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21 November 2017

Season for Thieving: 6 Tricks to Protect Your Home During the Holidays

21st Century Fox; peterspiro/iStock Some of us wait eagerly all year for the holidays and the jolly merriment that accompanies these few crazy weeks: the festive shindigs, the bottomless eggnog bowls, and the no-longer-so-ironic ugly sweaters. All of it might have you feeling like nothing can go wrong. But as much as you’re looking forward to the […]

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21 November 2017

10 Hosting No-Nos That Drive Your Houseguests Nuts

AntonioGuillem/iStock Hosting this holiday season? While we all love to complain about houseguest foibles—the friend who cleans out your fridge, the aunt who leaves the lights on all night—did you ever stop to ponder that you, dear host, might be the one annoying your guests? Believe it or not, many hosts’ “guest-iquette” is less than hospitable. Take note: Here are 10 […]

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21 November 2017

When Private Property Rights Collide With Public Goals in New York

Holly Pickett for the Wall Street Journal Bobby and Tamar Ben-Simon thought they had found the perfect site to build a new family home. The couple had planned to tear down the sprawling but dilapidated stucco house in White Plains, N.Y., and build a home that would be a gathering point for their children, most […]

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21 November 2017

Home Prices Are Dropping: How Far Are They Falling?

fizkes/iStock Home buyers pinching their pennies should rejoice: Existing-home prices are continuing to drop. Sorry, sellers! The median price of an existing home (i.e. one that has previously been lived in) fell 0.24% from September to hit $247,000 in October, according to the most recent National Association of Realtors® report. And as cash-strapped would-be buyers are […]

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21 November 2017

Houston Rockets’ Trevor Ariza Lists High-Scoring Home in Tarzana, CA, for $3.5M

Scott Halleran/Getty Images Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza is selling his high-scoring home in Tarzana, CA, for $3.5 million. The Mediterranean-style estate has 8,600 square feet of living space, including five bedrooms and eight baths. The 32-year-old Ariza has strong ties to Southern California, where he graduated high school and attended UCLA for a single season before declaring for the NBA […]

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21 November 2017

In Defense of Formal Dining Rooms: 3 Reasons They Rock

cr8tivguy/iStock When my husband and I began house hunting, there was one must-have on my wish list: a formal dining room. Formal dining rooms may seem old-fashioned in this era of open floor plans and eat-in kitchens, but I, for one, still adore this room, and the possibilities it inspires, from Pinterest-worthy dinner parties to Thanksgiving […]

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21 November 2017

Eat In! 7 Knockout Homes With Delectable Kitchens 

realtor.com As you check off your holiday meal to-do list, did you remember to get yourself that chef’s kitchen you’ve always wanted? No? Well, we have the right ingredients with the following seven homes currently on the market—all with the most tempting luxury kitchens. With these gorgeous rooms, you’ll lack for nothing. Perfect appliances abound, and help will be at […]

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20 November 2017

See the Before and After of This Multimillion-Dollar Makeover in Bel Air

realtor.com The logistics behind a multimillion-dollar makeover boggle the mind, but for the Los Angeles–based developers of ANR Signature Collection, it’s no big whoop. As a prime example, see the before and after photos of their latest success in Bel Air. You might say it’s all in a day’s work—or, in this case, three years’ work. The developers purchased […]

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20 November 2017

What Happens If I Have a Lien on My House?

sshepard/iStock “What happens if I have a lien on my house?” is a question you might face when it comes time to sell your place. Basically, it means that before this transaction can go through, you’ll have to deal with this lien, which is placed on property by entities that claim you owe them money. Here’s everything you need to know […]

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20 November 2017

PHH adds Albert Celini as senior vice president, risk and compliance

The management shakeup at PHH Corp. continued Monday when the company announced that it hired Albert Celini as senior vice president, risk and compliance. But Celini will only serve in the role for a little over a month. On Jan. 1, 2018, Celini will assume the role of chief risk and compliance officer, replacing Leith […]

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20 November 2017

A Goat Cookie Cutter? 5 Chip and Joanna Gaines Holiday Goods You’ll Regret Buying

target.com; Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic Chip and Joanna Gaines‘ new home goods line at Target, Hearth & Hand, has been selling like hotcakes ever since its release in early November—and given the final season of “Fixer Upper” kicks off this week, we have no doubt this feeding frenzy will rise to further heights over the holidays. And yet, not everything […]

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20 November 2017

8 Clever Candle Decorating Ideas That Don’t Cost a Thing

LynnSeeden/iStock Candle decorating ideas can transform your home this time of year, when night falls early and there’s a chill outside. The flickering flames can make things feel both festive and cosy on a dark winter evening. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to glam up ordinary votive candles, which cost very little or nothing […]

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