Real Estate Headlines Featuring Jimmy Fallon, Bikinis and Queen Latifah

As you can tell we have a new design on the Coldwell Banker blog. Pretty nice if you ask me. But I know you didn’t. You’re too busy not reading this well thought out intro because you like to jump down to the links and see the headlines. I get it. But for those who may not realize I do like to end my intro every week with here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines:

In England some are offering cheap rents in exchange for building community spirit.

Bloomberg reports that US home prices rose 6.9% in February.

Could 20% of the real estate markets be more expensive than ever before within a year?

Alex Rodriguez may not be taking swings for the Yankees this year, but he’s still busy as he sold his Miami Beach condo for $2.6 million.

Are BMWs and bikinis boosting China’s real estate market?

Here are 11 keys to a successful property purchase overseas.

What’s the best strategy for new real estate investors?

Take a look inside Queen Latifah’s home in New Jersey.

And finally, yes I’d love a tour of Jimmy Fallon’s getaway in the Hamptons.

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Real Estate Headlines Featuring Sofia Vergara, Parking Spaces and Most Expensive Garage

Easter is almost here and would you believe I actually had my grass cut this weekend. Yes, spring has arrived and with it many a baseball game and kids anxiously awaiting the end of school. Before you realize the amount of wedding and graduation checks you will soon be writing, here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines to start your week:

BiggerPockets.com thinks we can learn a few things from real estate in Argentina.

USA Today has a list of 10 countries racing to buy American homes.

Modern Family star, Sofia Vergara, picked up a little $10.6 million pad in Beverly Hills.

What do you know about the mortgage debt forgiveness tax break?

This is amazing. Some design students made livable homes no bigger than a parking space.

How do you make your home for sale stand out? Here are 6 tips from some real estate experts.

Here’s a question every home owner asks themselves: When should you begin to aggressively pay down your mortgage?

Urban real estate is booming, but the ‘burbs are still where most people live.

Are you renting a place? This mistake might cost you $5,000.

And finally, a garage (yes, a garage) in Britain just sold for £550,000.

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Real Estate Headlines Featuring Taylor Swift, Honda, Staircases and More

The Final Four is set. April is waiting for you. The Easter Bunny has those delicious candy-coated Cadbury eggs waiting for me. Oh how I do love those Mini Eggs. Before I spiral downward into binge eating an entire bag of Easter candy, here is your weekly dose of real estate headlines:

What do you do if you have a tax lien on your home?

Here are 9 incredibly awesome staircases in some pretty ridiculous homes.

The late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s NY apartment has been sold.

TheStreet has 5 housing markets you can afford even on a minimum wage.

Can the fantasy concept of mobile cities that are designed to move with the times become a reality?

Would you live inside a Honda? What if it was a Honda smart home?

Housing Wire has the latest reaction to the Fannie, Freddie reform proposal.

Seattle has its first passive house that claims it can be heated with a hairdryer.

And finally, did Taylor Swift just buy The Hobbit director, Peter Jackson, Tribeca penthouse?

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Real Estate Headlines Featuring Buffy, H&M, Brackets and More

So apparently you won’t be winning $1 billion in Warren Buffet’s NCAA Tournament challenge so that dream island you were looking to purchase is no longer an option. Since we’re headed back to reality we might as well start the week with your weekly dose of real estate headlines:

Bigger Pockets shares 10 ways to look for investment properties.

You want to know who picked Dayton over Ohio State and Mercer over Duke in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament? The 2014 Coldwell Banker Bracket of Affordability.

96% of counties in the US are showing better real estate market conditions than 4 years ago.

Which real estate markets have seen the largest increase in median home prices?

Does it really pay to have your home keep up with the Joneses?

The government apparently won’t make you put your home on stilts.

Buffy is selling her Bel Air home. And by Buffy I mean, Sarah Michelle Gellar.

An economist tries to predict what’s in store for housing in 2014.

And finally, would you believe H&M has a line of home decor products?

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Real Estate Headlines Featuring Pete Sampras, Super Mansion and More

March Madness is officially here and I’ve got brackets on the brain. Spring is in the air and distractions seem to be abundant. While you may not be struggling to concentrate as much as me, let’s get to your weekly dose of real estate headlines before I get distracted…Squirrel!

Yellow is not the color I think of as being conducive to home decor, but Houzz seems to think it’s trendy.

A new survey claims to reveal the pulse of the 2014 spring real estate market.

What are the priciest homes on the market in Los Angeles?

Is real estate investing simply a numbers game?

Ohio tops a list of places where home buying beats renting.

Ah, the age old home owner question: should you sell your home first before shopping for a new one?

Can some home upgrades be a distraction when it’s time to sell?

Tennis legend, Pete Sampras, just bought actor Albert Brook’s former home.

A statue that can help sell your home? Really?

And finally how would you like a 92,650 sq. ft. super mansion…in Oklahoma.

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Real Estate Headlines Featuring Avicii, Exploding Home Prices and More

What’s the feeling? That sense of excitement and non-stop fun that’s looming in your mind. Oh that’s the joy of March Madness spreading. No? You don’t feel it? Maybe it’s just me since it’s conference tournament week and one week from all the rich, chocolatey bracket madness. But before I delve deeper in the depths of college basketball insanity, here is your weekly dose of real estate headlines to start your week:

Where do the most multi-millionaires live? Hint: It’s not Vietnam.

