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  • Squatter-battered San Francisco house sells for $400K over asking price

    The listing agent said she 'almost started to cry' when she saw how quickly the house had deteriorated. She priced it as a contractor's special at $799,000 -- but it sold for $1,210,000, all cash.

    The listing agent said she 'almost started to cry' when she saw how quickly the house had deteriorated. She priced it as a contractor's special at $799,000 -- but it sold for $1,210,000, all cash.

  • Pending home sales point to hopeful sign for housing
    Pending home sales point to hopeful sign for housing

    Signed contracts to buy existing homes rose 3.1 percent from January, according to the National Association of Realtors.

    Pending home sales point to hopeful sign for housing

    Signed contracts to buy existing homes rose 3.1 percent from January, according to the National Association of Realtors.

  • Rent or buy? Depends on your 'horizon': Zillow
    Rent or buy? Depends on your 'horizon': Zillow

    Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries tells CNBC's "On the Money" that home ownership is a good bet when "buying is more advantageous than renting."

    Rent or buy? Depends on your 'horizon': Zillow

    Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries tells CNBC's "On the Money" that home ownership is a good bet when "buying is more advantageous than renting."

  • Floating trees bring forest to urban apartments, cleaning air and muting noise

    25 Verde in Italy has 150 potted trees hanging from its sides, and the steel beams are molded to look like a forest, too. The cladding: a million larch shingles.

    Photos: Treehouse apartments

    25 Verde in Italy has 150 potted trees hanging from its sides, and the steel beams are molded to look like a forest, too. The cladding: a million larch shingles.

  • 9 Easy Steps to Prepare Your Spring Garden

    For proper garden preparation and to ensure a glorious bounty of blooms, get your garden ready this spring by following these easy nine steps.

    For proper garden preparation and to ensure a glorious bounty of blooms, get your garden ready this spring by following these easy nine steps.

  • Robin Thicke sells home, a pre-wedding gift from dad, for $4.9M -- $2M more than he first asked

    The news is probably welcome after the breakup of his 20-year relationship with his high school sweetheart and his 'Blurred Lines' legal defeat.

    Photos: Robin Thicke's longtime family home

    The news is probably welcome after the breakup of his 20-year relationship with his high school sweetheart and his 'Blurred Lines' legal defeat.

  • Spider-Man -- er, Stan Lee -- lists Hollywood Hills home

    The comic book legend has never been shy about using his star power. This time the 92-year-old creator appears alongside Spidey in a listing photo.

    Photos: Spider-Man's -- er, Stan Lee's -- Hollywood Hills home

    The comic book legend has never been shy about using his star power. This time the 92-year-old creator appears alongside Spidey in a listing photo.

  • House flippers' new tactic: Crowdfunding

    Unlike during the housing boom, some house flippers can't get mortgages to ply their trade. Instead they are turning to crowdfunding.

    House flippers' new tactic: Crowdfunding

    Unlike during the housing boom, some house flippers can't get mortgages to ply their trade. Instead they are turning to crowdfunding.

  • 7 Cheap and Easy Ways to Give Your Kitchen a Facelift

    If a complete overhaul is out of the question due to time or budget constraints, below you’ll find seven cheap and easy ways to give your kitchen a facelift.

    If a complete overhaul is out of the question due to time or budget constraints, below you’ll find seven cheap and easy ways to give your kitchen a facelift.

  • Rundown trailer for sale at $1.2 million (after price increase)

    The property is about a third of an acre in the Hamptons, and it cost the owner $300 when he bought it in 1956.

    Photos: $1.2 million Hamptons trailer

    The property is about a third of an acre in the Hamptons, and it cost the owner $300 when he bought it in 1956.

  • Mortgage applications at highest level since January

    Mortgage applications soared to the highest level since January last week, thanks to the lowest interest rates since February.

    Mortgage applications at highest level since January

    Mortgage applications soared to the highest level since January last week, thanks to the lowest interest rates since February.

  • Sold! Peek inside this $46M Los Angeles mansion

    Liongate, a Los Angeles estate, once listed at $65 million, has been sold for $46 million. While that may seem like a big discount, it solidly outpaces its 2010 price.

    Sold! Peek inside this $46M Los Angeles mansion

    Liongate, a Los Angeles estate, once listed at $65 million, has been sold for $46 million. While that may seem like a big discount, it solidly outpaces its 2010 price.

  • Here's the backstory on the bounce in new home sales

    The pace of new home sales in February jumped to the highest level in seven years, but it may be all about demand and the lack of supply.

    Here's the backstory on the bounce in new home sales

    The pace of new home sales in February jumped to the highest level in seven years, but it may be all about demand and the lack of supply.

  • THIS masks a nasty surprise for homebuyers

    Extremely low mortgage rates may be putting would-be homebuyers in a tough spot when they're ready to sell, Zillow's Stan Humphries warns.

    THIS masks a nasty surprise for homebuyers

    Extremely low mortgage rates may be putting would-be homebuyers in a tough spot when they're ready to sell, Zillow's Stan Humphries warns.

