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Texas Rangers Ace Cole Hamels Selling Unfinished Megamansion in Missouri

August 11, 2017 | No Comments

Joe Robbins/Getty Images Texas Rangers‘ ace Cole Hamels needs a closer to come in and finish off the Ozarks mansion he’s selling for $9.75 million. Located just outside of Branson, MO, the home is built in a French provincial style and features nearly 32,000 square feet of living space. There are 10 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, six half-baths, and four […]

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Reflect on This: 3 Things You Should Never Do With Mirrors—and 5 Things You Should

August 11, 2017 | No Comments

Terraxplorer/iStock In the world of home decor, mirrors can be a magical design tool. They can brighten a dark room. They can make a tiny space look much bigger. And they can add an affordable touch of glamour to even the most ordinary of spaces. But you shouldn’t hang mirrors just anywhere. Decorating with mirrors comes with […]

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Can the Property Brothers Get $1M for the ‘Ugliest House on the Block’?

August 11, 2017 | No Comments

Bravo Reality TV stars Jonathan and Drew Scott are pros at renovating homes, but in the latest “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling,” you have to wonder if they’re a bit off their rockers when they vow to take the “ugliest house on the block” and—through a few smart upgrades—turn it around and sell it for a million bucks. Come on, guys, […]

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How to Clean a Bedroom (Because It’s Filthier Than You Think)

August 11, 2017 | No Comments

vadimguzhva/iStock Determining effective strategies for thoroughly cleaning your bedroom probably isn’t the kind of thing keeping you up at night. But maybe it should be. Because this all-important room in your home gets seriously gunky.  And even though you spend roughly a third of your life there, the bedroom likely lingers low on your list of housekeeping priorities—all […]

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Eminem Selling Michigan Mansion for Less Than Half of What He Paid

August 11, 2017 | No Comments

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for MTV Poor Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers). Although Rolling Stone magazine declared him one of the top 100 artists of all time, he hasn’t been as fortunate when it comes to investing in real estate. He’s just listed his 17,500-square-foot Michigan mansion for $2 million, less than half of the $4.75 million he paid for the place […]

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Disadvantages of Buying a Short Sale: A Deal This Good Comes With Risks

August 11, 2017 | No Comments

Fancy/Veer/Corbis via Getty Images A short sale is the process of selling a home for a price that won’t cover the cost of the outstanding mortgage. It’s a disheartening situation for sellers who find themselves in financial distress, although it can be their only option. But for buyers, a short sale can be a chance to buy […]

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You Can Purchase the Privilege to Tear Down a Bit of Bel Air History for $10M

August 10, 2017 | No Comments

realtor.com Only in places such as posh Bel Air, CA, will you see a $9.9 million property offered as an “exciting developer/contractor opportunity.” In real estate parlance, those words mean “tear-down.” And for the wheelbarrow full of money a buyer will need, the land underneath the existing structure must be quite spectacular. We can confirm it is. The property, known as Capo di Monte […]

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Is Trump Boosting the Housing Market in Bedminster, NJ—or Destroying It?

August 10, 2017 | No Comments

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images Chances are good that until recently, you never heard of Bedminster, NJ. But this once-sleepy rural town is now on just about everyone’s radar, thanks to the ascension of President Donald Trump, and the frequent sojourns to his Trump National Golf Club, aka the “Summer White House,” located there. In fact, the 45th president is in […]

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Built in 1877, Historic Hamptons Home Hits Market for Whopping $55M

August 10, 2017 | No Comments

realtor.com It’s another sizzling summer season in the Hamptons. A beachfront property known as Kilkare has washed up on the market for $55 million. It’s only the second time in 140 years that the shingle-style vacation getaway in Wainscott, NY, has been up for sale. Built in 1877 by ship carpenters, the three-story, 5000-square-foot beach house has been “compassionately restored with […]

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Mortgage Rates Slide to 6-Week Low as North Korea Worries Drive Bond Rally

August 10, 2017 | No Comments

Getty Images Rates for home loans slid to a 6-week low as mounting geopolitical worries drove investors into safe-haven bonds, mortgage provider Freddie Mac said Thursday. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.90% in the August 10 week, down from 3.93%. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.18%, unchanged during the week. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate […]

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