House of the Week: A Decadent Pre-War Condo in Los Angeles

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These are the sorts of homes that charm Manhattan: Sprawling spaces in pre-war buildings with high ceilings, hardwood floors and gorgeous moldings. New Yorkers call them luxury apartments.

John Lennon lived in one. Jessica Chastain bought one last year that once belonged to Leonard Bernstein. Uma Thurman just s…

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These are the sorts of homes that charm Manhattan: Sprawling spaces in pre-war buildings with high ceilings, hardwood floors and gorgeous moldings. New Yorkers call them luxury apartments.

John Lennon lived in one. Jessica Chastain bought one last year that once belonged to Leonard Bernstein. Uma Thurman just s…

Now Half Off: Bob Hope's Mid-Century Mansion in Hollywoodland

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“Bob Hope partied here” makes a great selling point, but it hasn’t been enough to reel in a buyer for the entertainer’s celebrated home outside Los Angeles.

Hope’s nearly 15,000-square-foot mid-century modern mansion, where stars from Frank Sinatra to Bi…

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“Bob Hope partied here” makes a great selling point, but it hasn’t been enough to reel in a buyer for the entertainer’s celebrated home outside Los Angeles.

Hope’s nearly 15,000-square-foot mid-century modern mansion, where stars from Frank Sinatra to Bi…

10 Discounted Homes for Black Friday

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If a dream home is on your holiday wish list, then you may want to check out the markets with the highest percentage of listings with price cuts. Consider this selection of 10 discounted houses as our Black Friday gift to you – who doesn’t love a bargain?

From homes that have dropped in price from a modest $5,000 to those down by as much as $55,000, we’ve got you covered in terms of price, location, and type. Whether you’re looking for a newer construction in a gated …

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If a dream home is on your holiday wish list, then you may want to check out the markets with the highest percentage of listings with price cuts. Consider this selection of 10 discounted houses as our Black Friday gift to you – who doesn’t love a bargain?

From homes that have dropped in price from a modest $5,000 to those down by as much as $55,000, we’ve got you covered in terms of price, location, and type. Whether you’re looking for a newer construction in a gated …

Rufus Wainwright Buys an Enchanted Cottage in the Hollywood Hills

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shutterstock_120394510 When Rufus Wainwright goes home at the end of a long day in the Southern California sun, a cozy, Hobbit-like world of cubbyholes and window nooks awaits.

The crooner recently bought a home in the Hollywood Hills<…

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shutterstock_120394510 When Rufus Wainwright goes home at the end of a long day in the Southern California sun, a cozy, Hobbit-like world of cubbyholes and window nooks awaits.

The crooner recently bought a home in the Hollywood Hills<…

Don't Let Your Feast Go Up in Flames: Preventing Thanksgiving Fires

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By Shannon Ireland

The countdown to turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie has begun. Thanksgiving’s arrival means many of us are scouring the closet for pants with stretchy waistbands so we can prepare to feast.

The holiday is all about giving thanks and spending a day with loved ones. But cooking the festive Thanksgiving meal can lead to fires. And fires can lead to injuries, deaths, or property loss, so make sure to follow some safety suggestions for this holiday.</p…

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By Shannon Ireland

The countdown to turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie has begun. Thanksgiving’s arrival means many of us are scouring the closet for pants with stretchy waistbands so we can prepare to feast.

The holiday is all about giving thanks and spending a day with loved ones. But cooking the festive Thanksgiving meal can lead to fires. And fires can lead to injuries, deaths, or property loss, so make sure to follow some safety suggestions for this holiday.</p…

Mortgage Rates Spike to End 2016

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Mortgage rates have spiked 0.5 percent since the U.S. presidential election earlier this month. On a 30-year fixed loan of $300,000, this increases your monthly payment by $85.

If you were waiting to refinance, this is a wake up call, and if you plan to buy a home, it’s time to reevaluate your budget – because rates are unlikely to drop.

Let’s review what happened, and where we go from here.

Why rates are rising

Rates rose after Donald Trump became president-ele…

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Mortgage rates have spiked 0.5 percent since the U.S. presidential election earlier this month. On a 30-year fixed loan of $300,000, this increases your monthly payment by $85.

If you were waiting to refinance, this is a wake up call, and if you plan to buy a home, it’s time to reevaluate your budget – because rates are unlikely to drop.

Let’s review what happened, and where we go from here.

Why rates are rising

Rates rose after Donald Trump became president-ele…

Get a Black Friday Deal on a Home in These 10 Metros

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‘Tis the season to be shopping, and if you’re in the market for a home, you may have less competition for listings while everyone else is in a post-Thanksgiving stupor — or at the mall.

That doesn’t mean you have to forego Black Friday-style discounts.

Below are the 10 metros where you’ll find the greatest share of listings with a recent price cut, as of September 2016.

Topping the list is Albuquerque, beloved to sun worshippers and fans of &…

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‘Tis the season to be shopping, and if you’re in the market for a home, you may have less competition for listings while everyone else is in a post-Thanksgiving stupor — or at the mall.

That doesn’t mean you have to forego Black Friday-style discounts.

Below are the 10 metros where you’ll find the greatest share of listings with a recent price cut, as of September 2016.

Topping the list is Albuquerque, beloved to sun worshippers and fans of &…

Mortgage applications up 5.5%, as fear of rising rates triggers homebuying surge

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A postelection spike in mortgage rates may have scared potential homebuyers into a contract before rates move even higher….

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A postelection spike in mortgage rates may have scared potential homebuyers into a contract before rates move even higher….

See the Most Expensive Home for Sale in Every State

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If you’re feeling a little tight on space with the upcoming holiday, these luxury homes are sure to get you dreaming about more square footage and everything you can do with it.

We pulled the most expensive single-family home listing on Zillow in each state. While we left off the working ranches, empty parcels and properties that are also a primary place of business, there is no shortage of amazing amenities on this list.

Grab a mug of eggnog and start from the top – eac…

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If you’re feeling a little tight on space with the upcoming holiday, these luxury homes are sure to get you dreaming about more square footage and everything you can do with it.

We pulled the most expensive single-family home listing on Zillow in each state. While we left off the working ranches, empty parcels and properties that are also a primary place of business, there is no shortage of amazing amenities on this list.

Grab a mug of eggnog and start from the top – eac…

Festive Porch Decorations That Go From Fall to Winter

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If you delight in decorating your home for the season or the holidays, make sure you’re extending that festive feeling to the exterior, too. Specifically, your front porch. It’s the gateway to your home, after all.

“[Front porch decor] adds a homey touch,” says Whitney Johnson, the home editor for online retailer jane.com. “It’s really welcoming, and shows people your personal style.”

Here ar…

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If you delight in decorating your home for the season or the holidays, make sure you’re extending that festive feeling to the exterior, too. Specifically, your front porch. It’s the gateway to your home, after all.

“[Front porch decor] adds a homey touch,” says Whitney Johnson, the home editor for online retailer jane.com. “It’s really welcoming, and shows people your personal style.”

Here ar…