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Can a home office help sell a house?

A few years ago, the well-organized, customized closet became a must-have item on practically every homebuyer’s checklist. Now you can add a custom-built home office to that list. A custom-built home office…

Mortgage meltdown trend: The wealthy are walking away from their homes too

There’s an old saying: The rich are different. But lately, that difference is shrinking, as some affluent homeowners face foreclosure and struggle with mortgage payments just like everyone else. Folks who bought…

How Google can add to your home’s value

There’s a ‘light-filled’ 1894 Victorian house for sale in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. Among the advertised amenities: Two bedrooms, a library/media room with fireplace—and proximity to the Google shuttle. You’ve probably seen…

Best cities for families in 2010

Parenting magazine recently released the results of its Best Cities for Families 2010 survey. The survey ranked 101 small and large U.S. cities based on health, safety, education, economy, and recreation. San Francisco…

Imagine paying an extra $4K per month for your mortgage

Let's say you've just bought a $525,000 home with a 20 percent down payment. At current 30-year fixed conforming loan mortgage rates, your monthly payment is $2,206.80. Now, take that same loan…

Celebrity real estate blogs are fun to read – and you might even learn something

Did it start with Robin Leach and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous? Or does it go back further, when tourists would drive around L.A. armed with maps to movie stars’ homes? Whatever…
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In Brooklyn: Norah Jones’ brownstone WindowGate- and what it means for you

Singer Norah Jones has been in the news lately. Actually, let’s be more specific: Her Brooklyn townhouse has been in the news. And in what’s been branded as WindowGate, there’s a lesson…

More iPad and iPhone real estate apps for homebuyers and sellers

I’ve had my Apple iPad for several days now, and one of the apps I love is Zillow, the iPad version of Zillow.com. Zillow for the iPad (a free app) puts a huge amount…

Apple iPad real estate apps could save homebuyers and agents time

No doubt Apple’s iPad, which hits stores Saturday (April 3), will be a cool gadget to have around the house. But the wireless tablet could also help you buy a house. Already, at…
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Who lived in my house before me?

Have you ever wondered who lived in your house before you owned it? Well, you might get the chance to find out one day when someone unexpectedly knocks on your door. If…
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