Oregon Home Is a Contemporary Standout in a Rustic, Woodsy Setting (House of the Day)

A #housepornthurs submission from @whererealestate, this cubic contemporary home in the Portland suburb of North Plains, Ore., is surrounded by elaborate landscaping and a large swath of timber-rich land. Sheathed in an austere white exterior, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home has 3,668 square feet of interior... Continue Reading »

Hurricane Sandy Mortgage Relief: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA Offer Disaster Aid to Storm Victims

Government-sponsored mortgage backers Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Federal Housing Administration are offering mortgage relief to some borrowers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that has crippled communities across the Northeast. The relief is available to borrowers whose homes were... Continue Reading »

Hurricane Sandy Preparation: How To Protect Your Home From Damage in a 'Perfect Storm'

As Hurricane Sandy barrels toward the East Coast, it's raising eyebrows among meteorologists who say it actually has the potential to morph into a "perfect storm." In the event that Hurricane Sandy does make landfall, homeowners who could be impacted by the storm should make sure their properties are prepared for severe... Continue Reading »

'Fairy Tale' Home Is Just Plain Magical (House of the Day)

"It's like a fairytale!" tweets @sothebysrealty. We find it hard to disagree, and so did fans of our Facebook page, who voted for this enchanting Los Angeles mansion as the winner of this week's #housepornthurs! A tip of the hat to @whererealestate, whose submission was the runner-up. Nestled into a gated community,... Continue Reading »

Bank of America Hit by Another Discrimination Complaint Over Upkeep of Foreclosed Homes

The vacant property next door to Chicago resident Mae Campbell has cast a pall over her neighborhood of Austin for more than five years. The home, which she said was owned by Bank of America until very recently, has overgrown grass, water damage and boarded-up windows. "We bought locks to chain it up to keep... Continue Reading »

RealtyTrac Election Housing Report Finds Housing Market Worse Off than in 2008

Despite the many recent signs of life in the real estate market -- one possible explanation for why housing policy has remained largely absent from the presidential debates -- the reality is still grim. The market is far down from where it was in 2008, when the financial crisis was reaching its peak, let alone the days of... Continue Reading »

Loan Officer Mark Kupris Lifts the Lid on Deceptive Lending in 'The Liar and His Loans'

Mark Kupris is well aware of what some people think of loan officers like him. "In some eyes, I was the devil," says the narrator of his autobiographical novel, "The Liar and His Loans." That's probably because, by his own admission, Kupris, who was a mortgage loan officer during the heady days of the housing boom,... Continue Reading »

'Rock Star Home' in Petaluma Can Party Hearty (House of the Day)

A stand-out #housepornthurs submission from @FHAllenRealtors, this geometrically captivating residence is hailed as a "rock star modern home" on its listing. We see no reason to disagree. The enchanting mansion nestles into a hillside perch in Petaluma, Calif., that's blanketed with trees and vegetation. Flaunting... Continue Reading »

Historic Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia Offers a Home for the Ages (House of the Day)

Congrats to @GBRSportingClub for submitting this week's #housepornthurs winner! And a shout-out to runner-up @cbrci (Coldwell Banker RCI) for throwing their hat in the ring as well! One of a cluster of luxury homes at Greenbrier Resort, this mountain home faces the third-hole fairway of The Greenbrier golf course.... Continue Reading »

Stella McCartney's Notting Hill Home: 'Blah and Bland'? (House of the Day)

Stella McCartney, the daughter of Beatles great Paul McCartney, is famous for her sense of style. In fact, the fashion bigwig's company designed the gear of Team Great Britain for the Olympics, according to Time magazine. That makes the attention her London townhouse has recently received somewhat ironic: The... Continue Reading »

Buy the Vacant Foreclosure Next Door? Even With the Money, It's Not Always So Easy

What would you do if the vacant foreclosure next door was falling into disrepair and threatening your own home's value? If you're like Homosassa, Fla., resident Lisa Cocuzza, you'd try to buy it and fix it up. That was Cocuzza's plan five years ago when a for-sale sign went up at a vacant foreclosure across the... Continue Reading »

Manhattan Penthouse With Sky Garage (House of the Day)

Kudos to Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate for submitting this week's #housepornthurs victor, a mouth-watering New York City penthouse with jaw-dropping views. The home won by a landslide in a vote on our Facebook page against a worthy submission tweeted by Southampton Patch. Towering over Manhattan's Chelsea... Continue Reading »

What Next for Housing? 6 Americans' Concerns as Presidential Debates Loom

With the first presidential debate of the 2012 election set to kick off Wednesday, Americans may soon get a clearer picture of where President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney stand on housing and a better sense of the policies that they might implement. The 11 million people whose mortgages are underwater and... Continue Reading »

Romney's and Obama's Housing Policies: Why the Candidates Seem Reluctant to Go There

It may seem hard to believe, but this year's presidential candidates have mostly avoided discussing an industry that's largely responsible for the last five years of economic pain. That may be because, for President Barack Obama and GOP White House hopeful Mitt Romney, the subject of housing remains an extremely... Continue Reading »

Vacant Homes Plague Neighbors as Lenders Drag Feet

The vacant home next to Deborah Jackson's house (pictured at left) has been an eyesore and magnet of blight for much longer than the Chicago homeowner would care to remember. The roof of the empty townhouse, which is connected to Jackson's, is shredded and caved in, causing water to leak through Jackson's walls.... Continue Reading »

Adrienne Maloof, of 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,' Lists Beverly Park Home

Adrienne Maloof, a star of the TV show "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," has listed her home for $26 million. Maloof and her husband are reportedly letting go of their palatial mansion because they are divorcing. The chateau-style home -- which commands 2 acres of premium Beverly Hills real estate in the... Continue Reading »

Philippe Kahn's Corinthian Island Home Is a Yachtsman's Dream (House of the Day)

Congratulations to @FHAllenRealtors for submitting last week's #housepornthurs winner! Staring out over San Francisco Bay, this four-story, waterfront home on Corinthian Island, an exclusive community in Belvedere, Calif., is a yachtsman's dream -- after all, it was designed by one. The four-bedroom $11.95 million... Continue Reading »

Totally Trippy Mansion in Mukilteo, Washington (House of the Day)

Snag one seriously psychedelic piece of real estate by purchasing this $1.8 million totally far-out mansion in Mukilteo, Wash. Overlooking the Puget Sound, this home flaunts a one-of-a-kind architectural configuration that's just plain trippy. It's no wonder that our friends at Curbed have dubbed it the "most insane... Continue Reading »

Manhattan Penthouse Boasts Sleek Loft Layout and Stunning City Views (House of the Day)

This home is the winner of last week's #housepornthurs, a weekly Twitter conversation hosted by @aolrealestate in partnership with Curbed.com. (See Curbed's #housepornthurs feature here.) Tweet listings to AOL Real Estate with the hashtag #housepornthurs every Thursday for a chance to have one of your submissions featured... Continue Reading »

Security Cameras Prompt Eviction Notice at Public Housing Complex in the Bronx

A woman who took it upon herself to ramp up security in a New York City public housing complex is reportedly facing eviction for having installed surveillance cameras, even though some residents say they appreciate having the devices. Nicknamed "Big Sister" by her neighbors, Rebecca, who declined to give her last... Continue Reading »

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