Bad Idea

The idea that buying a home might be a totally bad investment is a hard statement to digest. Hedge fund manager and Huffington Post contributor James Altucher made big internet waves last week with his declarative and super-viral post stating: "Why I Am Never Going to Own a Home Again." The kind of guy to make a lofty... Continue Reading »

Tiny Houses, Big Trend

Tiny houses are all the rage these days. Thanks to the housing boom and bust, what Americans previously associated with living well--i.e., living large--is, for many of us, no longer. The recession taught us the hard way that bigger homes don't necessarily mean better investments. So, driven by economic need and a desire... Continue Reading »

Medical Marijuana: How Card-Carrying Renters Cope

Fourteen states plus our nation's capital now have legalized medical marijuana use. However, that doesn't mean state-issued, card-carrying Americans in those green states can just spark up on any American stoop. For renters, puffing pot is best kept behind closed and sealed doors, out of sight of uptight landlords. Medical... Continue Reading »

Buy a House: Brave Homebuyers Ignore the Slump

Glenn Ruppert recently got up the nerve to buy a house within Firethorne, a 1,400-acre planned community in Katy/Fulshear, Tex. -- right in the middle of the ongoing housing slump. The Ruppert family, pictured left weren't actually looking to buy a house. But government incentives such as federal tax credits and... Continue Reading »

First Time Home Buyers: Tips for Today's Market

Buying your first home is a big step and a huge investment. For first time home buyers, the process is never quick and easy, but today's low prices and lower interest rates are mighty tempting for those with a little liquidity and the cojones to dive into the market checkbook first. Hold on to your wallet though! The... Continue Reading »

Home Inspections: What to Do Before Selling This Spring

With the spring homebuying season rapidly approaching, home inspections are a must -- for the seller. "If you have maintained your home while living there it will be a smoother [buyer's] inspection," says Bryan Felder, a broker with The Virginia Realty Group in Chantilly, Va. It's not a bad idea to do a home inspection... Continue Reading »

Sesame Street Mansion Hits the Market

Anyone who ever wanted the directions for "how to get to Sesame Street," doesn't have to look any further. It's right there, at the original Muppets mansion, on East 69th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues in New York City's Manhattan. And it's yours, for just $27.25 million. While the TV working version of 123... Continue Reading »

Mark Zuckerberg Rents Home (Again!)

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder and CEO, is learning that privacy is more of an ideal than a reality, even if he moves to a relatively modest new rental home. The 26-year-old Zuckerberg moved recently -- a whole seven blocks away from his old rental home -- into a slightly larger, moderately more expensive, but most... Continue Reading »

Tenants: Keep Your Landlord in Check

The landlord tenant relationship is a notoriously difficult one. More often than not, it's an unbalanced struggle of power. But there are measures that tenants can take to keep the peace at home. Renters shouldn't live in a place that barely passes code, but rather a place of comfort and safety lasting more than a 12... Continue Reading »

Did Norah Jones Bring Bedbugs Home?

Starting Dec. 3, singer Norah Jones -- along with all other New York City residents -- will have to help fight the bedbug infestation crawling through the city by following new rules enacted by the New York City Department of Sanitation. Jones, who recently was alleged to have brought bedbugs to the Brooklyn neighborhood of... Continue Reading »

Nina Garcia: Apartment Too Small for New Baby?

"Project Runway" has been good for Nina Garcia's confidence and her real estate listing reflects her moxie. The "Project Runway" judge, who also adds bestselling author to her repertoire, and her husband David Conrod have listed their Upper East Side two unit co-op for $8.5 million -- almost double what they originally... Continue Reading »

Kathleen Turner Sells Low in the Hamptons

"Californication's" Kathleen Turner hasn't had an easy time in the Hamptons real estate market. Five years since she listed her weekend beach home in Amagansett, N.Y. for $8 million, she's now finally unloading the property for less than half her original asking price -- at only $3.9 million, says the Long Island Real... Continue Reading »

Remodeling: When It's Worth the Cost

Is remodeling your home still worth the investment? Since refinancing isn't what it used to be, and because there are so many homes on the market, there's a new school of thought about remodels. A recent article in CNNMoney said no, because remodeling your home now doesn't necessarily give homeowners the greatest of... Continue Reading »

Lady Gaga Buying a Scottish Castle?

Flamboyant pop chameleon Lady Gaga has been unloading some of her newfound wealth by trying on some top properties as if they were wild pants-free costumes. Most recently, reports say, her interest in real estate has been piqued by something more stately and remote (although still showy). The Lady is said to have made an... Continue Reading »

Buyer's Market Doesn't Always Mean Buy

Just because it's a so-called buyer's market doesn't mean it's the right time for all potential buyers to purchase a new home. There are a lot of factors to consider before sinking money into a "great deal." A rushed and hasty purchase can be a costly mistake. Just because experts say the time is right, doesn't mean such... Continue Reading »

Amanda Seyfried's Big NYC Condo Buy

Actress Amanda Seyfried of "Letters to Juliet," "Big Love," "Mamma Mia!"and "Mean Girls" fame knows how to pick winning roles and buildings. She wanted one of the 103 condos in New York City's Devonshire House bad enough to pay $250,000-plus more than the $1,875,000 asking price of just over $1.9 million for a two-bedroom,... Continue Reading »

Damon Dash's Funky Real Estate Drama

The year 2010 hasn't been a good one for hip hop mogul Damon Dash. He certainly could have used a good financial coach to avoid losing his two multimillion-dollar Tribeca lofts to foreclosure after he reportedly stopped forking over $78,504.20 in monthly payments. Especially now that the one that was once his prized... Continue Reading »

Carell's Next Role: In Real Estate Office?

It's not every day a real estate broker gets a call from Steve Carell of "The Office" fame (pictured left). Especially when the call isn't about the actor wanting to buy some South Florida property. Rather, Carell called because he found Boca Raton real estate agent Dennis Lambert's life fascinating enough to turn into a... Continue Reading »

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