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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Adds $13M Beverly Hills Property to His Cart

August 10, 2017 | No Comments

Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images One way to ensure you don’t have to deal with the prying eyes of nosy neighbors is to buy the house next door. That’s what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has done, scooping up a Beverly Hills, CA, house next to his mansion for $12.9 million in an off-market deal, says the Los Angeles Times. […]

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6 Neighborhood Red Flags to Look for When Renting

August 10, 2017 | No Comments

Devonyu/iStock; realtor.com Finding the ideal home or apartment to rent can be tricky. Even though there’s less financial commitment than with buying, you’re still selecting a place that will be home, sweet home, for what could be years. That’s why you want to make sure that the property, as well as the neighborhood, suits your needs. Keep an eye out for these […]

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The Best of the Best Home Remodels and Gardens—Take a Look!

August 9, 2017 | No Comments

So you’re eager to remodel your home and landscape your yard. In fact, you’re chomping at the bit to rip out those 1970s-era, harvest gold–colored bathroom tiles, or maybe tame the wild, thorny jungle that is your backyard. Those looking for inspiration can check out the winners of Remodelista.com and Gardenista.com‘s annual Considered Design Awards. (Remodelista.com and Gardenista.com […]

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Only in L.A.: Filmmaker Turned Builder Is Breaking Malibu Price Records

August 9, 2017 | No Comments

realtor.com; Scott Gillen/IMDB Builder and designer Scott Gillen arrived on our radar this year when he announced a stunning (and record-setting) reclamation project in Malibu was nearly complete. The New Castle took the place of a legendary hilltop mansion destroyed by fire. Building on its ashes, Gillen created a version of the castle featuring his signature beach style. When it […]

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Plumbers Reveal: 9 Crazy Things That Will Absolutely Clog Your Pipes

August 9, 2017 | No Comments

AwakenedEye/iStock There’s no denying that plumbing is a messy business; most of us cringe at the thought of the nightmarish stuff plumbing pros encounter on a daily basis. Indeed, our expert sources tell us they’ve pulled everything you can imagine from pipes and drains—from a pair of dentures to 10 pounds of wheat (seriously) to a […]

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Mortgage Closings Just Took a Big Step Into the Digital Age

August 9, 2017 | No Comments

Chris Gash for The Wall Street Journal Borrowers used to closing on a mortgage in a conference room surrounded by other parties to the transaction may soon be in for a pleasant surprise. The ink-free, paper-free, meeting-free remote mortgage closing is finally here. On July 28, Peter Mueller and his wife, Patty, refinanced the mortgage […]

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How Long Is Mortgage Pre-Approval Good For?

August 9, 2017 | No Comments

MattKay/iStock If you want to show sellers you’re seriously interested in buying their home, getting mortgage pre-approval is a critical first step. It proves that, after digging through your financials, a lender is willing to give you money to buy a house. “Getting pre-approved is a great way to differentiate yourself when making an offer,” says Linda Walters, […]

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NBA Legend Scottie Pippen Takes Another Shot at Selling Illinois Home

August 9, 2017 | No Comments

Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for American Express Once again, ex-Chicago Bulls superstar Scottie Pippen is trying to hand off his mansion in a swanky suburb north of Chicago. Pippen just relisted the 10,500-square-foot home for $2,795,000 through a private network, according to the Chicago Tribune. The listing agent is Vikki Wolin of Coldwell Banker in Highland Park, IL. Pippen initially listed […]

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Rebranded as the Palace Royale, This Luxe Illinois Mansion Still Seeks a Buyer

August 8, 2017 | No Comments

realtor.com We’ve come to expect lavish estates in Beverly Hills, CA, and Palm Beach, FL—but not in the suburbs of Chicago. A familiar sight to locals, this 30,000-square-foot estate now known as Palace Royale in the unlikely locale of Burr Ridge, IL, just went on the market for $10.95 million. Michael Lafido of Marketing Luxury Group is the listing agent. The […]

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5 Reasons Why FSBO Sales Fail

August 8, 2017 | No Comments

nazdravie/iStock For-Sale-by-Owner, or FSBO, transactions are commonly seen in seller’s markets or whenever homeowners want to maximize their profits by not having to pay commission. However, statistics show that selling your home with the assistance of a professional real estate agent will garner you a higher profit, enough to cover the commission as well as put […]

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