A home is a major investment and it’s one that stands to appreciate if you continue to invest your money wisely. Avoiding these five critical mistakes will help you turn your home into your greatest asset instead of your greatest expense. 1) Don’t sell too soon. Generally speaking, it takes at least three to five years to gain home equity. That said, it’s best...

When NBA superstar Michael Jordan bought his estate in 1991, it was a groundbreaking purchase that shocked the world of celebrity real estate. Located just outside of Chicago, Legend Point was massive - 56,000 square feet, to be exact. It's a mega-mansion with nine bedrooms, five fireplaces, a putting green, a tennis court, a regulation basketball court, and much,...

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, millennials now number 83.1M – more than one quarter of the nation’s population. As the largest demographic cohort in America, millennials are a powerful buying force and brands are vying for their attention. They are the largest source of new demand for rental housing and represent 32 percent of the U.S. home buying market...

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By Lisa Johnson Mandell, AtHomeInHollywood.com With temperatures in the triple digits here at home in Hollywood, the real estate market has been too hot to handle. No one wants to house hunt in this stifling heat. While driving from listing to listing you hear Steve Carrell on the radio haranguing you to turn the water off when you brush your teeth, and when you...

With never-ending news stories about the poor air quality in cities and depressing gray pictures of smoggy skylines, it’s no wonder that most Americans assume that their indoor air quality is better than the quality outdoors. However, the quality of indoor air is, on average, two to five times worse than that of outdoor air, and in fact, the EPA rates indoor...

What's more terrifying than living in a haunted house? Living in a haunted house that strangers are constantly trying to break into. This is the case for Norma Sutcliffe and Gerald R. Helfrich , the owners of the “haunted” home that inspired the 2013 film "The Conjuring." The filmmakers behind the haunted flick positioned the story as based on truth, and published...

Across the U.S., homeowners’ associations are on the ascent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 59 percent of newly constructed homes in 2014 were part of a homeowners’ association. That’s up from 46 percent in 2009. So, what’s the draw of homeowners’ associations? By the same token, what are the drawbacks? “A well-run and managed HOA can be a blessing,...

By Tim Anderson and Harry Chandler Purchasing a vacation home is a great way to ensure that you always have a place to escape, without worrying about crammed hotel rooms and the inconvenience of living out of a suitcase for a week. When you own a vacation home, you can pack and leave at your convenience, because you always have a home away from home ready for you...

From learning thermostats to garage-opening apps, there’s no doubt smart home devices have brought convenience to our doorstep – but we’re willing to bet many aren’t nearly as practical as they seem. Below, we’ve rounded up some recent innovations that are more oddity than necessity. Could these be the smart home solutions we never knew we needed? You be...

Halloween is this week, everyone! We know you're busy listing, selling, meeting new clients and closing business, so time to scare up a costume idea is limited, to say the least. If you're scraping the bottom of the think-tank for ideas and want to dress up to take your kids trick or treating or hit that rager at your friends' house (weekend Halloween - bonus!) we...