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Will Trump’s Tax Plan Help or Hurt the Housing Market?

April 27, 2017 | No Comments

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images President Donald Trump‘s proposed tax plan, which his administration is touting as the “biggest tax cuts in history,” might not be a net positive for home buyers, sellers, and owners, real estate professionals say. The National Association of Realtors® swiftly came out with a statement critiquing the first draft of the plan released […]

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What Is a Cash-Out Refinance? Get a Stack of Cash From Your Home Equity

April 27, 2017 | No Comments

Kuzma/iStock Need a large chunk of change to start a business, pay down debt, or finance your child’s college tuition? If your home value has increased, one option is to use a cash-out refinance. Anything that talks about “cashing out” sure sounds good, right? But before you sign up, let’s discuss the cash-out refinance rules—and the […]

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Versailles-Inspired Mansion in NYC Is Most Expensive New Listing

April 27, 2017 | No Comments

Walk down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and you might be forgiven for overlooking this Beaux Arts mansion surrounded by newer and larger buildings. The historic manse on the Upper East Side is available for $50 million, making it this week’s most expensive new listing on realtor.com®. Completed in the early 1900s by Grand Central Terminal architects […]

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Rental Potholes—and How to Avoid Falling Into Them

April 27, 2017 | No Comments

whitemay/iStock Until you have the money to buy your own home, renting is eventually a part of just about every person’s life. And typically this transaction tends to work out just fine. Until it doesn’t. Because there is indeed plenty that can go wrong, leaving renters learning some difficult lessons through trial and error. To make sure […]

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Learnin’ to Buy? Tom Petty’s Former Encino Home Has a Sordid Past

April 27, 2017 | No Comments

Harmony Gerber/WireImage The Encino, CA, home that once belonged to rock legend Tom Petty has been through fire, divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure, tenants from hell, and even a SWAT team invasion. After all the drama, it recently staggered back on the market for $2.83 million. The current homeowner is JPMorgan Chase bank, which is committed to selling the property in 90 days. […]

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8 Home Painting Hacks That Will Change Your Life

April 27, 2017 | No Comments

fermate/iStock; RelaxFoto.de /iStock Of all the DIY projects you might tackle during your days as a homeowner, painting a room seems like the easiest. After all, people let their kids do it, right? But painting a room isn’t as simple as picking your favorite color and slapping it on the wall. In fact, there’s plenty of potential […]

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Have an Underwater Mortgage? These Solutions Can Help You Come Up for Air

April 26, 2017 | No Comments

DigtialStorm/iStock If you’ve found yourself unable to afford your mortgage payments, you’re not alone. In fact, 3.2 million households find themselves in that position, according to Black Knight Financial Services. In the real estate world, many people refer to this as an underwater mortgage. So what does that all-too-common euphemism actually mean and what are your […]

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CNN Anchor Jake Tapper Sells Washington, DC, Home for $1.4M

April 26, 2017 | No Comments

Brooks Kraft/ Getty Images CNN anchor Jake Tapper has parted ways with his four-bedroom house on a private cul-de-sac in Washington, DC, selling the clapboard home for $1.4 million, according to the Washington Post. Tapper and his wife, Jennifer, bought the home in the Northwest neighborhood in 2007 for $1.2 million. The Post says the couple, who have two […]

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Best Kept Secret in Austin: This Amazing $3.5M Creative Retreat

April 26, 2017 | No Comments

realtor.com An eclectic and creative retreat in the middle of one of Austin‘s hippest, densest neighborhoods has hit the market for $3.5 million—and it comes with endless possibilities. Dubbed the “Sekrit Theater” by locals (misspelling deliberate), the parcel includes a main home, a tiny cabin made of repurposed materials from New Orleans’ 9th Ward, a freestanding glass-and-steel atrium, an […]

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How to Regrout Tile in Your Kitchen, Bathroom, and Beyond

April 26, 2017 | No Comments

abbesses/iStock If you have tile in your bathroom, kitchen, or other area of your home, sooner or later you will want to know how to regrout it. And for good reason: Grout—that cement filler between your tiles—can get discolored or dirty, despite your best efforts to clean it. And over time, grout can break apart, leaving a crumbly […]

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