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Exposing Some Common Homebuying Myths

ShutterstockFriendly advice can perpetuate common homebuying myths. By Becky Frost If you are a first-time homebuyer, friends and family members may be quick to give advice about the home-purchasing process. As a result, there could be several homebuying myths that may have found refuge in the back of your mind.... Continue Reading »

Are There Best Times to Buy, Sell or List a Home?

ShutterstockReal estate inventory tends to fluctuate by season. By Brendon DiSimone A common question from a buyer or seller is: What is the best time to buy or sell a home? In the clothing world, it makes sense to get the best "deal" on winter clothes at the end of winter and that you will likely will pay top dollar... Continue Reading »

'American Dream Builders' Episode 6: Before & After

This week on American Dream Builders, the teams faced yet another set of smaller spaces to redesign. Team Red and Team Blue headed to Glendora, CA, where two Craftsman-style homes sat awaiting their improvements. Craftsman homes are a particular style found in older neighborhoods of many American cities.... Continue Reading »

Home Equity Loans: Why They're Back, and Better

ShutterstockHave you gotten a pitch from your bank for a home equity loan? By Vera Gibbons Last year, homeowners recouped about $1.9 trillion in lost value, according to estimates from Zillow. That put more equity in our hands, and in turn led to a return in home equity lending. Granted, we're not at pre-crash levels... Continue Reading »

For-Sale Craftsman Homes, Like Those on 'American Dream Builders'

Zillow This light-filled home in Seattle is adorned with leaded-glass windows, boxed beams and a built-in dining room buffet. Craftsman homes, an early 20th-century architectural style, feature high-quality craftsmanship not always found in new constructions. "It's elegant artistically: classic materials, bay... Continue Reading »

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 »

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