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California Wildfires: Housing Markets Will Likely Feel Devastating Effects for Years

October 12, 2017 | No Comments

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Late Sunday evening, Russel Lee was relaxing on his deck in Santa Ana, CA, drinking a glass of wine. Then he smelled the smoke. He checked the local police scanner app on his phone and learned that wildfires blazing out of control were moving in on his four-bedroom townhouse in Southern California’s Orange County. […]

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All It Takes Is a Bold Buyer: Jersey’s ‘Watcher’ House Back on the Market

October 11, 2017 | No Comments

realtor.com For sale: a $1.1 million Colonial in Westfield, NJ, designed with character and charm of the early 1900s. And, if the stories are to be believed, it comes with a stalker. Cue scary music! It sounds like the stuff of horror movies. But for one couple, this was real life. The buyers thought they had purchased their dream house. […]

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7 Strange Home Goods That Prove Pumpkin Spice Has Jumped the Shark

October 11, 2017 | No Comments

TyMichael/iStock The seasons now seem to go like this: spring, summer, pumpkin spice, and winter. Because when the leaves turn and the weather grows crisp, the vast majority of Americans are all but wallowing in pumpkin spice. First of all, what exactly is pumpkin spice? As far back as 1890, cooks have been mixing together ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, […]

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Virginia Estate Once Owned by the Kennedy Family Finally Sells for $2.8M

October 11, 2017 | No Comments

realtor.com After four years on and off the market, the Middleburg, VA, estate that President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, bought as a weekend getaway has finally sold for $2.85 million, says Mary Ann McGowan, the Thomas and Talbot Real Estate agent who represented both buyer and seller. The 167-acre estate overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains […]

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Katy Perry Lists Her Hot Hollywood Hills Home for $9.45M

October 11, 2017 | No Comments

C Flanigan/Getty Images Singer Katy Perry is kissing her Hollywood Hills home goodbye. The 32-year-old listed the posh Los Angeles property in for $9,450,000, according to Variety. Perry bought the 2.33-acre spot in 2013 for $8.2 million, and it’s one of two homes that make up a compound she owns on the famed Mulholland Drive. The secluded estate adjoins the popular […]

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Home Improvement Loans: How to Find Quick Cash to Renovate Your House

October 11, 2017 | No Comments

designer491/iStock Home improvement loans sound pretty sweet: Imagine, someone actually gives you money to fix up your house! And these loans are actually plentiful if you know where to look. Here are some options to explore, and how to tell whether they’re right for you. FHA 203(k) loan The FHA 203(k) loan is a loan from the Federal Housing Administration—so that […]

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6 Big Ways to Completely Botch Buying a Home

October 11, 2017 | No Comments

mevans/iStock; realtor.com We all make careless mistakes. We accidentally undertip the waiter. We lock our keys in the car. We wear white after Labor Day. We press “send all.” It happens to the best of us. But some little mistakes can create big problems, like when you’re buying a home. A house, after all, is a huge purchase; the […]

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‘Catwoman’ Jocelyn Wildenstein Slashes Price on Trump World Tower Unit

October 10, 2017 | No Comments

Noam Galai/Getty Images Socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein has relisted her giant apartment in New York City for $11 million. While the new price isn’t exactly a bargain, it is a steep discount from the $13 million she was asking just eight short months ago. But with the property languishing on the market, the feline-featured Wildenstein—dubbed “Catwoman” for the look she achieved through […]

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5 Tips for Splitting Bills With Roommates

October 10, 2017 | No Comments

tacojim/iStock; realtor.com There are many benefits that come with roommates: the ability to rent a larger space, share cleaning duties, and easily find friends to watch a movie with. On the other hand, sharing a space with a roommate—or roommates—is not always easy and can bring on some challenges, especially when it comes to money. Here are […]

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Take Your Pets Shopping: Ikea Unveils Furniture for Dogs and Cats

October 10, 2017 | No Comments

IKEA Most cat or dog owners will tell you that Fluffy and Fido aren’t just pets—they’re members of the family (who just tend to shed a bit more than the others). So instead of shooing Fido off the sofa, it might be time to buy him his very own. To help pet parents out, Ikea unveiled a line of cat […]

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