Living Smart: Moving

(MCT)—If there’s a move in your future and you want to hire help with all or part of it, here are suggestions to unpack and stow away, offered by highly rated movers More »

Hot Property: Back on after Short Hiatus

(MCT)–Mariah Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon, popped their Bel-Air home back on the market at $ 12.995 million after a hiatus of more than a month. This time around they are More »

Ask the Expert: How Can a Home Meet Both Short and Long-Term Needs?

Today’s “Ask the Expert” column features Vik Raghavan, the CEO of GrayRoost. Q: When looking to purchase a home, what factors need to be taken into consideration to ensure your new space More »

Living Smart: Moving

(MCT)—If there’s a move in your future and you want to hire help with all or part of it, here are suggestions to unpack and stow away, offered by highly rated movers and satisfied customers: Plan ahead. Start at least six weeks before the move date, and allow time to declutter and pack each room. [...]
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Hot Property: Back on after Short Hiatus

(MCT)–Mariah Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon, popped their Bel-Air home back on the market at $ 12.995 million after a hiatus of more than a month. This time around they are working with a listing agent who has been around the block, specifically their block, several times. Farrah Fawcett hired agent Paul Czako to sell [...]
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Ask the Expert: How Can a Home Meet Both Short and Long-Term Needs?

Today’s “Ask the Expert” column features Vik Raghavan, the CEO of GrayRoost. Q: When looking to purchase a home, what factors need to be taken into consideration to ensure your new space meets both your short-term and long-term needs? A: When purchasing a home, several factors go into determining whether it’s the best property to [...]
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Real Estate Q&A: Condo Rules Will Dictate Profit Division from Sale

(MCT)–Question: A family member of mine lives in an eight-unit condominium. A developer has offered to buy the building, and it was our expectation that the owners would split the money evenly because all the units are the same size. But some of the owners say they deserve a larger share because they’ve renovated their [...]
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Hot Property: Pink Lists Sherman Oaks Home…Again

(MCT)—Pink is taking another shot at selling a home she owns in Sherman Oaks, this time priced at $ 3.499 million. The three-time Grammy winner, who sang, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at the Oscars this year, listed the gated property at $ 4 million three years ago or for lease at $ 8,500 a month. She ended up [...]
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Great Spaces: Record-Breaking Mansion in Sydney, Australia’s Prime Waterfront

Owned by the Fairfax family, one of Australia’s most famous media dynasties, “Elaine” is set to break all previous price records in the local market. Based on independent sources, it is expected that the achieved sale price will be in the region of AUD $ 80-$ 100 million, exceeding the highest luxury residential sale of AUD $ 52 [...]
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Working at Home: Who Claims the Home Office Deduction?

Often cited as a “red flag” for audits, the home office deduction is in fact a legitimate business deduction with particular importance for certain careers and small business owners. Moreover—from the housing economics perspective—IRS data concerning the deduction, along with Census data reporting who works at home, can shed light on an important and growing [...]
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Great Spaces: Actor Armand Assante’s N.Y. Farmhouse

Have you ever dreamed of owning a celebrity’s home? Actor Armand Assante’s former N.Y. home is currently being marketed and auctioned off. The residential farm estate (and associated properties) are located in Campbell Hall, N.Y. (Orange County). Located at 435, 451 and 467 Hulsetown Road, the properties include: – More than 222 acres of private [...]
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Fixed Mortgage Rates Tick Down

Recently, Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving down slightly as we head into the spring homebuying season. “Mortgage rates eased a bit following the decline in 10-year Treasury yields,” says Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac. “Also, the economy added [...]
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Diggin’ In: How to Grow a Terrarium

(MCT)—If only the rest of life were as simple as growing succulents in an open terrarium. It is, according to Michelle Slatalla, editor in chief of Gardenista — www.gardenista.com. “All you have to do is find a few like-minded plants, introduce them to each other, and place them in an environment they like,” she says. [...]
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