Donald Trump’s Former Mansion Hits Market for $54 Million

ZillowDonald and Ivana Trump owned this estate during their tabloid heyday before she got the house in their 1991 divorce. Donald Trump’s 20,000-square-foot Connecticut starter mansion on a six-acre peninsula jutting into Long Island Sound has hit the Greenwich market for $54 million. The eight-bedroom, 11.5-bath house was built in 1939 and is still considered…

3 Reasons to Buy a House and Never Move in

Andy Dean/Getty By AJ Smith The process of buying a house can be difficult and confusing to navigate, but real estate can be a wealth-building tool. If you are thinking of buying a place as a way to build your net worth, you might want to consider an investment property instead of your dream home.…

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants

FocalPoint/ShutterstockWhen ant battalions march into my home, my first thought is to grab a commercial insecticide and spray the critters into oblivion. But then I worry about the toxic effects of insecticides on other living things in my house, like my dogs and my husband (not necessarily in that order). These days, I use natural…

Rent Leonardo DiCaprio’s Palm Springs Pad for $4,500 a Night

ZillowLeonardo DiCaprio’s 1964 house in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs was designed for Dinah Shore. Looks like Leonardo DiCaprio is adding landlord to his resume. “The Wolf of Wall Street” actor reportedly is renting out his Palm Springs vacation home starting at $4,500 per night. Props to our pals at Curbed LA…

Mortgage Rates Fall Slightly to 3.70%

ZillowThe weekly mortgage rate chart illustrates the average 30-year fixed interest rate in six-hour intervals. By Lauren Braun Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed loans fell this week, with the rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.70 percent, down 6 basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell early…

Bruce Jenner Buys Malibu Hills Retreat

ZillowHigh in the hills above the beaches of Malibu, the home sits on 11 acres and has ocean, mountain and canyon views.Bruce Jenner, the former Olympian and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” dad, reportedly has purchased a Malibu hills house with calming 360-degree views. Sounds like a place for Jenner to retreat after a difficult…

How Millennials Are Transforming Home Buying

Eternity in an Instant/Getty ImagesMany millennials are more likely to communicate with their real estate agent by text than by phone or by email. By Teresa Mears For decades, the telephone has been the real estate agent’s tool of the trade. But a new wave of younger home buyers is changing the way agents use…

Brooklyn Girl Lena Dunham Buys in LA

The Agency via ZillowThe home Lena Dunham purchased near the Sunset Strip is traditional and modest, at least by LA standards. By Catherine Sherman Lena Dunham is a Brooklyn — make that Sunset Strip — kind of girl. Dan Steinberg/Invision/APLena Dunham According to TMZ, the “Girls” star and “Not That Kind of Girl” author has…

Jeremy Piven’s Malibu Pad Has Room for Your Entourage

TruliaThe home on a prime stretch of Malibu beach is for rent for as much as $50,000 a month for the peak summer season.By Megan Johnson​ Jeremy Piven — known as neurotic and intense agent Ari Gold on HBO’s “Entourage” — is putting his three-bedroom, five-bath Malibu home up for rent. Andy Kropa /Invision/APJeremy Piven…

The Past and Future of the Solar Decathlon

Courtesy of Jim Tetro/U.S. Department of Energy Solar DecathlonThis house built by students from New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington was an entry in the 2011 decathlon. Since the first U. S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in 2002, thousands of college students from around the world have designed and created houses that are efficient…

Michael Strahan Sells Brentwood Mansion for $21.5 Million

Getty ImagesMichael Strahan, shown here with Kelly Ripa at the Academy Awards, has sold the L.A. home he bought in 2013. Talk-meister and former NFL player Michael Strahan has quietly sold his Brentwood mansion in Los Angeles for $21.5 million, according to our friends at the L.A. Times. Strahan, the gap-toothed co-host of “Live! With…

5 Ways to Prep Your Home for the Spring Selling Season

yaruta/Getty Images By Kira Brecht Along with tulips and daffodils, “For Sale” signs soon will be popping up on neighborhood lawns. An improving U.S. labor market is expected to spur increased home sales in 2015, so if you’ve been wanting to sell your home, low interest rates and tight inventory levels should create an attractive…

Brooklyn Contractor: Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber Owe $30K

Richard Shotwell/Invision/APNaomi Watts and Liev Schreiber arrive at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles in January.What a buzzkill! A day after Naomi Watts presented an Academy Award and her “Birdman” won Best Picture, the actress and her longterm partner Liev Schreiber reportedly were hit with a lawsuit from a Brooklyn contractor claiming they…

Mortgage Rates on the Rise, Pausing at 3.76%

ZillowThe weekly mortgage rate chart illustrates the average 30-year fixed interest rate in six-hour intervals. By Lauren Braun Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed loans rose this week, with the rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.76 percent, up nine basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed rate rose early in…

Mortgage Rates on the Rise, Pausing at 3.76%

ZillowThe weekly mortgage rate chart illustrates the average 30-year fixed interest rate in six-hour intervals. By Lauren Braun Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed loans rose this week, with the rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.76 percent, up nine basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed rate rose early in…

Billy the Kid’s Hideout for Sale in New Mexico

Courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa FeThe 1878 adobe home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is for sale for less than $600,000. Here’s a listing you don’t see every day: Billy the Kid’s former New Mexico hideout is for sale at $545,000. The adobe house, nestled in the Bonito…

Beyonce and Jay Z Renting LA House for $150,000 a Month

ZillowBeyonce and Jay Z signed a one-year lease that shaved $50,000 a month off the rent on this Holmby Hills house.After Beyonce and Jay Z were out-bid for an over-the-top $85 million Beverly Hills estate last year, the celeb couple and daughter Blue Ivy are re-renting a Holmby Hills house that they reportedly leased last…

Rents Are Rising, and Not Only in Pricey San Francisco

Vincent Besnault/Getty Median monthly rents rose in January, and in a lot of places you might not expect. Along with the usual hot West Coast housing markets such as San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, the metros with the biggest year-over-year increases included Denver, Kansas City (Mo.), Nashville (Tenn.), Birmingham, (Ala.) and Portland (Ore.). The…

Crazy Connecticut Colonial Has Lighthouse and Tugboat

ZillowThe four-bedroom West Haven home has a lighthouse and a tugboat, but it lies about a mile from Long Island Sound. If you agree with Jacques Cousteau, that the sea “holds one in its net of wonder forever,” you’ll love this crazy Connecticut colonial home with a lighthouse and tugboat attached. Price: $425,000. This is…