June Existing-Home Sales Reach Recent Highs

During the month of June, existing-home sales reached an annual pace of 5 million sales for the first time since October 2013, according to data recently released by the National Association of More »

Diggin’ In: Rain Barrels Fill Many Needs for Home, Garden

(MCT)–Gardens are typically blessed with spring rains that bring summer flowers—and then the hot, dry months of July and August take their toll. Often, thoughts turn to, “How do I water without More »

Hot Property: Ellen DeGeneres Sells Trophy Home to Tech Billionaire

(MCT)–Ellen DeGeneres has sold the A. Quincy Jones-designed Brody House on Los Angeles’ Westside to Napster co-founder Sean Parker for $ 55 million in an off-market deal. Built in 1950 for real More »

June Existing-Home Sales Reach Recent Highs

During the month of June, existing-home sales reached an annual pace of 5 million sales for the first time since October 2013, according to data recently released by the National Association of REALTORS®. In addition to the heightened existing-home sales, rising inventory continued to move the housing supply forward, signaling a strengthened and more balanced […]
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Diggin’ In: Rain Barrels Fill Many Needs for Home, Garden

(MCT)–Gardens are typically blessed with spring rains that bring summer flowers—and then the hot, dry months of July and August take their toll. Often, thoughts turn to, “How do I water without running my water bill sky high?” A rain barrel could be part of the solution. It’s hard to justify rain barrels for major […]
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Hot Property: Ellen DeGeneres Sells Trophy Home to Tech Billionaire

(MCT)–Ellen DeGeneres has sold the A. Quincy Jones-designed Brody House on Los Angeles’ Westside to Napster co-founder Sean Parker for $ 55 million in an off-market deal. Built in 1950 for real estate developer Sidney Brody and his wife, modernist art collector Frances Brody, the property was sold four years ago for close to $ 15 million […]
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If Your Tree Falls onto Neighbor’s Property, Are You Liable?

If your tree falls onto a neighbor’s property, it might not make a sound, but you may be liable. Trees can fall for any number of different reasons: construction, heavy storms, and even just the natural end of a tree’s life. But in each of these situations where your tree topples onto your neighbor’s property, […]
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Great Spaces: Screenwriter Packs Up in Brentwood

Oscar-winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan (“Traffic,” “Syriana,” “Havoc”), along with fashion designer wife Minnie Mortimer, placed their lucky Brentwood estate on the market for $ 4.995 million. Why lucky, you may ask? Because it took less than two weeks for the listing to make its way into escrow. The gated, five-bedroom home spans 5,267 square feet of […]
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The Most Absurd Features of Leonardo DiCaprio’s NYC Apartment

Leonardo DiCaprio is a baller. Though he may be sans-Oscar (hopefully not for much longer), this “Wolf of Wall Street” can still afford to drop $ 10 million on a two-bedroom apartment in an eco-friendly New York City high rise. But calling this building “eco-friendly” is the understatement of the century, because the amenities Leo now […]
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Florida Agent Wins Gas Card Giveaway

Last month, we rolled out with a RIS Reader Rewards contest for a tank of gas, on us. The contest, which ran from June 2 to June 27, offered all entries the chance to score a $ 50 gas card. Entry rules were simple: Tell us what one word describes your day and see how your […]
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The Economic Impact of the Affordable Housing Credit

In addition to ensuring the supply of affordable rental housing, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) supports jobs and provides benefits to the economy, reports the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Using the NAHB economic impact model of home building, revised industry estimates reveal that the LIHTC program supports almost 96,000 jobs in a […]
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Keep Your Cool This Summer

Summer is time for fun in welcome warm weather—but it’s also important to stay cool when the temperatures really get up there. Both indoors and out, keeping cool will help you and your family feel more comfortable and avoid heat-related health problems as well. Limit outdoor activity during the middle of the day as much […]
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Living Smart: Easy Projects to Spruce up Your Landscaping

(MCT)—Having a mid-summer’s dream of better landscaping? Here are three easy projects to help realize your vision: Mulch makeover: Fresh mulch will liven up your flowerbeds and areas around trees. Landscapers and garden centers sell mulch in bulk or by the bag. The most standard bag size is 2 cubic feet. Bulk mulch sells by […]
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