Secrets to Getting Multiple Offers on a Home

ShutterstockDon't assume your home will get multiple offers. By Brendon DiSimone Homeowners hear that the real estate market has finally turned a corner and assume that means multiple offers and bidding wars are back. Even if your town is buzzing with real estate activity and sales are picking up, it doesn't mean that... Continue Reading »

For Sale: Affordable Homes in the Most Affordable Markets

ZillowWhat's affordable in Minneapolis? This charming and updated three-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow. By Sharona Ott Some metros are known for their sky-high home prices. However, metros with affordable homes for sale do exist! We define a market as affordable if a buyer who makes the area's median income can afford... Continue Reading »

Sellers, the Real FSBO Deal Demands Preparation

The Associated PressIt's common home sellers to wonder if they can go at it alone. By Brendon DiSimone Many sellers entertain the idea of selling their home without an agent. They always have. Particularly today, with so much information online, many believe that the Internet weakened the role of the agent; that the... Continue Reading »

For Sale: Jack Osbourne's Spanish-Style LA Home

ZillowJack Osbourne's newly renovated, 1926 gated home has high ceilings with Spanish-style beams. APJack Osbourne By Emily Heffter Perhaps inspired by his sister's quick sale of her Hollywood Hills starter home, Jack Osbourne has listed his Spanish-style four-bedroom, four-bath home in the Los Feliz neighborhood... Continue Reading »

For Sale: Wayne Gretzky's Thousand Oaks Mansion

ZillowThe front door of Wayne Gretzky's house is flanked by immaculate hedges and looks onto a tiered black fountain. APJanet Jones and Wayne Gretzky By Emily Heffter Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and his wife, actress Janet Jones, have fixed up their Thousand Oaks, Calif., mansion and are selling it for $10.5... Continue Reading »

10 Most Expensive Homes on the Market

Source: Hilton & HylandThe Beverly House was once owned by publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst and actress Marion Davies. By Catherine Sherman If good things come in threes, then we're due for another multimillion-dollar home sale. The Copper Beech estate in Greenwich, Conn., just sold for $120 million,... Continue Reading »

Zillow Mortgage Marketplace: 30-Year Loan Hits 6-Week Low

ZillowThe 30-year fixed rate is down from 4.20 percent last week. By Alexa Fiander Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell over the past week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace at 4.14 percent, down from 4.20 percent at this same time last week. The 30-year fixed... Continue Reading »

Jack Reacher Author Buys Expedia CEO's Co-op

ZillowThe four-bedroom, three-bath unit in The Orwell House has a view of New York City's Central Park. By Emily Heffter Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has sold his co-op on New York's Upper West Side to the author of the Jack Reacher book series. Jim Grant, known commonly by the pen name Lee Child, bought... Continue Reading »

Copper Beech Estate Sets Record, Selling for $120 Million

ZillowCopper Beech is apparently the reigning champ for single-family residential sales in the United States. By Catherine Sherman When Copper Beech Farm hit the market for $190 million in May 2013, the Greenwich, Conn., home made headlines for stealing the title for the most expensive residential listing, ever. Even... Continue Reading »

After Record-Breaking Sale, Mega-Mansion Is a Rental

ZillowAmenities at Fleur de Lys include a movie theater, ballroom, tennis court, gym and space to entertain 1,000. By Emily Heffter The buyers of the Los Angeles mega-mansion Fleur de Lys have now put it back on the market -- as a rental. Two weeks after buying the 50,000-square-foot home for a record-breaking... Continue Reading »

For Sale: Trisha Yearwood's Charming House in the Country

ZillowTrisha Yearwood's house in Brentwood, Tenn., has been the setting for her Food Network TV show. By Emily Heffter Country music star Trisha Yearwood is selling her countryside home outside Nashville. The charming white house has been the setting for the Grammy-winner's Food Network TV show, "Trisha's Southern... Continue Reading »

Designs for Small Spaces, as Seen on 'American Dream Builders'

NBC, ZillowOn "American Dream Builders," a modular home becomes a "modern cottage," complete with white plank walls and simple features. By Erika Riggs This week on "American Dream Builders," the teams were temporarily disbanded and the contestants partnered up to work on an empty modular home. Their new spaces would... Continue Reading »

Today's Modular Homes Offer Flexibility, and More Strength

MEKA, Inc.Modular homes are houses manufactured off-site, transported and then assembled on residential land. By Catherine Sherman In the latest episode of NBC's home renovation show "American Dream Builders," the remaining contestants were given four identical, modular homes to showcase their creativity. With their... Continue Reading »

'American Dream Builders,' Episode 5 Recap: Modular Matchup

NBC, Zillow By Emily Heffter Each week, Zillow Blog will provide a recap of NBC's new home renovation show, "American Dream Builders," hosted by celebrity designer Nate Berkus. Zillow is proud to be partnered with the show in its debut season. The show airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT). This week on the... Continue Reading »

For Sale: 6 Princely Settings for 'Game of Thrones' Viewing

ZillowThis Texas castle's grand banquet hall could accommodate an army. By Catherine Sherman Where are you watching "Game of Thrones"? With the hit HBO show back for a fourth season, now is the perfect time to dream about a Red Keep of your own. Maybe a medieval-style fortress with turrets galore? Or, perhaps a... Continue Reading »

Sofia Vergara Buys Beverly Hills Villa for $10.6 Million

ZillowThe home's dramatic decor includes carved ceilings, inlaid floors, and multiple fireplaces and terraces APSofia Vergara of "Modern Family" By Emily Heffter There's more than enough room for Sofia Vergara's entire "Modern Family" in the seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom home she bought in Beverly Hills. The... Continue Reading »

How to Lower Your Property Taxes

AlamyHomeowners cannot contest their property tax rates, but they may be able to lower the assessed value. By Mary Boone Death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin espoused their certainty, but it's doubtful even he knew how difficult it would be to avoid the latter -- especially property taxes. No matter where you live in the... Continue Reading »

U.S. Counties Hitting the Highs (and Lows) in Property Taxes

ZillowWhere does your county stack up? See the full chart below. The second biggest cost of homeownership -- following the mortgage -- is usually property taxes. In 2012, U.S. homeowners paid an average of about $2,800 in property taxes, according to a recent Zillow study. And if you live in New York, New Jersey, or... Continue Reading »

For Sale: Walt Disney's Dramatically Located Desert Getaway

The former Walt Disney home's whimsical features include an elaborate ceiling fan from the film "Casablanca." By Emily Heffter First there was Disneyland. And then there was the zipline that Walt Disney installed at this Palm Desert weekend retreat for his A-list friends. Among the famous stars who partied at this... Continue Reading »

For Sale: Homes With Exercise as an Option

ZillowAn elegant ballet studio is only one of several recreational options in this Florida home. By Sharona Ott The hardest part of going to the gym isn't the workout -- it's leaving the house and getting there. For those stay-at-home types, these homes offer fun exercise options without having to walk farther than... Continue Reading »

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