Real Estate Headlines Featuring Dexter, Midnight Red, Fredo and More

The Grammys were last night and the Super Bowl is less than a week away. Before you know it you’ll be realizing you don’t have a Valentine’s Day gift, but before you start questioning where the first month of 2014 has gone here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines:

This might be the most useful article for homeowners who don’t live in Florida, Arizona or California: how to make walkways safe in icy conditions.

The Wall Street Journal has named their “house of the year” and it just happens to be the place where Fredo died in  The Godfather, Part II.

This will blow your mind. Home owners in a typical zip code spend $1.9 million to remodel their homes.

Business Insider has 14 real estate terms that everyone should understand.

Home sales in 2013 were at the strongest level in 7 years.

Let’s see. You could buy an iPad air, a GoPro Camera, or 4 homes in Detroit.

Dexter didn’t make a killing on the sale of his home but star Michael C. Hall still got $2 million for his Hollywood Hills pad.

Have you seen how U.S. boy band Midnight Red reacted to winning the first ever Coldwell Banker #HomeRocks award? Two words: bubble wrap.

A family of four is living in a 168 sq. ft. home. The address? 2 Close For Comfort Street.

And finally, this home on an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine is an amazing green getaway.

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Real Estate Headlines Featuring Investing, Robert Pattinson, MLK and More

It’s still early in 2014, but things are starting to heat up. The Super Bowl matchup is set. The Grammys are coming this week. Then the Super Bowl makes its first cold weather appearance in decades. Before you know it, spring selling season will be here, but before the week gets the best of you here is your weekly dose of real estate headlines:

Could passive real estate investing be the most reliable investment this year?

Dubai real estate deals topped $64 billion in 2013.

Can rising tides really impact real estate values?

Twilight star, Robert Pattinson, sells his Spanish-style LA home that he once shared with Kristen Stewart.

Interesting story on how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had an impact on housing.

Are young Americans on a home ownership strike?

This upside-down house in Russia is insane.

AOL Real Estate has a slideshow of some pretty incredible glass houses. Owners are encouraged not to throw stones.

Annie Leibovitz has sold her NYC compound for $28.5 million.

And finally, there are only a few days left to vote in the fist ever #HomeRocks award for the best song about home in 2013. Drake fans are falling down on the job.

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Real Estate Headlines Featuring Seth Myers, 3D Printers and Renter Tips

Welcome to the middle of January where colder temps, NFL playoffs and college hoops find their foothold. Before you know it you’ll be making plans for Valentine’s Day, but before you do here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines:

Eminent Domain looks to be a major real estate story in 2014.

Can you seriously build a house in 24 hours with a 3D printer?

This is easily the most unique waterfront home I’ve come across.

So why do Moscow millionaires want English-style country homes?

Are “skinny homes” going to be the new trend in Canadian housing?

Yahoo has a list of the 24 tiniest homes on earth.

MoneySmart.org has some tips on how to save money on home renovations.

ApartmentTherapy.com shares 10 good tips for renters to feel at home.

And finally, SNL alum and soon to be Late Night host, Seth Myers, just dropped $3.5 million on…wait for it…a 995 sq. ft. condo in the West Village.

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Real Estate Headlines Featuring Leonardo, Katy Perry and Bitcoin

Welcome to 2014. Sure I’m a week late in wishing you a “Merry New Year” but I’m happy to see you back with us to start the year off right. Before you get all caught up in how you’ve already broken your new year’s resolution, here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines:

Leonardo DiCaprio might be the Wolf of Wall Street, but he’s also made a Titanic sale for his home in Malibu.

Would you use Bitcoin to buy a multi-million dollar home? Only in Vegas…

Which state has the highest property taxes? My home state of New Jersey, but surprisingly Hawaii is one of the lowest.

Yahoo shares 5 ways to make a mortgage move faster.

Katy Perry can roar about how this “California Gurl” can set off fireworks because she fulfilled her teenage dream of selling her home for $5.65 million. (see what I did there? ok, just making sure.)

File this under things that don’t surprise me: The Manhattan real estate and rental market is hot.

I definitely want – no scratch that – I need one of these home spas at my house.

And finally, don’t you want a dome for your home? Here’s a DIY guide to turn your home into The Shire.

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Real Estate Headlines for the Last Days of 2013

Oh 2013. Where did you go so quickly? Take this time to reflect on all that happened. But before you settle in on a new year’s resolution for 2014, here is your weekly dose of real estate headlines to close out the year.

New home sales have posted solid numbers to close out the year.

What was the biggest real estate story of 2013? How about homeowners gaining $2.2 trillion in equity?

Who wants to live in a haunted house? Turns out quite a few people don’t mind.

Turns out 2013 was a huge year for real estate records according to Business Insider.

These are some truly incredible kids spaces.

A new study claims that staging your home properly doesn’t influence selling price.

What was our most popular blog post of 2013? Would you believe it had to do with April Fool’s Day?

Everyone is predicting the real estate market in 2014, but how about the real estate market in 2030?

US News has a list of the 10 most competitive rental markets. No surprise that New York City is #1, but #2 is actually Portland.

And finally, this home looks like it is straight out of a video game.

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Real Estate Headlines with Some Christmas Cheer

Twas’ the week of Christmas and all through our house. Creatures are still stirring as work is about. The stockings are hung by the artificial fireplace with care in the hopes that something tasty and chocolate will be stuffed in there. While we all wish we were still nestled in bed, here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines to run through your head.

This story deserves coal in its stocking: Expect Higher Mortgage Rates in 2014.

Santa Claus came early for Rob Lowe as he found a buyer for his luxurious $42 million home in Montecito, CA.

