How Consumers Can Repair Their Bad Credit

So your credit stinks. Maybe you have a bankruptcy, or maybe your credit has tanked from some unfortunate decisions. Or, maybe it’s something more innocent, such as a few missed car or rent payments. Bad credit affects your life, from rent applications, car loan applications, and even merchant loan applications. Whatever the reasons, consumers want…

4 things first-time homebuyers need to know

Money guide for Millennials My wife and I are hoping to be first-time homebuyers this year. We’ll likely blow our savings on the down payment and closing costs. What’s the best way to handle the costs for home renovations? Private loan? Just wait a year or two for our savings to replenish some? –Brian &…

Naked Mole Rat – More Than Meets The Eye

The naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber) is a rodent, known for its burrowing and is indigenous to East Africa. The mole rat possesses a number of characteristics which allow it to survive in underground and harsh environments. The average naked mole rat is between 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 centimeters) in length and…

3 Reasons Why November Might Be the Best Month to Sell

LM Otero/The Associated PressNovember has some unique advantages that make it an ideal time to sell a home. By Sandie Argulo Chen Some owners hesitate to market their homes between Halloween and New Year’s Day, believing the holiday season to be an off-peak time to sell. But the idea that houses don’t sell in November…

Room of the Day: A Basement Kitchen and Dining Area

By Natalie Wain Andrea and Adam Freeman adopted a gradual approach when it came to renovating their Edwardian family home in Kingston, a suburb of London. After they moved in a decade ago, the Freemans tackled the loft conversion as well as other light renovation work on the property, which they share with their three…

House of the Day: Ivy-Covered 'Castle' in The Hamptons

Zillow“The Castle” in Southhampton, New York, would stand out even if it didn’t have a turret. By Emily Heffter The upscale village of Southampton, New York, is an oceanfront enclave of shake-sided beach mansions and 1920s stucco homes. So this red-brick historic home for sale at $4.3 million would stand out, even if it didn’t…

Jon Stewart Triples Money on Tribeca Duplex Deal

Zillow Comedian Jon Stewart just sold two loft units in this Tribeca building for $17.5 million. APJon Stewart Funnyman/pundit Jon Stewart has unloaded his duplex loft in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood for $17.5 million in a private deal. And a good deal it was for “The Daily Show” host, who bought the units in…

We Can Build Toward an Energy-Efficient Future, If We Want To

Courtesy of Sergio PucciThe futuristic Casa Iseami in the jungle of Costa Rica is totally off the energy grid. Whether you view the recent deal that President Obama brokered with China to cut greenhouse gas emissions as a long-overdue breakthrough or “irresponsible” and “expensive,” here’s a fact: We already have the cost-effective know-how to achieve…

For Rent: Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen's Pricey Pied-a-Terre

Courtesy of Coleman Real Estate GroupTom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s apartment-for-rent features walls of glass overlooking most of Manhattan. APTom Brady, left, and Gisele Bundchen My dream of a Manhattan pied-a-terre is a West Side studio where I can pop into town to see a Broadway show and buy some lox at Zabar’s. I don’t…

House of the Day: 'The Godfather' Home in Staten Island

ZillowThe backyard of this stately Staten Island house served as a setting in the opening sequence of the first “Godfather” film. Getty ImagesJames Caan, left, as Sonny and Marlon Brando in the title role of Don Vito in the wedding scene of “The Godfather.” Make them an offer they can’t refuse — at least $2.895…

DIY Effort Makes Industrial Loft Unique

By Mitchell Parker Photos by Ryan Patrick Kelly Photographs After living for six years in his downtown Edmonton loft in the Canadian province of Alberta, this homeowner was ready for a change. He liked the industrial nature of the space — soaring ceilings, raw redbrick walls, exposed ducting and conduit — but didn’t like its…

After Recent Gains, Mortgage Rates Head Back Down

Getty Images WASHINGTON — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates edged lower this week, approaching their lows for the year. The benchmark 30-year loan rate hovered near 4 percent. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage slipped to 4.01 percent from 4.02 percent last week. The 30-year rate, which stood…

When Renting Is Better Than Buying

ShutterstockWhen deciding whether to rent or own, it’s easy to fall prey to myths such as “If you rent, you’re throwing money away.” To buy, or not to buy? The answer to that question isn’t always easy. While there’s plenty of advice out there on the topic — much of it from friends and family…

Reverse mortgages: Are they worth it?

Biggest retirement mistakes NEW YORK (CNNMoney) I’ve seen a lot of commercials on TV about reverse mortgages. How do they work and who should consider a reverse mortgage, if anyone? — Judith Y., New York It’s hard to miss those commercials. They typically feature some B-list celebrity with an avuncular demeanor touting the advantages of…

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers Buys in the Hollywood Hills

The four-bedroom home has a pool and spa, a lavish outdoor entertaining area and spectacular ocean and city views. Doc Rivers Los Angeles Clippers coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers has just snapped up an $8.2 million nest in the “bird streets” of the Hollywood Hills. Before he took the helm of the Clippers, Rivers was a…

Shaker Simplicity Also Dovetails With Modern Design

By Laura Gaskill Shakers viewed simplicity and careful work as a form of prayer, which led to the design of beautifully pared-down furniture, revered to this day by modern and traditional design lovers alike. Officially called the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Coming, the Shakers in 1774 broke away from the Quakers in…

As Rates Tick Up, Applications for New Mortgages Fall

Getty Images By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK — Applications for U.S. home mortgages fell last week as interest rates rose, an industry group said Wednesday. The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand, declined 0.9 percent in the week ended Nov. 7.…

Teresa Giudice Gives Mansion a $500,000 Haircut

ZillowTeresa and Joe Giudice’s property hit the market about two months ago, not long before the reality stars were sentenced to prison time Getty ImagesJoe Giudice (left) and wife Teresa Giudice arrive for sentencing at federal court in Newark in October. The hits just keep coming for Teresa and Joe Giudice of “Real Housewives of…

Zillow: 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Falls Under 4% Yet Again

The weekly mortgage rate chart illustrates the average 30-year fixed interest in six-hour intervals. By Lauren Braun Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages were unchanged this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.90 percent, the same as this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell early in…