  • Inside the Minecraft billionaire's bachelor pad

    "Secret Lives of the Super Rich" got an exclusive tour of Minecraft founder Markus Persson's 23,000-square-foot Beverly Hills, California, mansion from its builder, fashion magnate Bruce …

    Inside the Minecraft billionaire's bachelor pad

    "Secret Lives of the Super Rich" got an exclusive tour of Minecraft founder Markus Persson's 23,000-square-foot Beverly Hills, California, mansion from its builder, fashion magnate Bruce Makowsky.

  • Why housing has a supply problem

    Total home sales are still running below expectations for the year. Don't blame winter weather, though. Blame the lack of inventory.

    Why housing has a supply problem

    Total home sales are still running below expectations for the year. Don't blame winter weather, though. Blame the lack of inventory.

  • Another Fannie Freddie bailout? No way: Dick Bove

    The buzz about another possible bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac doesn't make any sense, says Dick Bove. Here's why.

    Another Fannie Freddie bailout? No way: Dick Bove

    The buzz about another possible bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac doesn't make any sense, says Dick Bove. Here's why.

  • Existing home sales hit 4.88 million units in February, vs. expectations of 4.9 million units

    This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters forecast existing homes sales to have gained 1.7 percent in the month of February to an annual rate of …

    Existing home sales hit 4.88 million units in February, vs. expectations of 4.9 million units

    This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters forecast existing homes sales to have gained 1.7 percent in the month of February to an annual rate of 4.9 million units.

  • The 5 big steps to buying your first home

    You should have been laying the groundwork already. Now here's what you do to complete the homebuying process.

    You should have been laying the groundwork already. Now here's what you do to complete the homebuying process.

  • The 10 most cost-effective ways to update your bathroom, all less than $600

    According to Pro.com, the average bathroom remodel in the U.S. costs around $21,000 -- but you can make changes that are much less expensive.

    According to Pro.com, the average bathroom remodel in the U.S. costs around $21,000 -- but you can make changes that are much less expensive.

  • The 20 hardest-working cities in the U.S.

    These 20 places work harder than any other--but that's not always a good thing.

    These 20 places work harder than any other--but that's not always a good thing.

  • KB Home stock jumps on strong earnings

    KB Home's shares were up sharply after the company reported better-than-expected first quarter earnings on Friday.

    KB Home stock jumps on strong earnings

    KB Home's shares were up sharply after the company reported better-than-expected first quarter earnings on Friday.

  • Follow these tips to sell your house this spring

    Today's homebuyers are a nit-picky, recession-scarred bunch, and they want to get serious value for their hard-earned cash. Some tips to woo them.

    Follow these tips to sell your house this spring

    Today's homebuyers are a nit-picky, recession-scarred bunch, and they want to get serious value for their hard-earned cash. Some tips to woo them.

  • Bloop! NeNe Leakes of 'Real Housewives' buys country club mansion

    Luckily it has two kitchens, because as size-10 NeNe says: 'I probably could go down to a size 8, but ... I'm [bleeping] hungry.'

    Photos: New mansion for NeNe Leakes of 'Real Housewives'

    Luckily it has two kitchens, because as size-10 NeNe says: 'I probably could go down to a size 8, but ... I'm [bleeping] hungry.'

  • Realtors barely have time to talk in this city

    Companies moving to Charlotte are boosting housing demand, resulting in prices rising 8 percent in February from a year ago.

    Realtors barely have time to talk in this city

    Companies moving to Charlotte are boosting housing demand, resulting in prices rising 8 percent in February from a year ago.

  • Want to buy a European castle? Now's your chance

    Luxury real estate in Europe has gotten a lot cheaper in recent months with the stronger dollar and rising inventories.

    Want to buy a European castle? Now's your chance

    Luxury real estate in Europe has gotten a lot cheaper in recent months with the stronger dollar and rising inventories.

  • Mortgage applications fall 3.9% despite drop in rates

    A tiny pullback in interest rates did nothing to improve mortgage application volume. The total tally fell 3.9 percent for the week ending March 13th from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers …

    Mortgage applications fall 3.9% despite drop in rates

    A tiny pullback in interest rates did nothing to improve mortgage application volume. The total tally fell 3.9 percent for the week ending March 13th from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Associations (MBA). The numbers are seasonally adjusted.

  • Tom Cruise lists L.A. compound

    The $13 million two-parcel estate sits on its own knoll over Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills.

    The $13 million two-parcel estate sits on its own knoll over Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills.

  • Goodbye, Times Square: Toys R Us leaving flagship

    Toys R Us will not renew its lease for the 110,000-square-foot retail location in the Times Square area, according to Commercial Observer.

    Goodbye, Times Square: Toys R Us leaving flagship

    Toys R Us will not renew its lease for the 110,000-square-foot retail location in the Times Square area, according to Commercial Observer.

  • Where down payments are the lowest...and highest

    Homebuyers in areas with the lowest costs are making half the down payments as those in more expensive areas, according to new data from RealtyTrac.

    THIS masks a nasty surprise for homebuyers

    Homebuyers in areas with the lowest costs are making half the down payments as those in more expensive areas, according to new data from RealtyTrac.

 
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