Hey brother, dear boy! Wake me up because I just saw that Swedish DJ, Avicii, just dropped $15.5 million on an incredible pad in the Hollywood Hills. Shame on me. I’m a liar liar thinking I could lay me down in a place like that.

China is guaranteeing no property crisis over the next ten year. No word yet on what make of crystal ball they are using.

Here are 10 remodeling projects that give you the best return on your investment.

This is fantastic. A step-by-step guide on how to read a mortgage rate sheet.

What are the top 10 states with exploding home prices?

Lifehacker breaks down how to buy a home without a down payment. Being filthy rich and paying cash is a good start.

Fox News reports it’s still cheaper to buy than rent…for now.

Should landlords consider making their rentals smart?

Is the homeowner dream still achievable after foreclosure? Star News Online reports it is.

 

And finally, in an odd mix of train wreck celebrity fate, did Khloe Kardashian just buy Justin Bieber’s house?

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Real Estate Headlines Featuring Bruce Willis, Madison Hildebrand and More

March is coming in like a lion, and the madness has only just begun. With the Oscars now behind us, the NCAA Tournament ahead of us and spring break thoughts already here, let’s get to your weekly dose of real estate headlines before our minds get taken away.

Confusion appears to be looming amongst those investors looking to rent properties.

CNN Money wants to make sure you’re aware of new mortgage rules in place for 2014.

Is real estate investing on a path to reinvention?

Yahoo! Finance wants you to maximize your down payment to keep housing costs in check.

Bruce Willis isn’t seeing red but chooses not to die hard when pricing his home for sale as he drops the price of his Beverly Hills pad.

Would you want your very own library in your home? I have one. It’s called an iPad.

Coldwell Banker agent and reality star, Madison Hildebrand, talks real estate and tech.

And finally, I had no idea what a retractable-roof pergolas was, but I’m pretty sure now that I need one.

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Real Estate Headlines Featuring Lena Dunham, Zombie Properties and More

It’s the last week of February. March is about to make its debut in 2014 and the hope of warmer weather is sneaking into our minds. Before you start wondering what your New Year’s resolutions were, here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines to start your week:

This is Money has 6 tips for home buyers as the property market heats up in the UK.

While The Walking Dead reigns supreme on TV, zombie properties are not so great.

What is the greatest coming home scene in movie history? (my vote is for Apollo 13)

Is student debt preventing a speedy housing recovery?

Now this is timely and useful: tax breaks that every homeowner should know about.

January housing numbers just came out. Here’s the low down on what you need to know.

Bloomberg thinks home shoppers should have an easier time this spring.

Double-height living rooms are some of the biggest real estate “wants” according to BrickUnderground.com.

What are the worst things you can do before buying a home?

And finally, star of HBO’s Girls, Lena Dunham, former Tribeca pad is for sale.

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Real Estate Headlines Featuring Lincoln, Rutherford B. Hayes and More

Happy President’s Day to you all and perhaps your day even involves relaxing at home. What used to be a celebration of two separate birthdays has been consolidated to one generic holiday. Before you start wondering where the other vacation day went, here is your weekly dose of real estate headlines – President’s Day edition.

Did you know there are 264 homes on coldwellbanker.com with “presidential” used in the description?

We even have a home for sale that references Rutherford B. Hayes.

Of all the US Presidents, Thomas Jefferson had the most interesting collection of homes.

What’s the most popular post on the blog over the last two years? The Homes of Abraham Lincoln.

While not a president, Benjamin Franklin’s historic home was actually the first American embassy.

What presidential place of rest is referred to as the “people’s house?”

President Ford had a pretty nice ski retreat.

Which president owned a home called Lindewald? (Hint: He had great hair)

President Obama has a “winter White House” in Hawaii that is just insanely gorgeous.

And finally, looks like you can rent the home of the best fictional president portrayed on film, Michael Douglas (a.k.a. Andrew Shephard from An American President) who has a place in Bermuda that goes for $28,000 a month.

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Real Estate Headlines Featuring Shaun White, Sochi, Lindsay Vonn and More

The winter Olympics are now taking over our TVs, magazines and pretty much every news outlet. While slopestyle snowboarding has me enamored with how people do such things going 90 mph down a hill on skis, here is an Olympic-sized portion of your weekly dose of real estate headlines:

By now you’ve heard about the horrendous hotel accommodations for the Olympic media in Sochi, but what about real estate prices there?

While Lindsay Vonn won’t win a gold medal due to her injuries, she’s still loving life in this lux place in Vail.

Soon to go IPO camera brand, GoPro, evidently built Olympic and X Games superstar, Shaun White, his very own private home away from home – a snowboarding halfpipe in Australia.

A family in Minnesota has built their very own luge track in their backyard for the kids in their neighborhood. I’m sure it’s perfectly safe…

Forget square footage. Luxury buyers are focused on amenities.

What city boasts the most U.S. Olympians? No big surprise it’s Park City, Utah.

The 2 biggest mistakes made in calculating rental property returns are…

What’s the most expensive ski property on coldwellbanker.com? How about this unbelievable $29.9 million property in Aspen, CO?

 

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