Got mega millions like Ebenezer Scrooge? This article recommends buying real estate and not stocks, bonds or gold.

There are no turtle doves or lords a leaping in this list, but Home Buyer Nation has 32 mortgage experts reveal tips for first time buyers.

You may not believe it, but more people will be saying I’ll Be Home for Christmas in Namibia. Yes, Namibia. It’s probably the hottest real estate market you’ve never heard of.

Keep that Yule log burning all Christmas long with these 10 steps to keep home fires burning safely.

Here’s a story on how some investors who jumped on the “Rental Revolution” are having a happy holiday this year.

Have you seen our resident elf sharing his last minute home Christmas tips? #TooCute.

And finally, the Grinch-esque movie this Christmas season is “Wolf of Wall Street” and the penthouse featured in the film is on the market for just under $7 million.

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Real Estate Headlines from a Winter Wonderland

In the Northeast this weekend we were treated to a bit of snow. Ok, it was quite a bit of snow and I was reminded that it’s not even officially winter yet. So for those ready to gloat about living in milder regions save yourself the trouble and stuff your cap with your weekly dose of real estate headlines:

As I dream of balmier settings, this list from Forbes of the 20 most expensive seasonal rentals for Christmas and New Year’s has brought me back to reality.

In New York City multi-generational housing trend is picking up significant steam.

Don’t be a Scrooge. Check out our picks of holiday gifts for the new homeowners on your list.

Is Wall Street looking to capitalize on the American Dream of homeownership?

What is a “qualified mortgage?” The HUD has released the official definition.

What are the growing trends homeowners are looking for to create a home that’s an oasis?

Solar panels are having an effect on home resale prices in California.

Take a peek inside Drake’s $7.7 million YOLO estate.

Housing Wire Mag says you should buy a house before 2014.

And finally, with winter seemingly here and more snow sure to come here are instructions for building a snowboard half pipe in your backyard.

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Real Estate Headlines for Two Weeks Before Christmas

It’s two weeks before Christmas and all through the house, boxes are brought out from the attic or basement and merry is about. The tree is being trimmed and plans are made to welcome the season with a festive serenade. But before the stress comes down and family is welcomed to town, here is your weekly dose of real estate headlines. (sorry, not much rhymes with “headlines”)

Here are 5 costly home buying myths.

It seems like every holiday season this question gets brought up, should sellers decorate their home for the holidays?

Why yes I would like to see a property video of Michael Jordan’s home that’s for sale.

Party like it’s 2014? Apparently more home buyers want space for entertaining.

The Street tries to predict what to expect for housing in 2014.

AOL Real Estate has a useful list of extra expenses to be aware of when buying a home.

If you don’t believe us when we tell you of the importance of using an experienced agent, here’s what the Washington Post has to say about it.

And finally, for those looking to rent a home here are 7 tips for renters.

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Real Estate Headlines for the First Week of December

If you have Bing Crosby ringing in your ear and your clothes feel a bit snugger, you know it’s the week after Thanksgiving. December is here and the holidays are upon us. Before you panic about the need to get a picture taken to put on those holiday cards, here is your weekly dose of real estate headlines:

LA Times reports that home prices jump in some of the largest U.S. cities but the pace is slowing.

What’s the most important lesson in house flipping? BiggerPockets.com has the answer.

Is buying a home the right move for single women? USA Today has the story on the growing trend of single women buying homes.

Sure you know about Silicon Valley, but what about Silicon Beach? Housing prices are surging there as more techies move in.

What on earth is an escalation clause? Realtor.com shares when you should use one.

Washington Post writes about how trust in your real estate agent is the foundation of home buying and selling.

So you wanna be a landlord? Here are 5 easy tips on how to be a successful one.

And finally, guess who wants to get in on the housing market? The legendary video game series Final Fantasy. An update to Final Fantasy XIV will allow players to buy plots of land which they can then build on.

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Real Estate Headlines for Thanksgiving

Loosen that belt buckle and break out the sweater that’s extra roomy because there’s a lot of eatin’ going on this week. Before you either jump for joy or start feeling depressed, let’s kick off this week of feasting with a Thanksgiving themed weekly dose of real estate headlines:

Miles Standish wishes he had this ultimate Thanksgiving Spotify playlist to make that first Thanksgiving even more festive.

A Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie is like American Idol without Ryan Seacrest. It just isn’t right. However, if you’re feeling adventurous here are 5 new ways to serve pumpkin pie from your kitchen.

Eating your turkey in front of the TV? I bet you wish you were instead having dinner at one of these fictional TV homes who would offer a ridiculously entertaining Thanksgiving.

So you’re the guy (or gal) who wants to deep fry that bird this holiday. In order to ensure you make it to New Year’s please take a look at these tips to deep fry that turkey safely.

Heading over the river and through the woods or just around the corner? Either way many of us will be “Homeward Bound” and there’s definitely a Thanksgiving-esque sentiment behind the lyrics to this classic Simon & Garfunkel tune.

Uh oh. Just found out your cousin’s girlfriend is a vegetarian? Here are some tips on hosting a vegetarian for Thanksgiving. (Hint: Avoid Tofurkey.)

What’s that? You’re going to serve turducken at your house? John Madden has some tips for you.

Don’t be the home that has a vegetable platter for appetizers. Try one of these 15 delicious appetizer ideas for Thanksgiving.

Does your dining room table need a turkey centerpiece? I’m pretty sure it does. Etsy has some options for you.

And finally, round apple pies are so 2012. Here’s a recipe for the best apple pie you’ll ever have come out of your kitchen…and it’s square.

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