It’s easy to remember to tackle things like exercise, diet and business goals, but what about resolutions for your home? By Erica Reitman, HGTV.com We’re a few weeks into the new year, and you’re likely pretty committed to your personal resolutions. But why not think through some design and project-based resolutions that you can work toward in your home this year, too? Here are 10 of our faves.
Stylish and classic, the gorgeous subway tile backsplash trend is here to stay. But we have just the thing to set your kitchen apart. By Keri Sanders, HGTV.com More From HGTV.com: 15 Creative Kitchen Backsplashes You Haven’t Considered 20 Dreamy Kitchen Islands Before + After: 20 Incredible Small Bathroom Makeovers
Don’t sabotage your home sale with outdoor decor that turns buyers off before they’ve even walked through the door. By Gretchen Roberts, HGTV.com More From HGTV.com: 15 Before-and-After Curb Appeal Makeovers 10 Curb Appeal Tips From the Pros QUIZ: What Color Should You Paint Your Front Door?
Kendrick Lamar, deemed “arguably the most talented rapper of his generation” by Rolling Stone last year when he was 27, has written and spoken often of growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, which just this past weekend awarded him the Key to the City. It’s six blocks from Tam’s Burgers — “where I seen my second murder, actually,” he told Rolling Stone. Dude was in the drive-thru ordering his food, and homey ran up, boom boom — smoked him.” (Tam’s is the same restaurant where Suge Knight is said to have run over two men in the parking lot.) The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,200 square feet, and it’s up for rent at $1,895 a month. “It’s a hell of a neighborhood,” one old-timer told Rolling Stone.
The two-bedroom cottage is part of the Warren Place Mews, a block of 34 small homes threaded together in Cobble Hill. They were originally established as workingman’s homes, or the equivalent of today’s affordable housing.
This $1.2 million California house is a castle, and the listing makes no qualms about it. The four-bedroom, five-bathroom home’s exterior certainly looks like a castle, and the San Lorenzo River wraps around it almost like a moat. Inside, many of the rooms look downright Medieval–except for the strikingly bland, modern kitchen–and many include a few castle props like swords, statues and coats of arms. The home was built in 1927 by its owner Robert Howden, hence its name, and has been a local tourist attraction ever since.
If you entered into adulthood after 2008, you probably became accustomed to thinking your cash savings are more likely to grow when safely tucked under your mattress than in most bank accounts, and that interest rates on auto loans and other loans are set in the single digits. While the interest rate hike was certainly on the low end, it signals a shift for consumers — one that makes maintaining a high credit score even more of a priority going forward. While interest rates on auto loans didn’t see an immediate jump with the Federal Reserve’s announcement, future increases will eventually hit consumers in noticeable ways.
When budget is the most important consideration in designing and building a home, economy tends to outweigh aesthetics and even usability. But with ‘MYZ Nest’, a house inspired by animal nests, Japanese architecture firm no.555 has proven that even small and humble residences can be thoughtful and visually interesting.
Maya Angelou’s Harlem brownstone has hit the market for $5.1 million, a record for the new New York City neighborhood.
Justin Mateen, co-founder of Tinder, is hoping someone will be willing to splurge on a $15,000-per-month relationship with his house in Beverly Hills, CA. The post Swipe Right? Tinder Co-Founder Justin Mateen Renting Out His Beverly Hills Home appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
Turn down for what? Put on your best party hat, as we examine the week's most popular homes on realtor.com®, topped by a luxe remodel in the Big Easy. The post This Week’s Most Popular Home Is a Party Pad in New Orleans appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
Numbers just released by RealtyTrac indicate that for most challenged housing markets, the problem is tight supply. But in a few metro areas, the vacancy rate is still far above the overall nation’s — almost five times worse in Flint, Michigan, for example.
For all the talk of “zombie foreclosures” and abandoned homes that have so recently plagued the nation, “the challenge facing most U.S. real estate markets is not too many vacant homes but too few,” says RealtyTrac Vice President Daren Blomquist.
In typically understated British fashion, the listing describes this Kentish home — created from two towers of a former water-softening plant, with amenities that include “hand-crafted concrete beds and baths” — as “highly individual.” It’s asking 1.5 million pounds, or more than $2 million at current exchange rates. The home’s four levels are linked by spiral staircases, with six bedrooms and six “bath/shwer rooms” — the master suite occupying the full top floor.
It took six years but Steve Chambers finally got justice for a dishwasher fire that destroyed his KitchenAid model. When Whirlpool, which made the dishwasher, refused to investigate or to refund ...
Built in 1989, this Cape Cod hilltop property is hard to miss: The home comprises three octagons, or, as Curbed puts it, a “giant upside down Mickey Mouse head” when viewed from above. Just shy of an acre on the waterfront in Eastham, Massachusetts, the octagons enclose about 4,600 square feet of living space, including four bedrooms and five bathrooms. The great room earns its name, with soaring ceilings and wide views of “ocean, marsh and cove,” the listing says — and “retained perpetual view easements over abutting properties ensure enjoyment of the dramatic panorama for generations to come.” More on Yahoo Real Estate: • A-Frames Under $50,000 (66 photos) • Boring Suburban Facade Hides Outrageous Interior – to Fool the Tax Man (47 photos) • Tiny Private Paradise of an Island Eases You Into Off-Grid Living (54 photos
There is a simple reason why so many renters aren’t buying into the proverbial American Dream of owning a home: They don’t want to.
