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Costs to Incorporate Green Features

The cost to make a home green (energy efficiency, water and indoor quality, etc.) is higher than the cost of construction of other homes, and this differential may persist as more builders enter the green market. However, builder experience with green technique ...


5 Things You Shouldn’t Keep in Your Car

For many people, a car is like a traveling storage bin. But there are some things you shouldn't keep in your car -- unless you want potential thieves to purloin your personal information. ...


The Dying Dining Room

The dining room isn’t what it used to be. ...


Brave Buyers: The “American Horror Story” House Is on the Market

The Alfred F. Rosenheim estate, otherwise known as the “Murder House” featured on “American Horror Story,” is now up for grabs! Originally built as a private home in 1908, the home boasts an enormous wooden interior that has quite the history attached ...


The Legal Ins and Outs of Buying a House with Someone

Many people consider buying a house together for many different reasons. Whether it is your first-time home or an investment property, buying a house together does have its perks. If done with care, this arrangement can be very beneficial in getting you a house that you may not have otherwise ...


Today’s Teenagers Will Rock Real Estate

Sea changes are in store for residential real estate ten years from now. Millions of new households will lift rental and starter home markets, half of the new families will be minorities and their ability to access mortgage finance will determine whether ...


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 ...


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