Robert Pattinson Reportedly Returns to Los Feliz

Zillow Robert Pattinson’s new Los Angeles home should afford him ample privacy. APRobert Pattinson By Catherine Sherman Life is good for “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson. The English actor has a new girlfriend and he’s the owner of a 2-bedroom home in the Hollywood Hills, according to Variety. The house was purchased under a trust for…

Guess What This Steamy Video Is Really Selling

Talk about a teaser. The first 30 seconds of the YouTube video above are all sexy shots of a leggy brunette in a black bikini and stilettos. The camera lingers on her, um, assets; music swells and drowns out the narrator saying something about a “beautiful queen,” “stature over the sand,” yadda, yadda, yadda. Just…

Pros and Cons of a Phased Home-Construction Project

By Eric Reinholdt Squaring a project’s goals and budget — often two very different things — is a common problem architects and homeowners confront in a project’s earliest planning stages. The two almost never align when we begin. Working to reduce the size of the overall project is the best way to affect the cost…

Debra Messing Scoops Up East Side Co-Op for $5.45 Million

TruliaDebra Messing’s new apartment is in a 1928 Art Deco building near the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. APDebra Messing There’s nothing like new digs to keep your mind off old boyfriends. Actress Debra Messing, who reportedly has split from long-time boyfriend Will Chase, has bought herself a fabulous, four-bedroom, four-bath co-op on…

Christina Ricci Unloads Los Feliz Bungalow at a Loss

ZillowChristina Ricci’s bought her bungalow in Los Angeles’ trendy Los Feliz neighborhood back in 2008 and recently has been renting it out. APChristina Ricci Petite actress Christina Ricci, who started the “Riccing” trend of squeezing into small spaces last year, has now exited another relatively small space — her 1,891 square foot Los Feliz bungalow…

Q&A With 'Million Dollar Listing' Star Madison Hildebrand

Casey Rodgers/The Associated PressMadison Hildebrand: “I’m not trying to be anybody other than who I am…. I just saw myself changing.” By Catherine Sherman When it comes to California real estate, “Malibu” and “Madison” are synonymous. The original star of Bravo’s hit reality series “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles,” Madison Hildebrand has brought in more…

24 Uses For a Dead Tree

ShutterstockBefore turning a dead tree into firewood, check to see if woodworkers might want to pay you for the lumber. Sooner or later, every homeowner will likely face the problem of having a dead tree on their property. Whether it’s insects, over- or under-watering, a raised soil level impairing oxygen to the tree or a…

Is a Phased Construction Project Right for You?

By Eric Reinholdt Squaring a project’s goals and budget – often two very different things – is a common problem architects and homeowners confront in a project’s earliest planning stages. The two almost never align when we begin. Working to reduce the size of the overall project is the best way to affect the cost…

Tenant Discovers Rental’s Horrific Criminal Past

WREG-TV News Channel 3Jen Selph-Byars wants to break her lease on her East Memphis, Tennessee, rental where a gruesome killed occurred. A Tennessee woman says she can live with the cockroaches crawling all over her rental home. But it’s the blood, foul odor, bullet holes and knife marks that make Jen Selph-Byars want to break…

Go Ductless This Winter!

Courtesy of Assaf PinchukA ductless heating unit occupies a space near the ceiling in this modern home, but they can adapt to older homes too. One of the latest and most popular innovations in heating and cooling your home not only saves energy, but is compact, cheaper to install and can be set up without…

America's Most Expensive Listing Is $195 Million

A Beverly Hills estate nestled on 25 acres and boasting a 10,000 bottle/barrel wine cellar for the fruits of its own vineyard, is selling for $195 million –- yowza! –- reportedly making it the country’s most expensive public listing. It’s called Palazzo di Amore — the Palace of Love in Italian — and is being…

Homes for Sale at Less Than $200,000

By Sharona Ott What can $200,000 buy you? A car enthusiast might be quick to suggest that this sum can purchase an opulent vehicle, such as a Bentley Continental GT or a Lamborghini Gallardo. However, with this amount of cash, one can purchase much more than a stylish ride. There are many homes that also…

Ultimate Checklist When Shopping for a Home Loan

ShutterstockShopping for the right loan becomes an easier process if you know the right questions to ask. By Rebecca McClay Amid the euphoria of envisioning your new home comes the sobering reality of shopping for a mortgage. It’s time-consuming, it’s complex, and it’s a little daunting. But if you’re armed with the right questions and…

Fun and Unusual Uses for Cardboard Boxes

ShutterstockBefore putting a cardboard box out with the recyclables, consider some fun ways to reuse it around the house. Like rabbits or dust bunnies, cardboard boxes somehow multiply when they arrive at a house. They arrive in a variety of ways, such as from a moving truck carrying your pots and pans, to a delivery…

Rihanna's Drama-Filled Rental Still Seeking a Buyer

ZillowRihanna rented this mansion until two months ago and now it’s back on the market for less. APRihanna The Pacific Palisades house that singer Rihanna rented for two years has taken a $2 million haircut and is back on the market for nearly $13 million. The 9,595-square-foot contemporary on 932 Rivas Canyon has been on…

Mortgage Rates Rise for Second Straight Week

Richard Vogel/AP WASHINGTON — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan crawling back over 4 percent. It was the second straight week of increases in rates after they had fallen for five weeks amid concern over global economic weakness. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for…

Spray Paint Your Home for an Inexpensive Spritz of Style

JustyCinMD/FlickrGet a fresh look for even worn-out plastic lawn furniture with the right application of spray paint. Want to give your home a fresh, updated look? Consider spray painting. No, I’m not suggesting graffiti art (although that’s beautiful, in the right settings). I’m talking about spray painting some detail or element within your home. You…

Tell a Veteran About Their Homebuying Benefits

Scott SchaeferArmy veteran Richard Kuri, 81, used his VA loan benefits to purchase a home this summer with $0 down. Richard Kuri had a beacon guiding him along the homebuying journey. Consider it one of the benefits of buying down the road from a lighthouse. The 81-year-old Army veteran closed this summer on his dream…