Brooklyn-based woodworker Roberto Gil has been designing space-saving furniture for more than 20 years now. Called Urbano, the loft beds come in queen and king sizes.
For $10 per night, you can stay in artist Vincent Van Gogh’s room. Van Gogh is renting out his “Bedroom in Arles” in Chicago this month. It’s a completely real bedroom, with working bathroom, designed to look exactly like the artist’s painting of his bedroom at 2, Place Lamartine in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (also known as his Yellow House). Posing as Van Gogh, the Art Institute of Chicago is behind the rental, which is promoting an upcoming exhibit where all three versions of Van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles” paintings will be displayed together for the first time, along with 30 other works by the artist.
Sears is closing 50 stores. Sears is struggling.
Small-business owners bedeviled by expense calculations for their home office tax deductions can take advantage of an IRS rule that offers a potentially less time-consuming way to figure out some...
Almost half of those who don't own a home say their financial situation is standing in the way, according to a recent report.
For many Goldman Sachs employees, commuting to work does not mean riding the subway down to the...
A sharp drop in interest rates prompted more homeowners to refinance their mortgages last week, especially those with large loans, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday.
“Wow, this is mine? How did this happen?” Naomi Watts asks.
SolarCity — a residential solar energy company — is crashing in after-hours trading...
The wall-mounted cat complex, designed by Catastrophic Creations, consists of a hollow, wall-mounted box with two openings in the shape of tubes on the top and bottom. The cats can climb through the tubes, and a door opens over the question mark block.
Over the last few days the talk among those who watch 'the most miserable country' in the world...
Teresa Giudice isn’t holding anything back when it comes to describing her yearlong stint in prison. Giudice, 43, was on a health kick while on the inside, working out three times a day. Giudice also reveals that the food had a direct impact on her physical well-being.
In what might seem like a pittance to the media mogul, Oprah Winfrey just spent more than $28 million on a 23-acre horse farm in Montecito, California on Friday, according to E! News Online. The Seamair Farm Estate was purchased by the Weight Watchers (WTW) spokeswoman from Sage Auctions, an Iowa-based auction house, for $28,850,000. Not included in the purchase are horses, which E! News learned Winfrey did not want.
To make sure that his beautiful 1836 Mississippi mansion didn’t turn out too much like Grandma’s – all teddy bears and rocking chairs – film director Tate Taylor called on the help of New York City designer Shawn Henderson. The renovation lasted three years and added 11 bathrooms (among many other improvements).
The insects are miniature transformers that can compress to half their size and still run really fast. The creepy little buggers might even inspire a new generation of search and rescue robots.
This simple house composed of donated, low-cost materials offers a template for affordable homes that can be designed and built by their owners with support from a local non-profit social housing project. Casa Caja by architecture office S-AR was built outside Monterrey, Mexico as the first in a series planned by the Comunidad Vivex program. The program addresses a shortage of quality, affordable housing in Mexico, finding solutions for low-income construction workers who can't pay for homes with money but are capable of building them. The cinder blocks and other materials are donated by local companies. Casa Caja's owners collaborated with the[...]
The home of developer Keith Rubenstein and his wife, Inga, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side has just hit the market at $84.5 million, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Renowned for their “over-the-top parties,” according to Architectural Digest, they even installed a ventilated smoking room for their European friends.
Builders are making homes to accomodate multiple generations living together with specialty housing.
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Homeowners who make various upgrades throughout the year can qualify for a variety of tax credits, as can folks who work out of their home. Here are seven things to review to see if your home and its contents can help you get a tax break. If you’ve improved the energy efficiency of your home by installing any renewable energy sources, you could be eligible for tax credits to offset some of the costs.
In Arkansas, renters could be subjected to homes with basic utilities, like heat, working plumbing or hot water – and it’s all perfectly legal.
All you need is the pictures. The property, spread over three-and-a-half lots in Indian Wells, a community near Joshua Tree National Park between Los Angeles and San Diego, is made of several separate buildings.
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A garage in London is set to be auctioned for $261,567 or more, as the escalation in real estate prices in the already expensive city continues.
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“Finally, Lonesome and I made a rule: You had to check your guns and knives at the door,” Simon T. told the Wall Street Journal. Simon T. (that’s his legal name) bought a cabin on 6 acres in the Sequoia National Forest from “Lonesome” Al Harris back in 1980, then kept adding to it. When Lonesome Al died in 1996, Simon T. named his assemblage Lonesome Ranch. Now engaged to be married and living in Santa Monica, California, retired radio station owner Simon T. is looking to divest himself of all his assets – “my goal is to be flat broke when I die,” he told the Journal – and has listed the compound, with its seven cabins, six abandoned gold mines, graveyard and ramshackle ex-brothel, at $2.5 million.
“The only cure for polarization is a solution in the middle.”
“Voters tend not to want to ‘waste’ a vote, or to cast a vote that could make the party they like least more likely to win.”
“Major parties might…accuse No Labels of being a spoiler. Let those parties try to explain how today’s politics could be spoiled.”
“A No Labels candidate could collect enough votes so that neither of the two major party candidates wins…the presidency outright.”
“The last independent candidate to get real traction, Ross Perot in 1992, was a one-of-a-kind American original.”