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Revealed: Most Popular Cities for Renters on the Go

Providing insight into the patterns of today's renters, realtor.com® recently named the 10 most searched cities on the realtor.com® rentals mobile application for iOS and Android since the launch of the application. ...


Great Spaces: The “Scarface” Mansion

Say hello to my little friend! Actually, it’s not that little—it’s a behemoth. It’s hard to talk about Al Pacino’s Cuban refugee Tony Montana without dropping many colorful, yet inappropriate, expletives, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that this ...


Hot Property: Singer Chris Brown Left his Mark in Home, Moves on

(MCT)--Chris Brown, the singer whose Hollywood Hills house once drew the ire of neighbors for its graffiti-like artwork, has sold his hillside residence for $1.69 million. ...


Many Factors Impact Retirement-Savings Risk Decisions

(MCT)—A basic tenet of retirement planning instructs investors to tilt their sails to more conservative shores as their retirement beachhead nears. ...


5 Things a Real Estate Lawyer Can Do

If you're looking to buy or sell a home or other property, you're probably already talking to a real estate broker and a mortgage lender. But what about a real estate lawyer? ...


Your Place: Though Home Sales Lag, Multiple Offers Are Common

(MCT)—I was talking with real estate agent Jane Wellbrock a few weeks back about the increasing number of multiple bids for what are, in most of the Philadelphia region, too few houses for sale. ...


Living Smart: Tips to Weigh Before Closing in on a Fence

(MCT)—Top-rated fencing pros tell our team that, based on the average price for material type, and a typical fence length of 200 linear feet, here’s what you could spend: ...


Hot Property: A New Scene for Their Acts?

Megan Fox of the “Transformers” films and Brian Austin Green of “Beverly Hills, 90210” fame have listed their home in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood for sale at $3.995 million. ...


15 Ways to Cut Costs (and Add Joy) to Your Summer Trip

The expensive vacations your family typically takes rarely leave you feeling as happy as you’d hoped, and they put a terrible squeeze on your bank account. For the sake of your fulfillment and your finances, you’re willing to try to cut expenses ...


Getting Started: Reasons to Consider a Roth while Young

(MCT)—Saving for retirement when you’re young is a prudent financial step. ...


Housing Market’s ‘Normal’ State Difficult to Gauge

(MCT)—This might be the year in which U.S. housing markets return to normal, judging by real estate industry statements and predictions. But what exactly is “normal” in housing, and how close are local markets to that standard? ...


The Truth Behind College Cost Myths

(MCT)—Whenever we write about how much it costs to go to college, we hear from a lot of readers. ...


Hot Property: Dr. Dre Moves His Money around LA’s Westside

(MCT)—Dr. Dre has popped his Hollywood Hills West home on the market at $35 million. ...


Home Theaters Are Growing in Popularity

(MCT)—Joe “J.C.” Ganote celebrated Father’s Day with his son and grandchildren at his home in Lee’s Summit, Mo. But if the younger Ganotes hadn’t made the cross-country trip from San Diego, you can bet that grandpa would have logged on to Skype ...


What Is Sick House Syndrome, and What Causes It?

Sick House Syndrome occurs when a house can’t “breathe” and rid itself of indoor pollutants, resulting in poor indoor air quality – a “sick house.” Inadequate ventilation allows these pollutants to build up, causing potential health risks to the home’s occupants. Young ...


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