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No Market for Hobbit Homes

No Market for Hobbit Homes

Lord of the Rings fans may have to look elsewhere to find authentic homes modeled after the Shire found in the J.R.R. Tolkien books. The developer of this unique community, Ron Meyers, is now in financial ruin and he’s placed blame on the current real estate crisis.

Extreme Home Makeovers For Sale

Extreme Home Makeovers For Sale

If you’re a fan of the Extreme Home Makeover show on ABC, now you have a chance to buy the homes. Some homeowners have decided to cash in on their new abodes by listing them in arguably one of the worst real estate climates in the last 20 years. Unfortunately […]

Inspecting an Old House: The Series

Inspecting an Old House: The Series

Evaluating an old house is a process of compromise. The need for minor repairs like painting, scrubbing tile, and freeing stuck windows may disqualify a house if its over-all appeal to you is only marginal, while major work like foundation and roofing repairs may seem acceptable if you have found […]

Open House Parties sans Kid n Play

Open House Parties sans Kid n Play

Realtors are becoming more proactive with getting potential buyers to step inside their homes or condos. For example, open house parties are popping up around the country. Invest in a DJ, drinks, a little food and the people will come.

Nevada, California, and Arizona…Oh My!

Nevada, California, and Arizona…Oh My!

In a grim sign of continuing economic troubles, a report released today indicates a 112 percent increase in foreclosures—in other words, one out of every 194 U.S. households has received a foreclosure filing. Hardest hit states include Nevada, California and Arizona.

Selling Your Home without an Agent

Selling Your Home without an Agent

Just as you can run your own construction site you can also sell your own house. Obviously the guidance and knowledge that a real estate agent provides can be well worth the costs but when margins are tight and you need to save at every step then you should consider […]

Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House For Sale

Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House For Sale

Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House will be selling by auction on May 13th, 2008 through Christie’s Realty in New York. It’s estimated to sell for $15-$25 million. This home is gorgeous and an inspiration to hundreds of architects and lovers of mid-century modern homes. We wish the same energies and focus […]

Good Time to Buy a Home?

Good Time to Buy a Home?

As real estate prices in some markets are adjusting and normalizing, many on the fence prospective home buyers are seeing an opportunity that hasn’t been an option for a few years.

Track Foreclosures in Your Market or Anywhere

Track Foreclosures in Your Market or Anywhere

After news that the IMF is proclaiming a global slowdown in the economy and a recession in the US in part due to the sub-prime mortgage crisis, we saw it fitting to provide a resources to track foreclosures in your area which can be helpful for investors and a warning […]

McMansions Lose their Luster

McMansions Lose their Luster

As McMansions continue to lose their value or sit unsold, the mainstream media has begun to pickup on this and they’ve all got an opinion on why people want smaller homes.

Rocky Start for Real Estate

Rocky Start for Real Estate

It looks like 2008 isn’t starting out so great for realtors. The housing market continues to look gloomy according to some disappointing stats released by industry experts. Chairman of the Index Committee at Standard and Poor’s, David M. Blitzer says the declining market trends of 2007 have continued to wreak […]

Remodel vs. Tear down

Remodel vs. Tear down

If you’re new to a fixer-upper, or even if you’re just considering remodeling your old house, you’ve probably addressed the renovate vs. tear down question. If not, now’s the time to do it. Of course it’s a personal decision, but there are pros and cons to each one but it’s […]

Real Estate and Home Improvement News

Real Estate and Home Improvement News

Some of the latest real estate and home improvement news from across the internets. One thing is for sure the declining home sales shakeout is effecting markets in different ways. * Rising Inflation and Slumping Home Values [NY Times] * Housing Crumbles Home Depot [Forbes]

International Buyers Head West

International Buyers Head West

photo: courtesy of www.bigfoto.com If the value of the U.S. dollar overseas has confined you to our fair continent, no worries – you’ll soon be able to live vicariously through a growing community of international property buyers.

Celebrity Real Estate Endorsements

Celebrity Real Estate Endorsements

Celebrity endorsements can jump start a business. Whether it’s fashion, nightclubs, or presidential candidates, celebrities bump the exposure and financial status of any business. This is now being played out in New York real estate as it’s not just amenities or “starchitects” that sell the building but which celeb has […]

Best States for a Home Inspection

Best States for a Home Inspection

Home inspection regulation laws are put in place to protect the homeowner from unscrupulous inspectors who may profit from making recommendations for repairs or are in cahoots with unethical real estate agents. In the last 10 years, 28 states have enacted some form of home inspection regulation. Are these laws […]

Get a Jump on a Renovation…Before Closing?

Get a Jump on a Renovation…Before Closing?

Time is money and getting a jump on planning and preparation for a remodel on a recently purchased home is a great idea but how far should you take the process before you’ve closed? The decision to not start any work on property is universal in the Brownstoner forums, but […]

What $19.5 Million Will Get You In New York’sWest Village

What $19.5 Million Will Get You In New York’s
West Village

Apartment Therapy cued us into the sale of Jennifer Bartlett’s 5 bedroom and 5 bath home/studio across the street from our offices in New York’s West Village. We’ve always found the building a bit drab from the outside considering it’s next door to the West Village’s oldest building (1820′s Federal […]